Tunes for Texas

"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.

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 This was our Tunes for Texas schedule!

This was our Tunes for Texas schedule!

Minnesota Mini Tour

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!

 L to R: Keyreel Raskolenko, Ryan Behnke, Cara Wildman

L to R: Keyreel Raskolenko, Ryan Behnke, Cara Wildman

 L to R: Cara Wildman, Keyreel Raskolenko, Craig Scotland. It was so nice to see a fellow Texan in the audience at our Minnesota show!

L to R: Cara Wildman, Keyreel Raskolenko, Craig Scotland. It was so nice to see a fellow Texan in the audience at our Minnesota show!

 L to R: Rosa (fiddle), Keyreel Raskolenko (fiddle), Ryan Behnke (pipes), Cara Wildman (bodhran), Buddy Ferrari (vocals/bouzouki) on the River Stage at the Minnesota Irish Fair

L to R: Rosa (fiddle), Keyreel Raskolenko (fiddle), Ryan Behnke (pipes), Cara Wildman (bodhran), Buddy Ferrari (vocals/bouzouki) on the River Stage at the Minnesota Irish Fair

March Music-O-Rama!

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 ;)

 Our gracious hosts!! L to R: Kyle Lowder, Sandi Lowder, Cara Wildman, Ryan Behnke, Buddy Ferrari, Keyreel Raskolenko

Our gracious hosts!! L to R: Kyle Lowder, Sandi Lowder, Cara Wildman, Ryan Behnke, Buddy Ferrari, Keyreel Raskolenko

 A few tunes at the house after the gig!

A few tunes at the house after the gig!

 L to R: Keyreel Raskolenko (fiddle), Ryan Behnke (pipes), Buddy Ferrari (vocals/bouzouki), Cara Wildman (bodhran) at the Sherman Celtic Festival

L to R: Keyreel Raskolenko (fiddle), Ryan Behnke (pipes), Buddy Ferrari (vocals/bouzouki), Cara Wildman (bodhran) at the Sherman Celtic Festival

Opening for Riders in the Sky at the Bosque Arts Center

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!!

 L to R: Too Slim (bass), Cara Wildman (bodhran/harmonica), Joey the Cow-Polka King (piano box), Phillip Wildman (guitar/vocals), Woody Paul (fiddle), Ranger Doug (guitar/vocals)

L to R: Too Slim (bass), Cara Wildman (bodhran/harmonica), Joey the Cow-Polka King (piano box), Phillip Wildman (guitar/vocals), Woody Paul (fiddle), Ranger Doug (guitar/vocals)

Celtic Christmas at Stonebriar Church in Frisco

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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyzkBXJoBVw

 L to R: Kevin Alewine (flute/whistles), Cara Wildman (bodhran)

L to R: Kevin Alewine (flute/whistles), Cara Wildman (bodhran)

 L to R: Janis Deane (pipes), Ken Fleming (banjo), Peggy Fleming (fiddle), Kevin Alewine (flute/whistles), Cara Wildman (bodhran)

L to R: Janis Deane (pipes), Ken Fleming (banjo), Peggy Fleming (fiddle), Kevin Alewine (flute/whistles), Cara Wildman (bodhran)

Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra Performs in Waterford

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!

 L to R: Cara Wildman (percussion), Ciaran Lynch (percussion)

L to R: Cara Wildman (percussion), Ciaran Lynch (percussion)

BLAS with Donal Lunny!

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!!

 L to R: Quentin Vestur (harp), Ryan Behnke (uilleann pipes), Donal Lunny (bouzouki), Eithne Walsh (harp), Kara Matthias (voice), Cara Wildman (bodhran/piano), Evgeny Pichugin (concertina). Conal O'Kane (guitar) and Caroline Keane (concertina) not pictured.

L to R: Quentin Vestur (harp), Ryan Behnke (uilleann pipes), Donal Lunny (bouzouki), Eithne Walsh (harp), Kara Matthias (voice), Cara Wildman (bodhran/piano), Evgeny Pichugin (concertina). Conal O'Kane (guitar) and Caroline Keane (concertina) not pictured.