Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.
Next Tuesday is one of the biggest days of the year! No worldwide virus can stop it! No pandemic can put a damper on the immeasurable spirit that is St. Patrick’s Day!
And of course we have music to get you in the mood!
Let’s get started with a rousing and appropriate opening. Go to any St. Patrick’s Parade (if you can find one this year) and you’re bound to hear this beauty, even though it’s a Scottish patriotic anthem. Why so perfectly Irish then? It’s those bagpipes. The bagpipes. They just sound…Irish. Ah, such glorious, majestic music they make.
That’s why I was stunned to stumble across an old 2015 Chicago Tribune column by Elizabeth Greiwe who my view engaged in absolute blasphemy when she wrote:
“…they let free the sound of a dying sheep being squeezed by a very angry elbow. Please. Ban bagpipes on St. Patrick’s Day. The world would be a better place without them. Imagine, no more requests for the umpteenth rendition of ‘Amazing Grace.’ No one asking what bagpipers wear under their kilts. No bizarre news stories about a man losing his pipes after a late night at the pub.
“They’re rarely in tune — but the casual listener can’t tell anyway because their sound is so god awful.”
I’ll bet she’s an absolute riot at parties.
Enough of that poppycock. I love bagpipes, and here they come! Getting closer, and closer…
Along with the violin, the bagpipes are considered one of the most difficult instruments to learn. As one person noted online, “One thing the pipes and the violin have in common: it’s really, really easy to sound bad on them.”
“Celtic Woman” debuted in 2005 and became a worldwide phenomenon blending traditional Irish music and contemporary songs celebrating Ireland’s history along with modern Ireland’s spirit. The personnel has changed over the years, but signature sound is consistent, and the ladies are lovely and talented. From the Round Room at the Mansion House, Dublin, founding member of the group Máiréad Nesbit takes center stage.
Celtic Women will appear at the PAC in Appleton, WI on May 30.
This next award-winning quartet is from Galway and combines Irish with Old-Time American and Bluegrass music. And here’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
The above scheduled concert has been canceled BUT We Banjo 3 will be at this summer’s Milwaukee Irish fest.
Formed in Texas in 1996, “The Killdares” specialize in hard-driving, alternative Celtic rock.
“I love the idea of combining something as beautiful and melodic as a traditional fiddle or bagpipe with crunchy American rock n’ roll guitar, and having it work,” says founding member Tim Smith.
This is a classic where the lyrics change slightly depending on the performers.
The Cork and Kerry Mountains
I saw Captain Farrell
And his money, he was countin’
I first produced my pistol
And then produced my rapier
I said, “Stand and deliver or the devil he may take ya”I took all of his money
And it was a pretty penny
I took all of his money,
Yeah, and I brought it home to Molly
She swore that she loved me,
No, never would she leave me
But the devil take that woman,
Yeah, for you know she tricked me easy
Musha rain dum a doo, dum a da
Whack for my daddy, oh
Whack for my daddy, oh
There’s whiskey in the jar
That’s it for this week.
Have a great weekend.
We opened with the Boston Pops. As a prelude to our close here’s another snippet from that album.
Last Sunday CBS aired this special feature.
Please be advised that the following Riverdance performances scheduled to take place at Radio City Music Hall have been postponed:
Friday, March 13, 2020 at 2pm
Friday, March 13, 2020 at 8pm
Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 2pm
Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 8pm
Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 2pm
You will be advised when new dates have been determined. Your tickets will be valid for the newly rescheduled dates.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary Riverdance is coming to Cinemas for the first time! The Riverdance 25th Anniversary Gala performance in Dublin was filmed and has been released in Cinemas. Take a look where you can see it this weekend.