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BILL BLACK'S "CAPEIRISH"
NEWS/INFO PAGE

A LISTING OF EVENTS AND RESOURCES RELATING TO IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC
IN THE CAPE COD AND NEARBY S.E. NEW ENGLAND AREA

email:bill@capeirish.com


updated: 5/27/23

Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend - please remember
all our fallen heroes in your prayers.
"All gave some, some gave all."
May they rest in peace.



I'll be happy to include your SE New England traditional event if you send me an email with the details - try to include as much information as possible, including ticket prices, relevant websites, etc.


NEWS, NOTES, & COMMENTS



FALMOUTH  "ARTS ALIVE"

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As we have been honored to do for the past five? ten? years, Cat's Melodeon will be performing at the Falmouth Arts Alive Festival, which this year takes place rain or shine on Saturday June 17th.

Show time will be 2 pm. Location as usual is the Falmouth Library lawn. Parking either in the town lot off Main Street or in the school parking lot behind the library. Free and family-friendly!



WOODS HOLE TRAD STROLL
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The 2023 edition of the WHTS has come and gone. The weather was perfect for the event and there seemed to be more "strollers" than in the past.

The Cats had a great time and (we hope) provided our audience with a good idea of what real traditional music sounds like.

In short, a good time was had by the musicians, and we're pretty confident that our audience enjoyed it as well.

Thanks to Marilyn for inviting us, thanks to Andrew for doing the flming, and thanks to Hugh and his staff at the Coffee O for putting up with us again!


A "FEAST OF FIDDLING" (sorry)
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Lovers of traditional music will have a veritable feast of Irish fiddle talent in which to immerse themselves (? mixed metaphor) this Spring:

Friday June 9: Frankie Gavin at the ICC Canton
website

BB note:
Frankie is one of the founders of the legendary band De Danann, which also featured Alec Finn on bouzouki, Ringo McDonagh on bodhrŠn, and Charlie Piggott on banjo. IMnsHO one of the best groups ever to play the music. I have a section of my Tune Vault site devoted to a show they did in NYC in the late 1970's, recorded on tape (!!) (Google it, kids) by my good buddy John Dillon (I think I was baby-sitting that night). Click here, plug in the earphones, and be prepared to get blown away by some outrageous playing.




SOUTH COAST SESSION UPDATE
from Colin Everett
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On Sunday June 11th, there will be an Irish session at Cisco Brewery in New Bedford from 1:00-3:00.

The folk festival in downtown New Bedford this summer will be on Saturday July 22nd and that it will include open sessions (Irish and old time). Not sure of the new name or any other details."





WELLFLEET SESSION
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Following received from Denya LeVine:

i'm leading/co-hosting a session in Wellfleet that seems to have settled on a day and time:

Fox and Crow, 70 Main St., Wellfleet [formerly Duck Creeke Tavern then The Well]
Sunday, 6-8:00

Open session but limited to 8 so I request people email me if they want to attend. denya1@verizon.net








GOLDEN LANE
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Concert at Mashpee Community Park, 13 Great Neck Road North (across from Town Hall),
6 pm, Tuesday August 15
 
Cape Cod Canal Cruise, 1 pm, Sunday Sept. 17 (on the "new" Canal cruise boat
mv Monhegan)




IRISH MUSIC INSTITUTE
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Earlier this year I received an announcement from piper SeŠn Gavin about the formation of a new entity called the "Irish Music Institute", which has been created to provide online traditional music training. Quoting from the announcement:

"It is my great pleasure to announce the launch of a new non-profit organization, the Irish Music Institute. Its purpose is to encourage people of all ages to explore the traditional music and song of Ireland. Based in Southeast Michigan, IMI connects a broad network of players, learners, and enthusiasts worldwide. We offer private, online lessons from a top notch faculty with instructors throughout North America and Ireland."

A complete copy of SeŠn's announcement is here. This sounds like a most worthy endeavor and I wish them the best of luck going forward!






CHATHAM FIDDLE ACTIVITIES
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Ongoing Sessions

The Red Nun, Dennisport, Saturdays 6-8PM
The Chatham Squire, Sundays 4-6:30PM







Please take advantage of our links to other websites to keep current on what these and other local musicians are doing these days!

Check out my Goods and Services area - let me know if you want me to list something for you. My commissions are negotiable - or should I say negligible?



ONGOING CONCERT SERIES
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As we slowly emerge from the darkest days of the pandemic, we might be seeing some life again the the various concert series that have gone dormant for the past 18 months or so. Slowly but surely . . .

In the meantime, some shout-outs for folks in the area who in better times have produced these concerts, not always involving "Celtic" acts but always presenting quality performers regardless of genre. I know from personal experience that putting these things together is not easy, so I would appreciate your support for their efforts once we're past the worst of the pandemic.

Sara Piazza's occasional summer sessions in Edgartown (Martha's Vineyard)
Rose Clancy's
Chatham Fiddle concerts
 


GOODS AND SERVICES DEPT.
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Various friends have asked me over the years to post information about goods and services they have to offer, which I am happy to do free of charge for anyone who provides me a short description of what's involved and a website or email contact where potential clients can find out more.

Disclaimers:
(1) I reserve the right to decide what goes on this website
(2) I'd like to think these folks know what they're doing, but no guarantees of any kind are implied.



"No Ugly Boat"
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Since moving to the banks of the Cape Cod Canal in June of 2014, I have assembled a collection of pictures of the various watercraft of all sizes and types that use the Canal. I have put these photos onto a website called "No Ugly Boat"(which name expresses our belief that there are in fact no ugly boats - they're all beautiful, in varying degrees). There are galleries in which photos of vessels of the same type are included. Posters are also available. Click here to go to the homepage!



Artistic services
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Andrea Pluhar, local artist, designer and musician, does graphic design for CDís and can help you set up a website for your self or your band on Squarespace or Weebly. Andrea has decades of experience in design, is technically skilled, is quick, responsive, loves Irish and traditional music of all kinds, and offers reasonable rates. http://www.pluharcreative.com

Duet for weddings, etc.
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Olde Inne session regular Heather Swanson and her daughter Krista Lucich have a violin/cello duet that would be available for gatherings of any kind. Click www.capeviolincello.com for all the details!


Math tutoring
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Certified math teacher; six years experience teaching on Cape Cod. Available after school, evenings and weekends; MCAS review and preparation. Call Sean Murphy 508.790.0438 for details.



Smile - Say Cheese! Dept.
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Fiddler Casey Atkins is also a photographer who does photojournalism, portraiture, events, etc. You can find examples of her work on her website.

Casey Atkins Photography
www.caseyatkins.com
617.955.5063


"He's Got the Power" Dept.
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Philip C. Waters
Master Electrician
Residential and Commercial Wiring
Service work,  remodeling,  fuses to circuit breakers, lighting, heating, phone, cable and data wiring, extra sockets added.
Smoke detectors, ceiling fans and generator installation. Rewiring and general repairs. Small jobs welcome.
Licensed and Fully insured. Lic # A19901
Call Phil @ 508-564-6188  website: philwaterselectrician.com



"Sweet Tooth" Dept.
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Our great daughter-in-law Kristen has started a home baking business called "Cape Cakes by Kristen". She'll produce any kind of cake you want for any occasion (think "Cake Boss" on TLC), while at the same time acting as parent for some of the most exquisite, delightful, intelligent children in Barnstable County. If you have a cake requirement (and who doesn't?), contact her.

Phone is 774.392.3469, email capecakesbykristen@yahoo.com.





Expanding Your Repertoire Dept.
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***** Our "Music from the Works of James Joyce" webmaster Frank Weaver has put both recordings on CD Baby so you can purchase individual tracks. (To refresh your memory: these are two great CDs featuring songs mentioned in various works of JJ, performed lovingly by tenor Kevin McDermott and pianist Ralph Richey.)

***** James Kelly's original tune collection, www.jameskellymusic.com. James is a great fiddler originally from Dublin now living in Florida. He made several classic LPs with box player Paddy O'Brien that are "must have" items in any collection of recorded Irish trad.

Update: I have been in contact with James (after many years) and have received a copy of the book and his permission to process it for inclusion into my webABC site. I'll get started on it shortly.

 


Violin repairs/rentals/sales
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Dave Swanson, www.swansonviolins.com
Fritz Sonnichsen, Falmouth, 508.274.2632
Rose Clancy, Chatham, 917.416.0139 - roseclancyfiddler@gmail.com
 
 
BodhrŠn maker/repairs/lessons
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Mance Grady, www.mance.com
 
 
Traditional CDs, books, instruments
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The Celtic Fiddler (John Kearney)
Ossian USA (Mary Lou Philbin)


 


##### REGULARLY SCHEDULED AREA EVENTS #####




 The following session list still needs updating. If you can help, please email me with details.

The personal link is for email; the venue link will take you to a website or some other source of phone numbers, directions, etc.

All sessions listed are "open" but may not necessarily be "beginner friendly". Check if you have questions.

Please email any corrections, additions etc to me at bill@capeirish.com.




Sunday - West Dennis (resumed)
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4:30 pm
O'Shea's Olde Inne, Route 28
hosts: Sean Murphy and friends
phone: 508.398.8887

Sunday - Chatham
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5:00 - 8:00 pm
The Squire

487 Main Street
508.945.0945
Rose Clancy & friends


Sunday - Wellfleet
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6 - 8 pm
Fox & Crow Cafe, 70 Main Street
Denya LeVine
limited seating - email Denya if you expect to attend


Monday - Hingham
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5:30 pm (note early start hour)
The Snug, 116 North St., Hingham
host:
Skip Toomey


Tuesday - Cape Cod
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Cape Cod Scottish Slow Session
Scottish and Cape Breton tunes and from sheet music (provided for guests). No singing. Meets every Tuesday, except the 4th of the month, 7 to 9 pm, at one of 3 locations in Falmouth, Centerville or Brewster.
Info: dpmacadam@verizon.net


Wednesday - Fall River
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8:00 pm
Saint James Irish Pub
Purchase St.
Sam Ruess, Rich Danforth & friends
phone: 508.672.6951


Wednesday - West Dennis
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5 to 7:30 pm
Olde Inne "Back of the House" slow session
host: Pam Paine


Thursdays - Providence
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8:00 pm
Patrick's Pub
Smith St. (Federal Hill)
hosts: Bob Drouin & friends
phone: 401.751.1553


Friday - Canton
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6:00 pm
Irish Cultural Center
200 New Boston Rd. (off Rte.138)
hosts: John Kearney & Eamonn McGrath
info: Mark Lespasio


Saturday - Dennisport
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5:00 - 7:00 pm
Red Nun
673 Main Street, D'port
508.394.2869
Rose Clancy & friends



Martha's Vineyard
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No regularly scheduled sessions on the island but a call or email to
Sara Piazza before you go is always a good idea:

617-872-6110
email sarapiazza@sarapiazza.com
The Alison Boylston Piazza House
117 Upper Main Street
Edgartown
Martha's Vineyard
Massachusetts


Saturday - Plymouth
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6 to 9 pm
CJ's Pub in the John Carver Inn
25 Summer St.
508.746.7100
contact: Tom Gosselin, phone 617.721.4011

sandwich-session




##### LINKS TO RELATED WEBSITES #####


The world of acoustic folk music is sometimes a very fragile one - your ci_support for our activities and those of our friends is most appreciated! Following are some links you might want to check:

 
BLACKSTONE RIVER THEATER (community theater concerts - Providence area)

BRIAN BORU PIPE BAND

CAPE COD FIDDLERS

CAPE IRISH PRODUCTIONS

CARMEL GUNNING - great whistle/flute player/trad music teacher from Ireland's Co. Sligo

CASEY ATKINS PHOTOGRAPHY

CAT'S MELODEON session group

CEOL agus RINCE EASTERN US (CALENDAR)

COMHALTAS CEOLTOIRI EIREANN - Hanafin Cooley Branch (Boston)

DENYA LeVINE
(Celtic, American, Jewish fiddling & songs - Cape Cod based)

FALMOUTH FIDDLERS (regularly-scheduled American trad activities in Upper Cape area)

IRISH CULTURAL CENTER OF NEW ENGLAND (many activities; sponsor of the yearly Irish Festival)

LINDSAYS (Susan [Gedutis] and Steve Lindsay) (Irish trad and contemporary)

MOSTLY GEMS (BB original tunes - learn a few hundred and impress your friends!)

MUSIC BY THE BAY (house concert series in Fall River area)

NOIR (Norwegian-Irish fusion band)

NORTHEAST CEILI BAND  (if there's a** to be kicked, then these are the folks who'll do it!)

RARE OUL' TIMES (Falmouth-based Irish band)

RHODE ISLAND CEILIDHE CLUB
(dancing, bi-weekly session, concerts, etc. - located in Cranston)

RHODE ISLAND IRISH CONNECTION (Karon McAllen's new resource for Rhode Island and nearby)

STANLEY & GRIMM (Nik Engstrom and SeŠn Brennan - terrific fiddle/guitar duet)

SWANSON VIOLINS (instrument building and repairs in Falmouth area)

WEBABC - BB's collection of ~10000 dance tunes from various sources; in ABC format

WEBSONGS - BB's collection of lyrics (no music) for loads of songs - great memory refresher

WEST BEND MUSIC STUDIOS - Clayton March, the Becrelis brothers, Monica Rizzio, Catie Flynn - a fine local resource for teaching various instruments




LINKS TO SPONSORS / VENUES / BANDS
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BRICK HILL HOUSE CONCERTS (Orleans)
508-255-3864 or email dinah164@capecod.net

CULTURAL CENTER of CAPE COD
307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth MA 02664
phone 508.394.7100

CAPE COD IRISH VILLAGE

ARTS FOUNDATION OF CAPE COD

IRISH CULTURAL CENTER

GRAY GABLES MARKET
185 Shore Road
Bourne MA 02532
phone 508.743.5587
Facebook

COTUIT CENTER FOR THE ARTS

The OLDE INNE
348 Main Street, W. Dennis 02670
phone 508.398.8887
osheasoldeinne.com


The CHATHAM FIDDLE COMPANY
875 Main St., Chatham - cell 917.416.0139
roseclancyfiddler@gmail.com