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May Day Madness comes to Shepherdstown!

Saturday May 6 is Shepherdstown Music and Dance’s busiest day of the year!  Starting with erecting a 22ft tall maypole on the McMurran Lawn, all the way until the end of last-of-the-season Contra Dance, where we hold our annual elections for the Board of Directors.

May Day Tentative Program

Saturday May 6, 2017

Join us to celebrate the May with song and dance.
10am Morris Dancing on King Street in front of Town Hall
10:30am Line up for the Parade on Church Street
11am  Parade down German Street to the May Pole — Morris teams dance to Winster Processional, with a show figure in front of the Shepherdstown Library.  Community groups and interested individuals are welcome and encouraged to participate.
General Revelry will follow on the green — Sellengers Round, Morris Dances, songs, poetry and more. Each team will perform something under the MayPole.
3PM  Morris Stand with local team Hicks with Sticks and Mason Dixon Border Morris at Rumsey Monument Park.
5 PM Show Dances on King Street
8PM Contra Dance to Callithump with Greg Frock calling. Beginners Workshop at 7:30PM.
About the Parade… see our May Day Pages on this site for details…
Musicians, Green Men, Merry Maidens, Fools, Hobby Horses, and Merry Revelers all are invited to join in the fun.  Dress in costume or colorful spring attire.
The Revelry Under the Pole includes poetry, songs, participatory dances and dance and music for all to enjoy, ending with the wrapping of the maypole.
Morris Dance Spectacles take place off and on throughout the day.

Saturday, May 6 at 8PM Contra Dance at the Shepherdstown War Memorial Building

Join us for a lively evening of dance as caller, Greg Frock calls a fabulous array of contra and square dances to the music of Callithump, with David Knight on fiddle, Andrew Marcus on accordion, and Glen Collinson on bouzouki. We have a beginners workshop at 7:30PM, the dance starts at 8. Potluck snacks at the break. Please wear soft-soled shoes to protect the floor. Admission is $12 adults, $8 members (you should join!), $5 for Shepherd Students with ID and children under 12.

 Annual Board of Directors election will be held at the break… voting by active members only.

Voting… Members are encouraged to vote by either email or in person at the dance.  Out current slate for the board of directors is:  Joanie Blanton, Nick Blanton, Alex Shaw, Carline Shaw, John Sauer, Meara Cole, Kay Smith, Kathy Bilton and Eric Bluntzer.

Retiring… Several of our hard working board members are retiring.  Becky Lidgerding and Jeanne Marie McClure are retiring after 25 years of service as Dance and Hospitality chairs, and Diane Walker, our current president, is retiring after 15 years of service.  We also lose the cheerful smile and willing hands of storyteller, Adam Booth, who has a busy touring schedule, which makes it impossible for him to serve.

Thanks to all of these folks for many, many years of dedicated service to our dance community!

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March Madness

Saturday, March 4 at 8PM at the Shepherdstown War Memorial Building

Join us for a lively evening of dance as caller, Will Mentor calls a fabulous array of contra and square dances to the music of A Graham DeZarn Thing, with Graham DeZarn on fiddle, Ralph Gordon on bass, and Pat Egan on guitar. We have a beginners workshop at 7:30PM, the dance starts at 8. Potluck snacks at the break. Please wear soft-soled shoes to protect the floor. Admission is $12 adults, $8 members (you should join!), $5 for Shepherd Students with ID and children under 12.

Morris Dancers Wanted…

Have a hankering to learn something new, hang out with great people, dance fun dances to live music at fairs, festivals and ales (big parties thrown by other morris dance teams named after their favorite beverage).  Do you like to sing songs where the more choruses they have, the better?  Then maybe morris dancing is for you!  The dances are lively and vigorous, so we are seeking dancers with working knees and unbruised knuckles!  Practices take place weekly on Tuesday nights at the Shepherdstown Train Station at 6:30PM followed by dinner, beer, and comraderie at the Blue Moon Restaurant.  For more information call Joanie at (304) 263-2531 or Terry at (304) 876-3552 or email upperpotomac@gmail.com.

Celebration of Strings: Scandinavian Music with lydia ievans and Andrea Larson and our annual Hammered Dulcimer Showcase
Friday, March 24, 8 pm
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church
The hammered dulcimer is alive and well in Shepherdstown, West Virginia; not only does the area boast two of the instrument’s most respected builders and designers, but also is home to the Upper Potomac Music Weekends, where hammered dulcimer players, fiddlers and other musicians share tunes and techniques and explore a range of musical styles over three days of workshops, concerts and jam sessions on Shepherd University’s campus and the surrounding historic buildings several times each year. The concert this year features special guests, Swedish fiddle and nickelharp players lydia ievans and Andrea Larsen. Representing our dulcimer staff will be Jody Marshall and Steve Schneider accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Paul Oorts.
Admission: $20 adults, $18 seniors, $15 SMD members, $10 students. For more information call Joanie at (304) 263-2531 or email updf@earthlink.net.

There are openings in some of the classes… see the web page! 

 

Contra Dance 

Saturday, February  4 at 8PM  at the Shepherdstown War Memorial Building

Join us for a lively evening of dance as caller, Brian Hamshar calls a fabulous array of contra dances to the music of Rambling House, with Joe DeZarn on fiddle, Marc Glickman on piano, and Tina Eck on flute, and Patrick Cavanaugh on mandolin.  We have a beginners workshop at 7:30PM, the dance starts at 8.  Potluck snacks at the break.  Please wear soft-soled shoes to protect the floor.  Admission is $12 adults, $8 members (you should join!), $5 for Shepherd Students with ID and children under 12.

Valentines Day Irish Concert with Oisin MacDiarmada, Seamus Begley and Samantha Harvey
Tuesday, February 14, 8 pm
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

Looking for something special to do with the one you love this Valentines Day?  Look no farther as we bring back 3 of our favorite performers from the Irish Christmas in America concert we did two years ago.

Expect sparks to fly when West Kerry accordionist and singer Séamus Begley joins forces with Sligo fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada. This duet of button accordion and fiddle might be a new collaboration, but both Séamus and Oisín have a distinguished past within Irish traditional music. Joined by Oisin’s wife, the lovely and talented Samantha Harvey, who adds piano and step dance to the performance and you have a winning combination

Begley is the quintessential Irish musician, an eager storyteller known for his sharp wit and famous for pumping out tune after tune at all night sessions with an energy that is sometimes alarming. Displaying a frisky spontaneity in his accordion-playing, he has toured extensively with performers such as Altan, Steve Cooney and Mary Black. TG4 has recently awarded Séamus the prestigious Traditional Singer of the Year award in recognition of his major contribution to Irish singing.

Fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada, founder of noted group Téada, has been described by The Irish Echo’s Earle Hitchner as “one of the most gifted and creative traditional fiddlers playing today”. He has appeared as guest soloist with the Southern Georgia Symphony Orchestra in the US and accompanied Irish President Mary McAleese on a State visit to Romania.

Begley and Mac Diarmada have teamed up in an exciting and intimate combination, exploring tunes and songs from West Kerry to Sligo. Having already released 2 duo albums – Le Chéile and An Irish Christmas Soundscape,  Séamus has recently also teamed up with Oisín in the band Téada.

Admission: $20 adults, $18 seniors, $15 SMD members, $10 students. Online tickets available from Brown Paper Tickets. For more information call Joanie at (304) 263-2531 or email updf@earthlink.net.

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In the Deep of Winter, Lots of Opportunities

So many things to look forward to in January… 3 wonderful weekends worth of events starting with the Fiddle Retreat!
Fiddle Summit Concert
Friday, January 6* 8PM

Enjoy a fine evening of fiddle music with astounding accompaniment at this annual showcase concert.  Artists feature a wide variety of styles including Katie McNally and Elke Baker (Scottish, Cape Breton), Graham DeZarn (Irish), Alexander Mitchell (bluegrass, swing), Andrea Hoag (Scandinavian, English, more), and Alan Jabbour and Rachel Eddy (Appalachian), as well as Karen Ashbrook on the hammered dulcimer, and all accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Paul Oorts and Dave Wiesler on guitar.   Concert takes place at Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, 100 West Washington Street, Shepherdstown, WV.  Tickets are $20 adults, $18 seniors, $15 members, $10 students.  Information on the web at smad.us, or email upperpotomac@gmail.com, or call 304-263-2531.

Shepherdstown Contra Dance
Saturday, January 7* 8PM
Kappy Lanning
calls a lively array of contra dances to the rollicking tunes of the Fiddle Retreat Open Band, led by Alexander Mitchell, Andrea Hoag, Dave Wiesler and Paul Oorts along with a talented crew of students attending the workshops.  The dance is held in the War Memorial Building, 102 E. German Street, 25443.  All are welcome, no partners needed. Please wear clean, soft-soled shoes to protect the floor. Potluck snacks at the break.  Free introductory workshop at 7:30pm.  Admission $12, $8 SMaD members, $5 for dancers under 12.  Info: John Sauer, 301-543-3272 or smad.us.
Both the Fiddle Retreat and the Pipers Weekend (Squeeze the Bag have opportunities to study with these fine musicians!


 

Upper Potomac Music Weekends 2017* Fiddle Retreat* Pipers Weekend
Workshops take place in the relaxed retreat setting of Shepherd University and the surrounding historic buildings in Shepherdstown, WV.  See the web at upperpotomacmusic.info or call 304-263-2531 or email upperpotomac@gmail.com for more information.

Squeeze the Bag Concert
Saturday, January 14*8PM
The bellows-blown bagpipe is a quieter, more parlor-oriented cousin to the great highland bagpipes most folks are familiar with, designed to be played with other instruments in smaller, more intimate settings. Four kinds of bagpipes will be featured: the Scottish smallpipe, the quieter cousin of the great highland pipes, the Irish uilleann (or Union) pipes, Northumbrian smallpipes and the Border pipes which are played in the border region between Scotland and England.  The concert is divided into three sections… We’ll open with the tiny Northumbrian pipes of England with Dick Hensold, then we’ll move to Irish section of the program with uilleann piper, Joey Abarta, flutist John Skelton, and fiddler, Nathan Gourley. The Scottish section of the concert will feature pipers Hollis Easter, Nick Hudson, and Iain MacHarg all tied together by our host piper, Bob Mitchell and more, in a set of music from the highlands and border regions of Scotland and Cape Breton on both Scottish smallpipes and Border pipes. At Shepherd University’s Reynolds Hall, 100 N. King Street, Shepherdstown, WV. Tickets are $20 adults, $18 seniors, $15 members, $10 students.  Information on the web at smad.us, or email upperpotomac@gmail.com, or call 304-263-2531.

Georgian Polyphonic Singers: Adilei
Saturday, January 28* 8PM
Experience singing like you have never heard before as this group of young men from Soviet Georgia perform the traditional music of their homeland.  Adilei’s main passion lies in the songs from the province of Guria in Western Georgia, which is the most musically developed region in the country, and has often been compared to jazz, because improvisation is its main component, and all the voice parts move independently of each other, creating contrapuntal polyphony; and also characterized by krimanchuli, a yodeling technique often present in the upper voice. Concert takes place at Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, 100 West Washington Street, Shepherdstown, WV.  Tickets are $20 adults, $18 seniors, $15 members, $10 students.  Information on the web at smad.us, or email upperpotomac@gmail.com, or call 304- 263-2531.

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December… Holiday Potluck and Dance

Saturday, December 3

10am Shepherdstown Christmas Parade… the morris dancers participate and perform afterwards at around noon.
2pm Old-time Jam Session at the Blantons (RSVP, see below)
6pm Holiday Potluck (bring a dish to share)
7:30pm New Dancers Workshop
8pm Contra Dance

Join us for our Holiday Contra Dance and potluck featuring the fine music of Critton Hollow String Band, with Joe Herrmann on fiddle, Sam Herrmann on hammered dulcimer and mandolin, Joe Fallon on bass, banjo and accordion, and Pete Gordon on guitar, to the fun and fantastic calling of Janine Smith and special guest, Nevada Tribble.  Expect a lot of squares, as Janine has the best assortment around!

Our annual holiday potluck starts at 6pm in the decorated hall of the War Memorial Building. Bring your favorite dish to share and visit with old friends and make new ones as we celebrate the season with this annual event.

There will be a new dancers workshop at 7:30pm. Guest calling of a few dances by Nevada Tribble. No partner is needed. Bring clean soft-soled shoes to protect the dance floor, and potluck snacks for the break!

This dance is guaranteed to be a highlight of the season, with the high energy, fun filled calling of Janine Smith, and the fine old time tunes of Critton Hollow! We expect a lot of old friends to come out and join us on this one, as the Crits have a long history with SMaD!
Admission: $12 adults, $8 SMaD members, $5 dancers under 12, Shepherd Students with ID

Old Time musicians attending the dance are invited to an afternoon jam from 2-5pm at the Blantons. Space is very limited so RSVP to Joanie Blanton, to get details and directions. Email updf@earthlink.net or call (304) 263-2531 for more informaton.

Musicians should look forward to the January workshops offered by the Upper Potomac Music Weekends, the Fiddle Retreat and the Pipers Weekend.  Both weekends offer concerts, in addition to our co-sponsored Fiddle Retreat dance in January!

November… A lot to be thankful for!

Yes, there’s a lot of great stuff happening in November, and we hope you will come out and join us!

  • Day of the Dead, Day of Dance
  • Saturday, November 5, 10AM-6pm

Join the Hicks with Sticks Border Morris and their other morris comrades for performances on the street in Shepherdstown and Martinsburg.

  • 10AM on King Street behind the Shepherdstown Library
  • 11AM at Martinsburg Library Plaza
  • 2:30PM at Canterbury of Shepherdstown
  • 3:30PM Pub Stop with Singing at the Mecklinburg Inn
  • 5PM Final Stand on King Street behind Shepherdstown Library

Contra Dance 

Saturday, November 5 at 8PM  at the Shepherdstown War Memorial Building

Join us for a lively evening of dance as caller, Anna Rain calls a fabulous array of contra dances to the music of Maivish, with Jaige Trudel on fiddle, Adam Broome on guitar, and Mathew Olwell on flute, beatbox, and foot percussion.  We have a beginners workshop at 7:30PM, the dance starts at 8.  Potluck snacks at the break.  Please wear soft-soled shoes to protect the floor.  Admission is $12 adults, $8 members (you should join!), $5 for Shepherd Students with ID and children under 12.

Concert featuring the lively Cape Breton Music of Cassie and Maggie MacDonald!

Wednesday, November 16 at 8PM at the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

These two young women from Nova Scotia two encompass everything you could ask for in a musical act. Exciting and innovative, they have found a perfect balance between musical integrity, and sheer entertainment. While staying true to their Celtic roots, Cassie & Maggie MacDonald have explored and tested the boundaries of traditional music, bringing a breath of fresh air to the genre with original compositions and arrangements. They have been enchanting audiences far and wide with their infectious energy, driving rhythms and lilting melodies.

“What an unbelievably gifted duo. … The train is just gathering steam and leaving the station on these new stars. It is going to be a glorious journey, and it is already well-begun.”Live Ireland Radio, Dublin

Live Ireland Radio’s NEW GROUP OF THE YEAR ~ Chicago Irish-American Newspaper’s EMERGING ARTIST RECORDING OF THE YEAR ~ Galaxie Radio Rising Stars ~ Independent Music Award “World Song of the Year” nominees ~ multiple Canadian Folk Music Award, East Coast Music Award and Music Nova Scotia Award nominees.
Tickets: $22 adults, $20 seniors, $18 members, $10 students, Advance tickets on sale at O’Hurley’s General Store, or by mail. For more information call Joanie at (304) 263-2531 or email updf@earthlink.net.

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October’s Glory…

October Brings our second dance and our first concert… and Irish Concert with singer, Aoife Clancy and guitar-wizard, Robin Bullock.

Contra Dance, Saturday, October 1 with Ricochet and Andrea Nettleton~

Join us for a nice evening of contra with Atlanta based caller, Andrea Nettleton, calling to the fine music of Staunton-based band, Ricochet, with Wather Hojka and Rya Martin.  We have a beginner’s workshop at 7:30PM for new dancers, and the dance starts at 8PM.  Potluck snacks at the break.  Admission, $12 adults, $8 members, $5 Shepherd students (wirh current ID) and children under 12.
Walter Hojka relocated to Staunton, Virginia in 2010 from Chicago. He’s a veteran of several Chicago-based bands, including Dr. Hojka’s Medicine Show and Good Gravity, and currently plays with the Virginia-based band The Rhythmajigs as well as with other groups. He taught for years at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and currently teaches general music to elementary school students in two West Virginia schools.

Rya Martin has been playing piano since the age of five but first became infatuated with contra dance and music when she moved to Charlottesville, Virginia in 1999. She has played with Catharsis and Floorplay and currently also plays with Staunton, VA-based WheelHouse. She’s been a featured performer at the Springforth Ball in Richmond, Virginia, Charlottesville Fall Festival, Palmetto Bug Stomp in Charleston, SC, Fall Frolic in Harrisburg, PA, and Catapult Showcase in Atlanta, GA.

Irish Music Concert with Aoife Clancy & Robin Bullock
Friday, October 7 at  8PM

Put together award winning, multi-instrumentalist and “Celtic guitar god” Robin Bullock with former Cherish the Ladies singer, Aoife Clancy and you have the makings of a fabulous evening of Irish traditional music and song.  These two amazing performers have combined their talents to make a wonderful show, full of lively songs and stories and intricate solos and accompaniment.  The concert will be held at the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, at 110 N. King Street, Shepherdstown, WV 25443 at 8pm.  Tickets are $20 adults, $18 seniors, $15 members and $10 child/student.  For information call 304-263-2531, email upperpotomac@gmail.com .

END OF OCTOBER BLOG, entries below are past events!

Summer’s End, Back to Dancing!

As we enter the final Dog Days of Summer, families look to the return to the school year, and here at Shepherdstown Music and Dance, we see a return to our dances and other programs!

First Dance!  Saturday, September 3!

We start the fall with our first dance on Saturday, September 3, with Caroline Barnes calling to the music of Honeysuckle Rose!  This all-star band features Andrea Hoag on fiddle, Paul Oorts on mandolin, guitar, bouzouki, melodeon and more, Liz Donaldson on piano, and Ralph Gordon on bass.  We will hold a beginners workshop at 7:30pm, the dance starts at 8pm.  Potluck snacks welcome at the break.  Please wear soft-soled shoes to protect the floor at the Shepherdstown War Memorial Building.  Admission is $12 adults, $8 members, and $5 for Shepherd Students and dancers under 12.  Join now and save on a whole season’s worth of dances and concerts!

Here’s a nice video of Honeysuckle Rose at the Glen Echo Dance a few years back!

Shepherdstown Border Morris resumes practice on Monday, August 22 for the fall season and we are looking for new dancers to join us!  Come learn fun dances, danced to live music, perform both in Shepherdstown and in other locales with other morris teams at fairs, festivals and the like.  We are a fun group of folks who enjoy singing, dancing, and kayaking together on local streams and more!  Call Joanie at (304) 263-2531 or email her at upperpotomac@gmail.com for details.  Here’s a video of one of our dances from a few years back…

Check out our future programs on the dance and concert pages! There are more programs to come that are still TBA! So keep an eye on future posts!

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April starts with a Tempest, and Ends with a Celebration of May Day!

Come and Join us for our First Saturday Dance!

Saturday, April 2, 8PM at the Shepherdstown War Memorial Building.

The fabulous BOB ISAACS calls his original contras to the innovative driving music of TEMPEST. All the way from New York, Tempest is composed of Tim Ball on fiddle, Chuck Abell on guitar and Harry Aceto on bass. Please join us for delicious potluck snacks at the break and a free introductory dance-figure lesson at 7:30pm. Admission is $12 for nonmembers, $8 for members and $5 for dancers 12 years and under, as well as Shepherd U students with Rambler cards.

Here’s a video of the band playing for a dance…

May Day! May Day!

Saturday, April 30 (Tentative Schedule)

Join Morris Dancers, Musicians, Maidens, Fools, Mystical Creatures and Merry Revelers all to celebrate the spring in this annual event in the center of Shepherdstown.  All are invited to join in the fun… dressing in celebratory spring attire or costume to suit the occasion for the parade down German Street to the Maypole.

At the Maypole there will be singing, pariticpatory dances, morris dance performances and other revelry including our mayor’s annual address to celebrate Arbor Day with a poem by Wendy Maddox. The Padstow Horse will cavort about the green (see video below) to the Padstow May Song, and the traditional morris cake will be served to bring good luck, prosperity and fertility to the new season.

At the end of the Ceremony, our 22ft tall maypole will be wrapped, while others dance a lively spiral dance around it and small children wrap their own smaller maypoles on the periphery!

There will be ongoing morris dance performances later in the day! Come and join us!

May Contra Dance!
Saturday, May 7 8PM

Local favorite Steve Gester calls contras to the Irish flavored band featuring Jeff Thomas on concertina, WAMMIE award winning guitarist, Pat Egan and Tabby Finch on piano.

Please join us for fabulous potluck snacks at the break and a free introductory dance-figure lesson at 7:30pm. Admission is $12 for nonmembers, $8 for members and $5 for dancers 12 years and under, as well as Shepherd U students with Rambler cards.

This will be our last regularly scheduled dance until September!

 

End of April/May post.

Chilly March Winds, Hot March Music

March starts off with our first Saturday contradance…

March Contra Dance
Saturday, March 5: 8PM

David Giusti calls lively contra dances to the fine music of Elke Baker on fiddle, Paul Oorts on guitar, tenor banjo, accordion, and mandolin, and Liz Donaldson on piano at the Shepherdstown War Memorial Building.  Beginners workshop at 7:30PM, dance starts at 8PM.  All levels welcome, no partners needed. Please wear clean, soft-soled shoes to protect the floor. Potluck snacks at the break.  Admission is $12 adults, $8 SMD members, $5 dancers under 12 years old.  For more information contact Becky at (304) 870-4118.

Two fine concerts this month…

Celebration of Strings: Appalachian Music with Hickory Jack and Hammered Dulcimer Showcase
Friday, March 11, 8 pm
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church
The hammered dulcimer is alive and well in Shepherdstown, West Virginia; not only does the area boast two of the instrument’s most respected builders and designers, but also is home to the Upper Potomac Music Weekends, where hammered dulcimer players, fiddlers and other musicians share tunes and techniques and explore a range of musical styles over three days of workshops, concerts and jam sessions on Shepherd University’s campus and the surrounding historic buildings several times each year. The concert this year features special guests from southern Virginia, WV fiddle champion Erynn Marshall along with banjo player and guitarist, Carl Jones who form the fine old-time duo Hickory Jack. Representing our dulcimer staff will be Ann Lough, Ruth Smith, Bob Shank and a fine player from Barcelona, Spain, Marina Albero, a self-taught player whose repertoire follows the history of the instrument from early music to fiery flamenco music played with great finesse and skill.
Admission: $20 adults, $18 seniors, $15 SMD members, $10 students. For more information call Joanie at (304) 263-2531 or email updf@earthlink.net.

Masters of the Celtic Harp: Gráinne Hambly & William Jackson
Wednesday, March 23
St. Peters Lutheran Church
Two Sides of Celtic, two great players. One fantastic show.
Quite simply, Gráinne Hambly and William Jackson are two of the foremost harpers of Ireland and Scotland. Combining their extraordinary talents on harp as well as concertina, tinwhistle and bouzouki, The Masters of the Celtic Harp, have been performing all over the country and dazzling audiences with their artistry. Their Two Sides of Celtic show is a special treat.

Since 1998 Gráinne Hambly has been touring extensively throughout the United States and has not only garnered an ever-growing following of devoted harp enthusiasts but has managed to cross over and capture the Irish music fan with the taste for the fast, driving reels and jigs of traditional music. She has broken the genteel parlor image and elevated the stature of the harp right up there with the fiddles and pipes in the realm of dynamic dance music. Add to that the unsurpassed expressive quality the harp has in her hands in the rendition of age-old airs and laments and you have the masterful performance of an experienced and renowned player.

A lifelong County Mayo resident, Gráinne has not rested on the laurels of winning the senior All-Ireland titles on harp and concertina in 1994 and then the prestigious Keadue and Granard harp competitions. Her three critically acclaimed solo CDs, The Thorn Tree (2006), Between the Showers (1999) and Golden Lights Green Shadows, (2003) are “must haves” for every Irish harp player and fan. She has also recorded with numerous other artists. She has also published two books of her arrangements. She tours most of the year and has appeared at most of the major harp and Irish music festivals in the U.S. and Europe.

William Jackson of Glasgow has been at the forefront of Scottish traditional music for more than 35 years. Besides his stature as one of the leading harpers and multi-instrumentalists in Scotland, William has gained an international reputation as a composer. His “Land of Light” won the international competition in 1999 as the new song for Scotland.

William was a founding member and creative tour de force of Ossian in 1976, which became one of Scotland’s best-loved traditional bands. The band, whose music influenced a generation of musicians, extensively toured the U.S. and Europe. Besides harp, he also plays tinwhistle and bouzouki.

Gráinne and William Jackson teamed up and began touring as “The Masters of the Celtic Harp” in 2005 and have been traveling together ever since. They live now outside of Claremorris in County Mayo.

 Admission: $20 adults, $18 seniors, $15 SMD members, $10 students. For more information call Joanie at (304) 263-2531 or email updf@earthlink.net.

 

END OF MARCH BLOG