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* MARCH 2008 Events...
Saint Patrick's Day 2008!
Shamrock Strings Group on Television!To help kick off this year's Saint Patrick's Day celebrations, on Wednesday, March 12, 2007, The Shamrock Strings of Little Rock will be making a special appearance on the Good Morning, Arkansas television program.
The show airs at 9:00 AM on local Channel 7 (KATV) and will feature this wonderful group playing at various times during the show.
The Shamrock Strings of Little Rock is a group of violinists ages 9-16 who perform regularly throughout Arkansas. The group includes Ankita Das, Abby Harkins, Ian Hennelly, Ian Kerr, Sarah Lape, Weston Minor, Will Mouw, Jalin Parry and Andrew Russell. John C. Jarboe is their director.
The following events all take place two days before Saint Patrick's Day on Saturday, March 15, 2008...
The 2008 Rock to North Little Rock Saint Patrick's Day ParadeSaturday, March 15, 2008 at 1 p.m., starting on President Clinton Avenue near the Clinton Library and ending at Cregeen's Irish Pub on Main Street, North Little Rock.
The Little Rock/North Little Rock Saint Patrick's Day Parade is an annual celebration of Irish culture, music and dance, and the Irish-American heritage in Arkansas. This year's event marks the 9th annual Parade.
This event is presented by the Irish Cultural Society of Arkansas - a not-for-profit organization based in Little Rock, AR.
For more information about this Parade please visit
Click HERE for frequently asked questions about the Little Rock parade.
Dancing at the Crossroads!Immediately following the Little Rock Parade, there will be a Dancing at the Crossroads celebration in the parking lot directly behind Cregeen's Irish Pub at the corner of Broadway and Main Streets in North Little Rock.
The event will feature a display of traditional Irish dancing by the McCafferty School of Irish Dance and the O'Donovan School of Irish Dance) and Celtic music by the Lyon College Pipe Band from Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas, and the Red River Pipes and Drums Band from Shreveport, Louisiana.
Other local Irish bands and musicians including regular Irish session musicians from the Arkansas Celtic Music Society will also perform.
Special performance at Cregeen's Irish Pub, Saturday evening, March 15, 2008.
Topping off the Saturday Parade and the 'Dancing at the Crossroads' celebration is a special performance on Saturday evening, March 15, 2008, from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM inside Cregeen's Irish Pub on Main Street, North Little Rock.This performance will feature 3 of Central Arkansas' finest musicians.
Left to right in the photo above... Scott Moye, Len Holton and Judi Warner will provide Irish music and song for 3 hours that evening inside the Pub, rain or shine!
The following events all take place on Saint Patrick's Day itself - Monday, March 17, 2008...
HAPPY SAINT PATRICKS'S DAY!
Irish Music and Instrument Presentations at Local Area Libraries
On Monday, March 17, 2008, two local Libraries will host presentations on Irish Music and Instruments.
The first presentation will be at 10:00 AM at the Benton Public Library.
The second presentation will be at 11:30 AM at the Bryant Public Library.
Both events are open to the general public and all are welcome. >
The presentations are sponsored by the Arkansas Celtic Music Society and will feature ACMS performers Eddy and Weesa Boyd ( pictured above ) and are part of ACMS's ongoing community education and outreach program.
Come celebrate Saint Patrick's Day by learning about Irish Music and the instruments used to carry on a tradition!
The Hot Springs Saint Patrick's Day Parade
Monday March 17th, 2008 at 6.30 pm, on historic Bridge Street in downtown Hot Springs, Arkansas.The gold at the end of the rainbow is found in Hot Springs, Arkansas, along with a celebrity Grand Marshal, Mike Rowe (of Discovery Channel's - "Dirty Jobs"), green fireworks, Irish belly dancers, floats, Irish Order of Elvi (a group of Elvis look-alikes), marchers, Irish Wolfhounds, and let's not forget the Pub-Crawl! Great fun for everyone!
The World's Shortest Saint Patrick's Day Parade is always held on March 17th on historic Bridge Street in downtown Hot Springs. Bridge Street became famous in the 1940's when Ripley's Believe It or Not designated it "The Shortest Street in the World." Having earned this distinction, the Hot Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau deemed Bridge Street the most logical location for this novel parade.
For more information about this Parade please visit
Sligo Performs on March 21!On Friday, March 21, 2008, Weesa Boyd, Robin Lowe and Mary Reace of the band, Sligo, will be performing for the weary travelers at the Little Rock National Airport from 2:00 - 5:00 PM.
For more information about Sligo go to http://www.sligomusic.com/
* Previous ACMS event announcments...
The Murphy Brothers!
with Joe Monaghan
When: Saturday, May 19 at 8:00 PM
Where: Studio Joe, 600 Autumn Road, Little Rock
Tickets - $10 at the door
Beer & wine, along with other food & beverages will be available at this nonsmoking coffee shop.
Phil Murphy, from Bannow in the County Wexford, was probably the greatest harmonica player in the history of Irish traditional music. He played the "mouth organ", as he called it, since the age of 9, and was all-Ireland champion three times.
He devised a technique for playing the diatonic harmonica, involving modal music and vamping accompaniment, with spectacular effect when added to fast reels and jigs.
Sadly, Phil Murphy died in 1989, but his sons John and Pip carry on the tradition of great harmonica playing. They appeared on Kevin Burke's album, "Up Close," and together with their father, John and Pip recorded an album on the Claddagh label entitled, "The Trip to Cullenstown." Now they are embarking on a limited tour of the United States, which will be the first time they've performed in the U.S. for many years.
They will be accompanied on their tour by Joe Monaghan, a guitarist and singer from Co Wexford. Together they will present a program of music drawn from deep within the tradition of Irish music, along with compositions of their father's which fit firmly into the tradition. Their concert will change people's perception of the harmonica and its place in traditional music!
Voted Best thing to do for the weekend by local and regional newspapers, in 2005 and 2006!! Join us again this year!
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Celtic Clipart courtesy of Karen Nicholas.