Celtic Music Association Spring 2000 Newsletter
WORT 89.9 FM welcomes, and the Celtic Cultural Center with the Celtic Music Association present
the Fifth Annual

St. Pat's Eve

F e s t i v a l
Sunday, March 12

4:00 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m. at the Park Ponderosa Ballroom in McFarland

Come celebrate spring and Irish culture with music, dance, fun and friends! In front of the stage you can dance, mingle and browse, or just sit down and enjoy the shows. Family-oriented activities include a supervised creative corner and a clown. Tickets are $5.00 adults and $2.00 kids, available only at the door.

Directions: Park Ponderosa is at 5100 Erling Ave., McFarland, WI. From Madison, take 51 south to the Siggelkow exit. Turn right. Travel one block to a four-way stop, then follow the road around Brandt Park, turning left when you see the Green Lantern.

4:00 The Snug with De Luain Dancers
4:35 Irish poetry reading
4:45 Trinity Academy Irish step dancers
5:15 Family dance with Mickey's Most Wednesdays Ceili Band
5:45 Far From Home and Celtic singers Navan with De Luain Dancers
7:00 Ceili dance with The Flying Cow Ceili Band

E-mail stpats@celticmadison.org or call 246-4198 or 233-6298 for more information.

WORT 89.9 FM welcomes, and the Celtic Music Association presents

Celtic Fiddle Festival

Wednesday, March 15

8:00 pm, Music Hall, UW Campus, Park St. Madison

The Celtic Fiddle Festival returns to Madison with the original line-up of Kevin Burke (Ireland), Johnny Cunningham (Scotland), and Christian Lemaître (Brittany) on fiddles and the incomparable Soig Siberil (Brittany) on guitar.

As always, their latest tour will generate the kind of excitement that can only be truly experienced at a live performance--and then refreshed later through their live recordings.

For the 2000 tour, Christian starts off with a solo set, followed by Johnny, and Soig closes the first half of the show with several selections on guitar. Kevin opens the second half with his set, followed by a set featuring all four musicians.

Each plays with dexterity and passion, improvising and embellishing with inspired spontaneity, and the spoken introductions mirror each player's personality, from Christian's shy wit to Johnny's broad humor and Kevin's droll stories. Together, they play with such relentless precision and fire that the tunes transcend all cultural and geographical barriers and leave the audience with a uniquely memorable musical experience.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at B-Side on State St., Borders Books (east and west), Orange Tree Imports, Patrick's at Hilldale, Spruce Tree Music, Star Liquor, and the Vilas Hall box office for $14 in advance--day of show at Music Hall for $16. For more information, call 251-1072 or e-mail rcnewton@facstaff.wisc.edu.

Our New Web Site: celticmadison.org

The Celtic Music Association, in cooperation with Madison's Celtic Cultural Center, has now set up celticmadison.org, a new Web site to serve Madison's not-for-profit Celtic cultural organizations. Please bookmark our new site, where you will find an up-to-date calendar of local events, activities, and a comprehensive presentation of both regional and on-line Celtic culture resources. Note as well that we maintain an e-mail distribution list so that you can receive infrequent e-mail reminders of our events. E-mail cma@celticmadison.org if you don't have Web access.

Coming in the spring . . .

Gearóid O hAllmhuráin agus Patrick Ourceau

April 26-28: A Series of Lectures, Seminars, Demonstrations, and Performances

Gearóid O hAllmhuráin, Ph.D., of the University of San Francisco, is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, performer and music instructor, with several All-Ireland competitive titles on the concertina and uilleann pipes to his credit. He is also a former member of the renowned Kilfenora Ceili Band, the oldest traditional dance band in Ireland and seven-time All Ireland Ceili Band champions. O hAllmhuráin is also an Irish historian and anthropologist who specializes in ethnomusicology.

A leading authority on the history of Irish traditional music, he has researched and collected Irish music and folklore since 1979. His fieldwork has focused on the West of Ireland and Irish immigrant communities in the United States, Europe, and Canada.

During his stay in Madison, Gearóid will be lecturing and presenting seminars on the UW campus from Wednesday April 26 through Friday the 28th. He will perform a demonstration workshop Friday afternoon and a concert with accomplished fiddler Patrick Ourceau in Mills Hall on Thursday, April 27. All events will be free. Look for a full listing of events to be mailed at a later date.

Celtic Music Association Spring 2000 Newsletter

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