First Friday

Sorry this post is last minute and on the fly – I’ll be playing for First Friday  tonight. Arizona Center stop, 6 – 8 pm. Hope to see you there!

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Arizona Celtic Women – This Sunday!

Please join us at the Irish Cultural Center this Sunday, May 22 at 2:30 for the 3rd annual performance of Arizona’s Premier Celtic Women. If you haven’t heard these women, you are in for a real treat, and I’m honored to be performing with them this year.

Tickets are $10 at the door and proceeds support future activities of the Irish Cultural Center. Cash bar and artist CD’s available.

The ICC is located at the corner of Central Avenue and Portland Street – right across the street from the Burton Barr Central Library and conveniently available by Light Rail.

 

I’ve Always Wanted to Play the Harp with Peacocks!

Have you always wanted to play a harp? Have you ever wanted to play a harp? Now that you are thinking about it, wouldn’t it be fun to play a harp?

 

On Sunday, I’m leading an “I always wanted to play the harp” workshop at the Glendale Folk Festival. I will have harps for you to try out. There is plenty to keep you occupied the rest of the day, too.

  • At 10 am with the Strand: we’re leading a Celtic Jam. Play with us or just come to listen and meet some really cool musicians.
  • The harp workshop is at 11 am
  • The Strand plays at 2:30 in the Fruit Packing Shed
  • All day long, there is plenty to see and do. Performers on every stage, nook, cranny and porch. You can hear blues, bluegrass, old timey, contemporary folk, Celtic, you name it, it’s there.

So what’s with the peacocks? The Sahuaro Ranch Park is a 17 acre historic place, with original buildings, showcasing the agricultural origins of the Valley. The land has 13 historic buildings, some farming, and peacocks that roam freely. You never know when one will join in a session – last year one hopped down from the roof while we warmed up for our set – maybe for a better seat in the audience? 🙂

So join us on March 22 for a day of “colorful” fun!

peacock from deviantart.net

High Desert Harpers at the Musical Instrument Museum

We had a load of fun, playing at the MIM on the Saturday before St. Paddy’s Day. The museum had Celtic performances throughout the weekend, and there was a lot to listen to. Kudos to  Dé Máirt Ceol; their session was rollicking and fun!

My group, the High Desert Harpers, played twice on each of Saturday and Sunday. Here is one of our pieces; I’m on flute on this one. The Butterfly is a well-known slip jig.

It’s Easy Being Green

St. Patricks Day – the day all Irish musicians are waiting for – and it will be a busy one this year. Here’s a rundown of where you can catch some good music.

Front: Clara Arnold, Laura Goldstein.  Back: Shannon Schumann, Jacqi Musselman, Jocelyn Obermeyer

* Friday night – I’m playing with the Strand at Fiddler’s Dream Coffeehouse, at Glendale and 17th Street, in Phoenix.  Tucked away behind the Quaker church, you might miss it if you blink, but it’s a real gem in Phoenix. Admission is $6, coffee/tea/cookies are $1 each, and profits go to local food banks.

* Saturday – Again, with the Strand, I’m playing at the annual Phoenix Irish Festival, at the Irish Cultural Center in Downtown Phoenix. Worried about parking in downtown Phoenix? It’s on the light rail! $10 admission gets you in the gate for a full day of family-filled fun.

* Still worried about parking? Check out the MIM for “Discovering Ireland” all weekend. I’ll be rushing up to the corner of Tatum and Mayo (blvd, not county!) for appearances with the High Desert Harpers at 1:45, and again on Sunday at 11:45 and 1:45.

* Ironically, things settle down on the actual day. In honor of “Random Acts of Harping Month,” which is really in June, but it’s just too hot in Phoenix for that, so we do it in March, I’ll be playing at, well, random locations. That night, it’s a private event with the Strand.

* And Tuesday I will sleeeeeeep.

Community Music Night at Changing Hands

Join us at Changing Hands Bookstore this Friday from 6:30 – 8:30 for another Community Music Night. A variety of local musicians share the spotlight and “strum their stuff.” I’ll be playing two sets — solo, and with the Strand.

Come early and have dinner at the Wildflower Cafe next door. You’ll be glad you did!

http://www.changinghands.com/event/musicnight-jun13

http://www.wildflowerbread.com/

My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose

From the Glendale Folk Festival – Hana Halverson, accompanied by me.

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