Joe Cormier accompanied by Lloyd Carr and Robert McOwen
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Updated March 15, 2011


NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Aonghas Grant's book The Glengarry Collection was released by Mel Bay in October 2010. It's doing well and we are now working on Volume 2!

Our band Tullochgorum is in the process of recording our first CD. Look for it this spring!


REGULAR UPDATES

DOINK !! For email addresses listed below, take the indicated email address and replace the " doink " with the usual sign, so junkmail doink yahoo.net becomes junkmail@yahoo.net. Hopefully this will help avoid the email trolls.

Beth Murray's Email List: Beth does the members of the Boston Branch RSCDS family a great service with regular emails about news and events. Anyone can sign up, and Beth sends out an email about once a week, or as necessary. Contact Beth at bethpiano doink rcn.com if you'd like to be on this distribution list. Highly recommended!

For more info on these and more New England Scottish Country Dance events, check with the Boston Branch RSCDS newsletter "The Tartan Times" (deadlines Feb 1, Apr 1, Jun 1, Aug 1, Oct 1, Dec 1), the Boston Branch RSCDS website, and the Inter-city Scot. For more folk events, be sure to regularly check the Music for Robin website. Billy Hockett does a wonderful service both for performing artists, and for their audiences, and it's a hard job to get the word out to all the right people. Also check out Club Passim, NEFFA, Springstep, CDSS, and other traditional music and dance links listed on our Links page. In Susan Worland's immortal first words, "Let's go out!" In so doing, we create memories and stories, and keep the traditional bloodlines circulating.

To see Old Events dating back to August 2005, click HERE. To see Recurring Events (Friday nights at the Canadian-American Club, the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club, the Gaelic Club, the Strathspey & Reel Society of N.H., Third Thursdays in Falmouth, Fox Library Sessions), click HERE



SCOTTISH (MOSTLY) MUSIC & DANCE EVENTS:

Week of March 19-30, 2011: Douglas Lawrence - renowned Scottish fiddler - will be in the New York City and Boston area, with a workshop & concert on Saturday March 19 in New York, a workshop for the Folk Arts Center on Wednesday March 23, a concert at Historic Kendall Tavern on Saturday March 26, a workshop at the Lambertuses' on Sunday March 27, and possibly private lessons in Arlington and Manchester N.H. during the week. Info for New York: Isabelle Smith, iasmith1@verizon.net. Info for Boston: Bob Schecter, bartscriv@verizon.net. Download the flier HERE.

Sunday Afternoon March 20, 2011, 3:30 - 7 pm: Gaelic Club at the Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown, Mass. "Music by local Cape Breton musicians, and Gaelic songs by Kyte MacKillop and friends. Everyone is welcome. Third Sunday of the Month, September - June." Tea & goodies, and no-host bar. It's now held in the downstairs club. This is the real deal for Cape Breton fiddle & piano, sometimes set dances, always good fellowship. Info: Gaelic Club.

Weekend of March 26-27, 2011: Douglas Lawrence In Concert, and Fiddle Workshop with Douglas Lawrence. See above for flier and info.

Saturday Evening March 26, 2011, 7:30 pm: Stuart Highlanders Spring Concert with special guests Tri and Bagad New York. Location: Chelmsford Performing Arts Center, 120 Richardson Road, North Chelmsford, Mass. More Info: click to the Stuart Highlanders website.

Saturday April 2, 2011, 6-10 pm: Boston Scottish Fiddle Club 30th Anniversary Gala, at the Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington St., Watertown, Mass. Info: BSFC.

Saturday April 2, 2011, 10 am - 2 pm: Cameron Ensemble in Forest Hills, Long Island, New York. This happens about once a month with different teachers; Barbara McOwen is teaching the group for April.

Saturday All Day April 9, 2011: Indoor Scottish Festival, sponsored by Scottish Arts. Pipe Bands, Solo Piping, Highland Dancing, Fiddle Workshops, Whisky Tasting, Piobaireachd Event, Scottish Vendors, Scottish Clans & Societies. Info: Scottish Arts.

Saturday April 9, 2011, 8 pm RSCDS Twin Cities Branch Steampunk Ball, in the Minneapolis area. Music by Barbara McOwen, fiddle, and Sherry Ladig, piano. Info: Twin Cities. Barbara is also teaching a musicians' workshop on Sunday.

Saturday April 9, 2011, 8 pm: Cape Breton Dance with Andrea Beaton direct from Cape Breton, and Friends, for great music and dancing. Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington St., Watertown, Mass. Info: Can-Am Club.

Weekend of April 15-17, 2011: The New England Folk Festival Association, affectionally known as NEFFA, takes place each spring at Mansfield, Mass. Many many callers, bands, workshops, concerts, crafts of all stripes. Highland Dance Boston, accompanied by Barbara McOwen & Terry Traub, are performing on Saturday evening, around 8 pm, and the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club is performing at 10 pm. www.neffa.org.

Sunday Afternoon April 17, 2011, 3:30 - 7 pm: Gaelic Club at the Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown, Mass. "Music by local Cape Breton musicians, and Gaelic songs by Kyte MacKillop and friends. Everyone is welcome. Third Sunday of the Month, September - June." Tea & goodies, and no-host bar. It's now held in the downstairs club. This is the real deal for Cape Breton fiddle & piano, sometimes set dances, always good fellowship. Info: Gaelic Club.

Saturday Evening April 30, 2011, 8 pm: Cape Breton Dance with Colin Grant and Friends, for great music and dancing. Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington St., Watertown, Mass. Info: Can-Am Club.

Weekend of May 6-8, 2011: Boston Highland Ball Weekend. Friday Welcome Dance with Wisp of Thistle; Saturday Evening Ball with The Music Makars, and the Sunday Brunch. Click over to Boston Ball.

Week of May 11-15, 2011: Dunkeld Bridge Fiddle Week. Fiddle Instruction by Pete Clark. Dunkeld. Some of your friends might be there too.

Sunday Afternoon May 15, 2011, 3:30 - 7 pm: Gaelic Club at the Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown, Mass. "Music by local Cape Breton musicians, and Gaelic songs by Kyte MacKillop and friends. Everyone is welcome. Third Sunday of the Month, September - June." Tea & goodies, and no-host bar. It's now held in the downstairs club. This is the real deal, for Cape Breton fiddle & piano, sometimes set dances, always good fellowship. Info: Gaelic Club.

Weekend of May 20-22, 2011: Pawling Scottish Weekend. Click over to the New York Branch website. Location: Circle Lodge, Hopewell Junction, N.Y. Dance teachers are David Queen (Lancashire, U.K.), Robert McOwen (Boston, Mass.) and Catherine Shaw (London, Ontario).

Weekend of June 10-12, 2011: Midwest Scottish Weekend, hosted by the Chicago Branch, Milwaukee Group and the Madison Branch. Welcome Dance Friday night, dance classes Saturday, Ball on Saturday night, music class Sunday afternoon. Teaching by Terry Harvey & Sue McKiinnell, music by Barbara McOwen, fiddle, and Terry Traub, piano. Location: Beloit College, Beloit, Wisc. Info: click HERE.

Week of July 8-16, 2011: Pinewoods Scottish Sessions - at Pinewoods Camp, Plymouth, Mass. Info: Pinewoods. The inimitible!

Week of July 9-16, 2011: 36th Australian Winter School, hosted by the Hunter Valley Branch. Location: the blue water wonderland of Nelson Bay, NSW, Australia. Info: Australia. Dance teachers include Janet Johnson (Edinburgh), Robert McOwen (USA), Deanne Corps (NZ) and Anne Gray (Stirling and NSW). Musicians - The Peter Elmes Band (Wellington, NZ) with Peter Elmes on the accordion, Lynne Scott on the keyboard, and John Smith on the fiddle; fiddler Barbara McOwen (USA), accordionist Iain McKenzie (Queensland), and the fiddle/piano duo of Chris Duncan & Catherine Strutt (Newcastle).

Week of August 13-20, 2011: Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School. All kinds of excitement here! Boston Harbor. Fiddle Teachers: Anne Hooper, Andrea Beaton, Hanneke Cassel, Laura Risk, Sarah Naylor. Also Keith Murphy - Guitar, Natalie Haas - Cello, and Troy MacGillivray - Cape Breton piano.

Weekend of August 26-28, 2011: The New Hampshire Highlands. A weekend of Scottish country dancing in the woods of New Hampshire outside Contoocook. Dance Teachers: Dale Birdsall (Vt), Robert McOwen (Mass.) and Andrea Taylor-Blenis (Mass.). Musicians: Peter Macfarlane, fiddle; Joanne Garton, fiddle; Susie Petrov, piano. Info: New Hampshire Highlands.

Saturday All Day, August 27, 2008: 2011 Long Island Highland Games, including Piping, Athletic & Dance Competitions, and The Cameron Ensemble with Barbara McOwen. Go to the LISCOTS website to catch the latest. Location: Old Westbury Gardens, Old Westbury, New York. A particularly nice location!

Weekend of September 16-18, 2011: The New Hampshire Highland Games. Pipe Bands, Fiddling, Highland Dancing, Parades, Tossing the Cabar, More. Info: NHHG.

Weeks of October 5-26, 2011: Himalayas Fiddle Adventure. With Hanneke Cassel and Pete Clark teaching Scottish fiddle, and B. Pavan Singh teaching classical Indian fiddle. Info: click HERE.

Saturday November 5, 2011: Boston Branch November Concert. Info: Boston Branch Concert. Matinee and evening shows. Location: Museum of National Heritage, Lexington, Mass.

Saturday November 5, 2011: Jeannie Carmichael Ball. New York Branch.. Location: Thayer Hotel, West Point Academy, N.Y.


RECURRING EVENTS:

Every Friday Night, 8 pm: The Ceilidh at the Canadian-American Club is the place to be! You never know who might drop in from 'down' home, and can't help but have a smile on your face listening to the masterful fiddle of Ludger Lefort and others. Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown, Mass. Website: CAC.

Friday Night 8pm Once a Month: Slow Scottish Sessions - “Marvelous tunes at moderate tempos” led by Lance Ramshaw, http://ramshaw.info/slowjam

Every Other Saturday Or So, 3:30 - 6:30 pm: Arlington Traditional Music Sessions. All acoustic instruments, musical traditions and levels welcome. About every other week at the Fox Library, corner of Mass. Ave. & Cleveland St, East Arlington, Mass. These sessions are really great and the Fox Library is a special place. Dates for Fall 2008 are: Sept 27, Oct 18, Nov 1, Nov 15, Tentative Dec 20. For information, email Laura at lbleib doink gis.net, download the latest HERE.

1st Sunday of the Month, 2-7 pm: Boston Scottish Fiddle Club. Monthly 1st-Sundays meetings include workshops, jamming, performance, refreshments. Location: the Pleasant Street Congregational Church, 75 Pleasant St, Arlington, Mass. Info: contact Co-Presidents Ann Lambertus / Judy Wong at annwilson doink crd.com / wongja doink charter.net and go to the website at BSFC.

3rd Sunday of the Month, 3:30 - 7 pm: The Gaelic Club, at the Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown. Come play, dance, listen, visit, have a beer/tea/refreshments; group jam at the beginning and end. Very informal and real. All Ages! Very nominal entry fee. Usually 3rd Sunday of the month, Oct-June. Info: email Peggy Morrison at margaret.morrison doink comcast.net. Dates for 2008-09: Oct 19, Nov 16, Dec 21, Jan 18, Feb 15, Mar 15, Apr 19, May 17, Jun 21. No meetings July, August, September. The the Canadian-American Club website.

Last Sunday of the Month, 1-5 pm: The Strathspey & Reel Society of New Hampshire. Gatherings take place on Sundays, at the Annichiaricho Music Theater, Thompson St at S. Main, Concord, N.H., potluck refreshments, all welcome, FREE! Comfortable theater seats for listening, lots of room on the stage for our large group. Sessions include teaching of current tunes, playing through (with & without sheet music) of repertoire & request tunes. Session dates for 2007: Sep 30, Oct 28, Dec 28. The annual gala concert is the Sunday of Thanksgiving Weekend in the Concord Auditorium, Concord, N.H. For all the latest, go to the SRSNH website.

Every Sunday: Celtic Session in Gloucester, Mass., led by Emerald Rae. See Emerald's Website for more info.

Every Sunday: Cape Breton Session in Chelmsford, Mass., led by Daniel LeBlanc. Conctact Dan at mynewenglandhome doink yahoo.com for the info.

Every Tuesday, 8-11 pm: Celtic Music Session, hosted by Emerald Rae and Flynn Cohen. "Your favorite tunes at your favorite Brew Pub." All instruments, levels and styles welcome. At John Harvard's Brew House, 33 Dunster St, Cambridge, Mass.


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