We welcomed back to WSHU The Shamrogues, the loose collective of Celtic musicians and vocalists who gather weekly at the nearby Gaelic-American Club in Fairfield. They were 11 strong on this, their second visit to Profiles in Folk, where they made their radio debut on Feb. 28, 2003.
The group, formed more than a decade ago, is open to anyone — young, old, or middle-aged from beginning musician to virtuoso — who wants to learn and play Irish music. The group meets each Monday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Gaelic-American Club. You can reach The Shamrogues at 203-256-8453 or www.shamrockirishmusic.org
The Shamrogues are not only gifted musicians (who can be hired to perform at everything from house parties to concerts), but they also run the Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Association, which for more than five years has been bringing some the leading traditional Celtic players in the world to this region to perform in concert.
We spent the entire two hours with The Shamrogues. It was a wild hail and hearty ride and for the last several numbers featured soloists with the group. We also played selections from a new CD, “Our Music To You/Volume 1,” which the group has compiled mainly from live recordings of the aforementioned concert series. And, of course, there was a great mix of sound by WSHU Chief Engineer Paul Litwinovich.
The SHAMROGUES joined Steve Winters on February 6th for an evening of great Celtic music on a Live In Studio A edition of Profiles In Folk.
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Live In WSHU’s Studio A: The Shamrogues
Medley: “O’Donnell Abu/Boys Of Wexford”
Song: “Bad Luck To This Marchin’”
Polkas Medley: “Terry Polka/Kerry Polka/Siege Of Ennis”
Jigs Medley: “Connaughtman’s Rambles/Lilting Banshee/Ships In Full Sail/King Of the Fairies”
CD: James Keane & John Doyle, “The Coolin’”
Reels Medley: “Cooley’s/Drowsy Maggie”
Song: “The Land Of Dreams” featuring Molly Wilson
CD: Andy Irvine & Rens van der Zalm, “Michael Davitt”
Medley: “Ballad Of St. Anne’s Reel/St. Anne’s/Silver Spear/Miss McLeod’s” featuring Stu Speir
Song: “Grace” featuring Elaine Carroll
“Musical Priest/Moon Coin Reel” featuring accordionist Loretta Murphy
Song: “The Errant Apprentice” featuring Andrew Carey
Ensemble: “Humors Of Glendart”
The Shamrogues joining us in the studio were Tim Quinn, Gregg Burnett, Molly Wilson, Tom Gallagher, Don Cavett (a founder), Don Moran (also a founder), Pat Mooney, Loretta Murphy, Andrew Carey, Stu Speir and Elaine Carroll.