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Notes from Celtic Airs
March / April 2008
by Steve Dieterich

  Another successful (early) Spring Marathon Fundraiser has transpired. Once again you’ve accepted the responsibility to keep WWUH, your commercial free source for alternative music and news, on the air for another year!
  I’d like to give special thanks to those who made a pledge during Celtic Airs, “voting” for you favorite show from our highly varied offerings. I’d also like to recognize and thank (once again) those who got up very early to answer phones during my show; Brian, Pat, Greg, Tom and Joe.

            Have you attended a 2008 Celtic Airs/ WWUH benefit concert yet? (Pipeline 1/11/08 and Old Blind Dogs 2/9/08) They’re a very pleasurable way to pass an evening AND support WWUH as well as the wonderful artists who travel so far to entertain us and display their musical talents.  March and April will offer another edition of “something old (Dervish 3/8/08) and something new (Munnelly/Flaherty/ Masure 4/11/08)” for your listening and viewing pleasure.
            Dervish has had a WWUH connection since their birth 15 years ago. I played the U.S. debut of their first album “Harmony Hill” in 1993 and they appeared in the Wilde Auditorium during their first American tour in 1995. Though they’ve appeared in huge indoor and outdoor venues around the world since then, they still agree to return to our cozy auditoriums each year and 2008 will be no exception.
            This Sligo-based sextet has a new CD, “Traveling Show” to spotlight on this year’s “St Patrick’s month” tour. At present, the CD has no US distribution and is only available on their own label (Whirling Discs), through their website, www.dervish.ie.
Of course, you’ll be able to purchase one and have it autographed at The University of Hartford’s Millard Auditorium when they appear here on 3/8/08!
            Cathy Jordan asserts herself on the new album; for the first time, there are more vocals than instrumentals on a Dervish album! Cathy has also branched out to play guitar ("Bouzar") on this CD in addition to the bodhran and bones. Her crystalline voice still soars above the intricate interplay of button accordion, fiddle and flute, underpinned by the soulful rhythm of mandola and bouzouki that characterize the “Dervish Sound”. I’m sure that Cathy will be the ebullient mistress of ceremonies for the evening as always.
            We’re pleased to introduce you to some new artists on April 11th, 2008 when Munnelly/ Flaherty/ Masure appear in the Wilde Auditorium. Composed of three of Europe’s best Celtic musicians, this trio have made a name for themselves on the European concert and festival circuit over the past five years. Their first album “Whenever” was released in 2007.
            David Munnelly is a multi-award winning Irish button accordion player from Bellmullet, Co. Mayo. He’s been playing accordion since the age of 7 and with his own band has recorded two acclaimed CDs, “Swing” and “By Heck”. Before founding his own band, he toured and recorded with The Chieftains, De Danaan, and other well known Irish traditional artists. He’s also a talented composer. The Irish American News calls him “A creative force at the epicenter of Irish traditional music.”
            Helen Flaherty is a much admired Scottish singer and bodhran player. She’s also a member of the well known European Celtic band Shantalla. Her solo album “Oft Times I’ve Been Cheery” (2007) received lots of positive response from the critics AND from Celtic Airs listeners when I featured it on my show. Q Magazine states “Helen Flaherty is a natural performer. Her infectious smile and lovely voice have captured the hearts of many fans around the world.”
            Although Philip Masure is a multi-instrumentalist, he is best known as a guitar/cittern player, his instruments of choice when performing with this trio. He also lends his vocal talents to some nice harmony singing. Philip is Belgian and has played and recorded with numerous European Celtic groups including Orion, Lais, Mugar, Garva, Comas, and Urban Trad. “Clearly, he’s one of the most sought after guitarists on the Celtic scene.” (The Irish Post)
            During their debut American tour in 2007, Munnelly/ Flaherty/ Masure were featured on NPR radio. They’ve also appeared at numerous European festivals in the past including Dranouter, Belgium and The Liverpool Irish Festival.
            Please come to meet and enjoy some new talent when Munnelly/ Flaherty/ Masure make their Celtic Airs concert series debut Friday April 11th at 7:30PM in the University of Hartford’s Wilde Auditorium.
            You can only purchase tickets for the Celtic Airs concert series through the University Box Office, open Monday –Friday from 10:00AM til 6:00PM. Call 1-800-274-8587 or 1-860-768-4228 OR buy on line at www.hartford.edu/hartt. They go on sale two months before the concert date and are very reasonably priced! All proceeds benefit the artists and WWUH radio.

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  Tickets for the Celtic Airs Concert Series are sold exclusively by the University of Hartford Box Office. Call them at 1-800-274-8587 or 1-860-768-4228, or On-line shoppers can use the secure website at hartford.edu/hartt.

Tickets for each concert go on sale two months prior to concerts.

  Celtic Airs begins it’s 15th year on the air in August, 2008.
Thanks to my listeners and the radio station management for making this possible!

Celtic Airs, the Tuesday morning installment of WWUH’s ‘FM On Toast’ can be heard 6:00-9:00am at 91.3 FM, or streaming live on the internet at wwuh.org.  I hope I can count on you to be among my listeners each week and look forward to meeting you in person at one of our concerts, scheduled monthly throughout 2008.

See you at an upcoming concert!

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