The Colorado Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar player”s tune was one of 25 songs picked from thousands submitted from around the world by a panel of well-known music industry professionals such as Peter Gabriel, Wynonna, Cindi Lauper, David Grisman, and Patti Loveless.Among the list of the 25 winners sharing Jerry”s prestigious award include such world class songwriters as Kris Kristoferson, John Gorka, Sam Bush, and Gregg Brown. Jerry said that he was “pleased and proud” of his award and “honored to be in such company.”Songs from his Jerry”s first CD, KEEPSAKE have been played on National Public Radio and were included in a PBS documentary Song of Our Children. He recently completed an engagement as the featured musician for Imagination Makers Theater Company, performing at two elementary schools a day, Monday through Friday, for a period of three months, presenting a children”s play about an Irish family coming to America.Jerry also performs solo for children in the Denver Schools and described these appearances in his monthly newsletter, “I present a great deal of historical as well as musical information and often spend as much time answering questions as playing music. I”m glad to see schools presenting a variety of music and culture to children who otherwise would have very limited exposure.”Jerry”s internationally recognized arrangements of Irish, Scottish and Appalachian music on fingerstyle guitar have been described as “heart warming” and “uplifting”.In concert, the warm and accessible performer brings traditional Celtic tunes alive by sharing the history, humor and legends behind the music.Keepsake and Bring Down the Storm are now available at the Denver Folklore Center, Twist & Shout, Amazon.com or at any of Jerry”s performances. For more information about his schedule, bookings, lessons, or ordering CDs check out website www.jerrybarlow.com or call 303/756-4418.
The five young ladies (Kristian Cowden, Clare Barrett, Emily Barrett, Gwenllian Kern-Allely and Maggie Thulson) are under the direction of Mrs. Barbara Allen of the Denver School of the Arts.The presentation was entitled “The Misnomer of An Gorta Mor (Great Famine)” and told the story of how the Famine was a man-made disaster that cost the lives of over 1 Million Irish and forced an unknown number of Irish to emigrate from their country with the beginnings of the great Irish Diaspora. Land owners in Ireland were growing food but it was being shipped overseas to other parts of the empire as a “money crop”. The potato (native to South America) had been introduced into Ireland by the English to feed the masses. With the blight on the potato, the Irish (dispossessed of their land) were left to fend for themselves. The visitors gave the young ladies a rousing ovation after the presentation, and watched as AOH Michael Collins Div. 1 President Patrick F. Sullivan and Treasurer Michael Regan gave the ladies an additional Special Cash Award from AOH National. Ken Hannon LarsonCultural CoordinatorColorado Irish Festival
National History Day is a nation wide history competition for students from 6th through 12th grade. The purpose of the competition is to create projects such as documentaries, display boards, plays, or papers relating to a different theme chosen each year. This year”s theme was “Triumph and Tragedy” and topics are chosen to illustrate this theme. Students must compete in three different competitions regional, state competition, and finally the national competition. Every year students from all over the country gather at the University of Maryland in College Park for the National History Day competition. After five days of extreme pressure, students gather in the indoor stadium for the awards ceremony. The top three projects in every category are awarded medals, but in addition to those are several special prizes awarded to excellence in projects relating to a certain category. The Irish award is one of these special awards given to two projects in the Junior and Senior divisions, awarded by the Ancient Order of the Hibernians. This year the award in the senior division was won by: Clare Barrett, Emily Barrett, Kristian Cowden, Gwenllian Kern-Allely, and Maggie Thulson for their senior group performance on the Irish Potato Famine entitled “The Misnomer of An Gorta Mor” (The Great Hunger in Gaelic). The work on this project spanned ten months. All students attend Denver School of the Arts and are under the direction of Mrs. Barbara Allen. After critiquing many projects pertaining to Irish history or Irish American history, three members of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, Tom Conway, Mike McCormack, and David A. Ring awarded the group a $1500 prize. In addition to being awarded the Irish award, this project received 7th place (out of 90 performance groups) in the nation in the senior group performance category. There were about 2,000 participants in this years NHD competition. The keynote speaker was Award winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns.(Students to be honored at Colorado Irish Festival)
U2 Tribute Concert w/Under A Blood Red Sky and special guest comedian Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald Friday July 13
“UNDER A BLOOD RED SKY” is a classic U2 tribute band out of Denver Colorado. All members have been longtime original artists in and around Denver who have been brought together by a strong love of U2 music. They recreated the legendary 1983 “Live at Red Rocks” concert which they debuted on New Years Eve 2006 at a sold out show at the Paramount Theatre in Denver. They have since expanded their show to include a full catalog of songs from there early albums Boy, October, War, Unforgettable Fire and Joshua Tree. According to the band, “Our goal is to form a community of U2 fans that we can entertain by bringing back all the old classic U2 songs and put them back on stage where U2 fans can relive the early songs that made them U2 fans to begin with.” Opening the concert will be comedian, veterinarian, star of Animal Planet”s “Emergency Vets,” and former bouncer to the Rolling Stones, Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald.The festival grounds will not be open entirely until Saturday and Sunday July 14 & 15 ” However, refreshments will be available for the Friday U2 tribute Concert.U2 Tribute Concert w/Under A Blood Red Sky and special guest comedian Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald Friday July 13, 2007, 6:30 pm Doors .Clement Park, S. Pierce St. at Bowles Ave., Littleton,$5 at www.coloradoirishfestival.com Free Parking!
As a child growing up in Canada, Loreena trained in classical piano and voice and she also learned to dance in the highland style. During a brief period studying at the University of Manitoba, she frequented the folk clubs of Winnipeg, which helped to hone her skills as a performer and strengthen her love of traditional music. After relocating to Stratford, Ontario, she eventually began capturing her haunting, high voice on recordings, at first releasing cassettes on her own label, Quinlan Road. By 1989, Loreena broke through with Parallel Dreams, and by the early 1990’s, with the release of her fourth album, The Visit, she achieved the kind of acclaim that has followed her ever since, selling hundreds of thousands of copies, and earning the first of her many Juno awards, Canada’s equivalent of the Grammy, as did McKennitt’s next recording, The Mask and Mirror, in 1994.Ms.McKennitt’s latest CD, her seventh, An Ancient Muse, continues her long term exploration of the international sounds that influenced the traditional songs of Ireland and Scotland. As typified by the multi-million selling hit The Mummer’s Dancer, from The Mask and the Mirror, the music on her latest album is infused with sounds more usually associated with Mediterranean cultures like Turkey, Greece, and Spain, as well as the distinctive flavors of Scandinavia. This record is a little like equipping yourself with a Eurail card, she said of her new CD, It’s like saying, I don’t know where I’m going on this trip. I’m just going to get on board the train, and allow each encounter to lead to the next.This musical travelogue has already garnered sales of over 500,000 copies, no doubt boosted in large measure by her excellent PBS television special, “Nights from the Alhambra.” Viewers of that program saw for themselves some of the exotic instrumentation Loreena features on An Ancient Muse, such as the zither-like kanoun from Arabia, the Persian lute called an oud, the Norwegian resonating Hardanger fiddle, and the Swedish hurdy-gurdy contraption known as the nyckelharpa. The new CD reaffirms Loreena McKennitt place as one of the great creative forces in Celtic music today, with an encompassing sense of grandeur and history and one of the clearest voices ever heard.
From Belfast to Wheat Ridge Stephen McCabe Brings Irish Specialties and Hospitality to Edwards Meats
Edwards Meats opened in Wheat Ridge in1961 next to Abner”s Garden Center. In 1966 both Abner”s and Edwards moved to their current location. They have been a family-run business for three generations. “My grandfather started it, my dad took it over from him, and I”m working on it.” said Darin Edwards who runs most of the day-to-day operations. When answering how the market stood the test of time, Darin explained, “We have always focused on personalized service” pointing with pride to his friendly staff willing to help customers with anything from dinner ideas to cooking tips. “We also have added store space and services, including a smoke house, and continue to add to our line of products.” A specialty grocery and deli with prepared foods make for a convenient one-stop shopping market for meals, parties, and special events. They even have charcoal and wood chips for the barbeque ” 18 different kinds!First-time customers to Edwards Meats should plan some extra time to absorb all that it has to offer. Not that the market is overwhelming in size, it”s easily negotiable, but it is packed with loads of familiar and exotic products. There are all kinds of steaks, roasts and beef ” from ground to Rocky Mountain Oysters (bull bollucks) – pork, poultry, Colorado lamb, veal, fresh fish & seafood, buffalo and wild game ” cut fresh or smoked to your liking. There are probably close to fifty (no, I didn”t count) kinds of homemade sausages ” fresh or smoked. How about a turduckin (turkey stuffed with Creole stuffing, a boneless duck, and a boneless chicken?) Included in the most recent products category at Edwards are the Irish specialty meats developed by meat cutter and former native of Belfast, Stephen McCabe. Stephen has been cutting meat for the past five years, and over the course has introduced popular items including Back Bacon, Irish Pork-n-Leek Sausage, Breakfast Bangers, Guinness Sausage and Irish Black & White Pudding, to name a few.Stephen was not originally hired to develop Irish products. “I hired him specifically because he”s about one of the only meat cutters that knows as much as I do” Darin answered bluntly, adding, “He”s great, he can do everything in this place that I can do ” which is pretty amazing ” I”ve been here 20 years, and I”ve never seen anyone come in here and run all of the equipment that we have and do all of the different things that we do ” and know how to do it! As the story goes, Darin brought Stephen in for a two week trial as a meat cutter. After a day or two working at the market the duely-impressed Darin offered Stephen a full-time job. Stephen laughs when he recalled the job try-out. “I had to impress them, the very first number I called was Edwards Meats ” the other eight I called weren”t hiring!Darin and staff were not only impressed with Stephen”s exceptional meat cutting skills, but his customer service skills tracked right in line with the their philosophy. “We get great feedback from customers who return asking, “where”s that Irish guy, he really helped me””. But as far as Stephen was concerned, “it was just the way I was brought up over there ” just leave what I”m doing and go out and talk to people ” treat people like a human being not as a dollar sign.” His meat-cutting skills and work ethic are all part of a job that Stephen really enjoys, “They have accepted me with open arms and I love working for them ” they”re just a great bunch of guys ” a real family-run business.”Both Stephen”s meat-cutting skills and work ethic were developed in Belfast. He grew up in the Catholic financially-depressed Falls Road neighborhood ” ground zero for activities involving “The Troubles” that ignited the underlying hatred between Republican and Unionist sentiments in the later half of last century. If it wasn”t for a couple of twists of fate and strong advice from an older brother, Stephen may have never seen the light of a Colorado day.Stephen left school at the age of 14, a very vulnerable age in a dangerous place and time. He and some of his neighborhood friends took advantage of a work program offered through the Christian Brothers secondary school, Gort na Mona (The Fields of Turf.)The program tried to keep kids off the street, so as not to be recruited into the activities of “The Troubles” ” which meant in Stephen”s neighborhood, a high percentage of getting jail time, or losing life. Luckily, his fate was sealed by a coin toss from one of the Christian Brothers. “It was a toss-up between me and another guy to get a job between a meat market and supermarket ” I called heads and ended up working in a meat shop called Billy Larkeys”” for which he was initially paid about a pound a week. “If I could shake his hand I”d shake his hand ” he did me two good things, he got me a trade that I could carry into the new world and a second chance of life.” For the next 20 years Stephen went on to work and learn his trade at a number of meat markets around Belfast. He even tried out at a few higher paying jobs in the Protestant markets but on threats of his life “learned to work in my comfort zone.”Stephen also brought up the name of his oldest brother Tony McCabe for whose passing the family just celebrated the second anniversary. Having spent time in jail for activities with the troubles, Tony gave advice to Stephen and his other four brothers to keep away from the gangs and groups involved in the strife. He told them that they would become just like a lighter ” once your flame went out you would be disposable. “My brother Tony was like a Shephard”s star that would lead you in the right direction ” he got me to the clean, and straight, and narrow and I”ve come through life with not too many points against me.”In the year 2000, the decision to move to America came sudden and absolute. Stephen was living in Belfast with his wife Darlene, who was originally from Fort Collins, Colorado, and their Belfast-born baby girl Ciara. One night they heard a commotion in front of their house; they opened their door to find a gunman motion them back inside and on the floor. A short time later shots rang out as two men in the neighborhood were shot.As soon as she could, Darlene left with the baby for Colorado. Stephen started an 11-month paperwork process to get his “Green Card” and followed his family to Colorado. Stephen and Darlene have since added 2 more girls, Breanna and Kaleigh, to their Wheat Ridge home. Much of their leisure time is spent with the Denver Gaels.Stephen has seemed to have found a comfort zone in his new home. He still has friends and family in Belfast and speaks about them with fondness. He does not talk bitter about “the Troubles” and just chalks it up to “the unfortunate history of Ireland”. Along with the so-many others, he has fingers crossed and hands held in prayer as the new power-sharing Executive took place last month inside Stormont Assembly in Belfast. It is hoped that the Executive, which includes former adversarial Republican and Unionist parties, will make a giant step toward a lasting peace and equality in Northern Ireland. As much as he is proud of his roots, Stephen is grateful for his “new life”. “I thank all of the people I have met in America who have not done me wrong ” and if I get a chance I will do them right.” So stop down to the Colorado landmark Edwards Meats and ask for “that Irish guy” and let him do you right.Edwards Meats, 12280 W. 44th Avenue, Wheat Ridge, Colorado (I-70 and 1 block East of Ward Road; Exit 266) OPEN 7 DAYS Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Information online at www.edwards-meats.com Order by phone, 303-422-4397.
Slevin plays her guitar and sings for the patients at The Children”s Hospital almost every week, is active with Habitat for Humanity, and spearheads her office”s annual Coats for Colorado drive to benefit the homeless in the metro Denver area, among other charitable endeavors. “I am honored to be recognized as Humanitarian of the Year” said Slevin, “I am grateful that my parents are excellent examples of how important it is to try to make a difference in people”s lives, and how wonderful it is to give to your community”. Slevin added that playing her guitar for the young patients at the Children”s Hospital is particularly rewarding. “I recently played for a downs syndrome child who had been deaf from birth the day after he had surgery to restore his hearing. It was the first music he ever heard”.Slevin also contributes time to the annual Miracle on 19th Street fundraiser for the homeless, and is an annual participation with Race for the Cure. She enjoys snowboarding. biking, hiking, golf, and occasionally can be seen playing a fairly mean bohdran at Irish music sessions.
In fact, it could be said that this modest ring directly led Mike from obscurity to fame and helped him achieve his creative destiny.”The story of this ring forms the cornerstone of Leonard”s best selling book, “The Ride of Our Lives ” Roadside Lessons of an American Family”. Published in 2006, the best-selling, critically acclaimed memoir”s paperback edition will be released next month, just in time for Father”s Day.
Oideas Gael courses are not just for absolute beginners, but also ideally suited for individuals, who have been out of touch and are now keen to brush up on their conversational Irish. The most popular programmes are the Irish language courses for adults, offered at all levels. As these courses focus on spoken Irish, in a relaxed but stimulating environment, adults discover a propensity for language learning above their expectations. While an Irish person may initially feel nervous, learning in the company of a Japanese, Swedish or Italian native, they rise to the test and accept the challenge with vigour.Cultural holiday courses are also offered in Hill walking, Donegal Dances, Marine Painting, Archaeology, Landscape & Environment, Harp, Bodhr”n & Flute-playing and Celtic Pottery. The cosmopolitan mix of people ensures that “The Glen” is a lively centre of cultural activity all through the summer, with the best of traditional music and craic. Liam ” Cuinneag”in, the programme director, says a large proportion of the learners from abroad might have no links with Ireland, yet inevitably develop a love of all things Irish through the programme music, dance and/or literature. “We teach Irish in a manner that makes it accessible for people. It’s not all study; there are varied activities including dancing, singing, all through Irish. It makes it interesting for people. It’s amusing at times, but some of them are better at Irish than English,” he says. For more information on the Oideas Gael culture programmes call 011-353-74-973-0248. Fax 011-353-74-973-0348. [email protected]. oideasgael.comFor lessons in Denver call Noel Mullan at 720-839-7645 or Mick Bolger at 303-455-7509.
Many personal tales of Ireland’s brief civil war (1922 -1 923) have never been recorded, but thanks to this film (fictional), some composite accounts from rural County Cork will be preserved. The drama opens in 1920 with two siblings, Teddy O’Donovan, an IRA man continuing the fight for independence in the wake of the Easter Rising of 1916, with his doctor brother, Damien, joining him after a brutal attack by an occupying British Black and Tan regiment (hardened cases just back from the fronts of WWI). Action-packed shoot-em-ups and ambushes rival any American Western. The violence, including gun battles, a grisly torture scene courtesy of the barking Black and Tans, and executions of an informer and a Big House, Anglo landlord, is neither gratuitous nor graphic; that said, be mindful that this film is not for kids. Set in an Ireland light years distant from the Tiger of today, the movie often takes on a documentary feel, especially during political meetings where hard decision-making educates about the nuts and bolts of funding rebellion. A local Irish court, set up in lieu of the English one, considers punishment of an Irish merchant who was generous to IRA needs, but charged by his neighbors for extorting exorbitant interest on basic commodities. Complexities of this sort, along with vigorous character development and some delightful romance, escalate internal conflicts, large and small. Minimal background music contributes to realism, though bits of traditional instrumental and a cappella songs are inserted at perfect intervals.
Carusos book is a true story of how he, a young New York Italian, raised in an Orthodox Jewish community, becomes the Irish “O’Caruso” as a result of an airplane crash of Flying Tiger Lines Flight 923 which occurred in the North Atlantic Ocean, at night during a raging storm, 500 miles off the West Coast of Ireland. A seemingly disconnected series of coincidences led to O’Caruso’s adoption of Ireland as home,Fred & wife Ellen will be pitching the book for three days at No America’s largest book exposition, The Book Exposition of America, in New York City, June 1-3.