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When:  Saturday,  September 29, 2012,  11AM to 7PM
Where:  Beautiful downtown Raleigh, Moore Square
Bring:  Your lawn chairs and plan to enjoy the day expect:
  • Irish music performed by local musicians (surrounding counties) as well as musicians from the Emerald Isle.
  • Children’s entertainment including inflatables, rides and other activities.
  • Irish food and beverages available all day long.
  • Venders with a large assortment of celtic treasures for sale including jewelry, art, crafts, musical instruments, and loads of other items. Think Christmas gifts.
  • Demonstrations of Irish sports and competitions
  • Stories, literature, information on Irish culture
Main Stage:
  • 11:00 Wake & District Pipe Band
  • 11:20 Ewes’ Tree – trad. Irish Music
  • 12:15 Barrowburn – Celtic and Irish
  • 1:15   From Belfast, Gerry McCrudden
  • 2:15  Eire Lingus – Trad & Irish sing along ballads
  • 3:15  From County Armagh Ireland Breige Murphy
  • 4:30  My 3 Kilts – Irish punk-fun band
  • 5:30  Wake and District Pipe Band
  • 5:45  From Galway Ireland – The Sean King Band
Irish Step & Ceili Dancing Schedule – On Hargett St. – midblock:
  • 1:30pm Rince na h’Eireann School of Irish Dance
  • 2:00pm Rince Go Halainn Irish Dance Academy
  • 2:30pm Trionoide Academy of Irish Dance
  • 3:00pm Ceili Dancing
  • 5:00pm Inis Cairde School of Irish Dance
Session Tent (informal gathering of musicians playing Irish tunes and aires):
  • Opens @ 12:30 pm
  • Closes @ 7pm
Irish Cultural Interest Area:
1:00 “Raised on songs and stories”– Briege Murphy
          John O’Regan a respected irish journalist, described Briege as
          “A storyteller, using sensibly and carefully, the power of words
            to great effect and delivering her songs n a manner both
            disarming and unaffected”
1:30 History of the Uilleann pipes – Eric Hahn
           Eric, founder of the Raleigh Piper Club, is an accomplished
           performer and instructor
2:00 The Celtic Languages – Jack O’Farrell
         Jack’s research has taken him to the Outer Hebrides to compare the
           Irish & Scots Gaelic languages and their usage and differences
2:30 The Concertina’s Place in Irish Music – Allen Baker
         Allan is an accomplished concertina and tin whistle player who
          enjoys sharing his interest in the history of the concertina
3:00 “Out of Ireland” A Poetry Reading – Gibbons Ruark
         The recipient of many awards, including three NEA Poetry
          Fellowships, a Pushcart Prize and the 1984 Saxifrage Prize
          for Keeping Company, he lives with his wife Kay in Raleigh.
3:30 The Tin Whistle’s place in Irish Music – James Olin Oden
         James is a musician equally at home playing the guitar, bodhran
           or the many types of today’s tin whistles
4:00 History of Irish Step Dancing – Karen Johnson
         Karen is the owner of Trionoide Academy of Irish Dance
4:30 The Bodhran in Irish Music – Tim Hogan
         Tim is an accomplished bodhran performer and instructor



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