Thursday, August 16, 2012

Irish Music Concert on Aug. 21, 2012

I'm so excited to welcome Paddy O'Brien and Pat Broaders to the Old Songs Community Arts Center on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012. Paddy has just received the coveted TG4 Irish Traditional Composer Award for 2012, and released his second collection of 500 Irish traditional tunes, The Paddy O'Brien Tune Collection - Volume Two. Pat is an accomplished touring musician, a member of Chicago Irish trad power trio Bohola, and touring whistle player/uilleann piper for Norwegian trad band Secret Garden. He is also acknowledged as an excellent and compelling singer and arranger.

Tuesday evening at Old Songs is sure to be the hit of the summer. Come hear these mid-western transplants play music from their home country with a magic only they can bring.

7:30 PM | $15 @ door,  518-756-8273 reservations, for direx/info
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Slow Session Resumes August 8

Hi Gang! I hope your summer is going fabulously!!!

I'm not quite ready with the curriculum for the fall, but I'd like us to get together next week and play our spring tunes over one more time just to get them back under our fingers! Amy Schoch and I are working on putting together a combination of tunes from Arts Week and tunes from Comhaltas and local sessions to add to our repertoire at Slow Session. We'll have those pulled together and up by the end of August. If you have tunes/tune names you'd like us to consider from your class at Irish Arts Week or from your teacher/private lessons, send them to Amy at in the next week and we'll add them to our list!

I hope you can make it! Wednesday, August 8, 2012 from 7:30-9:00 PM. $3 to cover air conditioning and lights!

In addition, I have two events I'd like you to know about:

On Monday, August 13, guitarist/singer Ryan McGiver and uilleann piper/whistle player Cillian Vallely are performing a concert at the Ale House in Troy. The charge is $15, and I'm still waiting to hear what the starting time is. I intend to go and have dinner and listen to the concert. I hope you'll join me! Cillian and Ryan performed a "house concert" at Jose Malone's last fall, and it was an outstanding show. Hope you'll put it on your calendar. Tickets are available at the door on the evening of the event.

On Tuesday, August 21, button box player and folklorist/collector Paddy O'Brien and bouzouki player and uilleann piper Pat Broaders will be performing a "house concert" at the Old Songs Community Arts Center. Co-sponsored by the Albany CCE Sean O'Raida Branch and ClareDay Media, the concert will feature many of the over 1000 tunes that Paddy O'Brien has collected and documented in his two books of tunes and folklore. The concert will be at 7:30 PM and tickets are $20. You can make a reservation through Hilary at 518-756-8273 or at, and tickets will be available at the door.

Hope to see you soon,