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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
(contact me if you wish to be included in our totally
non-intrusive mailing list)


updated: 4/15/18

Spring on Cape Cod is almost guaranteed to happen before
Memorial Day. Operative word is "almost".





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, websites, etc.




NEWS, NOTES, & COMMENTS


LOCAL SESSIONS



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.
(Yes, my commissions are outrageous
but hey ... we all have to make a living!)



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BB'S "NEWS, NOTES, AND COMMENT" DEPT.
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NEW: link to my "No Ugly Boat" homepage!
 

A FALLEN HERO
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On behalf of our Thursday night session musicians, I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Yarmouth PD Officer Sean Gannon, who lost his life in the performance of his duty on April 12th. This was a tragedy that never should have happened; please click here if you care to share my personal thoughts on the subject.

Please keep the fallen hero's family and his colleagues in your prayers, along with all the cops, firemen, EMTs, and military who put their lives on the line for us every day. We are very fortunate to have them among us. God bless them all.



UPCOMING CONCERTS
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= Outstanding traditional guitarist John Doyle will be appearing in concert at the Olde Inn on Wednesday April 25th.
Show starts at 8:30; admission is $20. For more info email Seamus Hanrahan.
= Irish fiddler Gerry O'Connor and accompanist Kevin McElroy will be at the Chatham Fiddle Company on Friday
May 25th, 7:30. Suggested donation is $20.00.




OLDE INNE THURSDAY SESSION
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Thanks to all who have helped launch Mark and BB's Thursday night session so successfully.

During the month of March we'll have a designated receptacle near the session area to raise funds for our
good friend Horace Thayer, who is once again doing the Project Bread "Walk for Hunger". His goal this year
is to raise $7000 and we musicians - who may not like to walk but love to raise money for a good cause - have
offered our assistance.

If you plan on visiting us some Thursday evening, please be prepared to "feed the kitty" for this great cause!


cats

CAT'S MELODEON CURRENT SCHEDULE
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= May 5th, 3 - 5 pm (to be confirmed): Cats are back at the Coffee O porch in Woods Hole for the Traditional Stroll.



ONGOING CONCERT SERIES
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Time for some shout-outs for folks in the area who maintain concert series, 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:

Sara Piazza's summer sessions in Edgartown (Martha's Vineyard)
Dinah Mellin's Brick Hill house concerts
Rose Clancy's Chatham Fiddle concerts
Woods Hole Folk Music Society





##### GOODS AND SERVICES DEPT. #####

Various friends have asked me over the years to post some 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 alas, 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 Inn 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.

Step Dance lessons
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Colleen Kanaley now has her TCRG (= PhD in step dancing!) and has started her own dance school down here on the Cape. We wish her the very best - bail ů Dia ar an obair (God bless the work). Click here for more information.


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 facebook page or 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.

Website www.facebook.com/capecakesbykristen (Please mention that you saw the details here!)





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.

 


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)


 

##### CALENDAR DETAILS #####




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



Following is a list of regularly-scheduled sessions.

I try to keep it updated but there are always changes that I don't find out about, so I recommend that you contact the venue or the session person in charge before you try to attend a session that might be unfamiliar to you.

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
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5:00 pm
O'Shea's Olde Inn, Route 28
hosts: Sean Murphy and friends
phone: 508.398.8887


Sunday - Newport RI
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5 - 9 pm (summer 6 to 10 pm)
Fastnet Pub, 1 Broadway
hosts: Tim May, Jack Wright, and Tony Gutierrez
phone 401.845.9311

Monday - Hingham
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5:30 pm (note early start hour)
The Snug, 116 North St., Hingham
hosts:
Skip Toomey, Andrea Mori, Greg Tucker
Note: Skip and Greg also play at Tinker's in Norwell, Sundays 11am - 2 pm

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

Tuesday - Providence
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8:30 pm
Patrick's Pub
Smith St. (Federal Hill)
hosts: Bob Drouin & friends
phone: 401.751.1553

Wednesday - Fall River
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8:30 pm
Saint James Irish Pub
Purchase St.
Sam Ruess, Rich Horwitz, Rich Danforth & friends
phone: 508.672.6951

Wednesday - Norwell
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6:00 - 9:00 pm
Tinker's Son
707 Main St.
hosts: Stu Peak, Kevin Daly
781.561.7361

Wednesday - West Dennis
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7 to 9 pm
Olde Inn slow session
host: Dave MacAdam

Thursday - Hopkinton
(as of 1/9/14)
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7:30 pm
Cornell's Irish Pub
229 Hayden Rowe Street
Hopkinton MA 01746
hosts: Katie O'Neill and friends
contact: 508.344.4932

Thursday - W. Dennis
(as of 12/7/17)
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5:00 pm
O'Shea's Olde Inn, Route 28
co-hosts: Bill Black and Mark Oien
phone: 508.398.8887

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

Friday - Wellfleet
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7:00 - 9:00 pm on 2nd and 4th Fridays
The Well Tavern and Kitchen (formerly Duck Creeke Tavern)
Main Street, Wellfleet
Denya Levine and Tim Dickey
Mixed Irish, Old Timey, Scottish, Canadian

Saturday - Plymouth
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5:30 - 9:00 pm
Lucioso's
Grist Mill, Spring Lane, Plymouth
hosts: Bill Bell and friends
phone 508.746.0056/7


Saturday - various venues
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The session musicians of "Cat's Melodeon" perform at various venues in the Cape Cod area - information at top of this page - all musicians familiar with traditional music are welcome!

Saturday - Edgartown
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Irish Traditional Session
every Saturday night throughout the summer
The Alison Boylston Piazza House
117 Upper Main Street
Edgartown
Martha's Vineyard
Massachusetts
617-872-6110
email sarapiazza@sarapiazza.com




##### 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:

 
ALLEGRETTO CAPE COD (Cape-based group dedicated to bringing music appreciation to Cape schools)

BARREL OF MUSIC (Irish, Canadian, other musical activities - New Bedford area)

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)

DUSTY WINDOWSILLS (Beth Carleton's site for players/fans of Irish trad music in the Boston area and beyond)

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 arranged in sets - learn a few hundred and impres 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)

SHORTEN THE ROAD (Billy Hardy and Beth Sweeney - Celtic fiddle and multi-instrumental duo)

SONNAY (Nik Engstrom's great Cape-based group of fiddle students)

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

SWANSON VIOLINS (instrument building and repairs in Falmouth area)


USAFESTIVAL.NET - The Event Collector
                              Site of the USA!
VACATIONS MADE EASY (info on Cape Cod vacations etc)

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

WOODS HOLE FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY - concerts in different genres October to May



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

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