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Volume 3 Issue 5

" Mothers of Wales, speak Welsh to your children . . .
It is from you, and not from their fathers, that they will leam to love God in their own language."  
Lady Llanover, in Y Gymraes, vol. I, 1850 -  Wales in Quotations, Meic Stephens.

City Stages 2003 - Alabama Sampler Stage Features Four Celtic Alabama Groups!

The 2003 Alabama Sampler Stage at City Stages will feature traditional Celtic music ensemble, Redhill,  concertina master, Bob Tedrow and Friends, The Heritage Pipes and Drums as well as Irish Dance from the Birmingham School of Celtic Arts.  All these Alabama artists will take the stage between 12:00 and 3:00 P.M. on Sunday.  The Alabama Celtic Association is a sponsor the Alabama Sampler Stage this year.  To purchase tickets for City Stages visit .

Oak Mountain Highland Games on May 9-11 / POSTPONED until Fall 2003

Due to the serious illness of the OMHG Executive Vice-President, Gene McKenzie, the Oak Mountain Highland Games have been cancelled for the date of May 9-11.  The event has been postponed until the Fall of 2003. The new date will be announced soon.  Gene McKenzie's work for the Oak Mountain Highland Games is essential to the successful production of the Games.  For more details, call 205-822-3838. (Submitted by Martha Wynne)

Celtic Montgomery Presents:  William Jackson Harp Concert and Workshop May 12
Internationally acclaimed composer and harper William Jackson will play at Jazz and Blues Club 1048 at 7 PM, Monday May 12th.   Jackson’s composition “Land of Light” won the 1999 “Song for Scotland” competition, organized to find an anthem for the new era in Scotland.  Piper and former Silly Wizard band member Phil Cunningham said of that composition, “The hairs on my arms stand well proud when I hear something this good.”  Although this is a club event, we’re treating it like a house concert and capping ticket numbers at 45. Jackson will also teach a harp workshop at 1:30 p.m. the same day on topics including arranging fiddle and pipe tunes for the harp, Scottish ornamentation and accompanying other instruments. For tickets and more information, visit Celtic Music Society of Montgomery , call CMSM at 334-395-8530 or e-mail by Gwen Orel)

Film Features ACA and B'ham Celtic Community in Short Documentary on May 8
The Ethnographic Filmmaking Class at UAB will be presenting 6 films on May 8, 2003 at 7 P.M. at the IMAX Theatre in the McWane Center in Birmingham.  Film-makers Robbie Keen and Anna Stansell chose the Celtic community which has a vibrant past and future in the Birmingham area.  They have spent many hours at Celtic events in the area interviewing and filming to produce a short documentation of Birmingham's Celtic Culture.  The films will each be around 7 mins. long and admission is free. For more details: Robbie Keen cell 205-601-6902.

The Willow Band - Live in Concert in Montgomery on June 1
The Celtic Music Society of Montgomery will be presenting The Willow Band, live in concert at Ruddles on Bell Road in Montgomery on June 1, 2003 at 8 P.M.  The Willow Band brings fresh & engaging Celtic music, beautifully played by some of the top musicians on the scene.  Members include:  E. J. Jones (formerly of Clandestine) on Highland pipes, border pipes, bombarde, flutes, whistles , Rosie Shipley, a top-notch fiddle player in the Irish and Cape Breton traditions, and Gerry O'Beirne, a virtuoso guitar player (6 string, 12 string, slide, ukulele, mandola) who has also written some of the best-loved songs in the contemporary Irish scene. Great music, engaging personalities, and an entirely fun show!  This show will sell quickly so get your tickets fast at .  For more on The Willow Band, visit .

Good Fortune Ceilidh Band and Sweet Prospect - "Jammin' in the Park" on May 17
Members of the Good Fortune Ceilidh Band will be joined by friends from Pensacola's Sweet Prospect for a day-long informal Celtic Gathering at Confederate Memorial Park in Marbury. (Marbury is located south of Clanton on Hwy 31 South).   Everyone who plays, sings or simply enjoys Celtic-flavored good times with friends new and old are invited to come join the crowd!  Bring a chair and a friend for the afternoon.  This is an informal gathering from about 11 A.M. until dusk.  For more details: .  SEE PHOTO GALLERY  (Submitted by Good Fortune Band)

Celtic Alabama News - Each New Issue Now Posted at
Because the Alabama Celtic Association's e-mailing list is so large - we take special precautions to keep your e-mail address private during the mailing process.  Some of the methods that we use (blind-copy and bundling) cause some servers such as AOL and HOTMAIL to block delivery of the Celtic Alabama News. Our goal is to make 'all things Celtic' in Alabama as accessible as possible.  We now post each issue of the CAN on the CelticAlabama web site.  Go to Celtic Alabama News Page to review each new monthly issue (as well as back issues for the year!).  We try to get them posted no later than the 10th of each month.  Thanks for your patience!

Alabama Arthritis Marathon - Makes its way to Dublin!
Alabama Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation's Joints in Motion program is a marathon/hike training program. Participants (any fitness level) are trained by professional coaches for a 16-20 week training period to walk or run a marathon or complete a challenging hike - while raising funds for arthritis research. In return for the participants raising money, we train them and send them to the marathon or hike in an exciting destination, including all travel expenses! The Alabama Joints in Motion Team is currently recruiting for the Adidas Dublin Marathon - October 27, 2003 and the Wick Low Mountains Hike - October 25, Dublin, Ireland!  For more information on AF's Joints in Motion's Ireland Marathon & Hike Contact: Holly Williams, 205-979-5700, . (submitted by the Alabama Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation)

Alabama's Own Seanachie, Margayle Williams - Carrying Tales in March 2003

March is always an especially busy month for The Seanachie.  Two highlights of March 2003, are The Seanachie's appearance, with Good Fortune, the best Celtic group this side of Dublin, on WLRH, Huntsville's Public Radio station.  On a soft, cool St. Patrick's Day afternoon, Good Fortune warmed the hearts of listeners with wonderful music; and The Seanachie shared richly the stories, poetry, and folklore of The Emerald Isle.  The fun continued that evening at The Corner Pub in Huntsville.  Later in March, The Seanachie was a featured performer at the medieval banquet, held during the eighty-seventh annual convention of the Alabama Federation of Music Clubs, at Auburn University. (Submitted by Margayle Williams)

CelticMoon Internet Radio - Reaching More Alabama Fans!
Alabama's own internet radio station, CelticMoon, was featured in the Celtic Alabama News for the first time several months ago. Prior to the publicity, listenership was mainly from Washington, DC, VA and California.  Currently, for the third month running, the majority of CelticMoon listeners are from Alabama, predominately in the Birmingham Metro area.  CelticMoon is currently number 6 in the ranking of all Irish genre broadcasts on Live365.  Check out the great mix that's attracting listeners both local and long-distance. You can "tune in" to CelticMoon at . Tell your friends!

Society of Scottish Armigers Bringing Lord Lyon to U.S. for the first time

For the first time in history a reigning Lord Lyon is coming to a highland games in America. He is the Patron of the Society of Scottish Armigers, founded and administered in Birmingham by its president, Randal Massey of Dunham (former ACA president) and is coming in support to their Annual General Meeting at the Stone Mountain Highland Games. The Right Honorable Robin Orr Blair, LVO, WS, Lord Lyon King of Arms a retired solicitor, was a partner with Dundas and Wilson WS 1972 -1997 and with Turcan Connell WS. 1997 - 2000. Since 1988 he has held the post of Purse Bearer to the Lord High Commissioner to a General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and is a member of the Company of Archers. He was appointed Lord Lyon on 9th February 2001. For more details visit . (Submitted by Randal Massey of Dunham)

Celtic Music Ensemble, Redhill, welcomes Rob Blackburn to the Line-up!
Guitarist Rob Blackburn (formerly of Southwind) recently returned to Alabama and has joined the Redhill. His first appearance as a member of Redhill will be at City Stages, May 18, on the Alabama Sampler Stage at 2 p.m. Redhill recently played at the Eufaula Pilgrimage, a longtime annual event that features tours of antebellum homes, a ghost walk featuring characters from the city's past, and many other activities.  This year's pilgrimage was April 4-5, and saw visitors from all over the US and some from Europe.  Redhill played at the Couric-Smith home, and it was, to our knowledge, the first time traditional Irish music has been played in the city of Eufaula - SEE PHOTO GALLERY (Submitted by Redhill)

Killarney's Irish Pub - Offering More Music and Events than Ever!
Killarney's was honored in April with special guest band "Maggie Drennon" who was en route to Dallas, TX to open for Seven Nations.  What an awesome evening!   In addition to offering great Celtic Music every week, beginning in June, Killarney's will also host a variety of Celtic bands who will be passing through B'ham on tour.  Watch the Killarneys web site,  and Celtic Alabama News for more details!     REMINDER - Killarney's new location in Forest Park - 38th and Clairmont behind the Citgo station. WE'VE MISSED YOU - Come check out the new location!   The long awaited MUGS should be arriving within the next few days for all of you "MUG CLUB MEMBERS"  Thursday nights will be designated Mug Club Night once the mugs arrive. ALSO:  Plans are in the works to run the "Killarney's Party Bus" from  Killarneys to City Stages during the huge music festival downtown - for more details, call 328- 1548 SEE PHOTO GALLERY  (Submitted by Joy Cagle)

North Alabama Scottish Games and Festival - Big Plans for June 21!
The 2003 North Alabama Scottish Games and Festival will feature:  Hooley, Good Fortune Ceilidh Band, Flora MacDonald Gammon and much more!  John Dahl will serve as Master of Ceremonies.  Clan Donald is the honored Clan this year. Stan Moore and his Border Collies, Highland Cows, Sanctioned Athletics, and Children's activities will add to the offerings as well as performances from Highland Dancers, Irish Dancers and Scottish County Dancers.  We also have the Irish Story Teller back!  The gates will open at 9 A.M. at Dublin Park in Madison for this outstanding event!  (Great Children's Playground on site!)  For more details visit . (Submitted by TVSS)

The Alabama Celt - Delivered to Your Door! 

Looking for a great way to support Celtic Heritage, Arts and Education in Alabama?  Subscribe to The Alabama Celt and become a Patron of the Alabama Celtic Association.  Your $25 contribution is tax-deductible and brings The Alabama Celt newsletter, right to your door for one year!  Each quarterly issue features Celtic Alabama arts news, book/music reviews and timely articles of interest to Celt-o-philes of every kind!  Become a Patron of the Alabama Celtic Association today - and help ensure a Celtic legacy in Alabama.  Details at Patrons of ACA .



Celtic Alabama Announcements

IMPORTANT -  No July 2003 Issue of Celtic Alabama News
Any news or announcement submissions  for July 2003, must be sent in by June 1 for inclusion in the June Issue of Celtic Alabama News.  ACA will produce a combined issue of Celtic Alabama News for June AND July in early June.  The Celtic Alabama News editor will be taking maternity leave during June and July 2003.  Don't forget to send your summer news to asap.

Harp Recital and Performance on May 10, 2003

Celtic Harpist and recording artist Cynthia Douglass will be joined by thirteen harp students for a harp recital featuring solos and an ensemble piece. Don't miss this chance to experience first-hand the beauty of one of the world's most ancient and lovely musical instruments!  For details on time and location, call 205-879-2248 (Submitted by Cynthia Douglass)

Birmingham School of Celtic Arts - Open Studio for Summer and Adult Irish Step Dance Class

Birmingham School of Celtic Arts will be offering open studio time this summer on Tuesday evenings beginning June 10th and ending July 22.  Soft shoe is from 5:30-6:30 and hard shoe is from 6:30 to 7:30.  Classes are open to all level of dancers. Fees are $40 for 1 one hour class per week and $70 for 2 one hour classes per week for 7 weeks.  Payable in advance in full. No per session rates are available.  Please reserve your slot by emailing .  An Adult Irish Step Dance class will be offered on Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9:00.  This class is for adults only.  Class fees are $45 for 6 week session beginning June 10th and ending July 15th.  SEE PHOTO GALLERY  (Submitted by BSCA)

Heritage Pipes and Drum to Represent Alabama at Glasgow Highland Games in Kentucky

Heritage Pipes and Drums will be a featured Pipe Band at the Glasgow Highland Games in Kentucky on the weekend of May 31 - June 1, 2003.  The Glasgow Highland Games are one of the very best in the Southeast offering top-notch Scottish athletic, dance and piping competitions, many Celtic and Medieval vendors, Scottish Clans and much more.  If you are going to Glasgow, be sure to stop by and say hello to Heritage Pipes and Drums while you're there!  More on this event at .  Heritage recently performed at the Caledonian Society Picnic and will also be performing at City Stages in Birmimgham on Sunday May 18.  SEE PHOTO GALLERY   (Submitted by Heritage Pipes and Drums)

Maura O'Connell - Coming to Birmingham in September 2003

Maura O’Connell will be opening the Troubadour Series on 9/11/03 at WorkPlay.  Maura O’Connell began her professional musical journey during a six-week tour of America in 1980, as vocalist for the traditionally-based Celtic group DeDanann. The following year, she was featured on the band’s landmark album, The Star-Spangled Molly, which became something of a national phenomenon in her homeland, not unlike the 1993 compilation, A Woman’s Heart, (featuring Maura and several other popular Irish female artists), a copy of which was estimated to be in every single home in Ireland.  For more information, visit . Individual tickets will be available through 205-380-4082 in late August. (Submitted by Mae Robertson)

UCP's Irish Evening Fundraiser is Biggest Success to Date!

United Cerebral Palsy of Huntsville raised $35,000 at their annual Irish Evening Fundraiser and had one of our largest crowds yet. Congratulations UCP!

Celtic Alabama News Calendar

May 6 - TunePlay - with Good Fortune Ceilidh Band
Where:  Corner Pub and Grill, Huntsville  Details:  Every 1st Tues-
May 7 - 1759 Guinness Society Meeting
Where:  Killarneys, Birmingham  Details:  Guinness Beer fans gather, toast and ponder the brew - 205-328-1548
May 8 - Ethnographic Film Presentation -
Featuring Short Doc on ACA and Bham Celtic Community
Where:  IMAX Theatre, McWane Center, Downtown Birmingham  Details:  Free, 7 P.M., Robbie Keen 205-601-6902
May 9 - Mithril - Live Performance in New Orleans
Where:  O'Flaherty's Irish Pub, New Orleans, LA  Details:  8 P.M.,

May 9 -  Hooley - Live Celtic Music

Where:  Killarneys Irish Pub, Birmingham  Details:
May 10 - Shillelagh Law - LIVE at Doo-Dah-Day
(Benefits the Animal Welfare Groups in Jefferson County)
Where:  Rhodes Park Stage at 12:30
May 11, 18, 25 - Shillelagh Law - Live Celtic Music every Sunday Night
Where:  Killarneys, Birmingham  Details:
May 12 - Celtic Music Society of Montgomery Presents:  Scottish Harpist, William Jackson in Concert
Where:  1048 Jazz and Blues Club at 7 P.M. (Harp Workshop during day) Details: or 334-356-4593

May 13 - Celtic Singing Session

Where:  Grace United Methodist Church, Huntsville  Details:  Every 2nd Tues
May 14 - Celtic Pub Night - Hosted by Killarney's Irish Pub
Where:  Killarneys , Birmingham  Details:  205-328-1548
May 15 -  Mithril - Featured on Gaslight Concert
Where:  WHIL 91.3 , Mobile - Sponsored by Mobile Gas Company  Details:  Andra Bohnet
May 16-18 - City Stages - Alabama's Biggest Music Festival
Featuring Celtic Music from: Redhill (2pm on Sunday),  Bob Tedrow and Friends, Bagpipe Band Heritage Pipes and Drums and Irish Dance from the Birmingham School of Celtic Arts (Sunday) on the Alabama Sampler Stage.   Where:  Downtown Birmingham   Details:
May 16 - Shillelagh Law - Live Celtic Music
Where:  Marty's from 10:30 - 2 A.M.   Details
May 17 - Good Fortune, Sweet Prospect and Friends - "Jamming in the Park"
Where:  Confederate Memorial Park, Marbury Alabama  Details:Informal Celtic Gathering 11 A.M. til Dusk -

May 21 - Mithril - Live Performance

Where:  Brown Bag in Bienvenue, Bienvenue Square Gazebo, Mobile  Details:  11:30 A.M. till 1:30 P.M., Andra Bohnet
May 22 and 29 - Beth Weatherall - Live Celtic Music
Where:  In the Loft, Killarney's , Birmingham  Details:  205-328-1548
May 23 - Henri's Notions - Live at 2003 City Lights and Stars
Where:  Monsanto Mountain- Burritt Museum, Huntsville AL  Details:
May 24 - Rob Angus and Jim Ohlschmidt - Live Celtic Music
Where:  Killarney's Irish Pub and Restaurant, Birmingham  Details:
May 25 - Paddy Keenan Duo, John Renbourn and Jacqui McShee - Live Performance
Where:  Jubilee City Fest in Montgomery   Details:  Renbourn and McShee at 6:30, Keenan at 8 P.M.  More from
May 29 - Henri's Notions - Celtic Music Performance
Where:  Church of the Ascension, Montgomery  Details:
May 31 - Heritage Pipes and Drums - Live at Glasgow Highland Games
Where:  Glasgow, KY  Details:
June 1 - The Willow Band - Live in Concert
Where:  Ruddles, Bell Road in Montgomery  Details:  More at: or Celtic Music Society of Montgomery
June 7 - Hooley - Live Celtic Music
Where:  Riverside Jamboree, Huntsville  Details:
June 14 - Mithril - Live at the Celtic Nations Heritage Festival in New Orleans
Where:  New Orleans, LA  Details:  Playing at Noon - more from Andra Bohnet
June 21 - North Alabama Scottish Festival and Games
Where:  Dublin Park in Madison  Details:

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