Where the Wild Things Are

We start off this post with a work beloved by generations of children and more than a few adults as well that was written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak whose amazing illustrated work many of us greatly admire and it would eventually become a film which would in turn begat a full-length novel with . . . → Read More: Where the Wild Things Are

Little Bit of This. . . .

And a little bit of that.

Let’s start off with a local band — local in northwest England, that is. We have a new release from Bill Malkin and The Band Wagon, Those Glory Days.

Next we have a book by Stan Nicholls and Joe Flood that falls just short of being a . . . → Read More: Little Bit of This. . . .

1967-2012: Fairport Convention celebrates anniversary (Press Release)

1967-2012: Fairport Convention celebrates anniversary

45 years and still going strong!

Fairport Convention, one of the most enduring names in rock and pop, celebrates 45 years as a band this year.

 Formed in north London during the ‘summer of love’, Fairport Convention played its first gig on 27 May 1967 in a Golders Green . . . → Read More: 1967-2012: Fairport Convention celebrates anniversary (Press Release)

The Warmth and Mirth of an Irish Christmas: Fiddler Eileen Ivers, Tricky Wrens, and Troublesome Cakes on U.S. Tour (Press Release)

Recalling the roaring hearths and roars of laughter that are part and parcel of Christmas in Irish families, virtuoso fiddler Eileen Ivers interweaves age-old Wren Day songs, beloved American carols, and even a jigging Bach in An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas. With her signature warmth, Ivers invites listeners in for a tuneful, soulful celebration that’s . . . → Read More: The Warmth and Mirth of an Irish Christmas: Fiddler Eileen Ivers, Tricky Wrens, and Troublesome Cakes on U.S. Tour (Press Release)

A Celtic Christmas Runs December 1-11 at Lucid Stage, Portland, Maine (Press Release)

MAINE’S IRISH THEATER COMPANY PRESENTS NEW VERSION OF ITS ANNUAL HOLIDAY FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT

Fiddlers, Irish step dancers and a juggler will be contributing to the merriment as AIRE (American Irish Repertory Ensemble, Maine’s Irish Theater Company) brings back its popular holiday family entertainment, A Celtic Christmas, with some exciting changes—AIRE is introducing a new piece, . . . → Read More: A Celtic Christmas Runs December 1-11 at Lucid Stage, Portland, Maine (Press Release)

A Celtic Christmas Runs December 1-11 at Lucid Stage, Portland, Maine (Press Release)

MAINE’S IRISH THEATER COMPANY PRESENTS NEW VERSION OF ITS ANNUAL HOLIDAY FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT

Fiddlers, Irish step dancers and a juggler will be contributing to the merriment as AIRE (American Irish Repertory Ensemble, Maine’s Irish Theater Company) brings back its popular holiday family entertainment, A Celtic Christmas, with some exciting changes—AIRE is introducing a new piece, . . . → Read More: A Celtic Christmas Runs December 1-11 at Lucid Stage, Portland, Maine (Press Release)

27th annual ScanFair in Portland, Oregon, Dec. 3-4

It’s just shy of three weeks until the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation’s annual ScanFair in Portland, Oregon. Despite the facts that it will be the 27th annual festival, and that I live just a hop, skip and jump down the freeway, and that I’m fully 50 percent Scandinavian, I’ve never been. I aim to remedy that . . . → Read More: 27th annual ScanFair in Portland, Oregon, Dec. 3-4

Fiddles (A Pub Tale)

…the best fiddling I ever heard was a reel, slashed off one day by a tramp player in William Street, Portlaw. For, though I have heard much music since, the indescribable dash and call of that reel are dancing in my ears yet. — Rev. Richard Henebry

Fiddles. They’re everywhere.

The fairies may very well . . . → Read More: Fiddles (A Pub Tale)

BATTLEFIELD BAND NOMINATED FOR SCOTS TRAD AWARDS 2011 ONLINE VOTING OPENS MONDAY 31st OCTOBER (Press Release)

Battlefield Band are very pleased and honoured to be nominated for ‘Scottish Folk Band of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2011

The aim of the Scots Trad Music Awards is to highlight Scotland’s wonderful traditional music, and Battlefield Band were very proud to be awarded ‘Best Live Act’ at the very first . . . → Read More: BATTLEFIELD BAND NOMINATED FOR SCOTS TRAD AWARDS 2011 ONLINE VOTING OPENS MONDAY 31st OCTOBER (Press Release)

Remembering Muiris Ó Rócháin on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta (Press Release)

On Monday at 9.08 am RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta will broadcast a programme in memory of Muiris Ó Rócháin, much loved charismatic director of Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, who passed away in October.

The programme, Seachtain Mhuiris, was recorded by Ian Lee in 2001 during the Willie Clancy Summer School in Miltown Malbay.  Ian spent . . . → Read More: Remembering Muiris Ó Rócháin on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta (Press Release)