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Phoenix, AZ 85004 602-258-0109
1 . Out And About
--- Frank Murray Of The Seamus Mccaffry's Pub Passes Away
--- Friends Of Saint Patrick News
--- Ceili On Friday Aug 19
--- Folk Dance Book Signing This Weekend
2. Future Events
--- Presentation Of "Arizona's Irish Pioneers" At The ICC On Sept 7, 2011
--- Phoenix Contradance Schedule
-- Celtic Harvest Festival In Sedona Sat Sept 24
-- Alees 9/11 Fundraiser On Sat Sept 10 At ICC
--- Cobblestone At Canyon's Crown On Sept 16
--- Crawford And Vallely In Phoenix House Concert Oct 13
--- Bill Craig Returns In Noember
2 Memo From Celtic Crossings
3. Memo From Trotter's Wake - Finnegan's On Sun
4. Púca At Canyon's Crown Restaurant And Pub Fri
5. This Week In Irish Music
--- FRANK MURRAY OF THE SEAMUS MCCAFFRY'S PUB PASSES AWAY
The ICC was saddened by the news of the passing of pubican Frank Murray on August 10, 2011 Frank, a Korean War veteran, moved to Arizona in 1954 and managed a cotton gin in the West Valley during the day while tending bar at night. For over 50 years, Frank was in the bar business in some way, shape, or form.
He worked at the Dubliner Irish Pub before becoming the manager at Seamus McCaffery's – which he eventually purchased after ten years. And in 2009, he opened the Turf Irish Pub nearby. For those of you who knew Frank, you knew that Phoenix was his town. Frank was a visionary for downtown Phoenix and for that, he will always be remembered as a legend.
There was a funeral Mass on Monday, August 15th at 10:00 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 7655 East Main Street, Scottsdale, AZ (located between Indian School Road and Miller) Burial was at St. Francis Cemetery, 2033 North 48th Street, Phoenix, AZ (between McDowell Road and Oak Street) There wsd a celebration of Frank's life following internment at The Turf Pub, 705 North First Street, Phoenix, AZ (between McKinley and Pierce Streets)
--- FRIENDS OF SAINT PATRICK NEWS
Jenny Knatz, Arizona's 2011 Colleen and Rose, will be the speaker at The Friends of Saint Patrick September 26,meeting. The meeting will be held at the Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central, Phoenix at 7:00 PM. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
Jenny is a 22 - year - old Arizona State University history major whose dream is to one day be a youth librarian where she can "kindle and rekindle a passion for reading in young people. She loves books and reads over 100 every year. Jenny received the President's Scholarship Merit Award, was selected for the Dean's List, sings soprano in the ASU choir, has studied Japanese and is fluent in French.
As a participant in the Rose of Tralee International Festival, Jenny visited The Saint Patrick Centre in Northern Ireland and will speak about her adventures there. Her Irish heritage is derived from the maternal side with the Peeds hailing from Northern Ireland.
Saint Patrick Centre is the only permanent exhibit in the world dedicated to telling the story of Ireland's Patron Saint and the reconciliation work going on there. Friends of Saint Patrick, Arizona Chapter, is a non-profit organization that was started for the purpose of nurturing Saint Patrick's legacy. This will be accomplished by promoting positive relationships between Arizona and Northern Ireland through education and cultural exchanges.
For further information please visit www.
SaintPatrickCenter.com, www.azcolleen.org and www.roseoftralee.ie.
--- CEILI ON FRIDAY AUG 19
--- FOLK DANCE BOOK SIGNING THIS WEEKEND
[EDITOR'S NOTES: This book has more relevant to contradance than Celtic social dancing]
From bare-foot hippies dancing in contra lines to dolled-up square dancers do-si-do-i ng on the floor, Erica Nielsen is all about folk dancing.
The Peoria resident spent the past few years researching traditional American social dances for the book "Folk Dancing," published last month as part of a series on American dances. She plans to hold two book signings this weekend.
Nielsen criss-crossed the country interviewing fans of international folk dance , modern western square dance and contra dance for the book, while her husband Cpt. Nick Okamura was deployed to Afghanistan from Luke Air Force Base in Glendale.
"Hundreds of people were involved in this project. It was a tremendous community endeavor," said Nielsen, 30, who graduated from ASU with a master's in dance in 2006.
In the book, she explains how folk-dancing clubs, camps and festivals formed over the past century and details th e music, history, clothing and culture of the dances.
Nielsen blogs at www.ericawritesdance.wordpress.com .
She will sign copies of her book (available at Amazon ) this weekend:
Satu rday 10 a.m. to noon in Peoria
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 7407 W. Bell Road
Sunday 7 to 7:30 p.m. in Mesa
Las Palmas Adult Community, 215 N. Power Road
--Rebekah L. Sanders - azcentral.com
2. FUTURE EVENTS
I've decided to separate the current news in the "Out and About" section from the new "Future Events."
--- PRESENTATION OF "ARIZONA'S IRISH PIONEERS" AT THE ICC ON SEPT 7, 2011
On September 7, 2011, The Irish Foundation of Arizona will be sponsoring Janice Bryson and her program " Arizona 's Irish Pioneers." This is an excellent program detailing the important part the Irish played in Arizona 's settlement. There will be a drawing for a copy of Janice Bryson and Kathleen Wood's book "Irish Arizona." Janice will have copies of their book available for $20.00 each. In addition, there will be a free drawing for a book about Ireland . Light refreshments will be served. This program will start at 7:00 P.M. at The Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave. , Phoenix , AZ 85004 . There is no charge to attend this event. For more information contact Anna O'Hara at either 480-345-9517 or email@example.com
For thos who can't wait, Janice will be in Chandler Aug 23
Good morning, Friends of the Chandler Irish! We hope you enjoyed our last Education Evening, featuring Janice Ryan Bryson, co-founder of the Arizona Irish Project, speaking on the Irish in Arizona and her own Irish Roots! We now invite you to attend our next Education Evening - information below. This is a free event, open to the public - so please feel free to forward to your friends and family. I have attached a pdf of the flyer if you wish to print and hand-out. Please RSVP to Chandler.Tullamore@gmail.com or just come! We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, August 23rd at 7:00pm. /ellen
For those with Irish backgrounds or anyone interested in learning more about Ireland, one of Chandler's prominent families of Irish descent will be featured as the Chandler Irish Cultural Council (CICC) hosts its second free Irish Connection Education Evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tue., Aug. 23 at Chandler's historic McCullough-Price House, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive, west of the Chandler Fashion Center in Chandler.
President, Chandler, AZ / Tullamore, Ireland Sister Cities
cell (480) 600-8509 Check us out on Facebook and become a friend! Search "Cicc Irish"
--- PHOENIX CONTRADANCE SCHEDULE
Fall 2011 Contra Dance Schedule
Dances on the second Saturday of the month resume at
Sept. 10th – Peg Hesley with Pick & Holler
Oct. 8th – Sat. October 8th – Kari Usher with ClusterFolk
Fourth Friday dances
Dances at the Irish Cultural Center are usually held on
the fourth Fridays, with some dances on the fifth Friday,
such as in September
Fri. August 26th – Deb Comly with ClusterFolk
Fri. Sept. 30th – Clair Zucker with Jumping Chollas
Fri. October 28th – Peg Hesley with Hands Four (Halloween
Dance; costumes encouraged, but not required)
For more information please call Dorothy O'Brien 928-300-8360
Celtic Harvest Festival Sedona Makes the Red Rocks Ring for the Third Year
Sedona, AZ. - The Third Annual Celtic Harvest Festival Sedona will be held September 24, 2011 from 9:30am-5:30pm in the Tequa Festival Marketplace on SR 179 in Sedona surrounded by the Red Rocks! This unique celebration will feature fine traditional Celtic Musicians, Pipers, Dancers and Storytellers. Performers include Welsh Master of Music John Good and his band Tramor featuring vocalist Brid Dower, mandolin virtuoso Billy Parker, percussion wizard Sule Greg Wilson and Master Storyteller Liz Warren. Special Guests will be Vyktoria Pratt Keating; Deb Gessner and Don Charles of D-Squared; Glendale Pipes and Drums and three schools of Celtic dance. Back by popular demand, the Maschino School of Highland Dance, the Celtic Dance Academy (Irish Step Dancing) and Prescott's Celtic Cloggers will delight Celts of all ages!
In addition to a full day of entertainment on the Main Stage, Festival goers will again be treated to a “Quiet Stage” featuring Storytellers and the 2011 AZ Colleen & Rose, Jenny Knatz and 2011 Contestants, and the 2010-2011 Irish Lasses Colleen and Shannon Kelahan-Pierson throughout the day.
General Admission Tickets are available in advance for a discounted price of $8.00 from the Irish Cultural Center or $10.00 at the Festival Gate. Tickets for children under the age of 16 years can be purchased at the Festival Gate for $2.00. Ample free parking is available at the Tequa Festival Marketplace. Please note that only assist animals are permitted on the Festival grounds.
Children and Adults will enjoy two special presentations on the Main Stage by Falconers from the Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center. The Center is involved in rescue operations of Falcons and other magnificent Birds of Prey. The Falconers will be headquartered throughout the day in the “Wee Celts Area” demonstrating and discussing the Ancient Art of Falconry used over centuries by Celtic peoples.
Dr. Thomas Bopp, co-discoverer of the Haley-Bopp Comet, returns this year as CHF's Official Astronomer. Bring your curiosity and questions as Dr. Bopp will be answering festival-goers' questions throughout the day.
Festival Day is the Annual culmination of a variety of school-based and community programs through which the Festival Team brings Celtic Arts into area schools, providing children with the experience of joyful Celtic Culture. Stories, songs and dances resonate in every culture and give so much to students who are losing valuable Arts experiences to budget cuts. Liz Warren, Celtic Harvest Festival Education Director, has established relationships with Educators in the Sedona area to make workshops available to school children in the days before the Festival. Artistic Director John Good, Welsh Master of Music, has prepared and researched a schedule of performers combining Music, Piping, Dance and Stories into one exciting live performance.
Tickets ion sale at the Irish Cultural Center
For the most current information visit the Festival website at www.celticharvestfestival.com or www.facebook.com/celticharvestfestivalsedona.
-- ALEES 9/11 FUNDRAISER ON SAT SEPT 10 AT ICC
Greetings brothers , sisters, members and friends.www.arizonaemeraldsociety.org
As you are aware, we have passed the half way point of the year and in a few very short months 2011 will come to an end.
It has been the unfortunate duty of our organization to have provided benevolent benefits to the families of 5 Law Enforcement officers killed in the line if duty . This number has already matched the total number of recipients from last year.
Between the past two years, ALEES has distributed in excess of $44,000 to Families of Fallen officers, injured officers and other charitable donations.
These are the same funds that would benefit (god forbid) you or one of your co-workers in the case of injury or death.
So how do we generate these funds?
Primarily through the various fundraising events, Golf Tournaments, our Christmas party and the ALEES booth at which we sell ALEES "swag" and provide information on our organization and causes.
So how can you help?
I'm glad you asked.
We have three planned events left in the year, two of them are a little over a month away.
The 9-11 memorial event, where we hold a memorial at the Irish Cultural Center along with the Fire Department for the Emergency Personnel killed during the 9-11 attacks this will e held on 9-10 (Sat)
The Golf Tournament to be held on 9-18 (Sun) at ASU thanks to Robbie Fox's Public House
And the Christmas party, to be held on December 17th (Sat)
Each of these events is dearly in need of some volunteers to assist for short periods to man the booth, sell raffle tickets, give away prizes or simply help set up and tear down.
So take a look at your calender , highlight the upcoming events and see if you can spare a few hours to raise money to keep our coffers filled for the next family that needs it.
If you can spare the time, please let me know and I will find a place for you to help out
(Also, we has some excess shirts for sale, to deplete the supply, they are each for sale for $5.00) - photos attached...get em before they are gone
Matthew J Shay
Phoenix Police Detective, D.E.B.-HIDTA
AZLE-Emerald Society Secretary
--- COBBLESTONE AT CANYON'S CROWN ON SEPT 16
Looking ahead, Cobblestone will be at the Canyon's Crown on Tanque Verde on Friday, September 16, and again in October and November.
Every Sunday from 4-7, a traditional Irish session takes place at the Auld Dubliner. This informal gathering of musicians is a give and take of our favorite tunes, rather than a structured performance. Listeners are always welcome, and musicians familiar with the Irish repertoire and style.
Sharon, Eric, Frank and Jamie
--- CRAWFORD AND VALLELY IN PHOENIX HOUSE CONCERT OCT 13
I am very pleased to inform you that our next house concert will
feature none other than two lads from Lunasa: Kevin Crawford and Cillian Vallely!
Sharon and Dr. John have again agreed to open their home and be our gracious hosts! So,
save the date: Thursday, Oct 13.
Kevin Crawford is a flute, tin whistle and bodhrán player. Born on 6 December 1967 in Birmingham, England to Irish parents who emigrated from Miltown Malbay, County Clare. He later moved to West Clare to improve his music and become more exposed to traditional Irish music.
Bands: Crawford started in the late 1980's with Long Acre working with artists such as Mick Conneely, Brendan Boyle, Bernadette Davis, Joe Molloy and Ivan Miletitch. After recording and co-producing what he described as his most "traditional" CD with "Grianán," a group including Siobhán and Tommy Peoples, Niamh De Burca, P.J. King, Martin Murray, Paul McSherry, John Maloney, and Pat Marsh (released in 1993), Crawford joined "Moving Cloud" in 1993 and then "Lúnasa" in 1998, replacing Michael McGoldrick. Crawford became the "frontman" for Lúnasa during their live performances. Wikipedia
[EDITOR'S NOTE: There are a series of concerts coming up which I haven't mentioned yet but will be in my big siers which will be coming soon. Highlights include ath Tannehill Weavers at the ICC at the ICC on Sept 17th at the ICC, Hayes and Cahill at MIM on October 1st, members of Old Blind Dogs on Oct. 13th, Jim Malcolm will be In Tucson Oct 29 and 30
--- BILL CRAIG RETURNS IN NOEMBER
According to their websites, Bill Craig is playing at the Irish Wolfhound in Surprise November 4-5, and at the Dubliner November 11-12.
Hope to see you!!!
PattyLynn & Will
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Bill will finish his visit to Phoenix on Sun. Nov 13th at the ICC with a special concert starting at 3:00 PM]
Bill works regularily, and has performed at venues across Canada, the United States, and in Europe. He has shared the stage at festivals with such performers as Eric Bogle, Andy Irvine, Dougie MacLean, Battlefield Band and Mary Black. In 1987, he performed at the Roskilde fest in Denmark with Van Morrison, Paul Brady and Moving Hearts. Bill has played the Glasgow festival three times, Skagen fest in Denmark twice and Canada's largest fest, Mariposa. In the U.S., Bill has played pubs and clubs in such cities as Buffalo, Chicago, Atlanta, Phoenix, San Diego and Washington, D.C. At various times he has performed live on PBS radio, including the Cleveland Poetry project, and live from Standing Rock U. (Kent State) He has also performed throughout Holland, Denmark and the U.K. for twenty years.
Bill Craig's performance is relaxed eclectic, thought provoking, goofy and entertaining. His casual attitude is designed to include, not exclude his audience, be it eight or eight hundred people. Bill puts all his energy into his songs and makes a point of having a good time on stage. This usually translates to his audience having a similar experience.
3. MEMO FROM TROTTER'S WAKE - FINNEGAN'S ON SUN
Hi George - Here is Trotters Wake's upcoming schedule:
Sun, Aug 21st, 7-10pm Tim Finnegan's
Sat, Sep 17th, 8pm-Midnight D'Arcy McGee's (Half-way to St. Patrick's Day)
4. PÚCA AT CANYON'S CROWN RESTAURANT AND PUB FRI
Púca , Dave Firestine & Claire Jamieson Zucker, will be playing music & song from the Irish and American traditions from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Aug 19th at Canyon's Crown Restaurant and Pub , 6958 E. Tanque Verde Road. Details
5. THIS WEEK IN IRISH MUSIC
Canyon House Call for Directions Ahwatukee 480.460.8814.
8/19/2011 Fri 7:00 PM Púca
Cup O' Karma 1710 W Southern Avenue Mesa 480-890-0579
8/17/2011 Wed 7:00 PM Paul Knight
Dubliner Irish Pub 3841 E. Thunderbird Rd. Phoenix 602-867-0984
8/17/2011 Wed 9:00 PM Scott Jeffers
8/19/2011 Fri 9:00 PM Loud House
8/20/2011 Sat 9:00 PM Loud House
Fibber Magees 1989 W. Elliott Rd. #19 Chandler 480-722-9434
8/19/2011 Fri 9:00 PM Keltic Cowboys
8/20/2011 Sat 9:00 PM Keltic Cowboys
8/21/2011 Sun 3:00 PM Fibber's Sun Seisiun
Irish Cultural Center 1106 N. Central Avenue Phoenix 602-392-7850
8/19/2011 Fri 7:00 PM Irish Ceili
Irish Wolfhound 16811 N. Litchfield Surprise 623-214-1006
8/19/2011 Fri 9:00 PM Biffos
8/20/2011 Sat 9:00 PM Biffos
O'Connor's Pub 2601 W. Dunlap Phoenix 602-997-7714
8/19/2011 Fri 8:00 PM Skunk Creek
8/20/2011 Sat 9:00 PM Skunk Creek
Rosie McCaffrey's 906 E. Camelback Phoenix 602-241-1916
8/19/2011 Fri 9:00 PM Brazen Heads
8/20/2011 Sat 9:00 PM Brazen Heads
Rula Bula 401 S. Mill Ave Tempe 480-929-9500
8/19/2011 Fri 9:00 PM Shining Star
Tim Finnegans 9201 N. 29th Ave. #52 Phoenix 602-997-2323
8/19/2011 Fri 8:00 PM Todd Miller
8/21/2011 Sun 6:00 PM Trotters Wake
Turf 705 N. First St. Phoenix 602-296-5043
8/19/2011 Fri 7:00 PM Trevor Jones
Charly's Pub and Grill 23 N Leroux St Flagstaff 928-779-1919
8/21/2011 Sun 7:00 PM Irish Seisiun
Celtic Crossings 3250 Gateway Blvd - #400 Prescott 928-443-8454
8/19/2011 Fri 6:30 PM Vyktoria Pratt Keating
8/20/2011 Sat 7:00 PM Karl Jones
Indian Gardens Country 3951 N Az-89-Alt Sedona 928-282-7702
8/21/2011 Sun 11:30 Karl Jones
Oak Creek Brewing Co 2050 Yavapai Drive West Sedona 928-204-1300
8/22/2011 Mon 6:30 PM Karl Jones
6. REST OF AZ
Granite Creek Vineyards 2515 N. Road 1 East Chino Valley 928-636-2003
8/20/2011 Sat 1:00 PM Vyktoria Pratt Keating