We had a great time at the annual Irish Cultural Centre Festival at Stonehill College outside of Boston. Dennis performed in the Bard Workshop Tent produced by Ellen Fleming and Ellen Begley. Also performing on this stage were Laurence Nugent, Liz Carrol, Bridget Fitzgerald with Carol Barney, Seamus Connolly with Tony Cuff, and most wonderful of all, Rita and Sarah Keane (two septagenarian aunts of singer Dolores Keane, who sang a beautiful set of sean nos songs . Great craic and good people.
On the weekend of May 30-June 1, Dennis performed at the Irish Music Festival of Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska is the "land of the midnight sun" with the sun not really ever going down until after midnight. We found that most of us musicians stayed up pretty late. The Craic was mighty!. Dennis emceed the Friday night concert, played the harp in a Saturday night concert and taught Introductory Irish and Irish Singing at workshops. Also featured at the event was Sean Keene, Paddy Keenan, Laurence Nugent, Jim DeWan, Peter Yeates, Randal Bays, storyteller Tanya Coulter, dancers Tim O'Hare and Fiona Buckley and the groups the "Portland Paddys" and "Orla and the Gasmen".
More great pictures of the Anchorage Irish Music Festival by Mark Fostervold!
On the weekend of May 9-11, Dennis played the harp and taught Introductory Irish at a Gaeltacht Deireadh Seachtaine, (Irish Gaelic Weekend) at the Redemptorist Retreat Center in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. The weekend was sponsored by the Craobh Curtin Branch of the Conradh na Gaeilge which is directed by John Gleeson. A special guest was singer Lillis O'Laoire. He directs the Ionad na nAmhra´n (a center for the performance and study of traditional Irish song) at the World Center for Irish Music in Limerick.
On May 3rd Dennis performed with local poet and professor Bart Edelman in a program at Glendale Community College called Converging Currents: The Anthems of Love. Bart and Dennis faced-off on stage matching poem to music and music to poem for over an hour on the theme of love.
On April 10th, Dennis performed for a program sponsored by the Marymount Institute for Faith, Culture and the Arts called "Voices of Exile" at the Sacred Heart Chapel at Loyola Marymount University. It was a sacred concert of music with choirs and individuals from over a dozen traditions focused on the theme of political and religious exile. It was directed by Dr.Lizette Larson-Miller. 'Twas a lovely evening.
Other Gigs This Year...
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