Gonna get schooled

What tricks are up those short sleeves?

What tricks are up those short sleeves?

This Saturday, April 18, the Seacoast Irish Cultural Association (SICA) will be hosting it’s Spring Ceili at the Dover Elks on Rte. 108 with Eamon Coyne and Dave Surette as the featured performers. As part of the festivities, the lads will lead a workshop on fiddle and accompanying Irish music.

I have to say that I’ve admired Dave Surette’s style of accompaniment for a while and have wanted to chat with him about his approach…so while I can’t stay for the potluck supper at 6pm (yum!) or the dance, I am definitely looking forward to learning a few tricks on accompaniment from Dave. (Let’s see how many of them I remember that night at McMenemy’s.)

For more info on the workshop or ceili, contact SICA at doversica.multiply.com.

Terry Weir…up from County Wakefield

Terrance WeirWe had a special treat on April 4, when Terry Weir joined us to fill in for the roving Peter Hale.

Terry helps us with some tunesAs he’s known to do, Terry brought a great voice and collection of songs and tunes, and his touch and tone on the mandolin, guitar, and fiddle were appreciated by all.

We get to his session at  Harrington’s Pub in Wakefield, MA when we can, and we all enjoy it when we connect ‘across the counties’ like this.

Saturday Nights…

Pete Heats Up the RhythmSpecial things can happen on Saturday nights  in McM’s Pub.  While we do have limited space at our table for musicians and singers – we make the best use of it, and we’ve been known to squeeze in a good group of players and singers – raising the roof a bit.

As Peter Hale has posted, we had an especially fun Saturday night session recently – and captured some sound clips.

Please drop in – to sing along – play some tunes – or just to listen a bit –  and help us make another great Saturday happen.

Fun night captured

dreamstime_8008677We got a special treat at McMenemy’s on Saturday night when a few friends stopped in to play with us, including Eamon Coyne, his son Thomas, Mike Jeanneau, Bill Zecker, Kevin Sheehan and Emery Hutchins. It was great craic — a fun night of music that, luckily, Dave was able to capture on his little recorder.

If you weren’t able to make it Saturday, you can hear a few samples that we’ve posted on our website’s music player…the first five tracks are from Saturday’s session.

Thursday Nights at McM’s

The tunes, songs, and fun are ongoing… every Thursday night at McMenemy’s in Portsmouth.  We have enjoyed a long stand there…from back in the days when it was McNotMcMenemy’s… and we like the way that Thursday nights usually shape up – a little quieter than Saturday’s  – but with an intimacy and fun-with-friends atmosphere that’s easy to like.

Please drop by, with some songs or tunes, or just to kick back and listen.McMenemy's

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