Music from Ireland, Scotland, & Brittany, c.1500-1800
Saturday, January 26, 2013, 8PM at St. Mary Cathedral, 203 E. 10th Street
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Sunday, January 27, 2013, 3PM at First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa Drive
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General Admission: $25; $20 seniors 60+; $15 students (advance sales)
$5 students with valid ID (at the door only)
Tickets available online or by cash, check, or credit card at the door
Call (512) 377-6961 for more information or to reserve seats.
Celtic music in the 21st century is very popular, beautiful, and exciting. But what was it like in its earlier periods, 200-500 years ago? Well, it was popular, beautiful, and exciting! Even the English held the Scottish ballads in high esteem and our own Ben Franklin adored these songs and considered them the height of great art. TEMP enjoys presenting this repertoire because of its musical challenges and rewards and because of its musical link to another time and place—one that is still vibrantly alive in many ways.
Some earlier Celtic works are fascinating because they give a glimpse into historical or cultural events (“The bonny Earle of Murray” and “The Pleugh song”) and others create immediately visceral emotions with their freshness and vitality, even though they might have been composed a few hundred years ago. Scottish ballads and dances have long been a part of TEMP’s core repertoire; in the last few years, we’ve also embraced Irish and Breton music, the two other great spokes of the Celtic wheel. With sources dating from the 16th-19th centuries and an exciting roster of performers, the concert will help give wonderful insight into the people who created this very popular and accessible music.
Many Scottish ballads are evocative, heartfelt, and humorous and the concert will include a few of our favorites such as “Tullochgorum” and “The Broom of the Cowdenknows,” in addition to several newly arranged ballads (some with poems by Robert Burns) and some 16th-century pieces that are by turns riotous and charming. One of the “new” songs, “Sae merry as we twa ha’e been,” is one that Ben Franklin particularly admired. Soloists for the ballads include Jenifer Thyssen, Stephanie Prewitt, Jeffrey Jones-Ragona, Cayla Cardiff, Jenny Houghton, and David Lopez. Visit the The Bonny Broom CD page to listen to additional audio samples and for purchasing information.
Special Guest Artists and TEMP Performers
Two of our guest artists, harpist Therese Honey and singer Abby Green, will perform traditional music from Ireland, featuring puirt a beul or “mouth music,” so popular in Gaelic songs. We will also feature harp solos from Ms. Honey’s new CD, Summer’s End. The TEMP Ballad Band will present sweet and lively dances from Ireland, Scotland, and Brittany, and will be joined by guest artists Jonathan Milton (flute) and Jeff Moore (percussion). The TEMP regulars include Marcus McGuff (flute), Bruce Colson (violin), John Walters (mandolin and bass viol), Scott Horton (lutes and guitar), and Jane Leggiero (bass viol).
We intend to have a lot of fun performing this music: come enjoy these captivating pieces with TEMP!
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