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COMING UP…get your tickets now…

Big Names, Small Room Series:  Paddy Keenan & Friends – Wednesday June 12th at 7:30PM!

Paddy is a founding member of The Bothy Band and rightfully considered one of the greatest living uilleann pipers today. He hopes to bring several guests with him for this date making it more than the ‘usual’ Paddy Keenan show, thought the usual is pretty exciting stuff really. Paddy’s last show at Blue was a memorable evening for all and I highly recommend this show.

Doors will open at 6pm for dinner.

$20 seated tickets & $10 standing room

Email: tom@boghat.com to order tickets for this show. Specify seated or standing. He will reply with a confirmation and payment info. Payment must be made prior to the show to guarantee your spot.

 

THIS WEEK AT BLUE…

 

IRISH MUSIC NIGHT featuring NICOLE RABATA & JUNIOR STEVENS | FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2013 | 7:30PM

NICOLE: Flutist Nicole Rabata has performed extensively throughout Europe and the United States as a soloist, chamber musician and as a traditional Irish flutist on the wooden flute. She holds an Artists’ Diploma and Masters Degree in Performance from Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. http://nicolerabata.com/

JUNIOR STEVENS: Since first picking up the squeezebox in 1997, Christian “Junior” Stevens has become a fixture in the Irish Traditional Music scene in America. Performing on Button Accordion and Anglo Concertina, he has honed his craft at the feet of some of the finest musicians at home and abroad, as an active promoter of traditional music, a highly sought after dance musician, an experienced teacher, and as a natural performer, gracing stages across the country with some of the genre’s most talented artists. He combines a deep respect for the raw energy inherent in centuries old traditions, with a constantly evolving appreciation for modern musical sensibilities of all shapes and sizes.

He regularly performs with Maine based ensembles The Press Gang, The Milliners, and Sylvain’s Acadian Aces. http://www.juniorstevens.com/

 

COMING UP FOR IRISH MUSIC NIGHT…

Wednesday May 15 – Noir

Wednesday May 22 – Bonnie Berwick

Wednesday May 29 – Jack Devereaux

Wednesday June 5 – Robert Sylvain and Friends: Acadian ballads from Mémère’s Notebook.

Wednesday June 12 – Paddy Keenan – ticketed show! See above.

Wednesday June 19 – TBD

Wednesday June 26 – Mariel Vandersteel, Jordan Tice and Maeve Gilchrist

Wednesday July 3 – TBD

Wednesday July 10 – Hanz Araki and Kathryn Claire

Wednesday July 17 – TBD

Wednesday July 24 – Meghan Mette and Junior Stevens

Wednesday July 31 – Squid and Toad (Maeve Gilchrist & Courtney Hartman)

 

IRISH NIGHT AT BLUE NOW HAS A FACEBOOK PAGE! YOU SHOULD LIKE IT: https://www.facebook.com/IrishNightAtBlue

IRISH SEISIUN | WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2013 | 9:00PM

“…a gathering of Irish traditional musicians for the purpose of celebrating their common interest in the music by playing it together in a relaxed, informal setting, while in the process generally beefing up the mystical cultural mantra that hums along uninterruptedly beneath all manifestations of Irishness worldwide.”

The general session scheme is that someone starts a tune, and those who know it join in. Good session etiquette requires not playing if one does not know the tune, and waiting until a tune one knows comes along. In an “open” session, anyone who is able to play Irish music is welcome.

Most often there are more-or-less recognized session leaders; sometimes there are no leaders. At times a song will be sung or a slow air played by a single musician between sets.

The objective in a session is not to provide music for an audience of passive listeners; although the punters (non-playing attendees) often come for the express purpose of listening, the music is most of all for the musicians themselves. The session is an experience that is shared, not a performance that is bought and sold.

 

THE BARN SWALLOWS | Thursday, MAY 9, 2013 | 7pm

The Barn Swallows include Kate Driver, Jake Henry, Bill Holden, and Rebecca Minnick. Located in Maine, we play a repertoire of traditional & original songs with deep roots in bluegrass music and old-time harmony. http://www.facebook.com/thebarnswallowsmaine?ref=ts&fref=ts&__req=n

 

BLUEGRASS JAM SESSION | THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2013 | 9pm

The Barn Swallows continue their night with an OPEN BLUEGRASS JAM SESSION…COME PLAY SOME TUNES or COME LISTEN! 

 

ROB McMAHON | MAY 10, 2013 | 6pm

Rob McMahon sings songs to nourish the heart and soul as they make the epic journey. https://soundcloud.com/robmcmahon
https://www.youtube.com/user/OneWhoStacksTheRocks

LIKE HIM ON FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/RobMcMahon

 

ROCKY & THE PRESSERS | FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013 | 8pm

Rocky and The Pressers are a contemporary reggae band based in The Bronx, New York. The Pressers refresh the traditional genre tropes with lush vocal harmonies and flares of American folk and soul music. Intelligent, charming and passionate performers, the band never disappoints. http://rockyandthepressers.com/

LIKE THEM ON FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rocky-and-The-Pressers/340425029307778

 

THE BURNERS | FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013 | 10pm

“There’s a new band in Portland whose passion, drive and musicianship can best be described by their name, The Burners. Lead by poetic songwriter and break-neck rhythm guitarist Ryan Flaherty, The Burners consist of guitarist Mike Arciero, bassist Duane Edwards, accordionist Laura Balladur and violinist Phil Bloch. This eloquently rowdy ensemble of modern-day gypsy, americana, french cafe, rock and jazz pioneers are lighting up every stage they play with relentless energy and stage presence. The Wire of Portsmouth, NH describes the Burner’s music as “a blend of gypsy americana played with fire and sweat.” Perhaps a more accurate description follows with a comparison to famous bands like Gogol Bordello, The Devil Makes Three and The Doors. Virtuosic rhythms on acoustic guitar, mandolin and upright bass are complimented by cafe accordion, hot violin and harmonized vocals.  Captivating lyrics, burning tempos, and diverse instrumentation define the bands music. The crisp sonority of each  song invokes yips, hollers and devilish dancing from audiences everywhere. The Burners hight-spirited, indie folk  sound offers a flavorful stew of fiery, passionate and foot-stomping music.

 

 The Burners formed in 2011 as a vehicle for guitarist and singer Ryan Flaherty. Flaherty had put in the hours to  hone himself into a razor-sharp guitarist and polish his songwriting craft. Flaherty had written a handful of tunes rooted in Americana and Gypsy Jazz styles. He began playing these tunes with jazz and tango guitarist  Mike Arciero and bassist Duane Edwards from Portland, ME. The mix of folk and gypsy styles became the  backbone of The Burners original style. They released Flaherty’s first album “Hungry Moon” in 2011. Soon after accordionist Laura Balladur, vocalist Jennie Backstrom and  violinist Phil Bloch came on board to round out The Burners sound. On February 26th, 2012, the musicians  recorded their album “Here Comes Everyone” in a matter of three hours at Acadia Studios in Portland, ME. The  outcome was amazing. In a few hours the band had recorded a stellar live album that sounded like it had taken  months to record. The band released the album the next month and it was accepted into Pandora Radio’s genome  by the end of March, 2012. http://www.theburners.org/

 

JAZZ AT THE BLUE | SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2013 | 6pm-MIDNIGHT

6PM: Max Rowe Trio

8PM: SARAH FARD

10PM: WurliBird Jazz

 

HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEK and I’LL SEE YOU AT BLUE!

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