This site includes the postings from the Irish Aires email list. This includes a listing of Irish/Celtic events in the Houston area and other information that the Irish Aires radio program posts.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Current Events

What's New? 03/15/08 – Blaggards at Brian O'Neill's 03/15/08 – Murder the Stout at The Goose's Acre 03/17/08 – Murder the Stout at Brian O’Neils 03/17/08 – Murder the Stout at The Bull & Bear Tavern 03/17/08 – St Patrick’s day at The Mucky Duck (updated info) 04/06/08 – Tommy O’Sullivan at the Mucky Duck ---- To see our playlist as we play it, go to: Archived shows WITH Playlists KPFT Archived Programs Sorted By Name Irish Aires 02/16/08 (Available thru 04/16/08) Play Download Playlist Irish Aires 02/09/08 (Available thru 04/09/08) Play Download Playlist Irish Aires 02/02/08 (Available thru 04/02/08) Play Download Playlist Irish Aires 01/26/08 (Available thru 03/26/08) Play Download Playlist Irish Aires 01/19/08 (Available thru 03/19/08) Play Download Playlist Irish Aires 01/12/08 (Available thru 03/12/08) Play Download Playlist Irish Aires 01/05/08 (Available thru 03/05/08) Play Download Playlist Irish Aires 12/29/07 (Available thru 02/29/08) Play Download Playlist Irish Aires 12/22/07 (Available thru 02/22/08) Play Download Playlist ---- 02/16/08 - 02/24/058 - The Lieutenant of Inishmore Venue: Alley Theatre Address: 615 Texas Avenue Houston, TX 77002 Phone: 713.220.5700 URL: Start Date: January 25, 2008 End Date: February 24, 2008 Author of last season’s extraordinary success, The Pillowman, Martin McDonagh returns to the Alley with "The Lieutenant of Inishmore," a gruesome comedy that was Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Comedy. "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" revolves around a group of terrorists in a radical IRA splinter group and their ruthless (and cat-loving) leader "Mad Padraic." When Padraic’s beloved cat is found dead, the death must be concealed before Padraic returns from a stint of violence. What follows are a series of savagely funny events that are both shocking and surprising. This is the third play by McDonagh that the Alley has produced, starting with his break-through play "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" in 1999 and "The Pillowman" in 2005. Ben Brantley of The New York Times wrote, "….a guaranteed adrenaline booster! See it!" By Martin McDonagh Directed by Gregory Boyd Neuhaus Stage January 25 - February 24, 2008 Recommended for mature audiences. Language, blood, violence. ************************* 02/22/08 – Clandestine at the Mucky Duck 7PM $15 ************************* 02/28/08 –The Reel Thing: Traditional Music by the Brock McGuíre Band from the West of Ireland When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon Cost Free and open to the public. Contact Lori Gallagher at 713-525-3592 Sponsored By The Center for Irish Studies Cultural Outreach Forum and The Irish Society ************************* 02/29 – 03/02/08 – North Texas Irish Festival in Dallas Performers to be announced ************************* 03/03/08 – Kilts & Club Charity Golf Tournament Charity Golf Tournament to benefit local art project and school Houston, Texas - The fourth annual Kilts and Clubs Charity Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, March 3 at Wildcat Golf Club, 12000 Almeda Road. Benefiting the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center’s Children’s Art Project and the St. Thomas’ Episcopal School Scottish Arts Program, the fourth annual Kilts and Clubs tournament features golf, great food and a performance by the current five-time world champion pipe band of St. Thomas’ Episcopal - all in the spirit of goodwill. Check-in begins at 10 a.m. on March 3, with lunch provided by Ruth’s Chris Steak House. A shotgun start at noon kicks off the sporting event, which wraps with dinner catered by Los Tios Mexican Restaurant, awards, raffle, and live band performance. For more information or to register online, visit or call Terry Buckner at 832.731.2262. Sponsors on board for this benefit include The Royal Bank of Scotland, British Airways, Camelot Realty Group, Andrews and Kurth L.L.P., Sterling McCall Lexus, HSI Multistage Centrifugal Blowers, Watermark Restoration, Ltd., Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Los Tios Mexican Restaurant, Northstar, Durotech, AmegyBank of Texas and Terry Bryant. Additional sponsorships are still available and some include a band and champion Highland dance performance, as well as reserved seats to the Houston 44th annual Scottish Festival Legend of the Glen, Friday, April 18th, at Toyota Center. Bring your clubs - kilts are optional - and support these wonderful programs that nurture the artistic talents of the young cancer patients of M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and Scottish Arts students of St. Thomas’ Episcopal School. St. Thomas’ Episcopal School 4900 Jackwood Street Houston, Texas 77096 Contact: Regina Pappas Seale 832.715.0452; Donna Fraser Macek: 713.666.3111 ************************* 03/04/08 – Battlefield Band at the Mucky Duck 7PM $20 ************************* 03/07/08 – St Patrick's Emerald Ball Reception & Silent Auction St. Patrick’s Emerald Ball Reception & Silent Auction ( The Houston Club, 811 Rusk at Milam, Houston, TX 77002 March 7, 2008 6:45 pm; Dinner Served at 7:30 pm Emcee: Michael Davitt U.S. Marine Color Guard - “God Bless America”; Singer: Cassidy Noel McCarthy Invocation; Harpist: Debra Carlson; Piper: Ian Martin; Band: Fantasia “McTeggart Irish Dancers” & “Texas Irish Ambassador” Tom Horan Your choice of Entrees: NY Strip or Sesame Crusted Salmon Black Tie Optional Dorothy Davitt & Jeannie Kearns Co-Chairs Janet Gilmore Silent Auction Chair Committee Mary Jo Faykus, Delia Fitzpatrick, Ann Hoar, Barbara Hogan, Kathleen Miggins Peggy O’Connor, Patricia Sheldon Tickets $75.00 Each; $150.00 Couple; $750.00 Table for 10; $900.00 Table for 12 Cash Bar Additional Information or Reservations: Dorothy Davitt Call (281) 358-2380 or Fax (281) 358-8490 Write: Emerald Ball, PO Box 5603, Kingwood, Texas 77325 Checks payable to: EMERALD BALL Irishman of the Year for 2008 His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo ************************* 03/09/08 - Grand Marshall's Reception at Brian O’Neils Brian O'Neill's Restaurant and Pub 5555 Morningside Drive Houston, Texas 77005 ********************* 03/13/08 – Griff’s Paddy's Day Queen Contest begins under the tent at 7 p.m. Watch the Beauties compete for the Crown. Griff's Shenanigans Cafe & Bar 3416 Roseland @ Harold 713-528-9912 (fax) 713-526-0469 e-mail ************************* 03/13/08 - 2008 B.K. Smith Lecture in History Prof. Charles Doherty, University College, Dublin, School of History and Archives The Early Irish Church: The City of God in Early Ireland When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Scanlan Room, Jerabeck Center, 4000 Mt. Vernon Primary Sponsor: University of St. Thomas History Department Co-sponsor: University of St. Thomas Center for Irish Studies ************************* 03/14/08 - St. Patrick's Day Mass and Breakfast at Univ of St Thomas Friday, March 14, 2008 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Join the Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas for a St. Patrick's Day Mass at 10 a.m. Friday, March 14, 2008 in the Chapel of St. Basil, 3802 Yoakum. The Most Rev. Archbishop Daniel DiNardo will be the principal celebrant. Other celebrants are welcome. UST’s Dr. John Burke and the de Burgo Ensemble will perform the liturgical music. Breakfast will follow Mass in Jerabeck Center Gym, 4000 Mt. Vernon. Breakfast is $15 per person and will benefit the Center for Irish Studies. RSVP for breakfast by calling 713-942-5906; leave your name, number in party and telephone number. For more information contact Lori Gallagher at 713-525-3592. Cost $15 Location Chapel of St. Basil and Jerabeck Center Gym Address 3802 Yoakum and 4000 Mt. Vernon Contact Lori Gallagher at 713-525-3592 ********************* 03/14/08 - Griff's 26th Annual Greater Houston Irish Open Golf Tournament Individuals, Teams and Sponsors are welcome. Griff's Shenanigans Cafe & Bar 3416 Roseland @ Harold 713-528-9912 (fax) 713-526-0469 e-mail ************************* 03/14/08 - The Irish Society's Annual - St. Patrick's Eve Dinner 2008 This year's Celebration Dinner will honor Mike Daly, the Grand Marshal of the 2008 St. Patrick's Day Parade. Mike is one of the original 20 founders of The Irish Society. He is a stalwart of our organization and a tremendous supporter. Over the years he has contributed greatly to the Houston Irish community. Mike and his lovely wife, Cindy, participate in many events of the Irish community. Keep this date open! Houston Petroleum Club; Friday, March 14, 2008, commencing at 6:30 PM. Tickets to the dinner are $125. Even though it is quite early, you make make reservations now. For reservations, please call "Lyn" Brogan at 281- 531-0656, Pat Sharkey at 713-752-4266, or Jeannie Kearns at 713-365-9648. You may Email David O'Keefe at, Mary Kearns at, or PeteLittle at Our inaugural St. Patrick's Celebration Dinner at the Houston Petroleum Club was quite successful. Three Houston Irish groups sponsored the dinner: The Irish Society, the St. Brendan's Project, and the St. Patrick's Parade Commission. This dinner is the Main event sponsored by the Irish Society during the month of March. Our intention is for this fund-raising event to always be held on the eve of the Parade. The honoree will always be the next day’s Grand Marshal. ************************* 03/15/07 – Blaggards at Brian O'Neill's 10pm Houston, TX 5555 Morningside Houston, TX 77005 713.522.2603 ************************* 03/15/08 – Griff’s Irish Stew, Chili and Chicken Cook-Off all afternoon with music throughout the day and night. Griff's Shenanigans Cafe & Bar 3416 Roseland @ Harold 713-528-9912 (fax) 713-526-0469 e-mail ************************* 03/15/08 – Houston’s Downtown St Patrick’s Day Parade – 12NOON ************************* 03/15/07 – Murder the Stout at The Goose's Acre Woodlands, TX 10:00pm - late ************************* 03/16/08 - Dick Dowling Statue Ceremony Sunday March 16th at Herman Park 1pm ************************* 03/16/08 – Griff’s The Old Timers get together to remind themselves how much fun they used to have. Drink specials all day & night. Griff's Shenanigans Cafe & Bar 3416 Roseland @ Harold 713-528-9912 (fax) 713-526-0469 e-mail ************************* 03/17/07 – The Tradition of the Greening of the Bayou with the Cannons of Texas Army and the Slippery Rock Booster Club behind Old Spaghetti Warehouse on Noon Monday March 17th. ************************* 03/17/08 – St Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Mucky Duck 11am, $15 As seen in USA Today ... "One of the Top Ten Places to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the USA." St. Patrick's Day Celebration at the Mucky Duck Serving great Irish food all day starting at 11am and continuing throughout the day. What we celebrate on St. Patrick's Day is the whole of Celtic culture, and a musical tradition that, over the centuries, has become as much American roots music as bottleneck guitar. The drums of western Africa are what gave American music its rhythm; more often than not, though, the melody is Celtic. The popularity of Celtic folk music is either a testament to the timeless appeal of these sometimes haunting, sometimes hilarious, sometimes jig-inspiring tunes, or perhaps an argument in favor of the nebulous theory of racial memory. Celtic blood-ties real, suspected and imagined have given many the impetus to learn the folk-arts of the ancient tribes; a great way to explore Irish music and tradition. Entertainment starts at Noon Admission $15 ---- CLANDESTINE ...binding the heart of Celtic music to the soul of rock and roll. Fueled by white-hot piping, fiery vocals, and an irresistible groove, Clandestine define Celtic music in Houston. ... a rich mixture of old and new, traditional and contemporary ...appealing to all ages and musical tastes. ---- O'Maoileidigh Irish Dancers The world-wide success of Riverdance and more recently Lord of the Dance has placed Irish dance on the international stage. Dancing schools in Ireland today are filled with young pupils keen to imitate and learn the dancing styles which brought Jean Butler and Michael Flatley international acclaim. O'Maoileidigh Schoiol of Irish Dance, the preeminent school of Irish dance in Houston, will have their best step dancers here to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. ---- The Celtic Gypsies No fairy tales, just fiery tunes that happen to be a century or so older than your average hip-hop jam, arranged for modern ears and played on traditional instruments with verve and exuberance. Voted "Best Traditional/Ethnic" band by the Houston Press, they have dominated this corner of the city’s live music scene since 1974. Their Tunes are traditional, continuing unbroken traditions of dance music and song from Ireland, Brittany, Scotland, England, France and Galicia. ---- Emcee - Comedy Variety Entertainer Jim Mackenzie Lunch at the Duck Corned Beef & Cabbage Beef Guinness Shepherd's Pie Fish & Chips Martin BurnistonJoin our resident leprechaun Martin as he leads the Celtic throngs through some of your favorite Irish tunes and even a limerick or two Martin Burniston's Irish Singalong ---- The Irish Session Players ---- Wyndnwyre Wyndnwyre Medieval and Renaissance music from Celtic traditions. Some are several hundred years old, yet sound pleasingly familiar to our modern ears. ---- E. J. Jones EJ Jones -International Award Winning Piper performs on the rooftop at noon and 5pm. He is member of The Willow Band and was a founding menmber of Clandestine. His imagination and orchestration open up new avenues in Celtic music. will be performing Irish tunes inside the Duck throughout the afternoon and evening.The Mucky Duck incarnation of the Session, if for no other reaon than the frequent participation of younger musicians, gives a very real sense of tradition passed on and history handed down. The most visible Celtic-influenced traditional bands around Houston -- make participating in the Session a regular, energy-charging part of their regular routine. What is celebrated is the whole of Celtic culture, and a musical tradition that, over the centuries, has become as much American roots music as bottleneck guitar. The drums of western Africa are what gave American music its rhythm; more often than not, though, the melody is Celtic. The popularity of Celtic folk music is either a testament to the timeless appeal of these sometimes haunting, sometimes hilarious, sometimes jig- inspiring tunes, or perhaps an argument in favor of the nebulous theory of racial memory. Celtic blood-ties real, suspected and imagined have given many the impetus to learn the folk-arts of the ancient tribes; that's just one reason why the Wednesday night Session at the Mucky Duck is as much a school and tribal gathering as a musical event. ---- Marybeth McQueen Don't miss our youngest fiddle player, Marybeth McQueen on her St. Patrick's Day performance. ---- Santry Rush America's giant sized leprechaun performs on the mother of all holidays, merging Houston's urban landscape with fantasy poetry and performance art. ************************* 03/17/08 – Griff’s Top 'o the Morning to ya. -- Music, Beer & Friends-¬ALL DAY & NIGHT. GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY. !!!!!!!! Griff's Shenanigans Cafe & Bar 3416 Roseland @ Harold 713-528-9912 (fax) 713-526-0469 e-mail ******************* 03/17/08 - St. Patrick's Day 2008 Celebrations @ Brian O'Neill's Traditional Irish Pub (and restaurant!) Located in Rice Village on Morningside between Rice and University Blvd For more information about the pub, where it is, and what is going on, please go to Brian O'Neill's Restaurant and Pub 5555 Morningside Drive Houston, Texas 77005 Entertainment: All Day – Murder the Stout 5:00pm ************************* 03/17/08 – Murder the Stout at The Bull & Bear Tavern Houston, TX 7:00pm - 11:00pm ************************* 03/18/08 – Andy M. Stewart & Gerry O'Beirne at the Mucky Duck 7:30 $15 Andy M. Stewart and Gerry O'Beirne, touring partners since 1991, have been stunning audiences with their fantastic combination of musical talents. They teamed up for the "Man in the Moon" and "Donegal Rain" albums, Gerry lending his magical instrumentalism and producing skills to Andy's stellar song-writing, arranging and singing. ************************* 04/03/08 McKassons at the Mucky Duck 7:30, $10 Sometimes it seems like Irish fiddling is played with the wrist, and Scottish fiddling with the shoulder. The bow drives across the strings, thick and throaty, creating a pulsing sound that feels more of muscle than tendon. The McKassons, a vibrant young Scottish band from Seattle, play like that. On their new CD, "Tripping Maggie," they thunder through jigs'n'reels one moment; then dazzle with a compositional sophistication that is cinematic, transporting, and tantalizingly modern. Brooke McKasson sings with a breathy, in-your-ear mezzo. Cali McKasson's keyboards are dynamically percussive and evocative; and her brother Ryan has fiddled with everyone from Beck to Bjork. ~ The Boston Globe ************************* 04/05/08 – Blaggards at The Continental Club Houston, TX with The Zydepunks 3700 Main St Houston, TX 77002 713.529.9899 ************************* 04/06/08 – Tommy O’Sullivan at the Mucky Duck 6PM $12 ”One of the great contemporary folk voices of Ireland” Jimmy McCarthy,songwriter 2006 “A tenor voice that has all the ring of Waterford Crystal which has only ever served smoky whiskey” - Sean Laffy,Irish Music Magazine Sep 2006 “Coming soon to a venue near you, with a bagful of great songs for your listening pleasure – there is a great treat in store! “ - John O Regan, The Irish Music Magazine, May 2004 “O’Sullivan is a wonderful singer. His soft emotional tenor vocals create a spine – shivering effect” - Jamie O Brien August 2003 “The eloquent tones of Tommy O’Sullivan’s voice took flight in the night air, trailing the French collective mindset in it’s dreamy wake.” - Festival de St. Chartier, Mick Walsh (Irish Music Magazine 2001) “Tommy’s vocals bring to mind a not-so-brittle Andy Irvine on the glorious - Maids of Culmore” - Pete Fyfe 2002 “Excellent contemporary folk vocals” - Fintan Vallely, The Sunday Tribune “The Long Grazing Acre, Paddy Keenan’s new collaboration with stellar guitarist and vocalist Tommy O’Sullivan, represents a new milestone in that lifelong journey in pursuit of the real music”.- Tim O Brien, 2001 “ A personal favorite among the many is the lovely Jutland, composed by Tommy O’Sullivan, his graceful guitar work to the fore.” - Zina Lee 2001 Review of a live performance of Paddy Keenan and Tommy O’Sullivan in October 2001 stating “Together...they are the finest pipes-and-guitar duo ever...Keenan’s playing was a masterful blend of sweetness and fiery power...O’Sullivan added subtly percussive and driving guitar. His vocal numbers...were gorgeous and soulful.” - Dave Ferman of the Ft.Worth Star-Telegram ************************* 04/12/08 - An Evening with The Makem and Spain Brothers When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon, UST Cost Free and open to the public. Contact Lori Gallagher at 713-525-3592 Sponsored By The Center for Irish Studies Cultural Outreach Forum and The Irish Society ************************* 04/18/08 – The Blaggards at R&R Sports Bar & Grill 10pm Friendswood, TX 3338 FM 528 Friendswood, TX 77546 281.996.8300 ************************* 05/02/08 - 2008 Huntsville: General Sam Houston Folk Festival ******************** 05/07/08 - 2008 Houston: Houston Highland Games & Celtic Festival ************************* 06/05/08 – Seven Nations at the Mucky Duck ************************* 10/05/08 - 2008 Celtic Festival & Gathering Of The Celts St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Heights, Houston, Texas ************************* 11/14/08 - 2008 Annual Irish Gala When: Silent Auction and Reception: 6:30 p.m. Dinner: 8 p.m. Where: Houston Hotel, 111 North Post Oak Lane, Houston Honorees: Honorary Consul of Ireland John B. Kane and Alayne Kane ****************************************** ON GOING Events: Note: Irish Aires can now be HEARD of DOWNLOADED from the Internet. ALSO, there is a new link to hear KPFT Live Internet listening (live) is available through our MP3 streams. If you have Winamp, Media Player or iTunes installed on your computer, you can connect HERE or Free Player Downloads: Winamp Windows Media Player iTunes ---- Irish Aires is also podcast at: Internet listening (live) is available through our MP3 streams. If you have Winamp, Media Player or iTunes installed on your computer, you can connect HERE or Free Player Downloads: Winamp Windows Media Player iTunes ---- Ireland 2007 Pictures Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5 - Part 6 - Part 7 - Part 8 - New – A Compilation of All my 2007 Irish Pics with music & videos. See instructions on how to see at Irish Aires Blog. ********************* Paisley Close Press Release Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2007 20:28:16 -0600 Over the past few years, I have been asked time and again "Why Paisley Close"? Like every tale you must start at the beginning to get to the end. On November 24th 1861, at a spot along High Street in Edinburgh 's Royal Mile, two overcrowded and decrepit tenements collapsed. According to legend, workers were clearing the debris away when they heard a voice shout out "Heave awa' lads, I'm no deid yet!" As a memorial, Paisley Close (the cul-de-sac) was built in place of the collapsed buildings. Paisley Close (the band) was built by resurrecting former bands-mates. Paisley Close (the band) felt that the young man's luck, tenacity and symbolism was a fitting name. Now with a heavy heart I must announce the passing of this great band. Paisley Close is going through a major transitional period and collectively they have decided to put the band on an indefinite hiatus. The members of Paisley Close remain friends but personal commitments have forced them to make this difficult decision. Through the last three years they have had the opportunity to play on some amazing stages at some of the best festival in the county and for this they are extremely grateful. Even more outstanding has been the people they have met and the friendships forged. That is the biggest aspect that I will personally miss the most. As the bands booking agent I have had the opportunity to meet some of the most amazing directors, coordinator and volunteers; who without you, the show would literally not go on. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to grace your stages and share a pint or two! I speak for the entire band (Cidnie MacNamee, Bernard Schreiber, Amy Price and Rabbit Boyett) in saying that it has been an honor and a privilege! Although this chapter may be over we raise our glasses to everyone "were not dead yet!" We wish you peace and joy and hopefully will see you all sometime down the road. Sláinte - Cheers, Hopie Lopez-Boyett Booking Agent ---- ************************* Spring Irish Studies Courses - University of St Thomas University of St. Thomas Spring 2008 Irish Studies Courses Dia duit! We have some wonderful Irish Studies Courses available for Spring 2008. Open to audit and credit students, with first priority given to credit students Credit students: Sign up to reserve your places! Audit students must submit a signed written form to the Registrar, first-come, first-served. No payment is required from audit students until the Registrar notifies audit students that they have a place in the class. ---- Irish Language Courses Irish I, Mondays, Wednesdays, 3:10 to 4:25 p.m. Catalog No.: 1331; IRST Class No. 1854, Section A; MACL Class No. 1875, Section A Irish II, Tuesdays, Thursdays, 3:35 to 4:50 p.m. Catalog No.: 1332; IRST 1855, Section A; MACL Class No. 1876, Section A Intermediate Irish, Tuesdays, 5:30 to 8:15 p.m. Catalog No.: 4393; IRST Class No. 1856, Section N; MACL: Class Number 1877, Section A All Irish Language Classes taught by Prof. Maeve McInerney from University College Cork Cross-listed with Modern and Classical Languages and Irish Studies - Fulfill Language Requirements Scholarships available for first fifteen (15) students to sign up for Irish I and fulfill scholarship application requirements. Contact me for a scholarship application form or an audit form! Contemporary Irish Political and Social Issues Dr. John F. Burke, Political Science Mondays, Wednesdays, 1:40 to 2:55 p.m. Catalog No.: 4393; IRST Class No: 1857, Section A; INST Class No. 1848, Section B; POSC Class No. 2107, Section B; WCS Class No. 2133, Section G; MLA Class No.: 1603, Section A Cross-listed with Irish Studies, International Studies, Political Science, Women, Culture and Society and MLA. Medieval Celtic Literature Dr. Kerry MacArthur Tuesdays, Thursdays, 2:10 to 3:25 p.m. Catalog No.: 4393; IRST Class No. 1858, Section B; ENGL Class No. 1788, Section A; MLA Class No. 1604, Section B Cross-listed with Irish Studies, English and MLA. We look forward to seeing you in our Irish Studies courses! Best regards and happy holidays, Lori Lori M. Gallagher, J.D. Director, Center for Irish Studies University of St. Thomas 3800 Montrose Blvd. Houston, TX 77006 713-525-3592 Fax: 713-525-3866 ---- Wednesday Nights at 8ish PM. The Mucky Duck continues a twenty-five year tradition, hosting Houston's Irish Session. The Mucky Duck incarnation of the Session, if for no other reason than the frequent participation of younger musicians, gives a very real sense of tradition passed on and history handed down. The most visible Celtic-influenced traditional bands around Houston -- make participating in the Session a regular, energy-charging part of their regular routine. What is celebrated is the whole of Celtic culture, and a musical tradition that, over the centuries, has become as much American roots music as bottleneck guitar. The drums of western Africa are what gave American music its rhythm; more often than not, though, the melody is Celtic. The popularity of Celtic folk music is either a testament to the timeless appeal of these sometimes haunting, sometimes hilarious, sometimes jig-inspiring tunes, or perhaps an argument in favor of the nebulous theory of racial memory. Celtic blood-ties real, suspected and imagined have given many the impetus to learn the folk-arts of the ancient tribes; that's just one reason why the Wednesday night Session at the ` is as much a school and tribal gathering as a musical event. This is a great way to explore Irish music and tradition. Music starts at 8pm, and there is no cover charge.2425 Norfolk Houston, TX 77098 713.528.5999 Phone Be sure to check our calendar in case we have booked a special show that might preempt our regular Irish Session ---- Ar mhaith leat Gaeilge a labhairt? Would you like to speak Irish? Beginning Irish Conversation Jason’s Deli Westheimer & Shepherd 2611 S Shepherd Dr Houston, TX 77098-1561 If you are interested in learning a little Irish then come join us at Jason’s Deli on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 P.M. This Irish class is tailored to the beginning student who has had no prior exposure to Irish. You will learn basic conversational greetings, helpful phrases, informative tips for traveling through the Gaeltacht such as common signage, asking directions and most important of all how to pronounce those mystical Irish words. Pocket phrase books do the tourist no good unless they know how to pronounce what they are reading! This course provides the beginning student with phonetically spelled out Irish words, something most beginning tape and book courses fail to offer. If you have any questions please contact Tim Theisen (tyson) at or phone me at (713) 263-9691 If you are interested please come join us on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 P.M. There is a $5.00 donation to cover cost of the handouts. Labhraímis Gaeilge is linne í ! Speaking Irish is cool! ---- Learn Irish Gaelic! (Katy Class) SATURDAY - Beginning Conversational Irish (and every Saturday for the next few months) Katy, TX 10 AM - Noon Self-Study Group Using Interactive CDs, Books, Tapes, and other materials for spoken and written Irish. Class moderated by an advanced American student of the language. $7 per class to cover costs. $5 for Irish American Heritage Association members. Call Pat McMahon at 713-271-0784 for location and directions, or e-mail location: The Carriage Inn, 1400 Katy- Flewellen Road in the Computer Room ---- Wednesdays, 7-10 pm SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING AND MORE New Dancers Welcome - Families Welcome (children must be accompanied by parent / guardian). $5 for those 14 and over; $2.50 those under 14 ($15 maximum per family) - fourth consecutive Wednesday free. 1st Wednesdays: FREE at Churchill Room, Black Labrador Pub 4100 Montrose Blvd. Map (Montrose near Richmond) 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Wednesday Location: Oddfellows Hall, 115 E. 14th St. (Heights), Houston, Texas (3rd building on left traveling east from Heights Blvd. - 2 story red brick - entrance recessed about 15 feet from street - dancing upstairs). LINKS ON WEBSITE with map & photo (Map) PHOTO OF HALL: ---- The Irish American Heritage Association of Katy, Texas. We meet the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm at the Municipal Utility District Building on Cimmaron Pkwy at Hidden Canyon Rd (just west of S Mason Rd) in Katy, Texas to enjoy speakers, performances, and presentations on Ireland and the Irish. We also publish a monthly newsletter, The Irish Heritage News. For more information or directions, please call: Bridget Connelly . . 281-492-8780 Mike Long . . . . . . 281-395-3038 Dennis Donlan . . . 281-392-0894 OR E-mail us at: ---- Thurs Night Irish Session @ Coffee Oasis on NASA Rd One Session starts about 7:30PM every Thurs night 4650 NASA Road 1 Seabrook, TX 77586 281.532.1439 You are likely to see Laura (of Echoes of Ireland) or Tom (of ---- CELTIC CHORUS OF HOUSTON Do you like to hum or sing along with the music played on Irish Aires or The Three Irish Tenors? Then join us every Thursday night at Black Labrador Pub, 4100 Montrose Blvd. (Montrose near Richmond) NEW TIME: 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. We will join together in a sing-a-long session and then later those who wish to learn four part music may stay and learn choral music of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. If you need more information contact Richard McGinty 713-943-9600 or e-mail The mission statement reads in part: "to provide a community meeting place for those interested in the Celtic heritages." The first half of the evening focuses on singalong songs and the second half on choral arrangements. The singalong songs: Will You Go Lassie Go The Minstrel Boy Sally Gardens Molly Malone (In Dublin's Fair City) Finnegan's Wake The Foggy Dew Black Velvet Band Mcnamara's Band Danny Boy When Irish Eyes Are Smiling The Unicorn Song I'm Lookin' Over A Four Leaf Clover Whiskey In The Jar The Wild Rover The Bard Of Armagh Choral Arrangements: Danny Boy The Minstrel Boy An Irish Blessing My Wild Irish Rose ---- "One hundred thousand welcomes!" This age-old Gaelic greeting is a timeless _expression of Scottish hospitality and goodwill. We can't think of a better way to welcome you than to invite you to Houston's Heather and Thistle Society (H&T). The Heather and Thistle Society was founded in 1953 by Scots living in Houston who wished to "cultivate an interest in and fond recollections of Scotland, its history and traditions, its literature and ideals, its minstrelsy and song, its customs and amusements; and to provide opportunities for good fellowship and social contact through typically Scottish functions, so that the blessing of our Scottish culture may never die in our new homeland". The Heather and Thistle Society meets 10 times a year, September through June. Programs include "ceilidhs", lively lectures, slide shows and movies about Scotland. We are an organization that promotes our Scottish heritage in various ways. Membership in the Heather and Thistle Society is open to all with an interest in Scottish Heritage and Culture. Annual Dues are $10.00 for an individual and $15.00 for a family. H&T meets the fourth (4th) Monday of each month, September thru June, at 7:30 P.M. Current meeting location: Auditorium of St.Thomas Episcopal School, 4900 Jackwood, Houston, TX 77096 ---- Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Dancing General Class Mondays - 7:30-9:30 p.m In progress Classical Arts Dance Studio, 530 N Illinois, League City - Contact Moon Weiss, 713-465-9650, Basic Class Tuesdays - 7:30-9:30 p.m. In progress DewAnn Cotton Dance Studio, 9423 Glenfield Court (By S. Braeswood/Hillcroft) South West Houston For info: Carol Palmer, 713-776-8531, General Class Thursdays - 7:30-9:30 p.m In progress DewAnn Cotton Dance Studio, 9423 Glenfield Court (By S. Braeswood/Hillcroft), South West Houston Teacher: Bill Zobel, For info: Carol Palmer, 713-776-8531, ---- Stepdancing & Ceili classes O'Maoileidigh School of Irish Dance Houston, TX Sundays starting at 9:30 AM For more information contact ---- Step Dancing Lessons Stepdancing Lessons McTeggart Irish Dancers The Woodlands, Texas More info@ 936-321-6583 *With over 60 dancers and 21 Championship dancers McTeggart Irish Dancers of South Texas have a lot to be proud of. *Last year they had 6 dancers travel to Killarney Ireland for the World's Championship in Irish Dancing. These dancers faced up to 150 of the world's top dancers in their age groups. Two of the dancers did very well: Zane Glotzbach placed 24th and was 5th out of all the U.S. competitors and Annelise Rubbo placed 33rd overall. *Last year they had 21 dancers travel to Norfolk, Virginia for the Southern Region Championships, also known as "Oireachtas". Most of these dancers placed high in their age groups, with 3 receiving first place: Annelise Rubbo, Zane Glotzbach and Shannon Powell. From this competition a dancer qualifies for the World's Championship and Annelise Rubbo, Jaclyn Rubbo and Zane Glotzbach achieved this accomplishment. *Another well-known International competition is the All- Irelands. Later in January 2004, Annelise Rubbo and Jenna Pace will be traveling to Ennis, Ireland to compete. *Also in 2004 several dancers are heading to Philadelphia for the North American Nationals Competition, held each July. In addition, McTeggart Irish Dancers of South Texas hopes to have over 25 dancers travel to North Carolina for the next Southern Region Championship. *A new beginner class started Sunday, Jan. 11.For information on classes or performances, go to or call 936-321-6583 ---- "The Maguire Academy of Irish Dance" Come join us at our first weekly class for our new school starting this Sunday (12/16/07) Classes will be every Sunday from 4PM To 5:30PM at Amy Blakes Academy Of Dance Located At The Intersection Of Thor St And Bay Area Blvd. On January 13, 2008, there will be a Master Class from 1PM to 4PM (The workshop cost is $40 for a 4 hour masterclass). We are opening up in the Clear Lake area and would love to have all interested in learning Irish dance, come and join our school. About us: Darren Maguire is a former lead male dancer in Riverdance the Show, world champion level dancer, and fully accredited TCRG/ADCRG with the Irish dance commission in Dublin, Ireland. Richard Tew is a national, and regional champion level dancer, and regional senior men's champion in 2003. Richard is also a TCRG candidate having already taken and passed most of his requirements. Amy Blake's Academy of Dance" located at: 2150 Bay Area Blvd. Houston, TX 77058 Our weekly classes are being planned right now, and will be at the same location as the workshops. Please either email: or call 281-989-3575 Thanks, Richard Tew ****************************************** Community Annoucements: Wedding Announcement Bill Galbraith & Emily Standish Have Announced Their MARRIAGE! Bill and Emily play Celtic music as CONSTANT BILLY. ---- Support The Pat Finucane Centre Today! (Poster's Note: This organization really needs the support of all Irish & Irish Americans. The family has suffered so much and the PFC has done so MUCH for MANY Irish causes. TODAY, please write a check OR even better, go to their web site: You can make a donation with PayPal online & it will only take a minute. We should all try to make AT LEAST a $20 contribution (a $100 would be better. Jay) ****************************************** SUPPORT THE PAT FINUCANE CENTRE From: "Pat Finucane Centre" Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2005 15:36:49 +0100 Subject: Urgent Appeal To Friends & Supporters. An Urgent Appeal To All Friends And Supporters Of The Pat Finucane Centre. Dear Friend of the PFC, This is an urgent appeal for donations! We are in the red! The Pat Finucane Centre, though Derry based, has had an impact far beyond the north west of Ireland. Earlier this year a reception was held at the Guildhall in Derry to honour the work of the Centre. Families and individuals travelled from 11 of the 32 counties in Ireland, and from Scotland and England, in itself ample testament to the respect felt in the wider community. The work of the centre over the last year has included; -organising public meetings with the Mayor of London on the End Impunity Campaign, - research on collusion that has resulted in a number of cases currently being heard before the European Court of Human Rights at Strasbourg, -participating in the Advisory Group on the Sean Brown murder investigation, -logging all sectarian /racist incidents from June 2005 to September 2005 (the log will be available soon) -giving evidence to Committees of both the Irish and British parliaments, -initiating a number of investigations into conflict related deaths by the Police Ombudsman's office, -reenacting closed meetings of the Policing Board as street theatre and --applying to the Guinness Book of Records to have Rosemount PSNI barracks logged as the least used police station in the world! The ongoing day-to-day advocacy on behalf of families is largely confidential and hidden from view but the Centre works with over 120 families who have lost relatives in the conflict. In addition individuals approach the Centre with complaints and are referred to solicitors and/or to the Police Ombudsman. Against this background it will come as no surprise to realise that the centre deliberately steers away from official funding that is linked to the NIO. Stubbornly independent as it is the Centre is largely dependent on individual donors. The Pat Finucane Centre website carries the following quote from Geraldine Finucane, 'If you believe in shaping stronger human rights protection then invest in the Pat Finucane Centre and those who find themselves in the frontline in their work to defend human rights. ' The Centre urgently requires donations in order to continue that work. There is no money in the bank! Please respond this week! Note. Donations can be made by cheque or online (today!) through the secure Paypal system at Postal address: The Pat Finucane Centre, 1 West End Park, Derry, BT48 9JF Ireland (North). Telephone: +44 28 71 268846 Fax: +44 28 71 266453 Email: ****************************************** Ireland Photos Pictures from Ireland in 2006 To See Irish pics, click the following: ---- :: Irish Aires Has A Brand New Blog!! (actually we have two!) Below are links to hear broadcasts & playlists. If you have RealAudio, a soundcard & speakers on your computer, you should have no problem listening to the shows, EXCEPT that if too many people are trying to access the stations audio files at once, you might get an error. Try back later. ---- :: Rory Oliver Miggins, RIP Rory Oliver Miggins RORY OLIVER MIGGINS, 52, entered into life everlasting on December 7, 2007, in his parental home in the shadow of St. Anne's Church, after a valiant 3-month battle with melanoma. Rory was born in Houston, Texas on September 11, 1955, the first-born of 12 children of Kathleen and Larry Miggins, who survive him. Rory was a natural competitor. He had a distinguished athletic career at St. Thomas High School in basketball, baseball, and, particularly, football, garnering All- District, All-State, and All-American honors as running back. Rory graduated from St. Thomas High School in 1974. He graduated from the University of Houston in 1979 with a BBA in Finance. He was a lifelong athlete, playing baseball for 16 years with the Houston Men's Senior Baseball League, most recently with the Colt 45's during the spring of 2007. During his 29-year career as a marine manager with ILA Local 1351, Rory rose to Class A rank and served on its Executive Board. It was through his work at the Port of Houston that Rory developed a love of the waterfront, prompting him to form the Waterfront Association that sponsored the Waterfront Fishing Festival for many years dedicated to cleaning and beautification of the environment. Rory's love of music, fostered by his Irish heritage, inspired him to create an East End legend, Local Charm, a venue for regional blues, rockabilly, country, and zydeco bands where he lived by the motto "You are a stranger here but once." His eclectic music bar launched many new talents in the 80's and 90's. He was recognized for these efforts and was appointed the 2008 Honorary Chair of the Musician's Benevolent Society that he co-founded in the 80's. An example of Rory's originality and creativity is the first ever St. Patrick's Day Snake Races held at Local Charm. Always interested in Texas history, Rory joined the Texas Army and achieved the rank of Colonel. He was also recognized as a Knight of Texas for his work in connection with the annual Greening of the Bayou for St. Patrick's Day. In addition to his parents, Rory is survived by his 11 grieving siblings, their spouses, and his 15 nieces and 16 nephews to whom he was a terrific uncle: Eileen Hohlt (John), Mary, John, and Annie Hohlt; John (Debbie), Christine, Julia, and Matthew Miggins; Larry (Sherl), Thomas and Laura Miggins; Maureen Swanson (Pat), Fiona, Patrick, Brian and Kenneth Swanson; Noreen Gottschalk (Stephen), Robert and Daniel Gottschalk; Matthew (Penelope), Gabriella, John, and Maria Miggins; Kathleen Hibbler (Jim), Elizabeth, Conor, Bridie, and Rory; Neil (Serena), Charlie, Jack, and Adelaide Miggins; Robert (Julie), Lily, Carlo, and Patrick Miggins; Patrick (Nancy) and James Miggins; and Michael (Abby), Molly, Cate and Lucy Miggins. Rory's surviving aunts and uncles include John and Helen Miggins of Tunxis Village, CT; Rita Miggins of Boca Raton, FL; Eileen (Rory's godmother) and Jake Hoppenthal of Artesia Springs, CA; Thomas and Margaret McMahon of Chicago, IL; Andy and Ann McMahon of Melbourne, Australia; and Bridie and Jimmy Morrissey of London, England. He has countless cousins, world-wide, who survive him, many of whom supported him with visits and phone calls during his illness. In addition to his activities noted above, Rory was a member of many other families including St. Anne's parish, the Houstonian Club, Art Car Parade Commission (founding member), the Orange Show Commission, the Waterfront Association, the Texas Army, Slippery Rock Booster Club, Idylwood Civic Club, St. Patrick's Parade Commission, Houston Blues Society (founding member), Dick Dowling Irish Heritage Society (founding member), The Irish Society, The Seaman's Center, and St. Thomas High School Alumni Association. Never was Rory's loyal and diverse network of friends more evident than during his illness when they kept his spirits high and ministered to his spiritual needs. Rory wanted to express his appreciation to the doctors and nurses at MD Anderson who did their best to arrest his cancer. Showing his indomitable spirit, just last Monday, Rory said "I'm your man" if a clinical trial became available. Neither the Miggins family nor Rory could have faced the challenge of this vicious disease without the loving expertise of Rory's brother-in-law and Noreen's husband, Dr. Stephen Gottschalk, who tirelessly trouble-shot on Rory's behalf. The family will receive friends at St. Anne's Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer (at Shepherd) on Monday, December 10 from 5 8 pm, with the rosary recitation at 7 o'clock. The Funeral Mass will begin at 10:00 am on Tuesday, December 11, with a light luncheon to follow in the parish hall. Following the luncheon, Rory's remains will return to his beloved East End for interment at Forest Park Lawndale. Rory's pallbearers are his seven surviving brothers. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made in Rory Miggins' name to: · The Hole in the Wall Gang (a fund for crippled children) c/o ILA 1351, 7524 Ave. N, Houston, TX 77012; · St. Thomas High School, Rory Miggins Memorial Scholarship, 4500 Memorial, Houston, TX 77007; · St. Anne School Foundation, 2120 Westheimer, Houston, Texas 77019; · The St. Brendan Society, c/o Jeannie Kearns, 10220 Memorial Drive #131, Houston, TX 77024. " Fare thee well, my child, forever. In this world we have lost our joy. But in the next we will never sever. There we'll find our darlin' boy." Sign guest book at: :: George F. Little, RIP (Pete Little’s Father) September 2, 2006, of Depew, NY, husband of the late Muriel C. Little; father of Mary Catherine (James) Spilman, Michael (Ann), David (Elisabeth Alvarsdotter), John (Barbara), Margaret (Kevin) Craig, Anne Militello, Stephen (Maureen), Jeanne (Paul) Konetzny, Peter, Teresa, Maureen; brother of Eleanor Rigdon, Catherine Little; grandfather of 20; great grandfather of 18. Memorial Mass to be announced. Memorial contributions may be made to Rapid Response Home Care Program at Millard Fillmore Hospital, Gates Circle. Published in the Buffalo News on 9/7/2006. ---- :: AL CAMPBELL (Houston Highlanders Bagpiper )(1931- 2006) It is with great sadness that we inform our membership that our friend and piper, Al Campbell, passed away last evening. Over the years, we could always count on Al to support H&T with all our piping requests. He gave generously of his time, and was a very special contributor to our Society. In addition to his dignified performances, Al had great humor which he occasionally added for fun and laughter. We shall miss him. Our special condolences to his wife, Betsy, his family and close friends. ---- :: PHILLIP JAMES CONNELLY, of Katy, passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2005 in a Houston hospital at the age of 74 years. Phillip James Connelly was born on September 14, 1930 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Paul and Peggy Connelly. He graduated from Holy Family High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma. He served his country during the Korean War as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army based out of Fort Sill, Oklahoma. On April 4, 1964, he married his beloved wife, Bridget Imelda Corr. He retired from General Electric's Lighting Division after 30 years of service. Phil was a founding member and former president of the Irish American Heritage Association of Katy and a member of the Irish Society in Houston, Texas. He was a member of the Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church, in Katy, and a member of the Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree, Assembly 2721. He was also a friend of Bill Wilson. He was a life long Democrat. Phil was an active participant in the Forever Young Group in Epiphany, as well as many other organizations. He is survived by his wife, Bridget Imelda Connelly of Katy; his sons, Mike Connelly of Keller, Texas, and Tim Connelly and his wife Sylvia of Ardmore, Pennsylvania; and his grandson, Sebastian Connelly. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Peggy Connelly; and by his brother, Jack Connelly. Those wishing to make memorial gifts may do so to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 5005 Mitchelldale, Suite 115, Houston, Texas 77092-7230 or to your favorite charity. ---- Other Irish Celtic Calendars & Sources: Scottish Country Dancing & More: Houston Irish Development Assoc: Texas Celtic Music Network Calendar Southwest Celtic Music Association Texas Scottish Heritage Society Houston Chronicle Search for World Music Local bands Houston Press World Music Listing
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