Today at 2:15, Cathie Ryan will be calling into Good Morning Ireland Radio Show to talk about her Tour and her Cathie Ryan’s The Winter’s Heart: An Irish American Christmas at the Irish American Heritage Center! Have a listen via your AM Radio at WCEV 1450 or on TuneIn or on their website http://www.goodmorningireland.com
Cathie Ryan: The Winter’s Heart Tour
Dark comes early in winter in Ireland, and sunrise comes late. It’s a time for turning inward, for reflection, for seeking grace, for seeking home. It’s a time as well for celebration of home and hearth, of winter’s beauty in the landscape, in the gifts of friendship and family, and music.
Musician Cathie Ryan knows these things well. First generation Irish American, she has lived out these traditions growing up in the United States and as an adult, living in both the US and Ireland.
Candles in the window to light loved ones home, hunting the wren on Saint Stephen’s Day, telling and retelling of well loved stories and singing of well loved songs, and honoring the winter solstice and the turning of the seasons as well as the time of Advent and Christmas: these are a few of the traditions of Ireland Ryan has received from and shared in her own family. This season, she’s decided to create a series of concerts to bring these things to her audiences. On 30 November Ryan will begin a run of concerts in the US to be called The Winter’s Heart: An Irish American Christmas.
Though she has at times appeared as a guest on holiday concerts with other Irish artists, this will be the first time Ryan is creating a winter themed run of performances of her own. Known for her compelling voice, inspired songwriting, and thoughtful selection of songs from the tradition and from contemporary writers, Ryan is also loved by her audiences for her lively storytelling and fine wit. All of these will be in play for The Winter’s Heart.
Joining Ryan for the tour will be award winning guitarist Patsy O’Brien. He has brought his soulful playing to work with Eileen Ivers and Paddy Keenan, among others. Patrick Mangan will handle fiddle playing for the tour, as he’s well qualified to do, having twice won All-Ireland fiddle championships and recently toured as a featured soloist with Riverdance. Keiran O’Hare will bring his pipes, flute, and tin whistle into the mix. He’s an internationally renown performer who has appeared with Mick Moloney, Liz Carroll, Josh Groban and Don Henley.
It is Ryan’s voice and vision which will center each evening’s performance, however. She has been at the forefront of Irish and Irish American music for more than two decades, bringing clarity of voice and the creativity of imagination to creating music which draws on legend and history as well as present day, which intertwines worlds of nature and myth, and which holds elements of both sides of her heritage. All this, Christmas, and flashes of humor as well — these are bound to be evenings to remember.
Photograph of Cathie Ryan in Santa hat by Kerry Dexter. Thank you for respecting copyright.
Tickets for the December 8th Chicago show available here:
I am happy to announce our first ever CHRISTMAS TOUR!
“The Winter’s Heart – an Irish American Christmas” is a celebration of Irish American Holiday traditions filled with rousing music, beautiful songs and stories, and Christmas cheer! We are looking forward to celebrating with you. Help us SHARE the news!! http://www.cathieryan.com/christmas/
Nov 30, 2016 Kennett Square, PA
Longwood Gardens Exhibition Hall at 8:00pm SOLD OUT
Dec 1, 2016 Germantown, MD
Blackrock Center for the Arts at 7:30pm
Dec 2, 2016 Lawrence Township, NJ
Notre Dame High School Theatre at 7:30pm
For tickets: Colette Breen 202 577 3998
Dec 8, 2016 Chicago IL
The Irish American Heritage Center at 8:00pm
Dec 9, 2016 East Lansing, MI
Michigan State University Community Music School 7:30pm
Dec 10, 2016 Milwaukee, WI
The Irish Culture & Heritage Center of Wisconsin at 7:30pm
Dec 14, 2016 Miamisburg, OH (near Dayton)
The Historic Plaza Theatre at 8pm
for tickets: https://sunnyskies.ticketleap.com/cathie-ryan/
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Dec 15, 2016 Muncie, IN
Emens Auditorium at Pruis Hall, Ball State University at 7:30pm
Dec 16, 2016 Marietta, Ohio
People’s Bank Theater 8:00pm
Dec 17, 2016 Minneapolis, MN
The Cedar Cultural Center at 8:00pm
Dec 18, 2016 St Cloud, MN
The Paramount Center for the Arts at 3:00pm
Traditional Music fans won’t want to miss the sensational Manx band, Barrule at the Irish American Heritage Center Sunday, September 18 in the Fifth Province Lounge.
Barrule are a trio that plays mostly Manx (as in from the Isle of Man) traditional music and they set Milwaukee Irish Fest 2016 abuzz with their arrangements, skillful performances, and powerful stage presence. Their performances included a familiar mix of jigs, polkas, reels, songs in Manx Gaelic and English, and modern compositions. The melodies are undeniably Gaelic in nature and fans of Scottish and Irish traditional music will find much to enjoy.
Their two studio recordings have received rave reviews and have earned them featured performance spots in prestigious international music festivals like the Edinburgh Fringe, Festival Interceltique de L’Orient in Brittany, The National Celtic Festival in Melbourne, Australia, and Celtic Colours, a highly regarded festival in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
Read about this exciting band at http://www.barruletrio.com/
Ticket info at http://www.irish-american.org/event/barrule-salon-concert/
The 20th Salon Concert featured headliners Moya Brennan – First Lady of Celtic Music and Cormac de Barra, who presented a stunning program of traditional harp music and Gaelic songs. The listeners sat enthralled for two sets of Moya and Cormac’s enchanting, otherworldly sounds. Moya’s soft, high, breathy soprano was often joined by Cormac’s baritone and expert harp accompaniment, evoking the atmosphere of a medieval court or cathedral.
Moya, who hails from Gaoth Dobhair, County Donegal and now resides in Dublin, came from a large family of traditional singers and musicians and is a founding member of the legendary Irish folk group Clannad. She has also had a successful solo career, releasing numerous studio recordings over the years while participating in many successful collaborations, including artists such as the Chieftains, Bono, and Paul Brady. She also has significant film and television sound recording projects among her accomplishments. The most successful of the latter was Clannad’s Emmy-winning title cut for the 1980s British television show “Harry’s Game,” which she sang to an absolutely hushed crowd at one point in our evening.
Like Moya, Cormac de Barra also hails from a large musical family, but from Dublin with Cork roots in his case. Cormac is a highly accomplished harpist with a long list of plaudits, including competition victories, a personal performance for the Emperor of Japan, residencies with major theatrical productions, and eight studio albums, including several with Moya Brennan. Cormac’s performance on the night included a note-perfect rendition of O’Carolan’s Concerto, a well-known, much-loved harp piece from the early 1700s. He also provided accompanying vocals on many numbers, adding a choral touch to the shimmering sound of the harps.
They gave an encore and stayed late afterward to talk with fans and autograph CDs, a gesture everyone much appreciated.
The duo was preceded on stage by a young performing group from the Academy of Irish Music, who displayed their recent musical growth with aplomb.
The next Salon Concert will feature a young, exciting trio from the Isle of Man, Barrule, on Sunday, September 18th, tickets $20 available now at http://irish-american.org/event/barrule-salon-concert/
Doors open at 6PM and the concert begins at 7PM.
Thank you to Moya and Cormac, the Academy young group, and John Halliburton, our sound engineer, for an evening of beautiful music.
Thanks also to our Salon Concerts Team: Noel Rice, Karen Cook, Leah Joyce Steele, Brian Donovan, Theresa Choske, Mary Alice McCarthy, Caroline Sengh, Mary Moore, and our box office team for making it all happen. Theresa, Mary Alice, and Caroline deserve special thanks for setting up a beautiful tea service in the green room for our headliners.
Thank you to Windy City Irish Radio hosts Tim Taylor and Mike Shevlin, Ireland Tonight host Maryann McTeague Keifer, The Hegarty Irish Radio Show, The O’Connor Radio Show, and the Good Morning Ireland Radio Show for their promotional assistance, we appreciate it greatly.
We would also wish to say Thank you to the IAHC Board, especially Geno Cooney and Mike Hamman, and also to the IAHC staff: Laurel, Laura, Rick, Meg Buchanan, Kathy O’Neilll, and Ellen Folan for all their help. Big Thanks to Laura Coyle for the outstanding artwork on our poster!