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)

Long Time Courting: 7.30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29th, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, Maine (Press Release)

Long Time Courting celebrates the release of their debut album Alternate Routes! Long Time Courting’s first studio recording sparkles with creativity and fresh energy. Drawing from the deep well of traditional music, the all-women quartet finds new and satisfying ways of making jigs, reels, and old ballads accessible to the modern folk audience. Though the . . . → Read More: Long Time Courting: 7.30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29th, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, Maine (Press Release)

Changing Natures (An Estate Library comment)

I had forgotten that the library here at the Kinrowan Estate was undergoing a partial renovation too until Laith reminded me that this was happening. Now understand that I have no idea exactly what space(s) the library here occupies as no one including any of the Librarians are ever sure. It can be as small . . . → Read More: Changing Natures (An Estate Library comment)

Supernatural Noir edited by Ellen Datlow: Readings / Discussion / Signing (Press Release)

Our review is here.

At the Pequannock Township Public Library Monday 477 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Pompton Plains, NJ  07444

Telephone (973) 835-7460   Monday October 24, 2011 at 7pm   With the participation of the following contributors:   Jeffrey Ford   Jeffrey Ford is the author of the novels The Physiognomy, Memoranda, The Beyond, . . . → Read More: Supernatural Noir edited by Ellen Datlow: Readings / Discussion / Signing (Press Release)

Rat Fiddlers (A Pub Tale)

Oh, the tale I was going to tell? It concerns the Rat Fiddlers…

The staff is engaged in a discussion to name the group that the Rat Fiddlers are thinking of putting together — medieval music with small pipes, hurdy gurdy, and fiddles.

Who are these Rat Fiddlers, you ask? And why haven’t I heard . . . → Read More: Rat Fiddlers (A Pub Tale)