Dervish in Midland!!

Just opened up the evening paper to discover that Dervish are playing in Midland on August 1st. They are a terrific band from Ireland, one of the first of the “modern” (post-Bothy Band) groups, with blazing tunes and lovely singing. If you are in the area and have any interest in Irish traditional music, this is pretty much a must-see show. 7PM Monday August 1st at the Midland Center for the Arts. It’s being put on by WCMU, and I think it’s being broadcast live and webcast as well.

Here’s a fairly old video of them playing a set of three jigs: “I Buried My Wife and Danced On Top of Her” / “Andy Dejarlis” / “John McKenna’s”.

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The sharp-eyed amongst you may have noticed that there was one weekend day missing from Hoolie’s Mid Michigan Renaissance Festival schedule: June 25th. Well, turns out Finnigan is playing there that day instead of Hoolie. Thanks to seeing them in the distance at the Midland Highland Games, I now know who they are: Bruce Macartney and Tom Krause.

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Moriath in town this afternoon!

Okay, I know this is very late notice. But just in case someone happens to read this this afternoon, Moriath — that is to say, Midland’s own Regina and Griffin — will be playing the party tent in front of Dow Diamond from 4pm to 7pm today. (Today being Friday June 17th.) We’ve been delighted to have them at the session several times, but as far as I know, this is the first chance to hear them as a duo here in Midland. Fiddle, whistles, guitar, and vocals, it should be great!

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Lots of new Hoolie shows!

Hoolie have recently added a slew of new shows in the area in the next month. This Wednesday and next at the Stein Haus, the 18th, 19th, 26th, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at the Mid Michigan Renaissance Festival, and June 20th at Borchard Park.

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Pulse Video

For those of you who missed The StepCrew (or those who want more!), here’s a 2002 video of Chanda Gibson’s group Pulse, featuring The StepCrew’s Pilatzke brothers and more of the Ottawa Valley style Stepdancing.

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Midland Highland Games on Saturday

The White Pine Celtic Arts Council is hosting the fifth annual Midland Highland Festival on Saturday, June 11 from 9 am–5 pm in Chippewassee Park near the Tridge in Downtown Midland. Events are free and open to the public!

Events include:

  • 9 am: Highland Athletic Games (Caber Toss, Stone Throw and more)
  • 12 noon: Opening Ceremony with massed bagpipe bands
  • 12:30-3:30 pm: Celtic Dancing, Celtic Folkbands, Sheep Herding Demonstrations, Scottish Bagpipe Band Performances, Children’s activities, Celtic vendors, Clan tents, plus Athletic games continue
  • 4:30 pm: Closing Ceremony

That’s more or less verbatim from the press release. Let me add that bands playing are Equinox and Finnegan (does anyone know anything about this group?), and a number of the Midland / Bay City Celtic session musicians are planning on showing up with instruments as well. Please come out and join us!

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The StepCrew in Midland on Friday

As mentioned previously, The StepCrew is coming to Midland this Friday. Unfortunately, fiddler Yvonne Kane seems to have vanished from their lineup since our last post, but it should still be a first-rate evening of fiery tunes and world-class dancing. The lead dancers were absolutely stunning when we saw them dance back in the early 2000s, and they’ve spent the ensuing time touring with the Chieftains, so I’m guessing they haven’t lost a step. Highly recommended.

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Session Schedule Change!

The Bay City Washington Street Irish Pub has moved back to Tuesdays starting today. So this week’s session is tonight, not tomorrow.

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Busy weekend!

We’re off to the Alma Highland Festival for the afternoon. Bagpipes, border collies, and a steam train … something for everyone. At least, everyone in our family! This weekend also marks the Traditional Arts Weekend at Wheatland. Not so much purely Celtic stuff there this year, but there may well be some fun crossovery stuff. Have fun and stay dry, everybody!

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Randal Bays concert

Here’s a great set of single jigs that Randal played at the White Crow Sunday. He called them “The Bank of Turf” / “Patrick Kelly’s” and “Music on the Wind”. The first sounds terribly familiar to me — I suspect I know another name for it. The last is a terrific composition of fiddler Lucy Farr.

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