The 100th Celtic Airs Concert took
place July 28th, 2006 featuring The Old Blind Dogs. All in attendance
had a wonderful time on this landmark occasion. Thanks to everyone
who has contributed to the success of this fundraising series, especially
Chris Larsen (sound engineer), Kevin Lynch (sound, lights), Tom
Curtis and Joe King (concessions), Tina Dieterich (numerous tasks),
the many fine musicians who have graced the stages of Wilde and
Millard Auditoriums, and of course, our faithful and supportive
audience who have made the continuing success of this series possible.
Over the course of 12 years and one hundred concerts, we've all
worked together to raise well over $100,000 for WWUH radio!
As I begin the second century in the concert
series and my fourteenth year as producer/host of Celtic Airs (Tuesdays
6:00-9:00 am), my enthusiasm for this music and these artists remains
undiminished. Though some may call my involvement in radio broadcasting
and concert production a "labor of love," I continue to enjoy the
opportunity to share my appreciation and understanding of this music
with you on the air each week and to give these talented musicians
an opportunity to entertain you in person each month.
Matt and Shannon Heaton will make
their Celtic Airs concert series debut on September 16th. With passionate
vocals and stunning instrumentals, Matt and Shannon produce fresh,
modern, Irish music with great respect for the tradition. The Boston
Globe wrote, "their playing is masterful and inventive, their arrangements
city-smart and spacious. They bring a savvy modernity and American
rootsiness to the music of the auld sod without losing any of its
folksy Irish essence.
The Heatons are a Boston based, husband
and wife duo, who have been performing together for over a decade.
Shannon has been playing flute and whistle since age seven and first
became involved with Irish traditional music while living in Chicago.
She spent many nights in sessions in the city and in Ireland each
summer. She is an active composer and arranger of traditional tunes
whose compositions have been recorded by Siucra and The Battlefield
Band. Matt began his education on guitar at age twelve and was studying
classical guitar at Northwestern University when he met Shannon
and was introduced to Irish traditional music for the first time.
The couple moved to Colorado for a time,
performing and recording in a trio called Siucra (Irish, for sugar),
before relocating to Boston to become involved in its rich Irish
traditional music community. Their second CD as a duo, "Blue Skies
Above," was released in March 2006. Celtic Radio's Paul MacArthur
said the new album offers "some of the best jigs and reels I've
heard in a long time and inspiring vocals performed in perfect harmony."
The Heatons concert performances feature
stunning musicianship that honors the Irish tradition, an easy rapport
with their audience and a selection of music you won't hear anywhere
else. Please come to enjoy this talented duo when they make their
debut performance in the Celtic Airs concert series September 16th
in the University of Hartford's Wilde Auditorium.
On October 19th, Lunasa will perform
in Millard Auditorium.
Seeds for this Irish quintet were planted in 1996 and over ten years
they have evolved into one of the finest, most acclaimed ensembles
in Irish traditional music. Typical accolades include quotes like
"Hottest Irish acoustic group on the planet." (The Irish Voice.)
"The Irish music dream team." (Folk Roots.) and "The new Celtic
royalty." (Boston Herald.)
Sean Smyth and Trevor Hutchinson remain
from the original band, and have been joined by Kevin Crawford and
Cillian Vallely over the years. Paul Meehan, the group's most recent
addition, replaced Donagh Hennessy in 2005. The band's name is taken
from the ancient Celtic harvest festival honoring the Irish god
Lugh, patron of the arts.
Over a decade, they have redefined Irish
traditional music, going to the heart of its rhythms, letting the
music find its primitive pulse. The flute, fiddle, pipes and whistles
soar over the rhythm section of upright bass and guitar, producing
an evocative irresistible music that has awed audiences worldwide.
Tickets for the Celtic Airs Concert Series
are available only from the University of Hartford box office.
Call them at 1-800-274-8587 or 1-860-768-4228, or contact them online
Tickets for each concert go on sale two months
before the concert date.
Please tune in to Celtic Airs every Tuesday
morning from 6:00am - 9:00am on WWUH, 91.3 FM for traditional Celtic
Tell a friend or relative who has never enjoyed Celtic traditional
music to give it a try too! You'll hear the newest releases, and
plenty of your old favorites. Selections from our upcoming concert
performers will also be featured prominently. Thanks for listening.
Hope to see you at one of our concerts soon!
WWUH: Program Guide 2006