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Two Step Productions is launching its inaugural Irish dance production, Rhythm in the Night, The Irish dance spectacular! Two Step Productions is looking for 12 female and 12 male Irish dancers to perform a steady run of performances from mid 2011 into 2012. Dancers must be 17+ years of age and willing to travel. Must be high level dancer, preferably with show experience. Please send your resumes (C.V.) to firstname.lastname@example.org and for more information on Rhythm in the Night, visit Two Step Productions.
A new CD by Brongaene Griffin
with Gerry O'Beirne and Kevin Burke
and special guests Johnny B. Connolly, Nancy Conescu, Bob Soper, Elizabeth Nicholson, and Jim Chapman
Produced by Gerry O'Beirne
Brongaene (also known as Bronnie) Griffin is a highly talented fiddle player from Portland, Oregon. Her interest in Irish music began when she was a teenager. Already a very accomplished player of American Old Time and Bluegrass tunes, a chance meeting with Kevin Burke led to Bronnie becoming his fiddle student. Kevin later introduced her to producer/guitarist Gerry O'Beirne and the seeds were planted for this unique and exceptional recording project.
In keeping with the cat "theme" of the album Bronnie is donating part of the proceeds of this recording to benefit the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon and Indigo Rescue. She has been a dedicated animal welfare worker for many years and she even persuaded Kevin Burke to record four "cat poems" in celebration of her feline friends. These readings have been deftly woven into the CD by producer Gerry O'Beirne and engineer Billy Oskay.
"Three Colours Ginger" is a charming collection for both music-lovers and cat-lovers alike.
Tribal Celtic Trio BROTHER. Angus, Dalbo and "DidgeriDrew" combine the Highland pipes, drums, guitars, signature vocals and the Australian didgeridoo for a fusion that will knock your socks off. The new CD "Out From Under" can be sampled at BrotherMusic.com:
Check out this powerhouse trio at the Faerieworlds Summer Celebration in
Eugene, Oregon, with more Brother tour dates starting up in September.
Nicole Ohnesorge (Flames of the Dance) has been teaching in Berlin for several years and has prepared some of her youngest dancers for a television production with Riverdance as well. Gyula Glaser (Gaelforce Dance, Magic of the Dance) has competed for several years and achieved 3 consecutive European titles before he joined professional dance shows. As a result of their recent successful co-operation, they are organizing the first week-long Irish dance summer camp in the capital of Germany.
The camp is offering the attendees over 12 hours of intensive training, ceili classes, a weekend workshop (in case some dancers can't get away from work for the whole week) - as well as social activities. The camp is also open to Irish dance newcomers, with beginner classes.
For more information, please e-mail: email@example.com.
Champion Irish dancer Glenn Simpson has set up his own dance school in Toronto, the Druid Academy Irish Dancers!
Show experience includes Riverdance and Dancing on Dangerous Ground, as well as RTE's Jigs and Reels, and he's recently qualified as an Adjudicator.
The classes feature unique and intensive technique training with emphasis being paid to the fundamental elements of traditional Irish dance --as well as modern and original choreography designed for all competition levels. In addition, Glenn has started a new corporate event performance company, so for you experienced dancers who are done with competition but still want to dance, find out more about this exciting development at his official website:
Tour Dates - Oct. l through Nov. 9 plus rehearsal period, Sept. 21 - 30. E-mail CV's please to firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 01275 842800 and ask for Diana or John if you require any further information.
Take a look at the show, THE ESSENCE OF IRELAND on www.theshowproviders.com.
Click on the image for a direct link.
We at the Celtic Cafe are thrilled that Solas is releasing their latest album on Aug. 26, For Love and Laughter. This brilliant work features not only new vocalist Mairead Phelan, but collaborators The Duhks and Natalie Haas. Thanks to the good folks at Compass Records, we have a treat for the Celtic Cafe community... an MP3 of one of the new tracks, “Merry Go Round". Click on the CD cover image to read the press release and get a taste of the sounds of Solas!
Michael Patrick Gallagher and Carol Leavy-Joyce will be joined by guest tutors Dearbhla Lennon and Melissa Convrey for the 2nd Annual Spraoi Irish Dance Camp in Dublin! Thanks to shows like Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, and many other terrific Irish Dance companies, fans of Irish dance from all over the world are now availing themselves of the opportunities to attend workshops like these. There they can learn steps from the amazing dancers who sparked their interest in the first place!
Michael Pat plans to hold dance camps in various cities across the USA later on in the year, so be sure to check out the official site at IrishDanceWorks.com for details on those. We hope he comes to a city near us!