Find out how our ancestors picked up the nickname "Wild Irish". Chuckle at the lyrics of a song about whiskey. Tap your toe to plenty of rollicking traditional tunes. And learn a little something about how Irish immigrants helped to build one of the most influential engineering projects in American history.
You'll come away with all this and more when you attend Craobh Dugan's original program The Irish and the Erie. It was researched and written by our own Mike Hoke, who also plays fiddle and sings with Bill Fahy, Ed Campbell, Mike Carroll, Skip Mansur, and Sue Romero in the one-hour show. Bill Fahy also sings a charming original song of his own about the misadventures of a hoggee who spent a summer walking from Albany to Buffalo.
You can find the dates and times of performances already scheduled on our Calendar page.
And if you'd like us to present the show at your meeting, museum or other venue, send us a message on our Contact page.
Notes for this month presented to you by Craobh Dugan Chair Chris Hoke
With the very warm (hot!!) September we have had, it is very hard to believe it is going to be October....but here we go. I think there is a lot of news this month, so read carefully and take notes if you have to!! 😀
September was busy!
Coming up in October
The group will be presenting The Irish and the Erie program on Saturday, October 21st at the Oneida County History Center at 1:00pm. The center is located at 1608 Genesee Street in Utica. This program is educational, musical, and entertaining. If you have not seen it, you should come to the History Center on the 21st. The program has received GREAT 'reviews'!!
The Craobh Dugan Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Friday October 13th. Note the change of date from last month's update. It will be held at 6.00pm at the Seton Center at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Utica. We will have a pot luck supper, our annual meeting, and then a session and dance.
Here are the particulars: The branch will supply the meat, soft drinks and paper products. Each person/couple/family is asked to bring a dish to share. We NEVER lack for a great variety of delicious foods!! Bring a family member or friend and come hungry!! Don't forget your adult beverages (if you wish), your instruments and dance shoes. Please RSVP to Chris by the end of the day, Tuesday October 10th.
Election of Officers: At our meeting, we need to elect our 2017-2018 officers. All offices are up for election. The offices and people who are interested in running (in parentheses): Chair (Chris Hoke); Vice Chair (no one running yet); Treasurer (Mike Hoke); Secretary (Colleen Martin); Public Relations Officer (Sue Romero); Language Officer (Tom Malley); Auditor (Mike Carroll); and Youth Officer (need to check with one of our under age-25 members!). Just because these people are running does not mean no one else can be nominated for an office. We also will elect 2 Convention Delegates. Gracie Schell and Tom Malley have indicated a willingness to run for branch delegates. Please consider running for an office, and let me know before October 13th. Nominations will also be open at the meeting.
And....Dues are Due: The Comhaltas branch operating year goes from November 1--October 31. Dues should be paid by the date of our AGM, which makes it much easier for Mike to do the books and paperwork. Thanks you in advance for paying your dues on time. It really helps!!
Samhain (say 'SOW in') is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year. Ryan Troy shared information on a Samhain event to be held in Syracuse on Saturday Oct 14. Check it out the Facebook event here. It looks like a great time!!
Caitlin & Ciaran in Concert!
Craobh Dugan is hosting another small-venue concert. This husband/wife duo from Ireland is on a tour of NY, VT, MA and on Sunday, October 15th, Caitlin & Ciaran will perform for us at the Turning Point Church (Skip's Church) on Columbia Street in Utica. The concert will begin at 2:30 and you will not want to miss it!!!!! Ciaran plays fiddle and Caitlin plays concertina and step dances. From what I have seen and heard they are AWESOME!! You can check out clips of them on You Tube or on Google and read more about them on our blog post here. Tickets cost only $10 each and can be purchased on Eventbrite.com. If you are a person who does not want to order on-line, you can contact Chris Hoke for tickets (email@example.com). Seating is limited to 40 so get yours early - maybe even today.
Our Regular 'Stuff':
Last, but not least, we have Raffle Tickets!!!! The Comhaltas Big Draw Raffle is in progress now and we have tickets to sell. The cost is $5 each and the prizes are 5000 euros; 500 euros; 250 euros; a luxury weekend at the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann; 4 Dinner and Show tickets to Bru Boru; 150 euro gift card; a collection of 10 Irish music CDs and DVDs. These are great prizes, especially the cash prizes!! And, our branch keeps 80% of what we sell. That is $4 out of every ticket that we sell. So, PLEASE help us out with this. Buy some tickets or better yet, take a book of 10 to sell to you family, friends and co-workers. (You know you always buy their tickets, right???). This is a great opportunity for Craobh Dugan to raise some money for our next project (recording a CD) or to help us send members to workshops and the annual Convention. THANK YOU for buying and selling these tickets!! The drawing is December 9th. We will need to send the returns to Ireland November 1st. That gives us a month to sell these tickets. Let's get busy!!
Here is our September Calendar:
3---Nail Creek Pub Session, 7:30pm
6---Ceili Dance Class Seton Center, 7:00pm
10--Musicians Practice, 7:00pm, Place-TBD
13--ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, 6.00PM, Pot Luck Supper, Meeting, Session/Ceili ***RSVP by end of day Tues. Oct 10th.
14--Dancers at JusticeArtMusic (JAM) at DeSales Center in Utica. Starts at 11.00am. Contact Gracie for more info.
Samhain Celebration Kellish Hill Farm, 3:30, Manlius
15--CAITLIN & CIARAN CONCERT, 2:30pm, Turning Point Church, Columbia Street, Utica. Tickets on Eventbrite.com.
Only $10 each (limited to 40 seats)
17--Stockdale's Session, 7:30
20--Ceili Dance Class, Seton Center, 7:00pm
21--The Irish and the Erie, Oneida County History Center, Utica, 1:00pm
24--Musicians Practice, 7:00pm, Place-TBD
27--Ceili Dance Class, Seton Center, 7:00pm
I believe that is all for now. When I started writing this update, it was 90 degrees and humid. Right now it is 57 degrees and oh-so comfortable!! I do hope to see you at The Irish and the Erie program, the Caitlin and Ciaran concert or one of our sessions. Until then, take good care!
There's nothing that will put a lilt back in your step so much as an Irish traditional "house concert" and you won't want to miss this one! Craobh Dugan has secured Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh for a one-day engagement in Utica. These are top musicians, acclaimed by the international press! Read on to find out more about them - and get your tickets while you can!
Acclaimed Irish musicians each in their own right, Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh
have joined forces to create one of traditional music’s most impressive acts. The pair’s spirited
music and dance is rooted in the tradition; brimming with soul and life. Through fiddle, concertina
and dance, Caitlín and Ciarán breathe fire into musical pieces, combining their arts with chemistry
Caitlín and Ciarán have a connection as deep as the Irish folk traditions they come out of. Their
music is a joyful unleashing of talents learnt at the hearths of their parents, family and friends.
Ciarán’s fiddle is complimented by Caitlín’s concertina and dance, her footsteps expertly tapping
out the rhythms and elevating the duo’s musical excellence.
Their 2015 debut CD release 'Caitlín & Ciarán' received a 4-star review in The Irish Times.
Here's what people who really know Irish music have said:
We had such a great time at our last house concert and we're hoping you can all come out for this one too! That's why we're keeping the ticket price really low at only $10. The concert will be at Turning Point Church (438 Columbia St., Utica, NY 13502) on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 2:30pm. Tickets are available online through Eventbrite. You can buy them very easily and securely via Pay Pal by clicking the orange button below. See you there!!
We had a rare chance to hear two All-Ireland Champion musicians play in a cozy setting at a house concert in April. John Whelan on accordion and Dylan Foley on fiddle brought their amazing energy and refined musical skills together to fill the room with enchanting tunes. Between songs they regaled us with stories and after the concert even played with Craobh Dugan musicians in a session. What a wonderful evening we had!
Here's a video showing some highlights from the concert: