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Celtic Alabama News
Volume 2 Issue 11
 "Brissit brawnis and broken bones
Strye discorde and waistie wanis
Crukit in eild synhalt withal,
This are the bewties of the fute ball."
--From The Maitland Folio Manuscript, 1582

Auburn University - Seeking Support for a Celtic Studies Program

Auburn University has begun a committed effort to establish a Scottish, Irish and Celtic Interdisciplinary Program.  The vision for this program is the development of a comprehensive course of study that will begin with the establishment of an undergraduate minor, covering Celtic history, culture, literature, music and the arts.  The larger goal is to continue the growing the Celtic area of study into an academic major. Developing a Celtic Studies Major at Auburn University would make it one of the very few in the country. The success of this venture depends of external funding from private sources, alumni and Celts who would like to see Celtic Education in the United States take a huge leap forward. The College of Liberal Arts is working to spread the word and invite anyone with an interest in Irish, Scottish or Celtic Culture to become part of this endeavor. Full-color brochures are available on the program.  Please contact Jonathan Ahern at 334-844-1432 - or Mary Baird at 334-844-1141 - .


Huntsville's Good Fortune performing with Isla

The Huntsville Traditional Music Association will be hosting a Celtic concert with Isla, from Nashville and Huntsville's own, Good FortuneCeltic tradition is in the heart of Isla, but since the members have ‘eclectic musical interests,’ one may listen closely to hear melodic nuances from Eastern Europe, French Canada, Medieval England, and the American Appalachian Mountains.  The concert will be Saturday, November 9, 2002, 8:00 PM,at The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Chan Auditorium (Administrative Science Building).  This is a great opportunity to show Huntsville's interest in Celtic entertainment - support it with your attendance!  Tickets are $10 available beginning October 18th at the HTMA coffeehouse and at the Fret Shop.  Additional information available at or 880-9482. (submitted by HTMA and Larry Hogan)


BOOK SALE! - ACA Fundraiser with Unicorn Limited/Scotpress - Unicorn Limited is moving their retail book business to Alabama in March of 2003.  As part of their effort to reduce inventory before the move - they are offering a HUGE list of Scottish/Viking/Irish/Celtic titles (books and newsprint booklets) for only $2 each.  Furthermore, they will donate $1 from every book to ACA - if you mention you found this Book Sale through the Celtic Alabama NewsDon't miss this fantastic opportunity to add to your Celtic Library AND support your local Celtic non-profit!  Click HERE to review the Books on Sale Be sure to mention ACA when placing your order. For a complete Book Sale list via-e-mail - send request to: . To order:  304-379-8803 or e-mail . Visit them at


Alabama Highland Games - Huge Crowds, Blue Skies and Jigs After Hours - review by Paige Smith

Sanwiched in between the departure of one hurricane and the arrival of another in the Gulf of Mexico, the Alabama Highland Games in Montgomery dodged a really wet bullet on the weekend of September 28, 2002.  The wet grounds had just enough time to dry up and take a tent peg as the ground crews scrambled across the field, setting up on Friday evening.  This year's game featured Alabama's own Southwind with international artists, Jennifer Roland and Jock Tamson's Bairns.  There were plenty of folks to provide an enthusiastic audience.  Many new visitors to the Alabama Highland Games this year kept all the Clan and Society tents busy - many running out of materials and brochures due to the fresh faces attending their first Scottish Games.  The AHG also hosted the North-South Challenge Cup, a team challenge between the best atheles in the North against the best in the South.  The North emerged victorious, ending a three year winning streak by Team South.  A few of the North Team members were so happy that they entertained the guests with a special jig at the Ceilidh after the Games.  The Alabama Highland Games continues to be a jewel among festivals everywhere  - an annual event that is not to be missed!  See Photos from the Alabama Highland Games Here

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill - Stunning! - Review by Paige Smith

The folks who were lucky enough to fill the seats for the Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill concert in Birmingham experience  rare and wonderful talent. It's a rare thing - to find such enormous talent carefully folded in an envelope of quiet and dignified demeanor.  It was an amazing experience!  The Birmingham News review is posted on the ACA Message Board (follow the link on the front page of ).  The ACA  Fiddle Workshop with Martin Hayes prior to the concert offered fiddlers in the region an opportunity to work with one of the best Irish fiddlers in the world.  In a curious twist, Martin Hayes was discussing musical instruments in the cafe' around the corner from Homewood Musical Instruments, the site for the workshop.  Martin mused on a very fine concertina he had the pleasure of trying out in Seattle and that he was told it was made by a man in Alabama.  He was soon to discover that the concertina was made in the very shop he was about to visit - and the workshop host and store owner, Bob Tedrow was the very craftsman!  It's a small world (with really big talent in it!).  See Photos from the Martin Hayes Workshop and Sessions on the Day

We need your support!  Become an ACA Patron!

It's a great way to show your Celtic Pride and ensure our cultural legacy in Alabama! ACA Patrons receive the deluxe quarterly issues of Celtic Alabama News with book reviews, news and articles not found elsewhere. You can become a Patron of ACA today by sending a $25 check to:  Alabama Celtic Association, P.O. Box 724, Trussville AL 35173.  Please include your preferred mailing address.  (For more details: Click Here for ACA Patrons)

Irish Ceili to Benefit Rwandan Orphans Fund - November

It is time once again to put your dancing shoes on and join us for the 3rd annual Rwandan Orphan Fund Ceili on Nov. 16th at the Smolian International House on the UAB campus.  We all had a wonderful time last year and this year should be even better.  Through the amazing generosity of so many, we were able to raise over $4,000 last year and are hoping to meet that goal once again this year. Between April and August of 1994, over 1 million Rwandan civilians were killed, leaving many orphans behind. Dr. Susan Allen and her husband, Dr. Eric Hunter formed the Rwandan Orphan Fund in 1996: check for a more detailed history and photographs. 100% of every donation to the Rwandan Orphan Fund (ROF) goes directly to school fees-there is no 'overhead'. Many of our friends have helped these children stay in school through their tax-exempt donations. The benefit features: Live music by Hooley, Irish dancing by young and old, experienced and novice, cash bar and free munchies Tickets are $25 ($10 for students) and are tax-deductible. Children under 12 are free.  To purchase tickets, email or call 934-1297. (Submitted by Mary Dougherty)

Lenahan - Celtic Rock Coming to Tuscaloosa and Huntsville 

Bolding taking the bagpipes where they've never gone before, award-winning Celtic group Lenahan performs at two venues in Alabama on their 30 state coast-to-coast U.S. Tour.  Featuring the hot fiddling of Clarence Ferrari and the blistering bagpipes and multi-award winning original songs of Tom Lenahan combined with traditional Celtic themes in a masterful musical fusion, New York City and London-based Lenahan have been acclaimed as "Masters of the Celtic rock genre," by critics around the world. Completing the musical fun, Lenahan's bold rhythm section switches seamlessly from reels to reggae and from jigs to jazz.   The band performs at Egan's in Tuscaloosa on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 9:00 P.M.  1229 University Blvd.  Info: 205-758-9413. On Wednesday, Nov. 6, Lenahan returns to the Kaffeeklatsch in Huntsville for the first time in 4 years at 7:30 P.M.,103 Jefferson Street.  Info after 4 PM:  256-536-7993. For further information on Lenahan .  

Celtic Moon - Alabama's Own Celtic Internet Radio

On the “air” for a little over a year, Ken Browning of McCalla started the internet station, "Celtic Moon", simply to have good music available while at work.  It wasn't long before others around the world were tuning in and emails with requests and suggestions began to come. Currently streaming the feed from McCalla – Browning has a computer that is dedicated to the station, as well as a small studio for preparing the music and doing the voice-overs.  "I have always had an interest in commercial radio, but have never really pursued it, so running this little station has really fulfilled a lot of lifelong wishes. I try to play a good mix of fast and slow, soft and loud – predominantly traditional Irish but with a spot of new age as well as Cape Breton, Scottish and Welsh thrown in along with a bit of modern Irish," says Browning of the Celtic Moon line-up. CelticMoon has been in the top ten Irish of genre stations on Live365 for over six months now.  You can "tune in" to Alabama's Celtic Internet Radio station by visiting: . Check it out!


The Media Loves Bob Tedrow of Homewood Musical Instruments
Bob Tedrow, owner of Homewood Musical Instruments and world-renowned craftsman of Concertinas has been a darling of the meida for years. Here's a link to a recent television interview that appeared on Channel 6 in B'ham - as well as a link to an interview on Swedish public radio  Bob's fame as a unique instrument designer and craftsmen is pretty far-reaching.  Here's a link to the latest Tedrow  built and designed model of Concertina - Bob is currently hosting slow sessions at his shop on alternate Sundays. For more details, 205-879-4868 or  (Sumitted by Bob Tedrow)

Heritage Pipes and Drums Performing in November and December

Heritage Pipes & Drums will also be performing at an Inaugural celebration for the swearing in ceremony for Shelby County delegation to the legislture to take place at the American Village on HWY 119 on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2:30 PM. HPD will perform again on Sunday Nov. 24 at 1:15 PM for an event that will be very important to the membership of HPD and to all other Scots - a celebration to honor the memory of the late Dr. Gilbert Douglas, Jr. by naming a tree in his honor. As well as being a pillar of our local Scottish community, Dr. Douglas was one of the founding members of and snare drummer in Heritage Pipes & Drums . No less in importance, there will also be a Korean War memorial dedication to honor the memory of those that gave their lives. For more details: or 205-823-3047.  Heritage Pipes & Drums of Birmingham Alabama will also be performing at the Annual St Andrews Banquet for the Caledonian Society of Alabama on Saturday, Dec. 7th. For more information on the event and the Caledonian Society of Alabama contact Angus MacQueen at or call 988-0568. (Submitted by Ryan Morrison)


Southwind perfoming in Artburst Series on December 1st in Birmingham

Based in Auburn, Alabama, Southwind is a five-piece ensemble performing the finest in Irish traditional music. The band consists of Rob Blackburn on guitar, Jannell Canerday on fiddle, Wes Cook on bouzouki, Scott Miller on flute, and Matt Scofield on mandolin and Irish tenor banjo. Southwind takes lively traditional dance tunes and breathes new life into them through breathtaking arrangements combined with raw energy performances. They will be appearing as part of the Artburst series on Sunday, December 1, 7:00 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham.  Admission $6/$3 students. For more information, or contact (submitted by Artburst)

Don't Miss NEW Photos in the This Month's Photo Gallery!

Great Photos from:  Session at Madison Coffee Company, Martin Hayes Weekend, Killarney's, The Alabama Highland Games,  and MORE !! Visit the PHOTO GALLERY HERE


Celtic Alabama Announcements

Celtic Music Sesssion - Every Third Thursday in Madison and First Tuesday in Huntsville

The First Tuesday of the month is the time for Celtic musicians to gather for session at The Corner Pub  at 10300 Bailey Cove Road in Huntsville at 8 p.m.  New friends and Celtic music fans welcome to come by.  The Madison Coffee Co. in Madision, AL will host regular Celtic Music session on the Third Thursday of each month, featuring members of Good Fortune.  Everyone is welcome to join in or just come enjoy some great tunes and good company.  This month the session will be November 17, starting around 7 p.m. For more details, by Denny Cannon and Richard Bennett)

Birmingham School of Celtic Arts - Open Sessions and a Brand New  BSCA Web Site!

Check out the Birmingham School of Celtic Arts' new web site at !  You'll find new photos, class information and much more.  Open studio times for BSCA continue on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month.  All are welcome to come and dance with us!  Open studio for November will be held on the 10th and the 24th.  Beginners are from 2-3 and advanced (hard shoe) will be from 3-4.  Cost is $5.00 per session and they are open to children and adults alike. Details from (Submitted by Mary Dougherty)

Drake School of Irish Dance Offers November Workshop

The Drake School of Irish Dance from Atlanta is offering a workshop will be on November 7, 2002 for those interested in Irish Dance.  *Children 5&up from 5-7 p.m  *Adults from 7-8:30 p.m. For more details:  621-9641(submitted by Jennifer Von Barthfeld)

FREE Bagpipe Lessons being offered in Birmingham on Saturdays

Free bagpipe and drumming lessons are being offered by Heritage Pipes & Drums, Contact Ryan Morrison at home at (205) 836-2306 or work at (205) 823-1988 or e-mail at Also check out the new HPD web site at . Now's the time to take up the Pipes! (Submitted by Ryan Morrison)

Sharing your news with Celtic Alabama News 

The Celtic Alabama News is always looking for news of, announcements for and photos of various Celtic events around the state to share around through the CAN and the web site.  We depend on YOU to share photos and news with us.  IF YOU DON'T LET US KNOW  - WE CAN'T LET EVERYONE ELSE KNOW.  The Celtic Alabama News is usually produced between the 1st and 5th of each month.  If you have timely information, please keep this in mind. Send your news/photos to or call 205-655-7259.

Celtic Alabama News Calendar
November 2, 2002 - Henri's Notions - with BSCA Irish Dancers
Where:  Ritz Theatre in Tuscaloosa  Details:
November 3, 2002 -  Kirkin' of the Tartan - Mobile Scottish Society
Where:  Spring Hill Presbyterian Church, Mobile   Details: 8:30 and 11 a.m. services - Lunch after $5.  Call 251-342-1550
November 5, 2002 -  Lenahan - Live in Tuscaloosa
Where:  Egans, 1229 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa  Details:  205-758-9413
November 5, 2002 - First Tuesday - Celtic Music Session and Gathering
Where:  The Corner Pub, 10300 Bailey Road, Huntsville  Details:  8 p.m.  256-880-2103
November 6, 2002 - 1759 Society Meeting - Guinness Fans Gather at Killarney's
Where:  Killarney's  Details:  Guinness fans celebrate the fine Irish brew -First Wed. of every month - 205-595-4088
November 6, 2002  -  Lenahan - Live in Huntsville
Where:  Kaffee Klatsch Bar, 103 Jefferson Street, Huntsville  Details:  $10, 7:30 p.m.
November 7, 2002 - Irish Dance Workshop with the Karl Drake School of Atlanta
Where:  TBA  Details:  621-9641 or
November 8, 2002 - The Full Moon Ensemble - Benefit Concert for Florence Civitan Club
Where:  Coffee High School, 7:30 p.m.  Details:  Tickets at Ryan Piano in Florence
November 9, 2002 - Isla - with Good Fortune Ceili Band
Where:   Chan Auditorium, University of Alabama- Huntsville  Details:  tickets $10, 256-880-9482  More info:
November 10, 2002  -  Heritage Pipes and Drums
Where:  American Village, Montevallo  Details:
November 13, 2002 - Celtic Pub Night - Second Wednesdays at Killarney's in Birmingham
Where:  Killarney's Irish Pub and Restaurant, Eastwood Mall  Details:  Everyone welcome to join friends in the Scots-Irish community for a pint and good company.  Kilts welcome and Musicians are honored guests - .
November 15, 2002 - Irish Ceili - to Benefit the Rwandan Orphans Fund - featuring Hooley
Where:  Smolian House, UAB, Birmingham  Details:  Irish Dance, Celtic Music $25 ($10 Students). 205-934-1297 or
November 15, 2002 - Scottish Society of Mobile Meeting
Where:  Botanical Gardens, Municipal Park, Mobile  Details:  7 p.m., 251-342-4733
November 16, 2002 - Altan
Where:  Presser Hall, Agnes Scott College, Decatur GA  Details:   404-471-6430
November 21, 2002- Third Thursday Celtic Session - Madison Coffee Company
Where:  Madison Coffee Company, Madison AL  Details:
November 24, 2002 - Heritage Pipes and Drums - American Village 
Details:  Dedication of Korean War Veterans monument and Tree Planting in honor of the late Dr. Gilbert Douglas Jr.  or 823-3047
December 1, 2002 - Southwind - Artburst Series
Where:  Unitarian Church in Mountain Brook  Details:  Tickets $6 ($3 for Students) - more info
December 7, 2002 - Caledonian Society of Alabama - St. Andrew's Banquet
Where:  TBA  Details: or 205-988-0568
December 14, 2002 - The Full Moon Ensemble - Annual Holiday Concert
Where:  7:30 p.m., Bradshaw High School, Florence  Details:

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