2017 Heart of Ireland Tour: Ancient East May 15 – 25, 2017

LandscapeOur May 2017 tour, Ireland’s Ancient East, begins on the majestic river Shannon at Athlone Castle and the 6th century monastic site of Clonmacnoise. We also visit Loughcrew passage tomb, one of the Boyne valley’s historic gems that pre-dates the Egyptian pyramids. We explore Viking Waterford, medieval Kilkenny and Cahir Castle, a stronghold of the Butler family in Elizabethan times.  An aristocrat’s play cottage, the oldest working lighthouse in the world and the Leviathan, Ireland’s famous 19th century telescope are among the fascinating sites we will see. The spectacular Rock of Cashel, Lough Gur crannog, and Ireland’s largest stone circle round out our eclectic mix of historical and cultural delights. All that and music every night! For more info go to CelticaTours.com.

Upcoming Celtic Christmas Concerts

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This year’s Celtic Christmas Concerts will kick off on December 1st at the Chatham Fiddle company. The wonderful fiddler, Rose Clancy will be joining me for all the concerts. This celebration of the mid winter season has a distinct Celtic flavor and extends from the little known Kilmore carols of Wexford to the Irish-American vaudeville stage. We will explore both the Christian and Pagan traditions surrounding the Winter Solstice in a mixture of songs, spoken word and instrumental pieces in a delightful musical tapestry to celebrate the season.

Dec 1 – Chatham Fiddle Company, Chatham, MA

Dec 3 – The Homegrown Coffeehouse, Needham, MA

Dec 10 – The Circle of friends Coffeehouse, Franklin, MA

Dec 16 – Linden Place, Bristol, RI

More information about all the concerts can be found at my Calendar.

Upcoming Concerts

I finally updated my concert calendar for the rest of 2016 and into early 2017. There are lots of interesting gigs coming up, including the Joanie Madden’s Folk’n Irish Cruise February 4 – 11, 2017, with an unbelievable number of Irish musicians, singers and dancers. All the details can be found at: http://www.robbieoconnell.com/calendar

Upcoming Concerts

I’m looking forward to participating in one of the Imagining Home concerts in Dublin on 28 March with Mick Moloney, Jimmy Keane and Athena Tergis.

Inspired by the 1916 Proclamation, Imagining Home is a series of seven concerts to take place from Monday the 28th of March to the 3rd of April 2016 that speak of Ireland’s cultural journey over the last 100 years, its place in the world today and its shared future.

Details of all upcoming concerts and tours can be found at http://www.robbieoconnell.com/calendar and at http://www.celticatours.com/

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My Celtica 2016 Tour, The Wild Atlantic Way is now available for booking at http://www.celticatours.com

View from Dun Aengus, Inis MorThe Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s rugged and spectacular west coast, forms the basis of the 2016 Celtica Heart of Ireland Tour. We begin in Sligo with its castles, lakes, woods and ancient sites that so inspired the Irish poet, William Butler Yeats. In Mayo we explore a seven thousand year old Neolithic site and the panoramic views of Achill Island.

We visit the stunning vistas of the Connemara mountains followed by a tour of the medieval lanes of Galway City. We ramble through the unique Burren in County Clare and sail to the Aran Islands where we experience the majesty of the ancient cliff fort of Dun Aengus perched high above the crashing Atlantic waves.

We finish up at the top of the famed Cliffs of Moher, Ireland’s number one tourist attraction. All this and much more including traditional music sessions every night. Space is limited so please book early.

Find out more about this wonderful tour at http://www.celticatours.com or call me at 800-299-CELT (2358)

Humpty Dumpty Time!

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Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men

Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

 

 

 

In light of the U.N. report today on Climate Change, I thought it might be time to update this list. My additions are at the end.

THE TOP REGRETTABLE QUOTES OF ALL TIME

“With over fifteen types of foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn’t likely to carve out a big share of the market for itself.” – Business Week, August 2, 1968

“There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable.  It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will.” – Albert Einstein, 1932

“The phonograph has no commercial value at all.” – Thomas Edison, American inventor, 1880s

“If excessive smoking actually plays a role in the production of lung cancer, it seems to be a minor one.” – W. C. Heuper, National Cancer Institute, 1954

“They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist-“ – Last words of Gen. John Sedgwick, spoken as he looked out over the parapet at enemy lines during the Battle of Spotsylvania in 1864

“Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote.” – Grover Cleveland, U.S. President, 1905

“I’m sorry, Mr. Kipling, but you just don’t know how to use the English language.” – The San Francisco Examiner, rejecting a submission by Rudyard Kipling in 1889

“Just so-so in center field.” – New York Daily News after the premiere of Willie Mays, 1951

“I’m just glad it’ll be Clark Gable who’s falling on his face and not Gary Cooper.” – Gary Cooper, on declining the lead role in Gone with the Wind

“You better get secretarial work or get married.” – Emmeline Snively, director of the Blue Book Modelling Agency, advising would-be model Marilyn Monroe in 1944

“There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home.” Kenneth Olsen, President and founder of Digital Equiptment Corporation, in 1977

“Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.” Marshal Ferdinand Foch, French Military Strategist and Future World War 1 Commander, in 1911

“(Man will never reach the Moon) regardless of all future scientific advances.” Dr Lee De Forest, inventor of the Audion Tube and Father of Radio, in 1926

“(Television) won’t be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.” Darryl F. Zanuck, head of 20th Century-Fox in 1946

“We don’t like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out.” Decca Records rejecting the Beatles, in 1962

“For the majority of people, the use of tobacco has a beneficial effect.” Dr. Ian G. Macdonald, Los Angeles Surgeon, as quoted in Newsweek, November 18, 1969

“This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” Western Union internal memo, in 1876

“The Earth is the center of the Universe.” Ptolemy, the great Egyptian astronomer, in the second century

“Nothing of importance happened today.” Written by King George III of England on July 4, 1776

Quotes on Climate Change by U.S. Politicians:

“I don’t think we have conclusive proof that humans are at the center of [global warming]” — Newt Gingrich

“the greatest hoax I think that has been around for many, many years if not hundreds of years has been this hoax on the environment and global warming” — Ron Paul

“…The idea that manmade gases, CO2, are causing catastrophic global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.” — Senator James Inhofe (R-OK)

“the idea that man, through the production of CO2…is somehow responsible for climate change is, I think, just patently absurd when you consider all the other factors, El Niño, La Niña, sunspots, moisture in the air” — Rick Santorum

“The weight of the science indicates that if there’s any human behavior involved, it’s a modest amount.” — Tim Pawlenty

“The science is not settled on this. The idea that we would put Americans’ economy at jeopardy based on scientific theory that’s not settled yet to me is just nonsense.” — Rick Perry

“I’m not one to attribute every activity of man to the changes in the climate. There is something to be said also for man’s activities, but also for the cyclical temperature changes on our planet.” — Sarah Palin

“We in the Senate will continue to fight for legislation that will give the certainty that no unelected bureaucrat at the EPA is going to make efforts to create jobs even more difficult than the administration already has.” — Mitch McConnell

 

Barney McKenna R.I.P.

I was saddened yesterday to hear of the death of Barney McKenna, the great banjo player and founding member of the Dubliners. It brought back a memory of hearing Barney play Roisin Dubh in my parents house when I was about twelve years old. He put so much emotion into the tune that the tears flowed freely down his cheeks as he played. Whenever I heard Barney’s name over the years, I always saw that picture in my mind.

Upcoming Concerts

Happy New Year! I have some unusual shows coming up in the next few weeks, starting on Friday, January 13 in Cumberland, RI when I get together with two of my favorite singers, Dan Milner and Ed Miller for an evening of Irish, Scottish and Maritime songs. It’s at the Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St. at 8:00 PM. Info 401-725-9272

Then on Saturday, January 14, Dan Milner and I are doing an afternoon concert of Sea songs at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, 896 Main St. (Rte 6A) in Brewster, MA at 2:00 PM. Reservations required.
Info 508-896-3867 ( Mon-Fri 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

I will be in my hometown of Bristol, RI on Saturday, January 28 at the Stone Church Coffeehouse, 280 High St. 7:30 PM

On February 2, I will be in Leicester, MA at the Hezekiah Stone Coffeehouse at Christ Episcopal Church, 1089 Stafford St. 7:30 PM

Then on February 25, Aoife Clancy, George Keith and I will be in Reading, MA at the Ivy Chord Coffee House, Unitarian Universalist Church, 239 Woburn St. at 8:00 pm

Details of these and other shows can be found on my calendar.

The May 2012 Celtica Heart of Ireland Tour is available for booking. This time we will explore the Northwest of Ireland, starting in Donegal and winding our way through Sligo, Mayo, Connemara, Galway and Clare-some of the most beautiful countryside you will ever see. We will visit all the interesting sites by day and have a great traditional music session every night. Please don’t leave it too late if you want to join us for the trip of a lifetime.

Clean Cabbage in the Bucket, the book I co-authored a couple of years ago is now available as an eBook from Amazon.com. If you prefer a paperback version, it’s available at Celtica Music Shop.

You can find a wide selection of CD’s at Celtica Music Shop.

Celtic Christmas Concerts

There are several concerts coming up in the next few weeks, beginning with a series of Celtic Christmas Concerts in Massachusetts. I’ll be joined by Aoife Clancy and George Keith at the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse in Franklin, on December 3, the Homegrown Coffeehouse in Needham on December 10, and the Old Ship Coffeehouse in Hingham on December 11. Accordion wizard, Jimmy Keane will join Aoife and myself for shows in New Hampshire and Maine on December 12, 13 and 14.

Details of these and other shows can be found on my calendar.

The May 2012 Celtica Heart of Ireland Tour is now available for booking. This time we will explore the Northwest of Ireland, starting in Donegal and winding our way through Sligo, Mayo, Connemara, Galway and Clare-some of the most beautiful countryside you will ever see. We will visit all the interesting sites by day and have a great traditional music session every night. Please don’t leave it too late if you want to join us for the trip of a lifetime.

Clean Cabbage in the Bucket, the book I co-authored a couple of years ago is now available as an eBook from Amazon.com. If you prefer a paperback version, it’s available at Celtica Music Shop.

Irish Music makes a great Christmas present. You can find a wide selection of CD’s at Celtica Music Shop.

As an early Christmas present to you all, there are 3 FREE MP3s of my Christmas songs available at robbieoconnell.com. There is also a video of the Wren Song on Facebook from last year’s Celtic Christmas Sojourn.

Sunday Afternoon Concert

I’ll be joining Mick Moloney and friends on Sunday, November 6 for a fundraising concert at St. Malachy’s Church, 1429 N. 11th St. Philadelphia. It starts at 2:00 p.m. and it is always a wonderful afternoon where you can expect the unexpected.