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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: 6/12/22
(uploaded from lovely Trim, Co. Meath)





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




MATTAPOISETT SESSION RESUMES
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From Colin Everett:

"Greetings Fellow Musicians,

The Irish session returns to the seahorse (officially known as Dunseith Gardens) on Monday nights, with good weather, from 6:30-Dusk for our third summer.   The park is at the corner of Route 6 and and North Street in Mattapoisett. We will start this Monday June 13th and finish up for Labor Day. The plan is to return to the monthly session at the Mattapoisett Library in October.

I am not going to send out weekly emails, if you want to opt-in for occasional 'tunes of the week’ and such, let me know.

No session on July 4th. Hope to see everyone this summer!"

BB comment:
I make this session occasionally - nice folks and a nice venue. Might help to have some bug repellent handy (although I've never had a problem with mosquitoes there).

 


WOODS HOLE TRAD STROLL
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The WHTS resumed this year after a pandemic break - as always it was great to be part of it. Nice crowds and the weather was cooperative - not too hot, not too cold.

My thanks to the musicians who came out to help, including Tara Lynch (down from Boston), Colin Everett (from distant yet lovely Mattapoisett), Diane Maranchie, and David Leslie (locals and we're lucky to have them). A couple of younger musicians - Hannah and Sean - also came by and sat in for a few tunes.

Since we couldn't be at the Olde Inne memorial for Pat after the funeral, we dedicated our gig to Pat and Kay O'Brien's memory. They'll always be with us and with all musicians who perform the music they both loved.

By the way it was nice to talk to Larry Reynolds Jr. at Pat's wake - haven't seen him in many a moon. Great guy (runs in the family) and a superb musician. It would be good to see him (and Tara) down this way more often - under happier circumstances, of course. And since they're both first-class box players, the O'Briens would definitely approve!

And a last note of thanks to Coffee O owner Hugh Birmingham, who let us use the porch even though the cafe isn't officially open yet. It's a great place to play and we're grateful to him for allowing us to do our thing. (And thanks also to Marilyn Rowland for inviting us to be part of the festivities again this year.)



PLYMOUTH SESSION RESUMES

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The "Sláinte" session in Plymouth, which had been run for many years by the late Bill Bell but which - like so many other sessions (and Bill himself) - was a pandemic victim, has resumed.

The venue is "CJ's Pub" in the John Carver Inn on Summer Street in the heart of downtown Plymouth (a very pleasant town that's easy to get to from either direction). Time is Saturday evening 6-9.

Attached is a press release from Tom Gosselin that gives all the details.

Note that this is not necessarily a session for you "tune hound" types - much more of a
"singalong" scenario (the way Bill ran it for so many years) than for instrumentalists. But
it's great family fun (and they provide a booklet with song choruses!)




CAT'S MELODEON ACTIVITIES
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Happy to note that the various activities that have involved the Cats in recent years are returning for 2022:

= Woods Hole Trad Stroll (see note above)

= Arts Alive on Falmouth Library lawn, Saturday June 18th at 2:00 pm

 . . . and new for this year:

= North Falmouth PorchFest, Saturday August 6, 3pm (exact location TBA)

I'm also pleased to advise that donations in Cats' name have been made to our friends John MacDonald (MS bike ride) and Horace Thayer (Walk for Hunger). Good luck to both of them!





CHATHAM FIDDLE ACTIVITIES
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Concerts have not resumed as yet but Rose and Clayton are doing a session at the Red Nun in Dennisport, Saturdays 5 - 7pm.




TUNES on the VINEYARD
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A note about Sara Piazza's trad music endeavors in Edgartown:

The Vineyard is open 12 months a year (nice people actually live there year round). So if you're a musician who has occasion to visit the island, Sara is prepared to welcome you for a few tunes:

"If it's nice weather we play on the porch, otherwise we are in my gallery. All are welcome. Call 617-872-6110, or just show up and ring my doorbell at 117 Upper Main in Edgartown. Failte!"

Check out Sara's Trad Diary website too.



SESSION RE-OPENINGS
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As musical life slowly returns to normal, I've tried to keep the session list updated. But I strongly recommend contacting the venues before you venture out - some places are having staffing issues that are affecting their hours of operation. And masks etc. are still in the background somewhere.

Click here for the current session list (and PLEASE email me if there are any changes that you know of).




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 summer sessions in Edgartown (Martha's Vineyard)
Dinah Mellin's Brick Hill Concerts
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 CD’s 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.

Step Dance lessons
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Colleen Kanaley is a TCRG (= PhD in step dancing!) and has her own dance school down here on the Cape.  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 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
 
 
Bodhrán 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
Note: during football season, check with Rose or with the venue's Entertainment Calendar to make sure Pats games don't get in the way.


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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7 to 9 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



Saturday - Edgartown (see Sara's email above)
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Irish Traditional Session
Thursdays 4-7
The Alison Boylston Piazza House
117 Upper Main Street
Edgartown
Martha's Vineyard
Massachusetts
617-872-6110
email sarapiazza@sarapiazza.com


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 Seán 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