Celtic Madison
Newsletter of the Celtic Music Association of Madison, Wisconsin (www.celticmadison.org)

Fall 2001

The Celtic Music Association with the Celtic Cultural Center presents and WORT 89.9 FM welcomes

Cherish the Ladies

Saturday, October 27, 2001

8 pm at the Barrymore Theatre
2090 Atwood Ave., Madison

Cherish the Ladies, the premier all-women Irish traditional music band, is coming to Madison! Fourteen years and eight albums since their inception, this group of consummate musicians and entertainers always brings a high level of energy and outright fun to every performance. Group founders Joanie Madden (flutes and whistles) and Mary Coogan (guitar, banjo, and mandolin), along with veterans Mary Rafferty (accordion and concertina) and Donna Long (piano and keyboards), are joined by recent additions Liz Knowles (fiddle) and Deirdre Connolly (vocals) as they celebrate the release of their latest collaborative CD, the acclaimed The Girls Won't Leave the Boys Alone. Although they have made several appearances at Irish Fest in Milwaukee, this will be their first Madison appearance.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $17 day of show and are available at:

  • Barrymore Theatre, on-line at www.barrymorelive.com, or call and charge at (608) 241-8633
  • Borders Books (East & West locations)
  • B-Side Discs (State St.)
  • Deep Grooves (E. Johnson)
  • Exclusive Company (State St. & High Point)
  • Green Earth (Atwood & Middleton locations)
  • Magic Mill (University)
  • Orange Tree Imports (Monroe)
  • Spruce Tree Music (E. Johnson)
  • Strictly Discs (Monroe)
  • Star Liquor (Williamson)

For further information call (608) 251-1072 or e-mail <cma@celticmadison.org>.


Friday, November 16, 2001

8 pm at Oakwood Village
6201 Mineral Point Rd., Madison

Chulrua (pronounced cool-ROO-ah), or "red back" in Irish, is the name given to the favorite wolfhound of ancient Irish hero Fionn MacCumhaill (Finn McCool). It is also the name of a trio of some of the finest players of Irish music to relocate to the Midwest. Featuring the rarely heard and surprisingly sweet combination of button accordion and the Irish uilleann pipes, virtuosos Paddy O'Brien and Tim Britton are joined by the fine vocals and guitar work of Tipperary-born Pat Egan for a complete concert experience. This is Chulrua's first return to Madison since the addition of Tim Britton and the release of their first album.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 day of show. Seating is limited, so be sure to get your tickets after Oct. 15 at these outlets: Borders (East & West), B-Side Discs, Orange Tree Imports, Spruce Tree Music, and Star Liquor. For further information call (608) 251-1072 or e-mail <cma@celticmadison.org>.

Cherish the Ladies
Cherish the Ladies band portrait

Celtic Music Classes

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Continuing Studies offers courses throughout the year in which you may learn about and play Celtic music. The courses draw upon the expertise of some of Madison's most popular, talented, and knowledgeable musicians that you know from bands such as Keltori, Public House Ceili Band, The Snug, and Stone Ring, as well as the widely acclaimed Gaelic vocal group, Navan. If you prefer to learn at home, you may want to explore our on-line Celtic music class (see last listing). Although a few of the fall classes will have started by the time you receive this newsletter, you may still be able to jump in.

Contact Chelcy Bowles at cbowles@dcs.wisc.edu or 265-5629 for more information about the classes, how to enroll if a class has already started, and how to get on the mailing list to receive a catalog. Chelcy can also tell you about the other 50 music classes available, from opera to African drumming. To register for classes, call 262-2451.

FALL 2001

Irish Traditional Music Survey

This survey course explores the history, typical instruments, dance forms, songs, styles, and the musicians past and present who sustain and propel traditional Irish music. Keltori and Public House Ceili Band member and Celtic music scholar Bob Newton teaches the course. 5 Mondays, Oct 22-Nov 19, 7-8:30 pm; 726 Lowell Center, 610 Langdon St., $65; register for class #3728.

Celtic Music Beyond Erin's Shores

This playing course concentrates on developing repertoire and techniques for playing the more common dance forms and musical styles of Brittany, Scotland, Cape Breton Island, Wales, and Galicia. Bring your own instrument; all instruments are welcome. Keltori members Turner Collins and Bob Newton teach the class. 6 Mondays, Sept 10-Oct 15, 7-8:30 pm; St. Francis House Chapel, 1001 University Ave.; $70; register for class #3707.

Gaelic Traditional Singing with Navan

Learn about the history and traditions of Gaelic song and sing with members of the acclaimed touring and recording ensemble, NAVAN. 5 Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm, $65; St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 1833 Regent St. Section 1 Beginning (class #3714) Sept 11-Oct 9; Section 2 Continuing/Intermediate (class #3715) Oct 23-Nov 20.


Learn basic or intermediate skills for playing traditional music on the bodhrán (Irish drum). Music reading skills are not necessary. Bring your own instrument. Instructor: Tracy Doreen Dietzel; 5 Wednesdays, 6:30-7:45 pm; St. Francis House Lounge, 1001 University Ave.; $65; Section 1 Beginning (class #3724) Sept 12-Oct 10; Section 2 Continuing/Intermediate (class #3725) Oct 17-Nov 14.


You will be introduced to beginning harp technique in a relaxed and informal setting. Repertoire includes folk, Celtic, contemporary, and early music. For instrument rental information, contact instructor Julia Chybowski at jjchybow @ students.wisc.edu. 8 Wednesdays, Sept 19-Nov 7; Trinity Lutheran Church, 1904 Winnebago St.; $85. Section 1 Beginning (class #3721) 5:15-6:30 pm; Section 2 Continuing/Intermediate (class #3722) 6:45-8:00 pm.

Tin Whistle

Instructor: Turner Collins. 5 Thursdays, 5:30-6:45 pm; Lutheran Campus Center, 321 N. Mills St.; $65. Section 1 Beginning (class #3726) Sept 13-Oct 1; Section 2 Continuing/Intermediate (class #3727) Oct 18-Nov 15.


Celtic Music Survey

Live demonstrations and multimedia examples provide a rich experience of Celtic music. 13 Saturdays, Jan 26-May 4, 10-noon (no class Mar 23 & 30); Humanities Building; 455 N. Park St.; $170. Register for class #3751 after December 1. (Also available for 3 UW-Madison credits; additional fees apply for credit; contact Chelcy Bowles at 265-5629.)

Irish Repertoire

Focuses on repertoire expansion and ensemble playing of dance music, culminating in a performance at St. Pat's Eve on March 10. Bring your instrument and join us for playing Irish music. Instructors: Karen Fox Fischer, Alan Ng. 6 Thursdays, Jan 31-Mar 7, 7:30-9pm, 2441 Humanities Building, 455 N. Park St.; $65; register for course #3764 after December 1.

Harp (see Fall course for description)

8 Thursdays, Feb 21-Apr 18 (no class Mar 28); Trinity Lutheran Church, 1904 Winnebago St.; $85. Section 1 Beginning (class #3762) 5:15-6:30 pm; Section 2 Continuing/Intermediate (class #3763) 6:45-8:00 pm; register after December 1.

ON-LINE Self-Paced Course

Celtic Music: Regional Cultures and Modern Success

Meet the musicians and explore the creative, cultural, economic, and political forces that created the category "Celtic music." Readings from scholars and industry experts, Web sites, and a wide range of recordings allow you to draw relationships between all of the kinds of music known today as "Celtic." Seven assignments, each with personal feedback via e-mail. No experience required. Author: Alan Ng; Instructor: Bob Newton. Register anytime for course #9001; $95, materials approximately $30.

- Chelcy Bowles, cbowles@dcs.wisc.edu

Celtic Cultural Center Events

The CCC will be hosting its 4th annual Irish Language and Cultural Weekend October 5-7, 2001. This opportunity to meet with Irish speakers and pick up "cupla focal" (a couple of words) will be held at the Friedrick Center on the UW-Madison campus. For more information contact us by e-mail at ccc@celticmadison.org.

Looking for something fun to do on Sunday, October 28, 2001? Then join us for a Samhain Festival at Lake Farm County Park. Samhain is one of the major Celtic holy days, so we intend to observe it with music and fun. We are still working on the details, so check www.celticmadison.org for updates!

What better way to shake off winter blahs than to sit in a warm theater and watch films depicting some aspect of Irish, Scottish, or Welsh tradition? Come to the Play Circle Theater in the Memorial Union on Sunday, February 10, 2002, from noon until 5pm, for our Celtic Film Festival and see if you don't feel just a little bit better!

- Dineen Grow, ccc@celticmadison.org

Upcoming Celtic Events

Our On-Line Celtic Events Calendar is constantly updated with events, classes, and activities around Southern Wisconsin.

This newsletter is published approximately three times per year by the Celtic Music Association of Madison, Wisconsin. Articles and news relevant to Celtic culture in the Madison area are welcome. Business-card sized advertisements are also available. Contact <cma@celticmadison.org>.

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