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Notes from Celtic Airs
With your host Steve Dieterich July/August 1999

   We have a busy schedule of concerts to offer you over the next six months. I hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to see some of the top talents in Celtic music today while simultaneously supporting WWUH radio, the station that brings you Celtic Airs every Tuesday 6 - 9 AM, as well as so much more fine programming.
    July 1 or 2, Ealu (?). A talented young Irish quartet making their first US tour. Two of famous fiddler Sean Ryan’s children, Caitrioua on fiddle and Brian on flute and whistle, joined by the Corbet sisters, Maria on harp and vocals, and Fiona who is also married to Brian, on guitar and bodhran.
    July 29, 7 and 9 PM Solas(c) One of the world’s most acclaimed Irish traditional bands, based right here in the US. The line-up is still fronted by Karan Casey on vocals and multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan with stellar support from Win Horan on fiddle, Mick McCauley on accordion and John Doyle on guitar.
    August 15, 7 and 9 PM Donal Lunny(?). "Mr. Everything" in Irish music for the last 25 years and his latest band Coolfin. This concert isn’t yet confirmed. Ed McKeon will be producing as I’m away on vacation.
    September 10, Lunasa(c). Dynamic Dublin based quartet that were a BIG HIT when they made their first appearance here in January 1999. They should have a new album and lots of new material to amaze you on this return trip. "They’ll knock your socks off." Sean Laffey, editor of Irish Music Magazine told me before that first concert and they certainly did!
    September 24, Sharon Shannon(?). First tour with her new six piece band and we’re hoping to get lucky and snag her between gigs in Boston and New York. Certainly one of the biggest names in Irish Music these days. If we can land her don’t miss this show.
    September 30, Dougie MacLean(c). Probably the most well known singer-songwriter in Celtdom these past ten years. His signature song "Caledonia" has been adopted as the anthem of the new Scottish Nationalist Party. He will have released a new album by the time of this tour, so we’ll get to preview alot of new material as well as many old favorites.
    October 9, Christy O’Leary Band(c). Former uillean piper and singer for the Boys of the Lough, Christy has been touring with his own band for the past two years. They’ll please your ears with some lovely tunes featuring the pipes prominently and some great vocals by Christy.
    November 19, Amam(c). A quintet of traditional musicians from Ireland, the Scottish Islands, and Cornwall, all based in Edinburgh where they’ve come together to make some wonderful music, both traditional and original in the traditional style. I saw them in February 1999 on their first US tour and was very impressed.
    Tickets for all the confirmed shows (c) are already on sale through the University Box Office. Call 1-860-768-4228 or 1-800-274-8587 to order yours today. I suspect they will all sell out weeks to months in advance! The tentative concerts (?) will go on sale as soon as we have firm contracts in place. I’ll keep you apprised of the situation when you attend the concerts and during Celtic Airs.

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