Saturday, March 5, 2011

Enjoy Irish Music At The Cranford Community Center | – Everything New Jersey

"CRANFORD—The Friends of the Cranford Public Library will present an evening of traditional Irish music as interpreted by McDermott’s Handy on Monday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue.

McDermott’s Handy, otherwise known as Kathy DeAngelo and Dennis Gormley, has been collecting the music, stories and songs of Ireland for more than 25 years. DeAngelo sings, plays Irish harp, fiddle and banjo, and adds the bodhran and mandolin on occasion. Gormley sings, plays guitar, flute, tin whistle, bouzouki and mandolin. The many venues at which the duo have appeared include the Cumberland County Performing Arts Center, the New Jersey Folk Festival, the Philadelphia Irish Music & Dance Festival, the Watchung Arts Center, and Rutgers University."

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Steve Wickham & Friends Clip 1 - Traditional Irish Music from

Award winning Scottish fiddler presents concert at St Andrews

"LAURINBURG – Fans of Scottish music will be treated to a free concert featuring award-winning Scottish fiddler Bonnie Rideout on March 19 beginning at 7 p.m. in Avinger Auditorium on the St. Andrews Presbyterian College campus.

Rideout, with her unique style of Scottish fiddling charming audiences across the globe, has been featured on the BBC, CPS, NPR’s Performance Today and Morning Edition. She is also consistently played on NPR’s The Thistle and Shamrock.

Rideout has authored seven music books for Mel Bay Publishing Company while also recording more than 13 solo albums and appearing as a guest musician on dozens of CDs. Her A Scottish Christmas became a New York Times “Top Ten Holiday Best Seller” and prompted a touring show that has sold out halls across North America for over a decade. Her popular recording, Gi’Me Elbow Room, received the coveted Parent’s Choice Gold Award. She was also nominated for a Grammy award."

Fiddler spins Irish tunes

"When Eileen Ivers was a college student, she dreamed of working for NASA. Lucky for audiences, she changed her mind.

Ivers, a champion Irish- American fiddler who's been called the Jimi Hendrix of the violin, will make a rare local appearance this weekend when she plays a benefit concert at Dominican College with her band, Immigrant Soul. With a touring schedule that finds her on the road much of the year, it's nice to perform close to home, says Ivers, who lives in West Nyack with her husband and manager, Brian Mulligan.

Crowds all over the world have embraced Irish music, says Ivers, who plays nearly 100 shows each year. Even in Japan, fans roar as if they're at a rock concert. 'If you closed your eyes, you would swear you were in the heart of Ireland, playing in a pub somewhere,'' she says. 'It's a source of great pride for the people, the ones who left.'"

Boston-based trio will bring fiddle music to Skye

"CARTHAGE — New England Celtic Arts will present the Boston-based trio Matching Orange on Sunday, March 13, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center.

The 3 p.m. performance is the launch of Sunday Series at Skye's 2011 season.

Whether playing for contra dances, jamming at a local pub or giving a concert, the band members offer a refreshing approach to traditional fiddle music.They combine a repertoire of traditional and original material with a brotherly stage presence.

Making up Matching Orange are Eric McDonald on guitar, mandolin and vocals; Eric Eid-Reiner, piano; and Brendan Carey Block, fiddle. They take full advantage of diverse musical backgrounds, with extensive training in folk, classical, jazz and other traditions.

The band released its debut, self-titled CD in January."