Irish Arts Foundation of Atlanta
October 2010
In This Issue
J.J. Sheridan House Concert
The HiB's House Concert
Jamie Laval House Concert
IMT's Slow Session is Back
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Irish Music & Sessions
Christmas Party - Mark your calendar!
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Dear Friends of Irish Music in Atlanta:

After a quiet summer, we are pleased to present you with a busy calendar of events in September and October. If you like Irish music, you have a multitude of choices. We have three house concerts coming up, a Ceili, and our slow session for beginners is back in business.

This month's newsletter contains more information on the following events:

September 24: Irish pianist J.J. Sheridan will be performing in Dacula.

October 22: The HiB's (pronounced "High Bees") featuring Kate and Jode Dowling and Patsy O'Brien, will play a house concert of traditional Irish music on flute, tin whistle, and fiddle. (Roswell)

October XX: POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING: Irish Music Traditions' Ceili - Stay tuned for new date!

October 27: Fiddler Jamie Laval returns to the Atlanta area with guitarist Zac Leger for a house concert of traditional and progressive Celtic music.

Be sure to add some (or all) of these events to your calendar.

And finally, if you use Facebook, please visit the Irish Arts Foundation of Atlanta page and become a fan.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Irish Arts Foundation of Atlanta
Pianist J.J. Sheridan house concert
Friday, September 24 at 8 p.m. in Dacula, GA

Pianist J.J. Sheridan is a leading authority on 18th and 19th century Irish music collections who has lectured and performed in schools and colleges worldwide.

His concert programs feature standard classical piano repertoire and works of contemporary Irish composers, including Sean O'Riada and T.C. Kelly.

Tickets $20. Seating is limited. Doors open at 7:30 pm.
Please bring a folding chair & a dessert or an appetizer to share.

Tickets may be purchased by contacting Julia at 678-377-0239 or
The HiB's ("High Bees") House Concert
The HiB's
The HiB's
Friday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Roswell

Session to follow - bring your instruments!

The HiBs (pronounced "High Bees") are Kate & Jode Dowling with Patsy O'Brien. The HiBs play traditional Irish music on flute, tin whistle, and fiddle.
They are currently touring with the phenomenal Patsy O'Brien (from Cork) on guitar and vocals.

Tickets $15. Seating is limited. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share.

Tickets may be purchased by contacting Ken at 678-559-6796 or

HiB is short for Hibernia, of course, the Roman name for Ireland, but the name was also inspired by one of the band's favorite pubs in Cork City (pictured above).
Kate and Jode Dowling have both been playing traditional Irish music for 30+ years. Jode is a third generation fiddler, having learned on his Grandfather's fiddle and he is also a first generation American with his roots in Sligo (mom) and Tullamore (dad), and a brother in Belfast. Kate grew up in an Irish immigrant neighborhood in Chicago and started Irish music and dance at the age of 5. She is an exuberant and passionate proponent of traditional Irish music and a sought-after instructor, performer and adjudicator. In 2004 Kate and Jode co-founded The Center for Irish Music, a non-profit Irish music school in St. Paul, MN. They have toured and performed at many festivals, including tours with the Doon Ceili Band lead by Paddy O'Brien (Offally).

Patsy O'Brien
Patsy O'Brien
Patsy O'Brien was born and raised in County Cork, and now lives in St Paul, MN. Patsy tours nationally and internationally as guitar accompanist and solo performer, adding his guitar skills to such line ups as The Eileen Ivers Band, The Cathie Ryan Band, Teada, Paddy Keenan and many others. He is also a sought after instructor, with workshops scheduled throughout the country. With three solo CDs of songs behind him, he is currently working on a collection of traditional Irish tunes for guitar.

What some people are saying about the HiBs:
"both play with a masterful skill ... clean and joyfully energetic" -
"the playing is first-rate and rock solid..." - Folk World Review
"the tunes speak for themselves and the musicians play from the heart" - Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh (of Altan)
and of their album: "a marvelous album ... you feel let in on something" - Dirty Linen Magazine

Visit their websites for more information about The HiBs and Patsy O'Brien!

Jamie Laval and Zac Leger House Concert
Jamie Laval
Jamie Laval
Wednesday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Roswell

Session to follow - bring your instruments!
Jamie Laval and Zac Leger will present a 2-hour concert of traditional and progressive Celtic music in an intimate house concert setting.

"One of the hottest fiddlers out there"
(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Tickets $15. Seating is limited. Doors open at 6:00 pm. A light, potluck dinner will be served. Please bring a dish, an appetizer or dessert to share.

Tickets may be purchased by contacting Ken at 678-559-6796 or, or online at


Jamie Laval creates rapt audiences with his passionate performances of traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Quebec, rendered with the superlative tone and depth of expressivity formerly associated with classical virtuosi. Winner of the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship (2002), Laval has appeared on the NBC Today Show, Dave Mathew's "Some Devil" album, has performed for Her Majesty the Queen, and won Best World Traditional Song in the 2007 Independent Music Awards Vox Populi. He tours nationally with over 125
concerts per year, regularly accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Zac Leger. Zac tours as guitarist with Jamie Laval, as a flutist with the Eileen Ivers Band, and is an award-winning Uillean piper.
IMT's Slow Session is back
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For many years, Irish Music Traditions (IMT), the Atlanta branch of Comhaltas, sponsored a "Slow Session", a way for beginners to learn to play Irish music (tunes and technique) under the tutelage of experienced, knowledgeable musicians.

The next IMT slow teaching session will take place on Sunday, September 19 at the Harp Pub in Roswell. The slow session is conducted from 4-5 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month (in between Irish set dancing from 2-4, and the Intermediate session from 5-7 p.m.)

Instruction for the upcoming session will be provided by Joseph Mitteldorf, a talented young fiddler.

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Recurring Irish Music & Sessions around the Metro Atlanta area:

*Sundays, 5-7 pm, The Celtic Show on WRFG radio, with host John Falstaff

*Sundays (1st & 3rd Sunday of each month), 4-5pm, Beginning Level (slow) Session, The Harp in Roswell

*Sundays (1st & 3rd Sunday of each month), 5-7pm, Intermediate Level Session, The Harp in Roswell

*Mondays, 8pm, Traditional Irish Music Session, at Fado in Buckhead

*Wednesdays, 8pm, Traditional Irish session, The Olde Blind Dog in Milton
IAF/IMT Christmas Party - December 26th, 2010
5-9pm (time subject to change)
Garden Hills Rec Center - Hill Side Garden Hills Recreation Center
In cooperation with Irish Music Traditions, the Irish Arts Foundation of Atlanta (IAF) will again offer our members a relaxing, enjoyable social event where we can all mingle with the best of company, partake of some wonderful food, and listen to great Irish music - a combination that cannot be beat!

Last year's party was a hit, with delicious food, live music, dancing and fun for the whole family. We plan to make this year's celebration even better.

Guests coming from out of town? Maxed out from shopping? Too tired to cook? What better way to spend the evening after Christmas. Schedule it now.

Sunday, December 26th, 2010, from 5-9 PM at the Garden Hills Recreation Center, 335 Pinetree Road, Atlanta, GA 30305.

More details to follow later in the year.

As always, thank you again for supporting Irish culture in Atlanta!