Plan to be at the Eastern Market for a great day of busking. We will be collecting donations to help someone in need.
Sunday is Flower Day at Eastern Market.
Click HERE for details.
You are invited to join friends at Eastern Market on Flower day, Sunday, May 19th, for a day of busking.
As in the past, we take this opportunity to play tunes to a large crowd of Shoppers to raise fund for a cause. This year, we are raising money for funeral expenses of a man who is passing due to cancer. There is no money for the costs of the funeral.
Busking is lots of fun. You don’t have to know a whole bunch of tunes. Due to the shifting clientele, we can play the same 10-15 tunes over and over. At the end, you will know these tunes very well if you don’t already. You don’t have to consider yourself a great musician, either. Your big heart will make up for any squeaks and squawks. I won’t lie to you, it is a lot of work. But your participation will be remembered forever. That I can guarantee.
Busking is allowed from 8a until 4p. Some of us would have to show up a little before 8a because the allotted spots are available first come. Eastern Market is allowing us to bend the rules that day that we can stay in the same place and also to bring more than 4 musicians. They are great to work with.
Dancers, bagpipes, jugglers are also encouraged to attend.
If you would like to join us, please let us know HERE. That is very important so that the organizers can know in advance how many musicians will be there and at what times.
Bring a stool and sun protection.
Bless you for your help in this special cause.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
5PM to 1AM Gaelic League
5PM -10PM Irish Singers, Dancers, Musicians
Something very special happened last Friday night.
As you all know, Jack Derrig is in hospice care now. A group of his friends decided that they would like to put on a private “seisiun” or music session for Jack. Needing permission and not knowing how many musicians would be coming, I asked the staff if it would be ok to use one of the small conference rooms or even the one with the fire place. They offered me the use of the activities center, a bright and airy room that would accommodate any size gathering.
The musicians showed up about 6PM and started setting up. I went to get Jack, and when we returned, there were about 75 wheelchair residents already filling the room and the outer corridor. More would come in throughout the evening. Jack was placed in the front row, next to Marie Paul and Rachel Paul and the music began.
For the next 90 minutes, the residents, staff and friends were treated to the finest Irish music you will ever hear. When the music began, the faces on the patients lit up as the toe tapping and hand clapping kept time to the music. The smiles that came from recognizing an old song they hadn’t heard in years was amazing.
The staff brought an even more festive atmosphere when the served up ice cream sodas. The gentle banter between the musicians and the audience brought a closeness and warmth you really had to be there to see.
Many of the residents have not had this lively experience in years, and they embraced it.
When it was over, a tired but very happy Jack was back in his room and commented on the great friends who played for him that night. The emotions were high and the gratitude showed in his eyes. It was a night I’ll always remember.
The Irish Night at the center carried over to the next day. At breakfast, the dining room was full of happy people who recognized me (same shirt) from the night before. The band had had a gentle banter with the audience, and Kathy, an Irish lady from Kerry who is a long term resident, told me how much she enjoyed it and how she had called her daughter to tell her about it.
Another side story, Jack is already a legend here from his previous stays, and the staff has been even more attentive with quick visits and doing little things for his comfort.
Oh, and you wouldn’t believe how many people are asking for shortbread, scones and soda bread.
By Chas French
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Toronto’s North Atlantic Drift features piper Ross Griffiths, tenor banjo/guitar maestro Brian Taheny, and Cape Breton master fiddler Dan McDonald.
Together they are an entire Celtic orchestra in a trio. In one sitting you’ll hear Cape Breton fiddle, Sligo fiddle, tenor banjo, guitar, mandolin, Irish Uilleann pipes, Scottish Highland and Border pipes, whistles and bodhran.
Along with this impressive display of multi-instrumental talent is the striking blend of the separate traditions at work from players with deep roots in those traditions.
A powerful Celtic current, North Atlantic Drift traces the waves of Irish and Scottish sounds as it reaches the North American Coastline.
Tickets: $15 at the door
For more info please contact Colleen Gavin at email@example.com
Detroit Irish Music Association (DIMA) CCE
1001 Green Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan
AOH WALSH HALL, 25300 FIVE MILE ROAD, REDFORD
Thursday, May 9th, 6:00 TO 7:00 PM
The Knights of Equity will sponsor a BBQ – free hamburgers to all.
“BRING A FRIEND, ASSOCIATE, AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THE KNIGHTS OF EQUITY”
Inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chefs Tom McKeown, Patrick & Brian.
We are so excited that we (Nick Brown and Alison Perkins) will be hosting a weekly Irish traditional music session at the Gaelic League starting on May 1st!
7:30pm until 10:30pm
Standard Irish session etiquette applies. Here are a few rules we will follow:
1. Only one bodhran at a time. (Please take turns)
2. Only one guitar, bouzouki, piano or other accompaniment instrument at a time. (Please take turns)
3. No electric or amplified instruments, with the exception of electric piano, and no percussion other than bodhran. If you are unsure if your instrument will fit into the session, please ask either Nick or Alison.
4. Respect the other players in the session.
5. Have fun!!
For a nice guide to session etiquette, check this out: http://
We can’t wait for this to start! I hope to see many of you down there for music, drinks, and conversation.
2062 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216-1303
Phone (313) 964-7474
- Nick Brown and Alison Perkins
Join Finvarra’s Wren for a High Tea and FREE SPRING CONCERT.
Wed. May 8, 4:00 PM.
Christ Church Cranbrook. Bloomfield Hills MI.
The Shirts for the 2013 Irish fest have been made and are available!
Join the fantastic musicians from Comas for workshops in:
Uilleann Pipes – Isaac Alderson
Fiddle – Aidan Burke
Guitar – Philip Masure
Bodhran – Jackie Moran
When: 7:30pm – 9:00pm, April 17, 2013
Where: Section8 – 23716 Woodward Ave., Pleasant Ridge, MI 48069
Cost: $30 for one 1.5 hour workshop
For bios and information on the musicians, please see
To register please email email@example.com
or call Nicolas Brown at 248 795 3691
Comas is playing at the Ark in Ann Arbor on Thursday April 18th. This is a fantastic opportunity to take workshops with these master musicians.
At the Gaelic League, 2pm.
Music donated by Finvarra’s Wren, Crossroads Ceili, Ray Maguire, Katie Else, Frank Kennedy, Eddie McGlinchey, Colum Paige, Kenneth and Miriam McCloud, Tom and Calum MacNeil, Jim and Trese MacNeil, Terence and Siobhan McKinney, The Dolowy Family, Brian and Megan McParland and the Ardan School of Irish Dance, The Anne McCallum Set Dancers and more!
Food and drink available for purchase. Admission by free-will donation. Please make checks payable to Doctors without Borders.
Join on FaceBook
Motor City Irish Fest Fundraiser will be held on April 14th, at Dunleavy’s Irish Pub, located on 6004 Allen Rd in Allen Park. The fundraiser will be from 3 til 9 and will include several Irish Bands, basket raffles, and a great evening of fun.
The owners Brian and Tom Dunleavy are one of our biggest supporters and workers for the festival. Dunleavy’s is known for their great spirits and great food. The burgers are the best around and worth the trip themselves. Hopefully we can count on you to come out and start the two month count down to the Fest, with great music, dancing, and fun.
Hopefully we will have the shirts ready for the first time that evening.
Colleen Haggerty of Colleen’s Gaelic Gifts, has issued this request for clothes for a family that has experienced a home fire:
13 yr. boy 36W32 pants
10 1/2 shoes
12 yr. girl Junior 7/9 pants
10 yr. boy 38W32 pants
Mom XL pants (20)
7 1/2 shoes
They need absolutely everything, except for some kitchen items….please help.
Colleen didn’t say, but I think they would be glad to receive cash, too.
Joe Fago and Tristan will be at the Session at the Ancient Order of Hibernians. It will be great seeing them again. Joe is a founding father of the AOH session and Tristan’s presence has always been joyfully welcomed!
Joe is also the author of the finest articles on this website.
Do your best to be at the session tonight.
If there is an internet connection, I will do my best to broadcast the session live for those who can’t make it.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
3:00pm until 11:00pm
Irish music, song, dance with Mick Gavin, Eddie McGlinchey, Ray Maguire, Colum Page, members of the Ardan and O’Hare Schools of Irish Dance, The Crossroads Ceili Band, The Conor O’Neill’s Session group, Mike and Colleen Gavin, Lance Wagner, Piper Calum MacNeil, The Dolowy Family, and more to be determined.
2 special guests will arrive in the evening!
Food and drink available for purchase
March 17th, 3pm on
kids under 12 with their parents free
Plenty of parking
Not your usual bar gig!
March 2nd. The Ancient order of Hibernians is having a Kick off the High Holy Days party at the New AOH Hall, on 25300 Five Mile. They have brought in a great band, Seamus Whiskey, as well as some Irish Dancers.
Tickets are only $15, and includes beer, wine, pop, and munchies.
Food and full bar will be available for purchase.
Get there early for a seat.
Jim Perkins & Finvarra’s Wren here.
We are traveling to the great white northwest this weekend.
If anyone is up there, or has friends that are, we’d appreciate it if you could spread the word.
Here’s the schedule:
Friday, March 1 – 7:30 pm
304 South Mears Ave.
Saturday, March 2 – 7:30 pm
Mills Community House
891 Michigan Ave. (US31)
Pre show meals and afterglow at:
Sunday, March 3 – 4:00 pm
Sleder’s Family Tavern
Traverse City MI
Jim & the Wren
We will be serving our Corned Beef and Cabbage Meal, for the thirtieth year.
Yikes, how time flies.
Being that St. Pats fall on a Sunday this year, we will be serving it all three days, March 15th – 17th, to give you an opportunity to come it and enjoy the feast.
26009 5 mile rd