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Direct from County Cork, Ireland!

WHEN: Saturday, July 22, 2006 - 9:00 PM

WHERE: Sticky Fingerz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack


TICKETS: $7.00 at the door.

The FUCHSIA BAND is one of the hottest Irish groups to ever cross the pond and they will be HERE in Little Rock on July 22, 2006!

You don't want to miss these incredibly talented Cork Lads as they stop in Little Rock for ONE NIGHT ONLY during their whirlwind 2006 Summer Tour!

Welcome Ladies and Gentlemen to Fuchsia Land! Come and join us in the time before television and radio, before the learning of books! Forget about the outside world of worries and come along on our magical journey to a place that lives on music, story, song and dance. Come away, oh human child from the waters and the wild, with a fairy hand in hand and stay with us for a while in FUCHSIA LAND...

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!

The Fuchsia Band will be in Little Rock for ONE NIGHT ONLY during their Summer, 2006 tour of the United States. They will be playing at MANY of the top Irish Festivals in the United States this summer including the following...

Minnesota Irish Fair - August 11-13, 2006
Milwaukee Irish Festival - August 18-20, 2006
Kansas City Irishfest - September 1-3, 2006
Jackson, Mississippi, CelticFest - September 8-10, 2006
Lincoln Irish Dancers' Festival - September 15-17, 2006

Want to know MORE about The Fuchsia Band? Just click HERE to visit their online website at

MOBILE and/or POCKET PC users can access a special Fuchsia Band Mobile Portal by clicking HERE. You may then choose either the MOBILE, HTML-ONLY or FLASH version(s) of the website.

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 STORE menu option. CDs will also be available for purchase at the SHOW!.

Show Poster...

Below is the official Poster for the show.

Click HERE for a LARGE ( printable ) version that should fit on
one 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper.

Click HERE for a VERY LARGE ( printable ) version.

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!

Special Guests...

Something for the House!

Joining the lads for the show that evening will be Central Arkansa's own local Irish Group Something for the House.

SFTH is comprised of local musicians ( left to right in the photo ) Scott Moye, Judi Warner, and Kevin Kiley.

Scott, Judi and Kevin are all members of the Arkansas Celtic Music Society!

Something for the House will play a 30 minute set just prior to the FUCHSIA BAND taking the stage that evening.

Come and hear the echoes of the early Irish settlers in the Ozarks together with the sounds of modern Irish music crossing the ocean once again!

To learn more about Something for the House just click HERE to visit their online website.

More about Sticky Fingerz...

The show will be held in the HEART of the downtown RiverMarket District at the amazing Sticky Fingerz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack

Show time is 9:00 PM on Saturday, July 22, 2006, and the cover charge at the door will be $7.00

Click HERE to visit the official Sticky Fingerz WEBSITE. Click on "Music" to see the full schedule with performance details.

The address is...


Click HERE for an online MAP


From MEMPHIS, TN - Follow I-40 West from Memphis. Merge onto I-30 into Little Rock via exit 153B. Take the AR-10 exit- exit number 141A- toward CANTRELL RD./ MARKHAM ST.. Take the 2ND ST. ramp toward FERRY ST.. Keep RIGHT at the fork in the ramp. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto E 2ND ST. Turn RIGHT onto COMMERCE St and come on in!!

From FORT SMITH - Merge onto I-40 E via exit number 1B toward LITTLE ROCK. Merge onto I-30 W/ US-65 S/ US-167 S via exit number 153B toward LITTLE ROCK. Take the AR-10 exit- exit number 141A- toward CANTRELL RD./ MARKHAM ST.. Take the 2ND ST. ramp toward FERRY ST.. Keep RIGHT at the fork in the ramp. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto E 2ND ST. Turn RIGHT onto COMMERCE St and come on in!!

From TEXARKANA - Take I-30 East. Take the AR-10 exit- exit number 141A- toward CANTRELL RD./ MARKHAM ST.. Take the 2ND ST. ramp toward FERRY ST.. Keep RIGHT at the fork in the ramp. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto E 2ND ST. Turn RIGHT onto COMMERCE St and come on in!!

From PINE BLUFF - Take US65 North. Take the AR-10 exit- exit number 141A- toward CANTRELL RD./ MARKHAM ST.. Take the 2ND ST. ramp toward FERRY ST.. Keep RIGHT at the fork in the ramp. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto E 2ND ST. Turn RIGHT onto COMMERCE St and come on in!!

From WEST LITTLE ROCK - Take I-630 East. Merge onto I-30 East via Exit 139A toward North Little Rock. Take the AR-10 exit- exit number 141A- toward CANTRELL RD./ MARKHAM ST.. Take the 2ND ST. ramp toward FERRY ST.. Keep RIGHT at the fork in the ramp. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto E 2ND ST. Turn RIGHT onto COMMERCE St and come on in!!


A letter sent Wednesday, June 14, 2006 to all ACMS members from ACMS secretary Weesa Boyd...

Dear Arkansas Celtic Music Society Friends & Members:

Thank you to everyone who has supported the ACMS for the last 4 years! We may be just an infant organization but what a ride it's been so far!! We have hosted some of the GREATEST of the great musicians in Celtic music. We plan to continue this tradition.

Friday, June 23, 2006 at 7:30 PM we will have a party to celebrate our Birthday. We'll have the party at Mabelvale United Methodist Church, 10500 Woodman Street, Mabelvale, AR 72103. Our party will include an Irish music session, of course, so bring your instruments (or your dance shoes). This is the location where we've had our Celtic Fair the last 2 years but call me if you need driving directions. (Only soft drinks are allowed).

On that night anyone who joins or renews their membership in the ACMS will get a free LOGO T-Shirt or LOGO Lapel pin ( Click HERE to see photos of these items ). If you've already renewed for this year but want the "booty", just renew for next year. Membership is very affordable:

Individuals - $15.00
Families - $20.00
Students - $10.00

The ACMS is a 501(c)3 organization so we will be happy to accept your tax deductible donations. We can accept them through PayPal from our website too ( ).

Please join us for this celebration,
Weesa Boyd
Arkansas Celtic Music Society
P. O. Box 55971
Little Rock, AR 72215
(501) 602-5508

Bodhran Workshop
with Mark Stone

Date: Thursday, July 21, 2005
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM ( 2 hours )
Cost: $35.00 ( A portion of the proceeds will benefit ACMS )
Place: Sesame's Restaurant
( Click address below for map/directions )
3 Rahling Circle, Little Rock, AR
Open to all levels: The workshop will cover a review of the basics to rythmn variations and advanced techniques.
Info: For information or to sign up for the workshop please email Peggy Loyd at

* Biographical Information for Mark Stone

Considered by many to be one of America's foremost players of the bodhran, Mark Stone has performed and taught across the United States and Canada with many of today's top Irish musicians.

He began his professional career at the age of 15 playing keyboards in local dance bands and doing studio work, but later focused his attention solely on Irish music, playing ceili piano. Mark got his start in Irish music with the All-Ireland-winning band St. James' Gate, and is best known for his work with renowned Irish fiddler James Kelly and guitarist Zan McLeod.

His recording credits include James Kelly's critically-acclaimed solo fiddle album for Capelhouse Records and with the group Ceoltiori on their award-winning CD, Women of Ireland, for Maggie's Music Records. He is currently working with Texas fiddler Jim Fox on a collection of tunes brought to early Texas by the Irish & Scots.

His knowledge of chordal movement and structure has been transferred to the bodhran, resulting in a unique blend of rhythm and tones that has established Mark's reputation as a tasteful accompanist of both subtlety and power. His teaching style emphasizes techniques involving the use of both hands to fully explore the intricacies of a tune with the ultimate goal of playing the melody along with the lead instruments. Mark has taught workshops and master classes across the continent, including many years at Augusta's Irish Week in Elkins, WV, the Mississippi River Celtic Music Festival in St. Louis, and workshops in Nova Scotia, Milwaukee, Los Angeles and Dallas.

For more about Mark Stone please visit his website at...

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!

ACMS Celtic Fair 2006!

If you would like to participate in the next ACMS Celtic Fair or want to know more about it just click HERE and include your contact information and/or your questions.

Celtic Clipart courtesy of Karen Nicholas.