! The annual Spring Marathon was a great success
as we met our goal of $70,000.00 after a single week of fundraising.
The loyal and dedicated Celtic Airs audience pledged $7434 to this
total. Thanks to all of you who accepted the responsibility to provide
financial support for the alternative programming offered by WWUH
The Celtic Concert series continues to raise
funds to defray our operating expenses. This permits us to "keep
a lid on" the total we need to raise during our fundraisers. It's
a very enjoyable way of "donating" money to WWUH. If you haven't
ever attended one of our concerts, I urge you to give it a try in
The next concert in our series takes place
June 4th when Teada will appear in the Wilde Auditorium at 7:30
PM. This will be their second appearance in the concert series.
They were greeted by an appreciative sell out crowd back on 4/3/04.
Teada have been proclaimed "one of the most exciting traditional
groups to emerge in recent years." (Irish World Magazine). This
Irish quintet was voted "Best Traditional Newcomers" by Irish Music
Magazine. "A new fresh face in Irish music, Teada is a band to watch
for." (The Irish Voice) Thus far they've released two acclaimed
The band originated in 2001 and their first
concert appearance was as the opening act for the Sharon Shannon
Band. By 2002, they had enough material to produce their first album.
This self-titled release received critical acclaim: "Teada keep
the traditional flag flying at full mast." (The Irish Times) "If
there is a better new band on the Emerald Isle, they must be very,
very good!" (Edinburgh Evening News)
Teada, meaning "strings" in Irish, is appropriately
led by fiddler Oisin MacDiarmada; "One of the most talented fiddlers
in Ireland today."(Earle Hitchner/ Irish Echo) He was born in Co.Clare,
but raised in Co. Sligo. Fiddle lessons commenced at age 6, and
at 21, he claimed the All Ireland Senior fiddle championship title.
Oisin has a degree in Music Education from Trinity College, Dublin
and is a respected fiddle tutor and lecturer.
Originally a quartet, the Teada lineup expanded
to a quintet in 2003 with the addition of Paul Finn on button accordion.
Paul is from Co. Laois and is one of the rising stars on his instrument
in Irish traditional music.
The other founding members of Teada included
Sean McElwain, Tristan Rosenstock and John Blake. John was replaced
by Damien Stenson in 2005. Sean, from Co. Monaghan, contributes
energetic accompaniment on banjo, bouzouki and guitar. He also has
a master's degree in Electronic Commerce and has designed websites
for a number of well-known musicians. Tristan, from Glenageary,
Co. Dublin, has been honing his skills on bodhran since age 10.
He too, like Oisin, is a Trinity College graduate with a degree
in Irish/ Ancient Irish. Twenty-six year old Damien Stewart, the
band's newest member, was a contemporary of Oisin growing up in
Sligo. He's know for his flowing style of play on flute and whistle
and has previously recorded with Oisin on the latter's well received
solo album, "Ar an Bhifidil."
Teada's popularity and acclaim have grown since
their first successful concert here. Those who enjoyed them on 4/3/04
will be back I'm sure. For the rest of you, here's a chance to see
and hear what you've been missing when Teada return to the Wilde
Auditorium Saturday June 4th at 7:30 PM.
Tickets for all Celtic Airs/ WWUH benefit
concerts are available through the University of Hartford box
office, open 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Monday through Friday. Call 768-4228
or 1-800-274-8587. Their website is hartford.edu/hartt
for ticket purchases 24-hours every day. Tickets go on sale two
months before the date of a concert.
Upcoming shows include Bohola 7/8, The
Cottars 8/26, Old Blind Dogs 9/16, Grada 10/7, John Doyle & Liz
Carroll 10/21 and Susan McKeown on 11/19. Thanks for supporting
WWUH and the concert series. We appreciate your attendance and encourage
those who've never been to one of our concerts to give it a try.
I think you'll find it a rewarding experience. Celtic Airs is heard
Tuesdays 6:00- 9:00 AM on WWUH, 91.3 FM
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