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.

Ooops! Wrong Date in Calendar

The concert at the Hurdy Gurdy folk club in Fair Lawn, NJ is on Saturday Nov 5 and not as listed in my concert calendar on Nov 4. There was a mix up about this date going way back to the beginning and I only noticed it today. Anyway, Aoife Cancy and I will be there on Saturday. It’s at the Fair Lawn Community Center, 12-10 20th St. Fair Lawn, NJ. Info 201-794-5372.

Oklahoma, Texas, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania & New Jersey

I have some concerts this week and next in Oklahoma and Texas. Also some shows in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New Jersey right after that. All the details can be found at my calendar.

Upcoming Shows

This Friday, September 16 I am playing in Princeton, NJ at the Princeton Folk Music Society at 8:15 p.m. http://princetonfolk.org/
On Saturday September 17 I’ll be at the Irish 2000 Festival in Ballston Spa, NY with Aoife Clancy, George Keith and Erik Wendelken. We have a one hour set at 4:00 p.m.

Upcoming Festivals

The Blackstone River Theatre Summer Solstice Festival returns tomorrow, June 18 at Diamond Hill State park in Cumberland, RI. Aoife Clancy and I will be performing at 2:15 PM and again at 5:00 PM. It is a great festival with a wonderful line-up in a lovely location. Info here: http://www.riverfolk.org/brtssf/index.html

Next weekend, July 25 & 26, Aoife and I, along with George Keith and Erik Wendelken, will be at the Connecticut Irish Festival in North Haven. We will be on at 1:15 Pm on Saturday and 5:30 PM on Sunday.

I hope you can make it.

March concerts…

The March St. Patrick’s Day season has begun… here are the upcoming concerts for the Clancy Legacy featuring myself and Aiofe:

5th at The Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St, Cumberland RI; info: 401-725-9272

6th is an afternoon concert on Nantucket Island at the Atheneum, 1 India St. 3PM

March 12 and 13, we are in Marietta OH at the Graham Auditorium, Washington State Arts and Sciences Center. 8pm on the 12th and 3 pm on the 13th.

On March 16, St. Patrick’s Day Eve, we return to the Kinsale Inn in Mattapoisett MA, 13 Water Street, 7:00 PM, info: 508-758-4922

The next two concerts are solo:

March 18, The River Club Music Hall, 78 Border St. Scituate MA; 8;00 pm. Info 339-236-6786 and March 25 at Linden Place, 500 Hope Street, Bristol RI; 7:30 pm, Information & Reservations: 401-253-0390.

All of these are on the Calendar Page with links to the venues. Hope to see you at one of these concerts!

We’re adding new dates on the calendar!

Here are some upcoming concerts for 2011 – you can see the entire list in the Calendar:

Jan 29 Alexandria, VA. The Lyceum, 201 South Washington St, with Aoife Clancy,  8 PM  Tickets $22 advance/$25 door

Mar 3 Chicago, IL The Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox With The Clancy Legacy, The High Kings and The Makem and Spain Brothers

Mar 6 Nantucket, MA The Atheneum, 1 India St. 3PM with Aoife Clancy

Mar 12 Marietta, OH Graham Auditorium, Washington State Arts and Sciences Center 8pm with Aoife Clancy

Mar 13 Marietta, OH Graham Auditorium, Washington State Arts and Sciences Center  Afternoon show 3pm with Aoife Clancy

Jun 10-12 Mystic, CT Mystic Sea Music Festival with Dan Milner & Jeff Davis

Jul 25-30 Elkins, WV Augusta Heritage Irish Week

The New Clancy Legacy CD!

The new Clancy Legacy CD is now available at the Celtica Music Shop and downloads are available at iTunes and CD Baby.

Nicky Rossiter, of Irish Music Magazine, writes:

“I approached this album with trepidation. How can anyone better the contribution of Liam, Tom, Bobby and Tommy? Looking at the track listing my trepidation grew. The eleven tracks on offer were mainly ones we associate with the original group. 
I need not have feared. From the first notes of the first track “A Jug of Punch” I knew I was in a new era, a new tradition and in for a great listening experience. These three truly professional performers carrying the incomparable Clancy gene have produced the next evolutionary step in Irish and indeed international folk music.
 Probably realising that few could better the rousing renditions of our traditional songs they have produced an album of much sweeter and in many ways more beautiful songs. “A Jug of Punch” sung in a more laid back style makes a completely new song and one where, like so many other tracks on offer here, we can more fully appreciate the lyrics in their intricate beauty.
Aoife gives a lovely performance on “The Gallant Forty Twa,” ably assisted by Robbie and Dónal on backing. The “Verdant Braes of Skreen” has pitched up on numerous albums in recent years but even listening to the lovely guitar introduction I knew this was the ultimate rendition—for now at least. The performance is so gentle and yet powerful and the diction crystal clear. It is an absolute joy to hear.
 The album is worth purchasing for the wonderful “Let No Man Steal Your Thyme.” This is not the more familiar version but it is outstanding and I implore the radio stations to give it airtime. This CD features many songs that you will have loved when performed by what I suppose we might call the original Clancys but I guarantee that this new generation singing “The Banks of the Roses,” “Ho Re Ho Ro,” “Quare Bungle Rye” and “Soldier, Soldier” will give you new heart. The songs are here fresh and just familiar enough to stir memories.
Robbie O’Connell, already renowned for his solo work, has done something very unusual on some tracks. Where so often singers have taken traditional songs and added new lyrics, he turns it on its head and puts new music to some established lyrics.”

Never Learned to Dance Reissue

Never Learned to Dance CD coverThe re-issue of my Never Learned to Dance CD, with a new cover photo, is now available at the Celtica Music Shop. With the demise of Green Linnet records, this CD has been in Limbo for the past decade but now, I’m happy to say, it is back in circulation. It’s on sale for the month of April at a special price of only $15.00 including shipping and handling.

The cover photo is one I first saw, in 2007, at an exhibition of the photographs of my cousin Fionan O’Connell at the Harbor Gallery at U Mass Boston. The exhibition, called In the Heart of the Hibernian Metropolis, was a collection of photographs of contemporary Dublin. Some of you may have seen it in Boston or seen part of it last year at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland RI. This September, it will be at the Hilliard Gallery in Kansas City, MO as part of the Kansas City Irish Fest. You can get a taste of it from the link above but you really need to see the larger sized photos to get the full impact. By the way, I’ll be performing at the festival too.

Celtica Music Shop also has the Absolutely Irish CD, which is the sound track from the television show of the same name. It features, Mick Moloney, Susan McKeown, John Doyle, Seamus Egan, Eileen Ivers, Karan Casey, Liz Carroll, Joanie Madden, Athena Tergis, Robbie O’Connell, Niall O’Leary, Darrah Carr, Jerry O’Sullivan, Billy McComiskey, Brendan Dolan, Rhys Jones, Tim Collins, Mac Benford, Mike Rafferty and Jo McNamara.

I’m heading off to Ireland soon for the WGBH Irish Sojourn and for the Celtica Heart of Ireland tour but I will be back for my favorite festival on the second weekend of June. Aoife and Donal Clancy and I will be appearing at the Mystic Sea Music Festival. The recreation of the nineteenth century whaling village is the perfect setting for listening to sea songs. It’s a wonderful place to visit at any time but you haven’t lived until you’ve heard 400 people belting out sea shanties together. It will make the hair stand your head.

Next Sunday, Aoife and I are doing a benefit concert for the Free Library in Wareham MA. I hope to see you there. Enjoy the spring!

All the best,

Robbie