Jim Malcolm Tonight!

Jim is here in town, and performing at the Midland Center for the Arts Lecture Room (downstairs) at 7:30 tonight.  More Info.

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Upcoming Workshops, Sessions, and Concerts!

The normal Midland and Bay City sessions have been cancelled for the month of August, but never fret, there’s still a lot going on.

1) There will be a Celtic session at the Midland Folk Festival, 9pm Friday the 24th. Hopefully this can make up a bit for the normal Bay City and Midland sessions taking the month off!

2) I’m teaching four Celtic tunes workshops at the Midland Folk Festival: Friday @ noon is Newfoundland Dance Tunes. Friday @ 3 is Irish Dance Tunes, with the tunes “The Lisheen Slide”, “Brendan Tonra’s” (jig), “Banks Of Lough Gowna” (jig), “Whinney Hills Of Leitrim” (slipjig), and probably a polka and a single reel TBA. Saturday @ noon is Irish Reels, with “Pigeon on the Gate”, “The Old Copperplate”, “The New Copperplate”, and “The Longford Collector”. Saturday @ 2 is Newfoundland Singles, which are simple, fast Irish polka-like dance tunes. (Note that I may run out of time to teach all the tunes listed!)

I see there’s also “Irish Fiddling, regional styles” taught by Terry Bell Saturday afternoon, and lots of other interesting workshops.

3) Finally, we’re bringing Scottish singer Jim Malcolm back to Midland, Thursday September 13th, 7:30 pm. The former lead singer of Old Blind Dogs, Jim is a fantastic singer, songwriter, guitarist, and harmonica player. More info.

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Nic Gareiss and Jessie Nieves present: Life After Limerick

Kaya Coffee House will host a “House-Style Concert” on Thursday, May 31 with Nic Gareiss and Jessie Nieves: Life After Limerick! Concert will start at 7:30. (From 7:00 to 8:00, Kaya will be open for food & drinks to concert goers; $10 suggested donation for concert.)

Two prodigal Michigan traditional artists return home this summer to share of their adventures! ‘Life After Limerick’ presents the story of Michigan natives: Jessie Nieves and Nic Gareiss, who attended The Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick, a conservatory-style school that is rapidly developing a reputation as one of the foremost institutions of traditional music and dance training in the world. Now, having both graduated from UL, Jessie with a MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance and Nic with a MA in Ethnochoreology, the pair have returned to Michigan eager to share their experiences with the traditional music community that fostered them artistically.

‘Life After Limerick’ tells the story of the educational voyage of these two young musician/dancer/scholars as encountered through this remarkable institution. Through tunes, songs, and dance steps, Jessie and Nic share their experience of living in Ireland: the joys, and occasional mishaps of acclimating to a new cultural environment and ultimately, the realization of just how deep the roots connections between Ireland and North America run.

Jessie Nieves, born and raised in Saline, Michigan, has been playing the fiddle for 16 years. A graduate of the Saline Fiddlers, she has shared the stage with Natalie MacMaster, and studied with living Irish fiddle legend Siobhan Peoples.

Nic Gareiss (Canadian Folk Music Nominee for Traditional Singer of the Year) has danced on national Irish television and on CMT, performed with the Chieftains, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, and studied under former Riverdance lead Colin Dunne.

(That’s my edited version of Kaya’s announcement of the concert — let me add that Jessie was a fine fiddler *before* she headed off to get a masters in traditional music performance, and Nic is unquestionably one of the world’s foremost dancers in his style, routinely performing with the top talent in the Irish Traditional Music World. This concert gets my highest recommendation — colomon)

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It’s time for our yearly favorite news from Bay City’s lovely sister city, Goderich, Ontario — the Celtic College schedule announcement is up:

Goderich Celtic College schedule and course descriptions

We are so pleased to see Christina Smith and Jean Hewson back this year, and The Once teaching again, too!  Just in time for me to add to my shower-singing repertoire.

We’re getting ready to try to organize a small army to travel there from Midland.  No barricades, just a lot of music.

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New Irish Session in Mt. Pleasant This Week

Word on the grapevine is that Kaya Coffee House is hosting a brand new Irish session this Friday, 7pm-9pm. Moriath will be there, so it should be to a pretty high standard of quality.  If you know Irish tunes, come out and bring your instrument; if you don’t, it will be good listening in a very pleasant environment.

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St Patrick’s Music at the Stein Haus Now

Jerry and Bruce from Hoolie, plus Andy Rogers and myself.  We’re setting up as I type this.

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Busy Times!

I’ll be doing a series of blog posts on upcoming Celtic music events in our area soon. In the meantime, here’s a quick list of things a bit further afield, put together by Colleen Gavin:

Feb 24- BreakFest at The Ark with performance by Mike and Colleen Gavin and Lance Wagner
March 4- Altan at The Ark
March 7- Lunasa at The Ark 8pm
March 8- Fiddle and Guitar Workshops with Kevin Burke and Cal Scott 7pm
March 11- Kevin Burke and Cal Scott in concert at Greenwood Center 4-6pm
March 17- St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with Mick Gavin
March 24/25- Fiddle Workshops with Patrick Orceau- Kalamazoo (pls. message for more info)
April 13-15- Midwest Fleadh Cheoil – Chicago
April 16- Tannahill Weavers at The Ark

I’m starting to worry I’m going to have to clone myself just to catch half of the great things going on!

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