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2016 Feb. 27, Sat.Take a whistle/flute workshop with Brett Lipschutz, geared for beginner and intermediate students who can already play at least one tune on the whistle. Learn tonguing, 3 Irish techniques, and some tunes by ear, with handouts. Bring a D whistle/flute and a recording device. 12-3:30 pm, same location as the concert below. Contact Brett.
2016 Feb. 27, Sat.Two harp workshops with Kim Robertson. "Beauty Tunes": We will work on a few "beauty tunes" in depth and explore some easy but effective accompaniment patterns. "Meditative Harp": A meditative approach to improvisational playing, using chord patterns and modes that create contemplative moods. 12-3:30 pm, contact
2016 Feb. 27, Sat.Kim Robertson, Celtic harp & Brett Lipschutz, flute & whistles, 4:30-6 pm, Orchard Ridge UCC Church, 501 Gilbert Rd, Madison
2016 Feb. 27, Sat.Trinity Irish Dance Company at the Overture Center, 7 pm.
2016 Feb. 28, Sun.Capitol Ceili Band (Irish dance music): will be firing up all you set dancers at the Sunday dance of the 15th Annual Milwaukee Midwinter Set Dance Weekend, 2-4 pm at the ICHC.
2016 Mar. 5, Sat.Mad Gael Productions presents The High Kings and The Sweet Colleens in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day at the Barrymore Theatre at 8:00 p.m. Ireland’s Folk Band of the Year, The High Kings, are Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden, serving up laughter, good times and extraordinary musicianship.
2016 Mar. 6, Sun.West Wind (Irish traditional music): at the Brocach 5-6:30 pm, free.
2016 Mar. 13, Sun.Celtic Music Association (concert sponsor): Dervish, 4 & 7:30, in the Frederic March Play Circle of the UW Memorial Union. Dervish is the complete package in the contemporary sound of Irish traditional music with strong melody players, rhythm section, vocals, and arrangements.
2016 Mar. 16, Wed.West Wind (Irish traditional music): take in Lake Mendota preparing for spring along with brilliant Irish trad music on St. Pat's Eve at the Edgewater, 6-8 pm.
2016 Mar. 17, Thu.West Wind (Irish traditional music): Finish off your St. Patrick's Day this year with top-class Irish trad music at the Essen Haus 9 pm - midnight, trailing off into an open session until 1 am.
2016 Mar. 19, Sat.Trinity Irish Dance show at the Overture Center's Kids in the Rotunda series, 1 pm.
2016 Mar. 31, Thu.Dick Hensold: This is a traditional eclectic solo Celtic instrumental act, featuring Northumbrian smallpipes, Scottish Highland reel pipes, Swedish bagpipes, Welsh pibgorn, and several whistles. Concert at Unity Church on Tompkins Dr, more details coming soon. “Dick Hensold is a master piper with an exquisite touch.” –City Pages, Minneapolis, MN
2016 May. 5, Thu.Celtic Music Association (concert sponsor): We Banjo 3 & Christine Pato, 8pm, Shannon Hall of the UW Memorial Union. Banjos and bagpipes. Sounds scary until you hear how scary good these musicians really are as Ireland shares the stage with Galicia.