Arkansas Celtic
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Alasdair Fraser and Muriel Johnstone
Friday, May 5, 2006, 7:30 P.M.
at Reynolds Performance Hall
Beatrice Powell Drive
Southeast Corner of the campus of
University of Central Arkansas, Conway.
( See directions below )
Tickets are $20.00.
Reserved Seat Admission tickets are available at
For more information call 1-501-602-5508.

The Arkansas Celtic Music Society, in association with the Arkansas Scottish Country Dance Society, is proud to present, in concert, Alasdair Fraser and Muriel Johnstone.

Alasdair Fraser is recognized throughout the world as one of the finest fiddle players Scotland has ever produced. His playing runs the expressive gamut from deep Celtic melancholy to joyful jigs. Joining him will be Muriel Johnstone who has earned a reputation as one of the finest musicians currently playing for Scottish Dance. You won't want to miss this evening for a truly unique Scottish music experience!

More about the performers...

Alasdair Fraser

Master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser is a consummate performer. His dynamic fiddling, engaging stage presence, and deep understanding of Scotland's music have created a constant and international demand for his solo appearances and concerts with a variety of ensembles. Alasdair has been a major force behind the resurgence of traditional Scottish fiddling in his homeland and the U.S., inspiring legions of listeners and learners through his recordings, annual fiddle camps, and concerts. He has represented Scotland internationally through performances sponsored by the British Council, and has been awarded touring support by the California Arts Council, with the ranking of "highest priority for inclusion on the roster; considered 'model' in stature."

Alasdair's richly expressive playing transports listeners across a broad musical spectrum, ranging from haunting laments from the Gaelic tradition to classically-styled airs, raucous dance tunes, and improvisations based on traditional themes. His vast repertoire spans several centuries of Scottish music and includes his own compositions, which blend a profound understanding of the Scottish tradition with cutting-edge musical explorations. He weaves through his performances a warm and witty narrative, drawing from a deep well of stories and lore surrounding Scotland's musical heritage.

Muriel Johnstone

Muriel's work in the field of traditional Scottish music has taken her from Scotland to the United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Europe. Her reputation as one of the finest musicians currently playing for Scottish dance puts her in great demand for workshops, dances and concerts, both as a solo artist and together with other musicians. During her career Muriel has had several wonderful musical liaisons since her first band gig with Bobby Crowe. These include Angus Fitchet, Marian Anderson, Judith Linton, Gordon Smith, Iain Fraser, Chris Duncan, Calum MacKinnon, Keith Smith and Alasdair Fraser.

Muriel's diversity ensures a very busy life-style and a great deal of traveling as she continues to teach (both music and dance), perform, play for classes and dances, and compose. To date Muriel has released 18 CDs on her own Scotscores label and has appeared on many other recordings. As a prolific composer, Muriel has provided tunes for many dances and for many people throughout the huge Scottish Country Dance world. Many of her compositions have been published and a number of dance books. The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society recognized her service by awarding her the Society's Scroll of Honour in 2002.

Reynolds Performance Hall, Conway, AR

Reynolds Performance Hall

It is easy to get to Reynolds Hall
from anywhere in Central Arkansas.

Directions and map(s) are below...

Take I-40 to Exit 129 (Dave Ward Dr./Hwy 286).
Go west on Dave Ward Dr. for 2.4 miles to Donaghey Ave.
You will see the University of Central Arkansas sign.
Turn right and go a quarter mile to just past the AETN building.
Turn left onto Beatrice Powell Blvd.
Reynolds will be directly on the left.
Parking is free.

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Echoes of Erin
Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann
Sunday, October 9, 2005, 6:30 P.M.
at Mabelvale United Methodist Church
10500 Woodman St., Mabelvale, AR

Tickets $15 - Can be purchased online or available at the door
$10 Students (with accompanying adult) and Seniors (60 years & over)
Under 12 years of age FREE.
For more information call 1-501-602-5508.

The Arkansas Celtic Music Society is proud to sponsor, direct from Ireland and, for the very first time in Little Rock, the famous "Echoes of Erin Tour - 2005".

The "Echoes of Erin" tour is a colorful and exciting show of Irish Traditional Music, Song and Dance performed annually in the United States by some of the most talented performers that Ireland has to offer.

This is a ONE NIGHT ONLY appearance of the tour here in Little Rock so be sure to get your tickets as early as you can!

Click HERE for a PDF format POSTER for this event.

Click HERE for a PDF format FLYER for the tour itself.


The 33rd Annual Concert Tour of North America will be from the 4th to the 16th of October. It will be a proud occasion marking as it does, a monumental achievement, not only of sustaining the Tour over all these years, but developing it into a major cultural event. This year's Tour is sponsored by Culture Ireland, Waterford Crystal and Tourism Ireland.

From the Tour has grown a vibrant Comhaltas movement in North America with 50 branches promoting the native culture of Ireland and forging strong links between this vast continent and the homeland. Thousands of Irish-Americans (and non-Irish) play Irish traditional music and visit Ireland on a regular basis.

The 2005 Tour includes celebrated singer Sean O`Se` of Ceoltoiri Cualann and O`Riada sa Gaeity fame. Also included are veterans of previous tours such as Cavan's Martin Donohoe and Wexford's Padraig Sinnott. The complete line-up is as follows:

Sean O` Se` (Cork) - Fear a'Ti/Singer
Martin Donohoe (Cavan) - Accordion
Niamh Denmead (Dublin) - Harp
Erin McGeown (Armagh) - Fiddle
Aisling Campbell (tyrone) - Banjo/Singer
Clare Quinn (Tipperary) - Fiddle
Janine Redmond (Dublin) - Accordion
Rory McMahon (Clare) - Concertina
James Mahon (Dublin) - Flute
Padraig Sinnott (Wexford) - Uilleann Pipes
Aisling McPhillips (Fermanagh) - Flute
Irene Cunningham (Galway) - Dancer
Cathal McGarrigle (Offaly) - Dancer
Brian Cunningham (Galway) - Dancer
Aine O'Dwyer (Tipperary) - Dancer
Stephen Conroy (Laois) - Tour Manager

If you enjoy Irish Traditional Music, Song and Dance then this is a lineup of talent that you do not want to miss! See you there!

May 19, 2005, 7:30 P.M.
at Sesame's Restaurant
3 Rahling Circle, Little Rock, AR

Tickets $15 - Available at the door

We are very happy to have Teada ( pronounced TAY-DA ) return to Little Rock. In just three short years, Teada has exploded onto the international touring circuit, capturing the imagination of many with a creative and spontaneous musical approach, seeking to capture the intricacies of traditional art form within a contemporary band context. Having first come to attention through an appearance on the innovative Irish television series, Flosc, in 2001, Teada went on to undertake highly successful tours of the United States, Finland and Germany throughout their initial two years as a band. The following year, 2003, saw audiences hearing for the first time, an expanded 5-member line-up featuring accordionist Paul Finn from Laois. The re-release of Teada's debut album worldwide later in the year by US label, Green Linnet, saw the band being awarded the prestigious "Best Traditional Newcomers 2003" award from Irish Music Magazine. Last year brought extensive touring activity throughout Ireland, the United States, Canada, Austria, Portugal and the United Kingdom, with audiences hearing material from Teada's stunning new album for the first time. After headline performances at all the major US Irish/Celtic festivals over the summer months, and a visit to Germany in October, the band has most recently welcomed Sligo flute-player, Damien Stenson, to the line-up. The current members of the band are: Oisin Mac Diarmada, from Sligo - fiddle/vocals; Paul Finn, from Laois - accordion; Damien Stenson, from Sligo - flute/whistle; Sean McElwain, from Monaghan - guitar/bouzouki; and Tristan Rosenstock, from Dublin - bodhran (Irish drum). Visit Teada's website at

Click HERE to see the May 8, 2005 ACMS PRESS RELEASE for this Teada concert.

Craobh Rua
April 30, 2005, 7:30 P.M.
at Gaucho's Banquet Room
3 Rahling Circle, Little Rock, AR

Tickets $15 - Available at the door

Craobh Rua from Belfast are now regarded around the globe as ambassadors of Irish Traditional Music and impeccable musicians - together they play uillean pipes, flute, tin whistles, fiddle, bodhran, banjo, mandolin, bouzouki in addition to wonderful vocals. Though their arrangements are all their own, they have been likened to the first wave of the Irish folk revival of the sixties and seventies. On stage they have performed longside countless artists from De Dannan to Ralph McTell and Alan Stivell . On television they have appeared in the BBC TV series 'The Shetlands Sessions', and were invited to appear in BBC Music Live 2000 when they performed live in front of millions of viewers on BBC2 . Extensive touring and festival appearances in the UK, Ireland, Holland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Poland,Belgium,USA/Canada and Australia to delighted audiences has earned the band wide appreciation and recognition. Spring 2000 marked the release of their long awaited fifth album If Ida Been Here Ida Been There. Click HERE for the Craobh Rua website.

Mick Moloney
March 26, 2005, 7:30 P.M.
at Gaucho's Banquet Room
3 Rahling Circle, Little Rock, AR

Click HERE for a Mick Moloney Color PDF flyer.
Click HERE for a Mick Moloney Black/White PDF flyer.

Mick Moloney combines the careers of folklorist, arts presenter and advocate, professional musician, and radio and television personality. Reviewer Earle Hitchner called Mick's concert a "moving musical feast" in a review in The Irish Echo: "Mick Moloney's knowledge of Irish, Irish-American, and other genres of popular, roots-oriented, and historical music runs wide and deep." Mick Moloney is the author of Far From the Shamrock Shore: The story of Irish American History Through Song released by Crown Publications in February of 2002 with an accompanying CD on Shanachie Records. He holds a Ph.D. in folklore and folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught ethnomusicology, folklore and Irish studies courses at the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, and Villanova Universities, and currently teaches at New York University in the Irish Studies program. He has recorded and produced over forty albums of traditional music and acted as advisor for scores of festivals and concerts all over America. Mick also served as the artistic director for several major arts tours including The Green Fields of America, an ensemble of Irish musicians, singers and dancers which toured across the United States on several occasions. He has hosted three nationally syndicated series of folk music on American Public Television; was a consultant, performer and interviewee on the Irish Television special "Bringing It All Back Home"; a participant, consultant and music arranger of the PBS documentary film "Out of Ireland"; and a performer on the PBS special "The Irish in America: Long Journey Home." In 1999 he was awarded the National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts... the highest official honor a traditional artist can receive in the United States.

March 12, 2005, 7:30 P.M.
at The Flying Saucer
323 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR

Founded in 1997 by singer-songwriter Lynn Vallieres, the folk group Rosheen now boasts seven members, all blessed with a passion for Celtic music. Rosheen has performed all across Quebec, and two years ago made a great impression at the Montreal International Celtic Music Festival. Appearances at other events, such as the New France Festival in Quebec City, have helped spread their reputation across the region. Rosheen has also performed on prestigious stages such as Place D'Youville and Parc Rolland-Beaudin in Ste-Foy where they were welcomed by a warm and enthusiastic audience. What is most remarkable about Rosheen, A Quebec based group, is that they perform the traditional music of Ireland with such authenticity. In February of 2004 CBC-Radio broadcast a live performance by Rosheen from the Capitole de Quebec, one of the city's most respected performance venues. The two hour show was heard from coast to coast on the French network and was rebroadcast the next day on CBC's English counterpart. Rosheen and their guests, Paris to Kiev, thrilled 1,200 spectators as well as thousands of radio listeners. Irish Dancing Magazine (Ireland) and Keltika (Italy) have given high praise to Rosheen for their music. The group can already be heard on the air in North America and Europe, and with booking and management deals having just taken place in Canada and America, more focus is being planned for radio. In addition to many traditional pieces, all done Rosheen style, the group performs original works by different band members, giving their self-titled CD a particularly original flavour. Jigs, reels and hellish polkas are intertwined with haunting ballads, affording Rosheen a great diversity both as a recording act, and in particular, when performing live in concert. In addition to Lynn Vallieres (recorder and bodhran), six seasoned and versatile musicians make up the band; Michel Henault (guitar, arranger-composer and writer), multi-instrumentalist Gregoire Painchaud (keyboard, piano, violin, mandolin and arranger-composer), Kattialine Painchaud (violin and harp), Francois Matte (wooden flute, tin whistle), Francois Guilbault (double bass and bass) and last but not least Christian Pare (percussion and drums). Rosheen has recently signed a world-wide management deal with Jensen Music International (JMI), and have also secured Real Good Music (RGM) of Vail, Arizona as their US booking agency. Dates are already being booked across America, and JMI is working on getting the group to Europe and across Canada in 2005.

Randal Bayes and Roger Landes
February 11, 2005, 7:30 P.M.
at The Flying Saucer
323 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR

Randal Bays [fiddle] and Roger Landes [string accompaniment instruments...guitar, bouzouki, mando, etc.], a couple of real wizards in the world of celtic music, will be in concert at The Flying Saucer on Friday, February 11, 2005 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $15 dollars and will be available at the door. Randal and Roger will also conduct a pair of workshops in Little Rock on Thursday, February 10, from 7-9 p.m. The cost per student is $35. Check out their webpage at You may pay the fee at the class but *advance registration is required.* Please email Ellen Stern at if you want to sign up or need more information.

November 4, 2004, 7:30 P.M.
at The Arkansas Arts Center
501 East 9th Street, Little Rock, AR

Bohola, regarded as one America's finest Irish groups, hails from the Chicago area. Their CD's have twice won Celtic Connection's "Best New Celtic Release" award(s) and we are pleased to have them back with us again here in Little Rock. The concert will take place in the theatre located inside the Arkansas Art Center located at 501 East 9th Stree, downtown Little Rock. Tickets will be available at the door and the concert will be preceded by a special anniversary reception for the Arkansas Alzheimer's Association.


Sept. 6-7: Lunasa, Sept. 6, Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, Fine Arts Building, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 S. University Ave.; Sept. 7, Woodlands Auditorium, Hot Springs Village.

Sept. 30-Oct. 1: The Dublin City Ramblers, Sept. 30, Hot Springs Convention Center, Convention Center Boulevard; Oct. 1, Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church, 1600 Louisiana St., Little Rock

Nov. 18-19: Altan, Nov. 18, Robinson Auditorium, Downtown Little Rock; Nov. 19, The Arlington Hotel Ballroom, Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Dec. 5-6: Bohola, Dec. 5 Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall; Dec. 6 Woodlands Auditorium, Hot Springs Village.

Celtic Clipart courtesy of Karen Nicholas.