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Notes from Celtic Airs
With your host Steve Dieterich July/August 2001

     Bill Domler, the father of folk music at WWUH and in the folk venues of Greater Hartford, died in April. With his years of experience in concert promotion, Bill was a great source of support and encouragement to me over the years as I put together the Celtic concert series. In his other life, Bill was the Speediest Printer In Town. He printed promotional flyers for over 50 Celtic concerts, the last featuring Aoife Clancy on 5/11/01. Looking at those flyers will always produce bittersweet memories of Bill.
    The Celtic Airs concert series will continue without Bill's support, going strong now in it's seventh year. The next concert features Cherish the Ladies 8/16/01 in the Millard Auditorium at 7:30 pm. Reserved seating is available through the University Box Office, 1-800-274-8587 or 860-768-4228.
    Cherish the Ladies have become the most acclaimed group of Irish traditional women musicians in the world. In their 15+ years of existence, they've released 8 acclaimed albums, the latest, The Girls Won't Leave the Boys Alone, in April '01. Continuing a trend begun in album seven, At Home, which included their fathers, they now have included their fathers and a long list of male guest musicians.
    On stage however, it's a different matter. They're still an all female ensemble except for some of their dancers. The personnel have changed over the years, but the chemistry and the music is still great.
    In 1983 Mick Moloney asked Joanie Madden to put together a group of Irish female musicians to do a brief series of concerts. Joanie (flute, whistle and backing vocals) is still the bandleader and the "hostess with the mostest" for their concerts. Mary Coogan (banjo, guitar, mandolin) is the only other original member still with the band. Siobhan Egan (fiddle), another original member, just left the band last year and was replaced by Liz Knowles. In 1994, Donna Long (fiddle, piano, backing vocals) became the sixth member of what had previously been a quintet. That same year, Mary Rafferty replaced Maureen Glackin-Doherty on button accordion. Mary also plays flute, whistle and concertina. Cathie Ryan was the first vocalist to record with the band on their 1985 debut The Back Door. In 1995 she was replaced by Aoife Clancy, who departed the band last year, and was replaced by Deirdre Connolly. Deirdre also plays bodhran and whistle and is an accomplished step dancer.   I hope you'll take the opportunity to come and enjoy a magical evening of Irish music and dance when Cherish the Ladies return to the University of Hartford August 16th at 7:30 pm in the Millard Auditorium.
    Upcoming shows in the Celtic concert series include Dervish Sept. 20-21 and Danu Oct. 3, more about them in the next edition of the program guide.
    We have a new sound system in the Wilde Auditorium. Come give it a test drive! Your first opportunity will be the Danu show.
    Davey Steele, former lead vocalist for Ceolbeg, Clan Alba, and the Battlefield Band, died of a brain tumor in April. Battlefield Band's latest CD Happy Daze, featuring new vocalist Karine Polwart, is dedicated to his memory.
    Connecticut's own Julee Glaub, a transplant from North Carolina, by way of Dublin, Ireland will hopefully have released her debut CD by the time you read this. Julee sings and plays flute and guitar. She's joined by a very talented group of Irish traditional musicians, most NYC based. They include Brian Conway (fiddle) who has his own new CD First Through the Gate on the way. Brendan Dolan joins her on flute and whistle, Kevin Goodan on bodhran, Jerry O'Sullivan on uillean pipes, Linda Hickman also on flute, Mike Flanagan on concertina and the album's producer Gabriel Donahue who doubles on piano, low whistle, bouzouki, guitar and harmony vocals!
    The album is a collection of traditional Irish songs Julee collected in various archives in Ireland, some rarely if ever recorded. I'm very anxious to hear it myself.
    We hope to present Julee and friends in a CD release concert in the Wilde Auditorium. Stay tuned to Celtic Airs Tuesday mornings 6:00-9:00 am for more details including an in studio visit with Julee to discuss the new album and her musical background.     

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