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Sat Oct 7th: Sean Tyrrell - an Irish national treasure who has managed to avoid well deserved worldwide acclaim due to his delight in championing the causes of forgotten poets such as Brian Merriman whose ‘Cúirt an Mheán Oíche’ was written in 1780, and translated into English by Frank O’Connor in 1945, whereupon The Midnight Court was subsequently banned by the Irish Censorship Board. And buried it remained until resurrected by Sean in 1992 as his hit of the Galway Arts Festival followed by 150 Irish performances thereafter, an Edinburgh Fringe production in 2008 and American tours of the production in 2012. His 2017 US tour will be of his one man show ‘Message Of Peace’ on the life and times of John Boyle O’Reilly(1844-1890) a remarkable historical figure: a man who was an internationally renowned journalist, writer, and civil rights activist. Born in Meath, O’Reilly later worked in England before joining the British army. Ostensibly a proud soldier, O’Reilly lived a double life as a recruiter for the revolutionary Fenian Brotherhood. He was discovered and convicted, serving time in a succession of prisons from Mountjoy to Dartmoor. He was eventually transported to Western Australia from where he made a spectacular escape to the United States. It was in the US, during a time of intense economic and social turmoil, where O’Reilly’s brilliance flourished. As editor of The Pilot, a Boston newspaper, he became a powerful advocate of the rights of workers and African-Americans. He retained a strong commitment to Ireland and was an important part of the Land League and Home Rule movements, working closely with Michael Davitt. A good friend of John Devoy, O’Reilly played an organisational role in the famed Catalpa rescue. In tandem with his journalism, O'Reilly was one of the most famous literary figures of his day, publishing four volumes of poetry and two novels. A complex and charismatic personality, O’Reilly’s popularity transcended race, religion and nationality and, among his friends, he could count figures as diverse as Walt Whitman, Wendell Phillips, and Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa.

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Fri Oct 20th: Paul Brock Band - Button accordion and melodeon player Paul Brock is a multiple All-Ireland champion from Athlone, County Westmeath now residing in Ennis, County Clare. Brock’s solo album, Mo Charidin (Gael-Linn), was described by the Rough Guide to Irish Music as “a masterpiece of accordion playing”. In Paul Brock Band he is joined by leading Irish musicians Denis Carey (piano) and Dave Curley (multi-instrumentalist / singer / dancer) and Shane Ferrell on banjo.

Brock co-founded Brock McGuire Band in 2000 with fiddle player Manus McGuire. The band has gone on to record a number of highly acclaimed albums including Green Grass Blue Grass, a collaboration with 14-time GRAMMY Award winner Ricky Skaggs celebrating the connection between Appalachian and Irish music. In 2014, the band performed a fully-scored program of their music with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in Jackson, Mississippi.

As a soloist, Brock has toured extensively internationally. He has performed with leading musicians and has been a special guest artist on a number of occasions with acclaimed Irish band The Chieftains. In 1989, Brock and McGuire co-founded Moving Cloud, with whom he recorded two award winning albums for Green Linnet Records.

Brock’s 2006 collaboration with Enda Scahill, Humdinger (Compass Records), was voted “Irish Music Album of the Year” by The Irish Times and “Instrumental Album of the Year” by The Irish American News.Brock’s many album credits include A Tribute to Joe Cooley (Gael-Linn) with fiddler Frankie Gavin.

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Sat Nov 4th: Maire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman – “The celebrated virtuoso partnership of “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY) and “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (fROOTS), has by now brought its special musical vision to venues large and small - from the tiniest of historic churches in England, Germany and Italy to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London’s Barbican, Sydney Town Hall and the Philharmonie in Cologne – in twenty-two countries on five continents. Their performances - described by The Irish Times as “music of fire and brilliance from the high-wire act in traditional music” - are rooted but eclectic, emotional but adventurous: a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, coupled with striking new compositions and Chris’s delightfully subversive wit. They've made many appearances on TV and radio and their busy touring schedule has brought them to twenty-one countries on five continents. Of their seven albums together, The Living Wood (1988) was the Daily Telegraph’s Folk Album of the Year, Out of Court (1991) was "stunning... one of the most refreshingly innovative releases in recent years" - Folk Roots, The Carolan Albums (1994) was “a masterpiece of virtuosity” - The Daily Telegraph, Live in the Highlands (1995) was “One of the best live albums I’ve heard for a long time... captures the essence of these remarkable performers in a rare and priceless way. Absolutely essential.“ - Folk Roots and Dialogues:Agallaimh (2001) was “Terrific: brilliant, beautiful, rich, virtuosic, delightful, classic, perfect!” Of their sixth CD, FireWire, the critics said: “An eclecticism and spirit of adventure that is quite thrilling... bewitching string fantasies and a wonderfully clear and expressive voice" THE TIMES “Dazzling virtuosity... delightful” THE DAILY TELEGRAPH "In a class of their own" THE GUARDIAN "Takes one of the most effete instruments in traditional music and breathes a fire into its belly" * * * * THE IRISH TIMES “Brilliant, innovative harping and guitar-playing of astonishing virtuosity and versatility” * * * * SONGLINES “Album of the Year” LIVE IRELAND “Best Celtic Instrumental Album” JUST PLAIN FOLKS AWARDS Nashville, Tennessee. Their new CD, Christmas Lights is “A delightful... satisfyingly original, often refreshingly unpredictable take on festive favourites… Gorgeous and uplifting" THE LIVING TRADITION - and their 21-date Christmas 2014 tour played to sell-out audiences: “(Their) mastery and magic... produced a rapt response” THE GUARDIAN

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 Sat Dec 2nd: David Olney - Master craftsman, acclaimed singer/songwriter and globe-trotting performer David Olney has released more than 20 albums over four decades, including six live recordings. His music has been prominently featured in ABC-TV’s Nashville and his stellar songs have been recorded by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury, Tim O’Brien and Steve Young, among many others. Catch up with David on his weekly live, You Never Know streamcast – starring the Bard performing a song and sharing the story behind it – every Tuesday on DavidOlney.com and YouTube. "Though he's best known as a masterful wordsmith, Olney has a knack for creating the ideal atmosphere for his gothic noir tune.” - Acoustic Guitar Magazine

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Sat Jan 6th 2018: Still On The Hill - the Ambassadors of the Ozarks return bringing their superb collection of songs about the Arkansas Ozarks and its inhabitants and will no doubt mention Kelly’s book True Faith, True Light: The Devotional Art Of Ed Stilley as featured at the yearlong exhibition of Ed Stilley instruments at the Arkansas State House museum. In 1979, Ed Stilley was leading a simple life as a farmer and singer of religious hymns in Hogscald Hollow, a tiny Ozark community south of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Life was filled with hard work and making do for Ed, his wife Eliza, and their five children, who lived in many ways as if the second half of the twentieth century had never happened. But one day Ed’s life was permanently altered. While plowing his field, he became convinced he was having a heart attack. Ed stopped his work and lay down on the ground. Staring at the sky, he saw himself as a large tortoise struggling to swim across a river. On his back were five small tortoises—his children—clinging to him for survival. And then, as he lay there in the freshly plowed dirt, Ed received a vision from God, telling him that he would be restored to health if he would agree to do one thing: make musical instruments and give them to children. And so he did. Beginning with a few simple hand tools, Ed worked tirelessly for twenty-five years to create over two hundred instruments, each a crazy quilt of heavy, rough-sawn wood scraps joined with found objects. A rusty door hinge, a steak bone, a stack of dimes, springs, saw blades, pot lids, metal pipes, glass bottles, aerosol cans—Ed used anything he could to build a working guitar, fiddle, or dulcimer. On each instrument Ed inscribed “True Faith, True Light, Have Faith in God.” True Faith, True Light: The Devotional Art of Ed Stilley documents Ed Stilley’s life and work, giving us a glimpse into a singular life of austere devotion.

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Sat Feb 17th: Joe Crookston - songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. Named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in- Residence and signed to Tamulevich Artist Management along with John Gorka and Peter Yarrow. His songs are being made into films. He’ll surprise you and awaken the cynics. He’s plumbing for lyrical gold like a social archeologist. His songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next. HE BELIEVES IN STORIES Come to a show. Mystical, historical, and humorous roads, twisting through vivid cinematography. Short 4:00 films. Visual, artful and human. Brooklyn in July, Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, turbary thieves, Galway heather, meter maids and drunk roosters. At the end of the night, you’ll leave inspired. “The Long Note” is a phrase in Irish culture. ”The Long Note” is that place of resonance and transcendence where the music, the voices, the instruments, and the community ALL come together and unite. THERE IS A LONG NOTE & JOE IS REACHING FOR IT Whether he’s picking his 48 Gibson, weaving through lap slide songs or looping his fiddle, he will draw you in. It happens every time. Watch a YouTube video. It’s good, but it’s not the same. You gotta come to a show. With unwavering courage to be himself, he is literate, poignant and funny as hell.

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Sat Jan 4th 2017: Still On The Hill – has proved itself a favorite at many prestigious festivals and venues here and abroad, including the Kerrville Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in Winfield, Kansas and countless others. Their own region, the Ozarks, has voted them the “Best Folk Band” for several years running, and the mayor of their town, Fayetteville, Arkansas, proclaimed Dec. 20th Still on the Hill Day for all the work the duo does in community service. They have produced eight widely acclaimed CD's and nine years ago they signed with Swiss record label Brambus Records for the European release of their CD “Chaos & Calm”. In 2010 they produced their 'Ozark Project' which created waves across the region that are still resonating today and also garnered them the coveted Governors Folk Life Award for their effort to preserve Arkansas Traditions.
In 2015 they completed ONCE A RIVER, a year-long journey to write and record songs about the history of the Beaver Lake Watershed and the White River to promote good stewardship of this precious resource. The project included over 35 FREE concerts in the watershed and the duo gave away 1,000 Once A River CD’s. Now they are working on a follow up project using the same template but this time it’s about the Buffalo River, our nation’s FIRST historic river and the only major river in the south allowed to flow free and un-dammed. This CD is called STILL A RIVER and was released in Fall of 2016.

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Sat Feb 4th: 4 Shillings Short present: The Celtic Year - songs, stories & poetry from the Celtic Wheel Of Time - Making a long overdue return visit, Four Shillings Short perform Traditional & Original music from the Celtic Lands, Medieval & Renaissance Europe, India and the Americas on over 30 World instruments including Hammered & Mountain Dulcimer, Mandolin, Mandola, Bouzouki, Tinwhistles, Recorders, Medieval and Renaissance Woodwinds, Native American Flutes, North Indian Sitar, Charango, Bowed Psaltery, Banjo, Bodhran, Guitar, Ukelele, Doumbek, Percussion, vocals and even a Krumhorn.

The husband/wife duo of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland and Christy Martin from California, have been performing together since 1995, tour in the US and Ireland, are independent folk-artists with 12 recordings, perform 150 concerts a year and live as the Troubadours of old traveling from town to town playing at music festivals, theatres & performing arts centers, folk & historic societies, libraries, museums and schools.
Please join us for this musical feast of roots, reels and ragas!
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Sat Feb 25th: Alan Reid & Rob van Sante – With a bucket list goal of performing in all 50 states, Alan Reid - founder member of Scotland's wildly successful Battlefield Band with whom he toured the world for 41 years, releasing 30 albums in the process! - whittles the list down to a small few with his Arkansas and LRFC debut performance for which he is joined by Dutch (tho longtime Leeds, Yorkshire resident!) singer, guitarist and formidable sound engineer Rob van Sante whose resume includes such luminaries as Danny Thompson, Kate Rusby, John McCusker.

Introducing electric keyboards as an integral component of Scottish traditional music, Reid established a standard that in the intervening years has grown in significance and influence as contemporaries and younger musicians alike have added keyboards to their traditional music arsenals, thus ensuring both his own and Battlefield Band's stature amongst the pantheon of Scottish folk musicians and bands. .

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Sat Apr 1st: Kate Campbell – is an introduction even necessary after Kate's previous visits to LRFC? Unmissable!

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Sat May 20th: Mustard's Retreat - For the past four decades Mustard's Retreat( David Tamulevich and Michael Hough), have been entertaining audiences with its special brand of folk music. Highly acclaimed not only as songwriters but as interpreters of traditional and contempoary songs and stories, their show is full of enthusiasm, good humor and fine musicianship.

David and Michael met in Ann Arbor, MI in 1974, as short order cooks, both on hiatus from their studies at the University of Michigan. Discovering a mutual interest in music/writing and performing, they put together 3 songsone day after work, and took them to the legendary Ark coffeehouse’s open mike night. They were a big hit, and, on the spot, were invited back to do a 45 minute set 2 weeks later. Within a year and a half they had both quit the restaurant and were doing music full time. 37 years later, they have 9 highly acclaimed recordings of their own, plus 2 more CDs with their songwriting collective, The Yellow Room Gang. Mustard’s Retreat has performed more than 4,000 shows over those years, traveled more than 1 million miles and in doing so, have earned a dedicated and loyal following, many of whom have been coming to hear them since the 1970s. Michael and David joke on stage about attracting people “with long attention spans”, but it is what Mustard’s Retreat gives them that turns audiences into such loyal fans.

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