CMA Spring 1998 Newsletter


Kevin Burke, Johnny Cunningham,

and Christian Le Maître with Tony McManus

Friday, February 27, 1998, 8 pm

Masonic Center, 301 Wisconsin Ave
After two sell out US tours and standing ovations during the first British tour by these three great individual fiddle stylists from Ireland, Scotland, and Brittany, the Celtic Music Association is once again bringing the Celtic Fiddle Festival to Madison. Kevin Burke, Johnny Cunningham, and Christian LeMaître provide the best of all worlds in concert, performing both as soloists of their respective indigenous music and as a fearsome full-blooded combined Celtic force. Multi talented guitarist Tony McManus, whose solo album demonstrates his preternatural brilliance and sensitivity on the acoustic guitar in many styles of Celtic music, adds a driving rhythm to the playing of these masters.
Originally intended as a one-off touring project in 1992, the trio proved such a success that a live recording of the show was released by Green Linnet, most of which was recorded here in Madison by local sound engineer Buzz Kemper. The Celtic Fiddle Festival offers a real total entertainment package, combining warmth, winning humor, personality and musical expertise. The fiddlers play individually, representing their respective traditions with stunning skill and passion, and then, as a four-piece, they embark on tunes with such drive, precision, and fiery energy that they snowball into breathtaking climaxes. This best of all Celtic worlds is provided an official WORT Welcome!

Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 on the day of the show and are available at B-Side Discs, Borders Bookstores (East and West), Spruce Tree Music, and Star Liquor.


A Celebration of Irish Music and Dancing

Presented by The Celtic Music Association
& the Celtic Cultural Center

SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 1998, 4:00-8:00 PM


5100 Erling Ave, McFarland, WI: Take the Siggelkow Rd. exit of F Hwy 51 heading south. Turn right. One block to a four-way stop then follow the road around Brandt Park, turning left when you see the Green Dragon. We do apologize to those of us without cars for the location of this years festival. Adults $5; Children $2.

As what has become an annual rite of spring, the Celtic Music Association is sponsoring its third annual St. Pat's Eve celebration on the Sunday preceding St Pat's Day. As usual there will be a full complement of Irish music and dance, both as performance and audience participation. here will also be a cultural table and a children's area in the ample space of the Park Ponderosa Ballroom in McFarland. A great way for the whole family to celebrate.
  • 4:00-4:30 Irish music
  • 4:30-4:45 Children and Family Dancing
  • 4:45-5:00 Celtic Storytelling
  • 5:00-5:30 Dance Performance
  • 5:30-6:30 Far From Home
  • 6:30-8:00 Ceili
  • Session to follow

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