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.
Monday, January 20, 2014
Flynn Center for Irish Studies Spring 2014 Cultural Outreach Events
William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies Spring 2014 Cultural Outreach Events We are pleased to announce that we are entering our eleventh year as a Center for Excellence at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. Come celebrate with us by attending our spring cultural events and St. Patrick's Day Celebration! These events are first-come, first-served. Please advise us in advance of any mobility issues. All lectures are free and there is a minimal charge for some concerts. Wednesday, February 5, 2014 Charity and the Great Hunger in Ireland: The Kindness of Strangers Dr. Christine Kinealy, Professor of History and Director of Ireland's Great Hunger Institute Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT Where: University of St. Thomas Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon St. Free and open to the public The Great Irish Famine was one of the most devastating humanitarian disasters of the nineteenth century. In a period of only five years, Ireland lost approximately one-quarter of her population through a combination of death and emigration. A lesser-known aspect of the Famine is the extent to which people throughout the world mobilized to provide money, food and clothing to assist the starving Irish. Many donors had no connection with Ireland; yet, without the kindness of these strangers, many, many more lives would have been lost. Traditional Irish Music from the West of Ireland Where: University of St. Thomas Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon St. Cost: Adults: $15; seniors: $10; UST faculty, staff and students free RSVP for those with mobility issues and groups of 6 or more 713-525-3592 or firstname.lastname@example.org Passion and precision, authenticity and diversity: These are the hallmarks of the Brock McGuire Band in concert. They are steeped in tradition and perform their music with abiding respect and creativity. The band's repertoire runs wide and deep; their tight, tenacious blend of instruments emphasize mostly Irish music, but also sprinkle in impressive arrangements of American Old Timey, Bluegrass, French-Canadian and other Celtic traditions. Join us in welcoming back Paul Brock (button accordion), Manus McGuire (fiddle), Garry O'Meara (banjo, mandolin, vocals) and Denis Carey (piano) St. Patrick's Day Celebration Mass Celebrated by His Eminence Daniel N. Cardinal DiNardo Where: University of St. Thomas Where: University of St. Thomas RSVP required for Brunch by Noon on Friday, March 7, 2014 Cost: $25 in advance by March 10, 2014; $30 at the door It would not be St. Patrick's Day without a celebration! Begin the day with a lovely Mass celebrated by His Eminence Daniel N. Cardinal DiNardo and liturgical music directed by Dr. Brady Knapp, UST Department of Music. Stay for brunch and feast on many traditional Irish and Irish American favorites. Please RSVP for Brunch by March 7h! Legends of the Celtic Harp Storytelling and Music Concert With Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne Where: University of St. Thomas Cullen Hall, 4001 Mt. Vernon St. Cost: Adults: $15; seniors: $10; UST faculty, staff and students free RSVP for those with mobility issues and groups of 6 or more 713-525-3592 or email@example.com Legends in the Celtic Harp is a musical journey into the heart of a legendary instrument. Three of the premier Celtic harpers in the world will take you deep into the myths, magic and fabled history of this most captivating instrument. Patrick Ball is an American master of the Irish harp and a captivating spoken word artist. Lisa Lynne is a multi-instrumentalist and performer who has gained worldwide recognition for her original music featuring her Celtic harp. Aryeh Frankfurter is also a renowned Celtic harper and world traveling multi-instrumentalist who progressed from virtuosic progressive rock violin to intricate Swedish folk and Celtic music.
A Father's and Son's Impressions of "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland Through Photograph and Song Where: University of St. Thomas Scanlan Room, Jerabeck Center Look Behind You! is a multi-media performance by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Steafán Hanvey that details how a father and son (both artists) have negotiated the personal and political landscapes of Northern Ireland. Using image and voice, anecdote and memory, the performance showcases the prize-winning photojournalism of Steafán's father, Bobbie Hanvey, along with radio-edits of his interviews with some of Northern Ireland's best-known figures. Steafán's storytelling complements and contextualizes his father's work. For more information about any of these events or the Center, contact the Center Director, Lori Meghan Gallagher, JD, at 713-525-3592 or visit the University's and Center's Calendar, Parking and Maps: Parking is available for $2 in the Moran Center at West Alabama St. at Graustark St. Campus Maps are available online www.stthom.edu, under About UST, Maps and Directions, or use the search box on the top right corner of the Web site and search Maps. William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies Lori Meghan Gallagher, JD, Director William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies