Tuesday, June 28, 2011

We Rocked!!

The Maleny Celtic Winter School has been and gone and we squeezed every last drop of fun out of it!! At one point during the Ceili, I counted twenty-six musicians on the stage, and more than a hundred dancers! Congratulations to all the Tunes Class players who flexed their fine repertoire on the night!

Since then we've taken it on the road, playing at the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens on Sunday. Big thanks to the eleven members of the band, Mal, Kate, Keith, Philippa, John, Tania, Peter, Miggy, Steve, Nic and Jem, who delighted the crowd with six sets of tunes, one of which we learned last week. The event was run by the Sunshine Coast Council and is was part of a series called Sundayze. The other acts on the day were John Thompson and Steve Cook, Cloudstreet, and Ironstone.

Last week's tune was Inisheer, a beautiful waltz named after an island off the west coast of Clare. We played it with a harmony line, it sounded luscious.

This week is the wild card class, the fifth class in a month. We might do a new tune, or we might play through a bunch of our favourite tunes. It will depend completely on who comes to class and what they need or ask for. There will be cake. And if its as chilly as last week, we may squeeze into the smaller room for warmth!

See you there

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Maleny Celtic Winter School, THIS WEEKEND!

This is it, the weekend we've all been waiting for, when a hundred fine musicians crowd into Maleny for wall to wall tunes and fun. Classes, sessions, dancing, sessions, and more sessions.

So this week's Maleny Tunes Class is all about practising for the CĂ©ili on Saturday night. Tania has graciously allowed us to use some terrific arrangements she's done of some of the reels, so we have a simplified part for those who would like to participate, but are finding the tunes a bit fast at dance speed, or for those who just enjoy sitting on the groove! For the rest of us, the melody and groove await. The sets we will practise are listed below.

See you for tunes and supper at 7pm!

The Peelers Jacket (G)/ Miss Monaghan (D)/ The Banshee (G)
The Plough and the Stars (G)/ The Bank of Ireland (Am/D)/ Wind that Shakes the Barley (D)
The Musical Priest (Bm/D)/ The Monaghan Twig (Amixo)/ Star of Munster (Am)
Willie Coleman's (G)/ The Black Road (D)/ My Darling Asleep (D)
Tatterjack Walsh (Dmixo)/ The Pipe on the Hob (Dmixo)/ Nora Crionna -aka Lilliburlero (G)
Rakes of Mallow (G)/ Egan's (D)/ Bill Sullivans' (D or A/ Finnish Polka (Bm/D)
Barn Dances.
Thadelos (D) /Campbells (G)/Terry Teehans (A)

Here's the ad that's in the Range News this week, do pass it on!