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April 2009 Blog Posts (12)

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2009

For the first time I got to participate in something big and world wide. I have been learning Sun Style Tai Chi for the past year. The full form has 73 moves, and I finally learned all 73 moves in the past two weeks by practicing extra on the weekends.

For those that don't know, World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is an effort to have as many people perform Tai Chi at 10:00 am local time around the world. I took photos of the event, including recognition by the mayor of the… Continue

Added by Charlie on April 27, 2009 at 22:05 — No Comments

Pauline Scanlon & Éilis Kennedy

I went to my favourite place last night "An Droichead" in Belfast to see Pauline Scanlon & Éilis Kennedy in concert.
They are absolutely superb....real talent....great voices....great craic. I absolutely love them. I have seen them at An Droichead before & I would never miss a concert of theirs, they are that good. I came home hyper' & it took me a while to calm down. That's pure enjoyment.

Added by Peter on April 26, 2009 at 14:20 — No Comments

Ireland in July

Planning(firm dates 7/01 - 7/12) our first trip to Ireland. Any must see events/festivals/music going on during that time? We will be looking for relatives, Cty Laois - surname Bowe and Cty Cork - surname McDonnell. We are mostly looking to take in the sights.

Added by Michael Bowe on April 21, 2009 at 18:22 — No Comments

In the process!

I am now in the process of working on the 2010 tour of the USI Chamber Choir to the Emerald Isle. This will be our fourth tour promoting wonderful selections of sacred music and Irish Traditional music for choir and instruments. If you have any contacts in Ireland that would enjoy a wonderful concert, we specialize in concerts for Irish Charities. If your organization is looking for a good fundraiser, this is the perfect way to bring in a few euros for your favorite charity.

Feel… Continue

Added by Daniel-O! on April 21, 2009 at 1:13 — No Comments

Margeson on the Music April / May 09

The first time we ever heard Kevin Crawford play the flute was many, many years ago with the best all-instrumental group in the history of Irish music, Moving Cloud. The group’s two albums on Green Linnet still stand as the gold standard for musicians who love traditional music the world round. No question. Done. Dusted. Kevin also did a lovely solo cd for Green Linnet, entitled, The Dflat Flute. Still superb, lo’ these many years later. The videotape fast forwards, and I am seeing… Continue

Added by Bill Margeson on April 19, 2009 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

A short history of me

I try to stay happy and focused. These are unfortunate times for many like me with unemployment being so high. I never thought it would happen, but at the same time it ended up being a blessing in disquise!

After I became unemployed I began thinking if I really wanted to stay in the Manufacturing industry. I had been in manufacturing for over 25 years in the steel related field and knew I wasn't getting any younger. The thought of hauling steel around a building over my shoulder was… Continue

Added by Ron Blacksmith on April 19, 2009 at 14:38 — No Comments

Listening to

I love listening to the Traditional Irish music. I am inspired today!

Added by April on April 17, 2009 at 20:07 — 1 Comment


Hi Everyone,
'Bout time I changed my post. Ya think? It's only been since Thanksgiving. Things are good, the weather is getting beautiful, and we have a couple of months yet before the heat sets in. That's when I think of Ireland and San Francisco and miss the good old fog. I hope everyone had a super Happy Easter.

Added by Patti Kane on April 13, 2009 at 22:06 — 3 Comments

Margeson on the Music April 09

Derry’s Maranna McCloskey is just out with a brand new album entitled, At Last. For the people familiar with the talented alto’s singing, this will come as welcome news fully justifying the title of the album. It has been a long time coming, and it is already receiving solid reviews and airplay, as witnessed by the LiveIreland award for Vocal Album of the Year, 2009.

Maranna was born in the mid 70’s in Dungiven, Co. Derry. There is a musical pattern to her talent that… Continue

Added by Bill Margeson on April 12, 2009 at 19:00 — No Comments

Patricia Daly's - Annual Harp Festival coming next month!

Edward Bunting Harp Festival 2009


Friday 29th May – Sunday 31st May

This annual Harp Festival, organised by Patricia Daly of Armagh Harpers' Association, celebrates the life and work of Armagh born collector of music - Edward Bunting 1773 – 1843 and now ranks among top international harp festivals. Its primary focus is on the music of the ancient harping tradition… Continue

Added by Patricia Daly on April 7, 2009 at 14:37 — No Comments


Well hello everyone.

Today I started the process of editing my book. Yep I gotta book deal!!!!

What an ordeal. I enjoy it of coarse, but still there is more work involved than I first thought.

Also, trying to decide what avenue I should take with the whole making money thing. For those who don't know I did get laid off form my now former job. Well, with this book deal going, do I try for another management type career position or do I just get something to pay the bills and… Continue

Added by Charles Yerkes on April 7, 2009 at 4:19 — No Comments

Fighting for the right to play music

Here in Nanaimo BC Canada our family of buskers/ entertainers are in a court battle with our city to remove a busking bylaw which over regulates busking and limits our ability to earn a living. We are looking for support in our fight to continue to perform without harasment please check out one of our videos recorded on ST Paddys night Here is the link.

Though we are a world away it only takes the click… Continue

Added by James Cunningham on April 3, 2009 at 20:23 — 2 Comments

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