"Tunes for Texas" was our 24 hour session to raise funds for Hurricane Harvey relief down in South Texas. We played at Trinity Hall in Dallas, Texas, from 6pm on September 23 to 6pm on September 24. All in all we raised over $11k dollars!! Thanks so much to everyone who participated--what an encouraging and fun experience to see everyone come together to help out in such a time of need.
My first trip ever to this great state was a success! Lovely people, great weather, and deadly tunes! We were fortunate to play at both the Tea Room and the River Stage at the Minnesota Irish Fair, and also play a house concert! Thanks a mil to Ryan Behnke and Buddy Ferrari for the invite!
It was a great thrill to play Minstrels of the Kells by Dan Welcher with the TCU Wind Symphony! So proud to get to play some Irish music with friends at my old college.
Wow, we had a crazy busy March with our Texas mini-tour--we played the sponsors dinner at the Sherman Celtic Festival, a house concert, a recording session, and a gig on the main stage at the Sherman Celtic Festival! An exhausting but super fun weekend, and Ryan and Buddy even found some time to be Texas cowboys for a little bit ;)
What a thrill to talk about Irish music at my old college, TCU! I'm always encouraged to see folk music being played and discussed in an academic setting, and it was great to introduce the tradition to a future generation of traddies!
This past December 2016, Phillip Wildman (aka Daddy Wildman) and I had the great honor of opening for the classic Western Swing band, Riders in the Sky! I listened to them and watched their TV show growing up, so it was a HUGE thrill to meet them and play on the same stage as them! What an experience!!
What's better than orchestra, Christmas music, children's choir, and Irish music? What about all of them combined!?!? We had a great time performing Paul Thompson's arrangements of several carols and traditional Irish tunes at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco this past December 2016. Please check out our performance at the link below!
I had the great pleasure to play in the percussion section of the Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra this past September 2016. It was great to meet some more Irish musicians, and play the music of world renowned composer Johan de Meij, who also conducted the concert. Check them out next time you're in Ireland--they are the most prestigious wind band on the Emerald Isle!
We had such an amazing time performing as "Ensemble: The Availables" with Donal Lunny! We were fortunate to work with Donal throughout our winter term in the choice of tunes and arrangements, and then perform with him at the BLAS Summer School at the University of Limerick in June 2016. Definitely a highlight of my musical career!!! Hope to get tunes with this motley crew again sooner rather than later!!