Arkansas Celtic
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* APRIL, 2008 Events...

Don't miss   Two County Cork Legends!...

Jimmy Crowley and Máirtín de Cógáin

in concert TOGETHER at the Little Rock Folk Club!

Fri Apr 18th 2008 @ 7:30pm

The Little Rock Folk Club is located at...

Thomson Hall
1818 Reservoir Rd
Little Rock

Admission: $15 ( Students $7 )
Accompanied children 12 and under - Free!

All LRFC concerts are Non-Smoking events. Ample off street parking. ADA compliant

Click HERE for FULL DETAILS on the
Little Rock Folk Club Website.

* 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.

Click HERE to visit the Good Morning, Arkansas Website

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 Parade

Saturday, 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
the 'official' Little Rock Irish Parade Website.

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...


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
the 'official' Hot Springs Irish Parade Website.

* Other Events in MARCH, 2008...

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

* 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!

Click HERE for More about Phil Murphy

Click HERE to read about the Annual Phil Murphy Weekend

Click HERE for track listings and music for the Murphy family CD entitled The Trip To Cullenstown on the popular session music site

Track Listing...

CD: The Trip To Cullenstown
Phil, John And Pip Murphy

1. The Flogging
2. The Shores Of Lough Gowna
3. The Wexford
4. Pete's
5. Mickey The Moulder
6. The Shepherd's Love Dream
7. Kitty Come Over
8. The Ballygow
9. The Congress
0. The Lakes Of Kincora
11. The Mummer's Jig's
12. Pete Bate's
13. The Ballygow
14. The Kerry Hills
15. The King Of The Clans
16. The Listowel Polkas

Links to sites where you can purchase the
"The Trip to Cullenstown" CD...
Mad For Trad
Celtic Music Direct
Celtic Southern Cross Music
Eagle Music Shop

ACMS Celtic Fair 2007!

Voted Best thing to do for the weekend by local and regional newspapers, in 2005 and 2006!! Join us again this year!

Click HERE to go directly to the page with more information about this year's Celtic Fair!

ACMS Celtic Fair 2006!

In February of 2006 the Arkansas Celtic Music Society ( ACMS ) held its second Celtic Fair fundraiser on the grounds of the Mabelvale United Methodist Church.

The event was a SUCCESS once again and MANY THANKS to ALL who helped in any way with this event!

Click HERE fro the official ACMS 2006 Celtic Fair page.

ACMS Celtic Fair 2005!

In February of 2005 the Arkansas Celtic Music Society ( ACMS ) held its first Celtic Fair fundraiser on the grounds of the Mabelvale United Methodist Church. The event brought together many local groups including, but not limited to, The Arkansas Celtic Music Society, The Scottish Country Dance Society, The Little Rock Irish Cultural Society, 2 different local Irish Dance Schools, The Arkansas Irish Wolfhound Society, and musicians and artists and craftsmen from all across the state of Arkansas.

The event was a tremendous SUCCESS and MANY THANKS to ALL who helped in any way with this event!

Click HERE to see some photographs from the ACMS 2005 Celtic Fair

Stay tuned to this website for details regarding NEXT YEAR'S Festival!

* Other Past Events

Click HERE for a page that shows other events we have advertised in the past.

Celtic Clipart courtesy of Karen Nicholas.