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THE FUCHSIA BAND!

Direct from County Cork, Ireland!

The FUCHSIA BAND is one of the hottest Irish groups to ever cross the pond and they will be HERE in Little Rock on Friday, August 20, 2010!

You don't want to miss these incredibly talented Cork Lads as they stop in Little Rock for ONE NIGHT ONLY during their whirlwind 2010 Summer Tour!


WHEN: Friday, August 20, 2010 - 7:00 PM and Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 7:00 PM

WHERE: Khalil's Pub and Grill
110 South Shackelford Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72211
Ample parking is available.
This is a NON-SMOKING event.
Phone: 501-224-0224
Website: http://www.khalilspub.com/
Click HERE for a MAPQUEST MAP
Click HERE for a GOOGLE MAP

TICKETS:
General Admission $15 ( at the door )
Tickets are ALSO available online by clicking HERE
or reservations can be made by calling...

Seating is limited for the concert and advance ticket sales/reservations are recommended for this event.

Brought to you by...

This event is brought to you by ACMS and the following co-sponsors.
Please click the images below and visit their WEBSITES!

About The Fuchsia Band...

The Fuchsia Band have established themselves as one of the top Irish Traditional bands on the circuit with their lively folk-trad spirit and charm never-failing. The Fuchsia Band has played from the American shores to the Finnish fjords, bringing the sold-out venues to a storming frenzy through music, song, stories and dancing. These four lads have traveled far and wide, bombarding people with ceol binn every step along the way! The Fuchsia Band will put you all under their spell and whisk you away to a time before television, a time before radio and the atom bomb when people entertained themselves in Fuchsia Land!

Want to know MORE about The Fuchsia Band? Just click HERE to visit their online website at http://www.thefuchsiaband.com

The Fuchsia Band have already produced 3 amazing CDs in their short time together and you can view details and/or buy copies by visting their website and clicking on their SHOP menu option. CDs will also be available for purchase at the SHOW!.

Meet the Lads!...

Mairtin De Cogain - Vocals, Stories, Bodhran, Dancer

Mairtin was found under a stone and brought up in a tree with many others! Of late he has been learning his trade from a little man named Larry the Leipreachan who is well learned in the ways of Eireann's past. Mairtin is a singing, dancing, story-telling bodhran player!!!

On the night of a full moon it is rumored he stands at the cross roads playing to the wind. He learnt his singing from many famous Irishmen such as Seamus Mac Mathune, Danni Maichi Ua Suillebhain and Ciaran Dwyer.

Story-telling has been in his family for generations, and when Mairtin's tales begin, his eyes move to the other world!

Mairtin is also a professional actor and appears in the new Ken Loach film The Wind That Shakes The Barley which just won the TOP AWARD at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The movie is about the Irish struggle for independence circa 1922 and Mairtin plays the character Sean in the movie.

Also an accomplished DANCER, Mairtin has been known to light up the stage with his footwork during performances. His energetic "Brush Dance" just has to be seen to be believed!

Eoin Verling - Irish ( Buttonbox ) Accordion, Guitar, Vocals

Eoin, who proudly hails from Enniskeane in West Cork, started playing the box at the age of 5 in a marching band.

He played all along until his late teens, when he then put the box aside for awhile, for the want of women and porter. It was only while travelling in Australia, when he met a little maneen under a shtone, that he finally came to his senses and took it back up again.

Eoin has notched up numerous medals and prizes over the years for playing music and has played manys the session at the Fleadh and Scor. An eager gaelgoir, Eoin enjoys nothing more that a quiet pub, couple o' pints and a bit a craic!

Also an accomplished singer with a beautiful voice... you won't want to miss it when Eoin gives us a song or two!

Mick Heffernan - Flute, Guitar, Piano, Vocals

Michael Anthony Heffernan, named after his grandfather, Dan, is a light fingered flautist from the mountain road in Carrigaline, 2nd last out, from a family of 6.

He takes his inspiration from John A Wood (but his wife wouldn't!! .. bad-dum tish!!). His musical influences include everything from Sean O Riada to The Chieftains.

Mick is a talented musician, who's well able to handle flute, a sax, a piano, a guitar or even a microphone!

Brian McGillicuddy - Irish Tenor Banjo, Mandolin, Vocals

Brian McGillicuddy is the newest member of the band. He comes from Inniscarra ,which is just outside Cork City and has been with the group since late last year. Like the rest of the group Brian has been playing music from a very early age.

The banjo was Brian's second instrument. He was tootling happily on his D-whistle from the age of five for a few years when suddenly, like a mirage in a desert, at a Fleadh Cheoil in Skibbereen (West Cork), in 1989, ("Oh Father dear, I often hear you speak of Erins Isle.."), he saw a sight which made his eyes grow as big as saucers in his head!. It was a van bedecked in gleaming banjos, all of them the produce of one Galway man, Tommy Cussen, who stood by his stall, smiling paternally at all the little Cork boys and girls.

And so, a childs longing for a new and different instrument, a mother's ambition, and a father's willingness to buy anything for anyone, having just emerged from his third public house of the day, brought about the deposit there and then on Brian's first banjo and a promise to pay Tommy Cussen the balance when times got better.

The rest, as they say, is history and Brian has been twanging with gusto and no little skill ever since. He is still dealing with the affable Tommy Cussen, still paying deposits and promising the balance when times get better, so "d'chas" is definitely "nos treise na oili'int."

Some years ago , one of his banjos gave birth to a bouncing , healthy mandolin (Tommy Cussen delivered), and now both mother and daughter are fine and Brian makes excellent music on both!


Paddy O'Brien and Pat Egan

Paddy O'Brien ( Button Accordion )

Pat Egan ( Guitar/Vocals )


WHEN: Saturday, July 31, 2010 - 7:00 PM

WHERE: Khalil's Pub and Grill
110 South Shackelford Road, Little Rock, Arkansas   72211
Ample parking is available.
This is a NON-SMOKING event.
Phone: 501-224-0224
Website: http://www.khalilspub.com/
Click HERE for a MAPQUEST MAP
Click HERE for a GOOGLE MAP

TICKETS:
General Admission $10 ( at the door )
Tickets are ALSO available online by clicking HERE
or reservations can be made by calling...

Seating is limited for the concert and advance ticket sales/reservations are recommended for this event.

Brought to you by...

This event is brought to you by ACMS and the following co-sponsors.
Please click the images below and visit their WEBSITES!

About Paddy O'Brien...

A product of County Offaly in the midlands of Ireland, Paddy O'Brien is regarded by serious players and collectors of Irish traditional music as one of the tradition's most important repositories; in a musical career that spans nearly forty years, he has collected more than 3,000 compositions---jigs, reels, hornpipes, airs, and marches, including many rare and unusual tunes. His mastery of the two-row button accordion was also acknowledged through prestigious awards: he was named Oireachtas champion four times, and All-Ireland senior accordion champion in 1975.

In Ireland, he played and recorded with the famed Castle Ceili Band and Ceoltoiri Laighean. In 1978, Paddy began playing regularly in the United States, in Washington DC, St. Louis, St. Paul, San Francisco, Boston, New York, and many places between. He has been featured on three recordings with Shanachie Records since 1978, and in 1988 released his first solo album, "Stranger at the Gate," on the Green Linnet label.

Paddy has taught at the prestigious Willie Clancy Summer School held in Milltown Malbay, County Clare, and three times served as a master artist in the Minnesota State Arts Board Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program. In the fall of 1994, he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to record and document 500 tunes from his vast repertoire of traditional music; the result of that effort, /The Paddy O'Brien Tune Collection: A Personal Treasury of Irish Jigs and Reels/, has received accolades from players of Irish music around the world. Paddy currently tours and records with the traditional trio Chulrua (with Patrick Ourceau and Pat Egan), and with the Minnesota-based Doon Ceili Band. For more information about Paddy O'Brien, visit www.chulrua.com.

About Pat Egan...

Pat Egan is a recognized force on the contemporary folk scene. A native of Tipperary, Pat grew up singing and playing, and has been a professional musician since 1985. He served his apprenticeship with the Dublin groups Old Bawn and De Min, and has since been a member of Idle Wall, and the Mayo-based traditional group Sheeaun. More recently, his performance on the internationally acclaimed recording "Music at Matt Molloy's" brought his talent to the attention of a much wider audience, and in 1994 he produced a highly regarded solo tape, "Songs for the Candle." Now based in Baltimore, Maryland, Pat has made extensive tours of the United States, and has also performed in Sweden, Norway, Holland, Germany, and Scotland. He has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, in the U.S., Ireland, and abroad.



Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas



WHEN: Sunday, November 8, 2009, at 6:00 PM

WHERE: Studio Joe
600 Autumn Road, Little Rock, AR 72211
Non-smoking, Ample off street parking. ADA compliant.
Phone: 501-224-3400
Website: http://www.studiojoe.biz/
Click HERE for a MAPQUEST MAP.
Click HERE for a GOOGLE MAP.

Studio Joe is located in West Little Rock
just behind and across the street from the
Barnes and Noble Bookstore on Chenal Drive.

TICKETS:
General Admission $25

NOTE: This Concert is SOLD OUT!

To check for cancellations please call ...

Additional Information...

The musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland's premier fiddle ambassador, and the sizzlingly-talented young California cellist Natalie Haas may not seem an obvious one. Fraser, acclaimed by the San Francisco Examiner as "the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling," has a concert and recording career spanning 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans,Titanic).

Fraser has been sponsored by the British Council to represent Scotland's music internationally, and received the Scottish Heritage Center Service Award for outstanding contributions to Scottish culture and traditions.

The 25-year-old Haas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, wasn't even born when Alasdair was winning national fiddle competitions on the other side of the Atlantic but this seemingly unlikely pairing is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser, whose cutting-edge musical explorations took him full circle to find a cellist who could help him return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music.

"Fraser, one of the most respected of all exponents of the Scots fiddle, would look long and hard to find a more appropriate cellist as a partner. Haas can switch just as effortlessly as Fraser from a gentle singing tone to driving, dancing melody. A positive joy."
The Scotsman

Alasdair Fraser's website: http://www.alasdairfraser.com/

Natalie Haas' website: http://www.nataliehaas.com/


The Brock McGuire Band



WHEN: Monday, October 26, 2009, at 7:00 PM

WHERE: Studio Joe
600 Autumn Road, Little Rock, AR 72211
Non-smoking, Ample off street parking. ADA compliant.
Phone: 501-224-3400
Website: http://www.studiojoe.biz/
Click HERE for a MAPQUEST MAP.
Click HERE for a GOOGLE MAP.

Studio Joe is located in West Little Rock
just behind and across the street from the
Barnes and Noble Bookstore on Chenal Drive.

TICKETS:
$15, available at the door

To make an advance reservation please call ...

Additional Information...

Co-founders of Moving Cloud and two of Ireland's most celebrated traditional musicians, button accordionist Paul Brock and fiddler Manus McGuire are teaming up with accompanist Denis Carey and fiddler and concertina player Niamh Ni Charra for their upcoming fall tour of the Southern States.

Paul Brock , a multiple All-Ireland champion, has been at the forefront of button accordion playing for many years with his solo album 'Mo Chairdin' (Gael-Linn, 1992), described in the Rough Guide to Irish Music as a modern masterpiece of accordion music. His duet recording " Humdinger" with banjoist Enda Scahill, released in 2006, was voted traditional album of the year by the Irish Times.

Manus McGuire has recorded 10 albums to date including the self-titled CD with the Brock McGuire Band in 2004, which was accorded instrumental album of that year by Live Ireland.com. His solo debut, 'Saffron & Blue' was named best album of 2000, and Manus, best male musician of the same year by the Irish American News. His next solo album "Fiddlewings" was similarly honoured in 2006.

Denis Carey is a musician, composer, and arranger with a diverse musical background who has performed and recorded with many well- known artists both in Ireland and Canada, and his most recent album "Moving On" showcases his many wide-ranging compositions.

Niamh Ni Charra is an All Ireland Champion on both fiddle and concertina. She toured Europe, Asia and North America for 8 years as a soloist with Riverdance, performing in over 2500 shows, before returning to Ireland where she is now based. She tours these days with the Carlos Nunez band from Galicia, Spain. Her debut album "On Da Thaobh / From Both Sides" was released in 2007 to much critical acclaim and was the only Irish album to make MOJO's Top Ten Folk Albums for 2007.

The Brock McGuire Band comprises the best of Irish musicianship and audiences everywhere are in for a massive treat.

Click HERE to visit the band's WEBSITE.


THE FUCHSIA BAND!

Direct from County Cork, Ireland!

The FUCHSIA BAND is one of the hottest Irish groups to ever cross the pond and they will be HERE in Little Rock on Friday, June 12, 2009!

You don't want to miss these incredibly talented Cork Lads as they stop in Little Rock for ONE NIGHT ONLY during their whirlwind 2009 Summer Tour!


WHEN: Friday, June 12, 2009 - 7:30 PM

WHERE: Studio Joe
600 Autumn, Little Rock, AR 72211
Non-smoking, Ample off street parking. ADA compliant.
Phone: 501-224-3400
Website: http://www.studiojoe.biz/
Click HERE for a MAPQUEST MAP.
Click HERE for a GOOGLE MAP.

Studio Joe is located in West Little Rock
just behind and across the street from the
Barnes and Noble Bookstore on Chenal Drive.

TICKETS:
General Admission $15
ACMS Members $10
Children under 12 free.
Students $5 with an ID.

Concert is sold out!

To check for cancellations please call ...

The Fuchsia Band have established themselves as one of the top Irish Traditional bands on the circuit with their lively folk-trad spirit and charm never-failing. The Fuchsia Band has played from the American shores to the Finnish fjords, bringing the sold-out venues to a storming frenzy through music, song, stories and dancing. These four lads have traveled far and wide, bombarding people with ceol binn every step along the way! The Fuchsia Band will put you all under their spell and whisk you away to a time before television, a time before radio and the atom bomb when people entertained themselves in Fuchsia Land!

Want to know MORE about The Fuchsia Band? Just click HERE to visit their online website at http://www.thefuchsiaband.com

The Fuchsia Band have already produced 2 amazing CDs in their short time together and you can view details and/or buy copies by visting their website and clicking on their SHOP menu option. CDs will also be available for purchase at the SHOW!.

Meet the Lads!...

Mairtin De Cogain - Vocals, Stories, Bodhran, Dancer

Mairtin was found under a stone and brought up in a tree with many others! Of late he has been learning his trade from a little man named Larry the Leipreachan who is well learned in the ways of Eireann's past. Mairtin is a singing, dancing, story-telling bodhran player!!!

On the night of a full moon it is rumored he stands at the cross roads playing to the wind. He learnt his singing from many famous Irishmen such as Seamus Mac Mathune, Danni Maichi Ua Suillebhain and Ciaran Dwyer.

Story-telling has been in his family for generations, and when Mairtin's tales begin, his eyes move to the other world!

Mairtin is also a professional actor and appears in the new Ken Loach film The Wind That Shakes The Barley which just won the TOP AWARD at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The movie is about the Irish struggle for independence circa 1922 and Mairtin plays the character Sean in the movie.

Also an accomplished DANCER, Mairtin has been known to light up the stage with his footwork during performances. His energetic "Brush Dance" just has to be seen to be believed!

Eoin Verling - Irish ( Buttonbox ) Accordion, Guitar, Vocals

Eoin, who proudly hails from Enniskeane in West Cork, started playing the box at the age of 5 in a marching band.

He played all along until his late teens, when he then put the box aside for awhile, for the want of women and porter. It was only while travelling in Australia, when he met a little maneen under a shtone, that he finally came to his senses and took it back up again.

Eoin has notched up numerous medals and prizes over the years for playing music and has played manys the session at the Fleadh and Scor. An eager gaelgoir, Eoin enjoys nothing more that a quiet pub, couple o' pints and a bit a craic!

Also an accomplished singer with a beautiful voice... you won't want to miss it when Eoin gives us a song or two!

Mick Heffernan - Flute, Guitar, Piano, Vocals

Michael Anthony Heffernan, named after his grandfather, Dan, is a light fingered flautist from the mountain road in Carrigaline, 2nd last out, from a family of 6.

He takes his inspiration from John A Wood (but his wife wouldn't!! .. bad-dum tish!!). His musical influences include everything from Sean O Riada to The Chieftains.

Mick is a talented musician, who's well able to handle flute, a sax, a piano, a guitar or even a microphone!

Brian McGillicuddy - Irish Tenor Banjo, Mandolin, Vocals

Brian McGillicuddy is the newest member of the band. He comes from Inniscarra ,which is just outside Cork City and has been with the group since late last year. Like the rest of the group Brian has been playing music from a very early age.

The banjo was Brian's second instrument. He was tootling happily on his D-whistle from the age of five for a few years when suddenly, like a mirage in a desert, at a Fleadh Cheoil in Skibbereen (West Cork), in 1989, ("Oh Father dear, I often hear you speak of Erins Isle.."), he saw a sight which made his eyes grow as big as saucers in his head!. It was a van bedecked in gleaming banjos, all of them the produce of one Galway man, Tommy Cussen, who stood by his stall, smiling paternally at all the little Cork boys and girls.

And so, a childs longing for a new and different instrument, a mother's ambition, and a father's willingness to buy anything for anyone, having just emerged from his third public house of the day, brought about the deposit there and then on Brian's first banjo and a promise to pay Tommy Cussen the balance when times got better.

The rest, as they say, is history and Brian has been twanging with gusto and no little skill ever since. He is still dealing with the affable Tommy Cussen, still paying deposits and promising the balance when times get better, so "d'chas" is definitely "nos treise na oili'int."

Some years ago , one of his banjos gave birth to a bouncing , healthy mandolin (Tommy Cussen delivered), and now both mother and daughter are fine and Brian makes excellent music on both!




Jim Malcolm!

...in concert at Studio Joe!

Thursday, November 13th, 2008 @ 7:00 PM

Studio Joe is located in West Little Rock
just behind and across the street from the
Barnes and Noble Bookstore on Chenal Drive.

Studio Joe
600 Autumn, Little Rock, AR 72211
Non-smoking, Ample off street parking. ADA compliant.
Phone: 501-224-3400
Website: http://www.studiojoe.biz/
Click HERE for a MAPQUEST MAP.
Click HERE for a GOOGLE MAP.

Admission: $10 at the door, Students $5.
Accompanied children 12 and under - Free!

Click the poster image below for a full-size version in PDF format...



About Jim Malcolm...

Jim Malcolm was brought up in Perthshire and Angus and was steeped in the traditional music of Scotland from an early age.

He learned to play guitar while at school and by his early twenties was winning songwriting competitions and playing in folk clubs all over Scotland. His career began to take off when he hosted the open stage at Edinburgh Folk Festival, and through his own playing there secured a contract with Greentrax for his first solo album, Sconeward. Acclaimed by critics and chosen as one of the year's best by Radio Scotland's folk programmes Travelling Folk and Celtic Connections, the album brought in bookings at folk clubs and festivals in Britain and abroad, and established Jim as one of the leading songwriters in the traditional idiom in Scotland. He was dubbed: "The new male voice of Scotland."

Songs from Sconeward have been recorded and are regularly performed by international acts such as The McCalmans and The Poozies, and Jim was asked to give songwriting and song accompaniment masterclasses at many festivals, including Scotland's foremost festival, Celtic Connections in Glasgow.

Next up was Rohallion, a collection of Jim's new songs recorded with gifted pianist and fiddler Dave Watt and percussionist Iain MacFadyen. "An intoxicating display of lyrical and musical genius" was how Rock 'n' Reel described the CD, from which Jim's song Battle of Waterloo, to the pipe tune of the same name, was an instant hit.

Rohallion consolidated Jim's reputation as one of Scotland's most exciting young folk acts, and brought repeated requests for television and radio appearances. STV broadcast a documentary on Jim and Angus singer Jim Reid for its Artery series, and their singing was featured in the "best of" programme which rounded off the series.

He was one of twelve leading Scottish singers who performed Andy Thorburn's epic work Tuath gu Deas, and has featured on volumes four, five and six of Linn Records Complete Songs of Robert Burns, produced by Dr Fred Freeman. In December 2002 Jim released his fourth solo CD, Home, again on Beltane Records, and again it made waves and won over new fans.

Jim also sang in the Northern Nights series on Grampian TV and STV. In January 1999 Jim joined one of Scotland's most popular international folk acts, the Old Blind Dogs from north east Scotland, and has since worked with them all over the UK, in France, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Germany, USA, Canada and Bulgaria. His song Battle of Waterloo was recorded on their sixth album, The World's Room.

In 2000 Jim released his third solo CD, Resonance, on Beltane Records. It features a collection of his favourite traditional songs alongside four of his own new compositions and some contemporary classics. Lochanside, his composition written to the popular pipe tune, has already been picked up and recorded by several other professional acts.

Then came "The Gab o Mey" with Old Blind Dogs, an album to greet the spring of 2003, with which the band toured the USA in spring and autumn. This was Old Blind Dogs' third CD with Jim as lead singer. It joined Fit? and The Worlds Room on Green Linnet's top 10 sellers, and is a gorgeous album, recorded near Aboyne in Aberdeenshire.

To date career highlights also include solo tours in USA, Germany, Canada, Denmark, Ireland and England, solo studio spots on Travelling Folk, an appearance on STV's Hogmanay show and a tour in Uganda. His song Neptune featured on an award-winning documentary about a North Sea oil spill. In November 2003 Jim filled the small but acoustically sound Glenfarg Village Hall to record his first ever live album, in front of family, fans and friends over two nights. He was nervous, all right, but the results were brilliant, capturing the spontaneity of his concerts. "Live in Glenfarg" was released early in 2004 and has been his fastest seller yet.

A busy year of touring on both sides of the Atlantic, 2004 finished on a high when Jim won Songwriter of the Year, and Old Blind Dogs won Scottish Folk Band of the Year, at a glittering awards ceremony in Edinburgh in December, all organised by the Scots Trad Music Society.

In October 2005 Jim released his fifth solo album, Tam O'Shanter & Other Tales, which includes his epic, 15-minute musical version of Burns' wonderful poem, alongside seven other new songs of his own.

Early in 2007 Jim's seventh solo CD, Acquaintance, was released, a lovely collection of mostly well-known Burns songs, with a few less-well-known gems for good measure.

When he's not on the road Jim likes to relax by the riverbank, trying, but rarely succeeding, to catch trout. He likes to read Private Eye, revel in the woes of the Conservative Party, and drink far too much coffee.




Craobh Rua!

Click HERE to see some
Pictures from the Craobh Rua Concert!




Monday, April 30, 2007, 7:30 P.M.


at Bowen Hall on the grounds
of Christ Episcopal Church in
Downtown Little Rock, Arkansas


509 Scott Street, Little Rock, Arkansas

NOTE: Bowen Hall is on the SECOND FLOOR
of the complex. An ELEVATOR is available.

Tickets $10 - Available at the door.
ACMS members and students are eligible for
a 20 percent discount ( $8 ).
Seniors - Half price ( $5.00 ).
Children under 14 admitted for FREE.

Click HERE for a MAP to 509 Scott Street

* ABOUT THE BAND...

Click HERE for the official Craobh Rua website.

CRAOBH RUA (pronounced CRAVE ROO-AH) translates from Irish to RED BRANCH and is a name that is well known in Celtic history from THE RED BRANCH KNIGHTS OF ULSTER. This Belfast based Irish Traditional Music band has given concert and festival performances in the USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, Austria, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Slovenia, Denmark, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Their music has delighted audiences and earned them wide acclaim and recognition and they are now regarded around the world as one of the finest ambassadors of Irish Traditional Music. Craobh Rua's impeccable musicians bring their own individual experience to the group and fuse their talents to bring life to a wide array of instruments such as banjo, mandolin, fiddle, uilleann pipes, flute, tin whistle, guitar and vocals. Craobh Rua takes a refreshing, unpretentious but uncommonly skilled run at some of the greatest music in the world.

On New Year's Day, 2004, the band performed live from Belfast on BBC Radio 3 in WORLD MUSIC DAY along with a host of artists from around the world. They have appeared on the BBC TV Series THE SHETLAND SESSIONS and also on BBC MUSIC LIVE when they played live in front of millions of viewers. Craobh Rua performed at the MILLENNIUM STAGE LIVE INTERNET BROADCAST concert series from the KENNEDY CENTER, Washington, DC. Also, their performance for the SMITHSONIAN CONCERT SERIES, Washington, DC was recorded and broadcast worldwide on VOICE OF AMERICA. On stage they have performed with De Dannan, Alan Stivell and have taken part in an "Ireland meets Mongolia" collaboration in Italy with Egschiglen, a traditional band from Mongolia.

Craobh Rua has released five albums to date and appeared on a number of compilation albums. Their current offering being aptly entitled "IF IDA BEEN HERE IDA BEEN THERE".

* MEET THE LADS!...

Gabe McVarish (fiddle) Originally hailing from California's Sacramento Valley and now resides in the Moidart region of the Scottish Highlands. Gabe studied traditional music at the RSAMD in Glasgow, where he obtained a BA in June 2003. Having performed and recorded in the past with such artists as Cliar, Na Tri Seudan, Its Jo and Danny, Leo McCann, Drever MacKenzie Band, Black Rose Ceilidh Band, Phamie Gow and Hoogie, Gabe now plays with Daimh, Dannsa, Six Foot Ginger and The Claire Mann Band.

Brian Connolly (banjo and mandolin) from Belfast was taught the mandolin by his grandfather and then started playing the banjo. His main influences include Barney McKenna of the Dubliners, The Chieftains, The Bothy Band and Planxty. He played with several groups while at school and began playing at sessions. He founded the original Craobh Rua in the mid-eighties and remains the driving force behind the band today.

Conor Lamb (uilleann pipes and tin whistle) from Crumlin, Co. Antrim. Conor took up piano at age 9 and started playing tin whistle when 11 and uilleann pipes at 13. He was taught uilleann pipes by Paddy O'Hare and his main influences include The Bothy Band, Paddy Keenan, John McSherry and Mick O'Brien. Conor has toured Australia, Denmark and Portugal with the Rhythm of the Dance.

Jim Rainey (guitar and vocals) Belfast born, began playing guitar and trying to sing at around the age of 16. It was at this time that he first discovered Irish trad music and whilst immediately smitten, did not begin to play at sessions until into his twenties. A self-taught musician, Jim got most of his musical education at the various sessions throughout Belfast. His influences are too numerous to list-though he is particularly drawn to Breton fest noz music, blues, bluegrass and gypsy swing.





Glen Road - Traditional Irish Music...



...with

SPECIAL GUEST

Kelly Winter

on Accordion!


"a melodic journey of mind and senses that
requires no passport, but definitely worth
the trip"

Glen Road are Mike Dugger on guitar and vocals, Turlach Boylan on banjo and flute, with Justin Murphy on flute, guitar and vocals. Glen Road plays traditional music from Ireland and Newfoundland. Mike sings both old and new songs.

NOTE: Justin Murphy will be unable to attend this particular concert and is being replaced for this event by the lovely and talented Kelly Winter. See below for more about Kelly.

When: 7:30 PM, Friday, October 6, 2006

Where...
Mabelvale United Methodist Church (MUMC)
10500 Woodman Street
Mabelvale, Arkansas

Click HERE for a MAP.

Tickets are $10.00 at the door.

For more information call 501-602-5508

To learn more about Glen Road visit their website at
http://www.glenroadmusic.com/


* More about Kelly Winter...

Joining GLEN ROAD for the evening is Kelly Winter.

A St. Louis native, Kelly specializes in the playing of traditional Irish music on the piano accordion. Under the tutelage of Triona O'Neill and Niall Gannon, Kelly has received numerous titles and awards in the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil competitions. In 1998, she was the All-Ireland bronze medalist, making her one of few Americans to achieve this prestigious world title. Several of Kelly's students have also gone on to win honors in the All-Ireland competition.

Kelly frequently performs with such well-known musicians as harpist Eileen Gannon, uilleann piper Tommy Martin, fiddlers Laura Kerr, Kevin Buckley, and New-York based banjo player Darren Maloney. She performs regularly with the dance show Emerald Beat at Busch Gardens, Virginia and at the world-famous John D. McGurk's Pub in St. Louis, Missouri. In addition, she is a highly sought after musician to play for feisanna (Irish dancing competitions) and travels nationwide doing so.

While studying in Ireland, Kelly began playing the concertina and has since started the first concertina school in her native St. Louis. She currently teaches accordion and directs ensembles for St. Louis Irish Arts School of Music, Song and Dance. As a professional musician, there is great demand for her to play at events of all kinds both as a soloist, or and member of an ensemble.

* Pictures from the Glen Road concert...

Here are a few pictures
from the Glen Road
concert which took
place on Friday,
October 6, 2006.

A special
THANK YOU!
goes out to all the
ACMS volunteers
who helped with
the concert!

From left to right in all of the photographs...

Mike Dugger
Turlach Boylan
Kelly Winter





* Other Past Concerts...

Click HERE for a page that shows other concerts we have
sponsored in the past.




Celtic Clipart courtesy of Karen Nicholas.