Celtic Airs is proud to
announce the return of Old Blind Dogs on Friday, July 31, 1998. This will be the highly
acclaimed, much requested bands third trip to Hartford. They rated us one of their
two favorite venues on the last tour, and asked their agent to book them here again. We
were only too happy to accommodate them!
This 16th in the Celtic concert series will take place at 7:30 PM
in the Wilde Auditorium. Tickets are already on sale through the University Box Office,
1-800-274-8587 or 768-4228. There is no service charge for these WWUH sponsored benefit
Ian Benzies is still the elder statesman and lead vocalist/guitar
player for this Aberdeenshire based Scottish quintet. He is ably supported by Johnnie
Hardy on fiddle, mandolin and backing vocals, Buzby MacMillan on cittern, bass, whistle
and vocals, Davy Cattanach on percussion and vocals and Frasier Fifield on Scottish small
pipes and whistle. Both of their previous concerts here have been sell-outs well in
advance, with minimal publicity, so I recommend you purchase your tickets soon!
We have additional concerts scheduled for the later part of 1998.
They include the Belfast based quartet Craobh Rua on 9/25/98 and The Cathy Ryan Trio on
11/12/98, both at 7:30 in the Wilde Auditorium. The proposed House Band concert in
December fell through.
Craobh Rua features fiddle, uillean pipes, whistle, banjo,
mandolin, guitar, bouzouki and vocals. Cathy Ryan was the lead vocalist for Cherish the
Ladies on their first two albums and wrote many of the best songs on those releases. She
has a solo CD (produced by Seamus Egan of Solas) already with a second due out before the
Sad news from Christy Moore. After canceling his entire winter
European tour, hes announced that hes quit the performing life! No concerts,
recordings or interviews. Hopefully this will be a short retirement.
The Battlefield Band have released a new CD, their first
featuring Davey Steele as lead vocalist/guitarist, replacing Alasdair Russell. Piper Mike
Katz has also replaced Ian MacInnes on this new album entitled "Rain, Hail and
Shine." The band will be touring New England in August in support of the album with
at stop at Northamptons Iron Horse Music Hall scheduled for August 9th.
Jez Lowe and the (new) Bad Pennies also have a new album,
"The Parish Notices," on Green Linnet, and are rumored to be setting up a tour
in 1999 to promote the album.
This month marks the 30th Anniversary of WWUH radio. In honor of
this auspicious occasion Id like to offer this brief history of Celtic music on the
To the best of my knowledge, Maureen Brennan first began playing
Celtic music at WWUH about ten years ago. Maureen hosted Monday FM on Toast for four years
before moving on the California where she is now a booking agent for Celtic bands
including Dervish. At that point, Arne Langsetmo, the Tuesday Toast host, took over the
Celtic genre. A year later, Arne also decided to move to California to go to law school. I
had been a faithful listener to Maureens program and before she left, she convinced
me to take the WWUH training course in hopes that someday I might replace her and keep
Celtic music alive at 91.3 FM. Well, I never did take Maureens slot, but five years
ago I did take Arnes place and "Celtic Airs" was born. It has been
thriving ever since. Ed McKeon convinced me to present Celtic artists in benefit concerts
for the station after his experience with "The Folk Next Door." That series has
been an ongoing success story beyond any of our hopes and dreams.
I hope youll continue to tune in to "Celtic Airs"
Tuesdays from 6 am to 9 am for the latest in Celtic music and news as well as plenty of
older material we all love. And dont forget the Celtic concert line providing
information on live Celtic music performances throughout New England. Its just part
of the WWUH Listener Line, 768-5913, available to you 24 hours a day.
Copyright©WWUH: July/August Program Guide, 1998