Monday, March 9, 2009

As promised, a blowout at Celtic Crossing from Saturday through Tuesday for St. Patrick's Day!

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Saturday evening and Sunday Brunch, our friends Valerie Plested and Don Penzien of Legacy will join Mairtin de Cogain and Jimmy Crowley for great traditional Irish music. Local faves the Sallymacs play Monday night at 8, and headline on St. Pat's at 9 PM Tuesday.

Come to the Crossing for a weekend-long party!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

It's over, and it's been wonderful.

There will be pictures up when we get home, but we are back at the hotel after a terrific North Texas Irish Festival, and we have some good news. Coming up Saturday night anfd Sunday for brunch, Legacy, along with Jimmy Crowley and Mairtin de Cogain, will be appearing at Celtic Crossing; more on that when we get back.

Highlights of the weekend included great sets by Clandestine, Ed Miller (who had Jil Chambliss and Scooter Muse of Henri's Notions playing alongside him), Slide, and the return of our friend Maggie Drennon, who has been battling illness for the last few years. Her voice was impeccable, like she'd never been away.

Last night's sessions were split up; there were three Irish sessions, and one Texas-flavored singer-songwriter circle that was awesome. While Lauren stayed with the straight sessions, I went to the Texas session, led by the Trinity River Whalers and Betsy Cummings of Beyond The Pale. Put it this way: it's the first session I've been to here where I could sing along, like on the rendition of Billy Joe Shaver's "Georgia on a Fast Train". It was different, and a lot of fun.

All right, enough for now, back to Memphis tomorrow!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Feel Good Friday!

Please enjoy this selection by Smithfield Fair from the Scottish Festival in Arlington, TX. "Long Ships" is always a crowd pleaser and encourages participation.

The Cracker & I are on the road to the North Texas Irish Festival today. We have a full weekend of good music, good food, good friends, good craic! Hope to see you there!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Music at Celtic Crossing!

I just found out that the Celtic Crossing has a special show tomorrow night (March 3rd). There will be a seisuin first, then at 8 pm a show with Danny Burns and Laurence Nugent. For more information, see the Celtic Crossing's Event Schedule.

Now I haven't seen Danny Burns, but the Cracker & I saw Laurence Nugent with Aoife Clancy on a couple of occasions and were mightily impressed. If you want to check them out, try their myspace page.

Maybe we'll see you there!