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Notes from Celtic Airs
January/February 2006
by Steve Dieterich

  After taking the month of December '05 off, the Celtic Airs concert series swings into action again on January 20th, 2006 when we welcome Pipeline for their first appearance at the University of Hartford and only their second trip to North America. Their first venture to these western shores was an auspicious one including acclaimed performances at the 2004 Milwaukee Irish Festival and 2004 Celtic Colours Festival, the most famous of Celtic festivals in America and Canada respectively.
  Pipeline comprises the duo of Dermott Hyde (uillean pipes, tin whistle, low whistle, small pipes, lead vocals) and Tom Hake (guitar, bouzouki, harp, backing vocals). They met originally at a folk festival in Austria 10 years ago but it's only been for the past 4-5 years they've been fully involved in Pipeline, releasing their debut CD in 2004. Rumor has it there's a second album in the works now, so we may have the opportunity to audition some new material on the evening of 1/20/06.
  Pipeline's music is complex, multi-faceted and ornate with influences of Brittany and Galicia spicing the traditional sounds of Ireland and Scotland. They favor epic dramatic arrangements where song and tune are seamlessly blended in long pieces, much like the Chicago based trio Bohola who have graced the stage of the Wilde Auditorium twice in past Celtic Airs concerts. Their repertoire is roughly 1/3rd traditional and 2/3rds new material written in a traditional style. Dermot is the composer of much of the new material and says he writes in a traditional style because he worries that "if the music wanders too far from it's origins, we'll forget where it came from."
  Both musicians have a background in theatrical works which they put to good use in their live performances. Dermot says "It's not enough to have great music. People want to be entertained and it's our duty to fulfill that desire. When people pay good money to se a Pipeline concert, they deserve to go home happy and smiling at the end of the night."
  Sounds like all who plan to attend the Pipeline concert are in for a great night of music and more. I'll be looking for YOU that evening!
  After meeting a new band in January, we'll be greeting an old friend in February when Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies return to the Wilde Auditorium, February 18th , 2006 at 7:30PM.
  The legendary singer -songwriter Richard Thompson has said "Jez Lowe is the best songwriter to come out of England in a long time." The Boston Globe agreed saying "Some of the greatest English folk songs since the heyday of Richard Thompson come from the pen of Jez Lowe." Contemporary musicians are also impressed by Jez Lowe's writing. His songs have been recorded by Fairport Convention , The Dubliners, The McCalman's, The Tannahill Weavers, Cherish the Ladies , Mary Black and Gordon Bok just to name a few.
  Jez Lowe is a Geordie, a resident of Northumbria on England's northern border with Scotland. His hometown of Durham was once a thriving coal mining community, but has fallen on hard times since the Thatcher regime and is now part of the depressed "post industrial North" of England. Much of the material for his songs comes form the people and events that populate his life. His first album was released in 1980 and his 14th and latest, "Doolally", came out in 2005.
  The Bad Pennies have been a fluid, frequently changing back up ensemble for Jez when he chooses not to tour solo. The current line up comprises champion Northumbrian small piper Andy May, Kate Bramley on fiddle and vocals and newest member Sean Taylor on bass.
  A Jez Lowe / Bad Pennies concert always provides good music and good fun. I'm sure this one will be no exception. I trust you'll be one of the satisfied customers in attendance on the evening of 2/18/06.

 Tickets for the WWUH/Celtic Airs concert series are only available through the University of Hartford box office, open 10:00 AM-6:00 PM Monday through Friday. Call 1-800-274-8587 or 1-860-768-4228 to purchase tickets by phone. On line purchases can be made at www.hartford.edu/hartt. Tickets go on sale 2 months before the performance date.

  If you're not a regular listener to Celtic Airs, I hope you'll give me a chance to change your listening habits. Tune in any Tuesday morning between 6:00 and 9:00 AM to see what you've been missing for the past 13 years! There will be lots of new releases, plenty of favorites from the past and ample opportunity to sample the music of the next artist featured in our concert series. I look forward to talking to YOU soon!

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