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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: 5/13/19

Hope it was a Happy Mother's Day for all (in spite of the
horrible weather - snow in the "upper elevations"??







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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END OF AN ERA
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As some of you are aware, the legendary Monday night session at the Green Briar in Brighton has come to an end after thirty years.

The current owners are selling the pub and as a consequence, the session will be relocating to the Burren in Somerville.

The 1989 move to the Green Briar followed the closure of the Village Coach House in Brookline, which had hosted a session for several years. Both sessions were run by the late Larry Reynolds.

I was at the first Green Briar session and I made it a point to be at the last one. Without seeing it myself, I would never have believed that so many musicians would be in one place at one time. It was a fitting tribute to Larry, Joe Joyce, Jimmy Hogan, Pat O'Brien, Fergus Keane, Mike Connolly, and so many others who not only kept the tradition going but gladly made it available to the younger musicians who were always welcomed.

It would be hard to find better music than what could be heard nightly at the Green Briar during those great "Gaelic Roots" weeks in the 90's. But even without "superstars", the Green Briar consistently lived up to its reputation as "the" place to go in Boston for a good friendly session.

There were a lot of ghosts in the pub the other night. Being ghosts, no one could hear them (bad) but they didn't need chairs either (good). They had to be pleased that the tradition that they received and passed on to all of us is in good health and in capable hands.

Many years back I wrote a jig called "The Green Briar" as a tribute to the pub and its musicians. Click here to hear it.
 



From Colin Everett:

"Our next session will be part of World Fiddle Day on Sunday May 19th at the Hatch Street Studios in New Bedford with the Irish session starting at 4:00, but tons of great music all day."

Thanks to Colin and the local musicians who did a great job with the Mattapoisett Library sessions over the past months. Hopefully they will be resuming when the library re-opens on Sundays in the Fall.



"GOLDEN LANE"
(Mark, Colin, John Mac, the Blacks)
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We have a busy summer upcoming, but it should be a fun one. Here's the current list of gigs:

Sat. 7/6 1:00 PMNew Bedford Folk Festival South Coast StageNB
Fri. 7/12 6:00 PMTD Bank Summer Concert Peg Noonan Park Falmouth
Sun. 7/14 1:30 PMCanal Cruise mv VIKING Onset
Sun. 8/25 1:30 PMCanal Cruise mv VIKING Onset


CHATHAM FIDDLE CO. concerts
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From Rose Clancy:

Thursday, May 16- 7:30PM Andrew Finn Magill - A rising star in the world of traditional fiddle music.  Also appearing will be fiddler and guitarist Nathan Gourley. Click here for a flyer.

Also note that the Tuesday night concerts featuring Rose and Gene Clancy will start on June 25th and continue till the end of September.



IRISH ADULT STEP DANCE CLASS - mixed levels
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A new session for those interested in the Irish Step Dance traditions will be starting in April at the Kanaley School of Irish Dance at 1481 Iyannough Rd., Hyannis MA 02601. Click here for complete details.



NEW WEBSITE FOR BOSTON AREA
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When I first started this CapeIrishNews website a few years back, I decided to limit it to "local" activities (i.e. Cape Cod and the South Coast), realizing that trying to create anything comprehensive for the Greater Boston area was beyond my capabilities.

I'm happy to announce that someone has undertaken to do what I didn't: create a website for "Celtic" activities in the Boston area. It's a very ambitious effort that will contain much more than event information - recordings, band links, education, and more. There's also a weekly bulletin that you can subscribe to.

The home page address is: greaterbostoncelticmusic.com.
 

Best of luck to Paul Graveline, the person in charge of all this! You can contact him at

greaterbostoncelticmusic@gmail.com

(new address)


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CAT'S MELODEON CURRENT SCHEDULE
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I'm hoping to get the occasional Saturday afternoon session going shortly. In the meantime you can be part of our music at the Thursday evening Olde Inne session (5:00 pm start). It's an upper-level session for musicians who are willing to learn new material - flexibility is the key. Mark and I have enjoyed hosting it so far and we look forward to continuing for the foreseeable future!

Great job by the Cats at the Woods Hole Trad Stroll on 4/27 - we made some fine music and raised a few dollars for Horace Thayer and his Walk for Hunger, a wonderful cause we're always happy to support.

Next gig will be Falmouth Arts Alive (Sat. 6/22, 3:00 pm on library lawn).
 


FIDDLING AROUND IN MAINE
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I received an email from a fiddler named Don Roy concerning what sounds like a very worthwhile endeavor he and his colleagues have put together in Maine. It's called "Fiddleicious Traditions" and offers an opportunity to share time with some fine performers - most of whom have played here on the Cape - as well as craftsmen, academics, and others involved in their particular fiddling tradition (not Irish - think more Cape Breton and contradance).

Here's a link to a flyer (2 pages) detailing what this is all about.

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ANNOUNCEMENT FROM JERRY O'SULLIVAN
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(I had the great privilege of helping put together Jerry's fine house concert on Saturday 1/26 at Chatham Fiddle. Thanks to Rose Clancy for the nice welcome. It was an excellent show and my thanks to old friend Jerry for asking me to back him on a few numbers - always a pleasure!)

"I just wanted to let you know that I am releasing a CD of Flute music entitled The Killasser Flute in which I play all the flute parts (yes, that is correct; no Uilleann Pipes on this recording). It is a celebration of the music of my maternal grandfather's parish of Killasser, County Mayo. Ten of the twenty three tracks re-create the sound of the Killasser Flute and Drum Band which was a parish institution from 1879-1957. The CD has sixty nine minutes of music and a twenty four page DVD size booklet. . .This project will also be available for physical purchase or download at <www.cdbaby.com> from August 6th onwards. Please check <www.jerryosullivan.com> for further updates."

Sounds like a great project and we wish Jerry the best of luck!



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.






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)


 

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



Following is a list of regularly-scheduled sessions.

Some of these entries may be outdated - I try to keep the information current 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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5:30 pm
O'Shea's Olde Inne, 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 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 Inne 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 Inne, 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

7:00 pm every other Friday
Murphy's on Main Street
644 Main Street, Hyannis
hosts: James Kelly, Clayton March
508.827-7702

Friday - Wellfleet
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7:00 - 9:00 pm
The Well Tavern and Kitchen (formerly Duck Creeke Tavern)
Main Street, Wellfleet

Tim Dickey and Denya LeVine co-host this weekly traditional Irish music session at The Well Tavern and Kitchen, formerly Duck Creeke Tavern, 7-9pm, with local and visiting musicians, singers, and dancers.

Tunes, songs, recitations; dinner, drinks and desserts. Come early for a good seat! It's a family friendly event.

EVERY FRIDAY!! year round 7:00-9:00. 508-214-0038

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 - 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 - 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

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

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