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3rd Annual Columbus Comhaltas Ceili

Friday, November 30, 2018

7:00 pm

at The Shamrock Club, 60 W Castle Rd

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COLUMBUS KIDS IRISH BAND

The 1st and 3rd Wednesday Of Each School Month

7:00-8:00 pm

Clinton Elementary School – 10 Clinton Heights Ave 43202 in Clintonville

SHARING SESSION WILL BE MAY 24 at 7pm

We are happy to provide beginning tutoring for FREE on the following instruments:

Bodhran, Guitar, Fiddle, Whistle, Banjo and Button Accordion

PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU ARE INTERESTED – 614.893.8054 or email: dlkphome@gmail.com

PLEASE SEE THE FOLLOWING PAGE FOR TUTORING INFORMATION: https://sites.google.com/site/mrsperrysmusicclass/columbus-kids-irish-band

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CITY OF HILLIARD- “FALL FAMILY FUN DAY”

OCTOBER 16, 2016

We were hired to perform at this terrific fall event that offered a petting zoo, farm market, food vendors, kids’ activities and, of course, live music!

MEMBERS PERFORMING:  Sarah Perry, John Garcia, Dave Coplin, Pat Wilcox, Mark Jones, Joe Ridgeway, Kathy Simcox, Debra Keller-Perry, Ann Elliott, Elaine Schnipke, Alyce Stoops, Brian Edniston

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DUBLIN IRISH FESTIVAL

August 5-6-7, 2016 – Dublin, OH

We had the pleasure of performing at the Dublin Irish Festival, again, this year, twice. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and supported us.  It was great craic!

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D.O.E. ANNUAL YARD SALE

The Daughter’s of Erin had their annual yard sale at Westgate Elementary School on June 25, 2016. This festive event has spilled over into the neighborhood, with tent and yard sales having popped up all over the community.  We provided some festive Irish Trad for customers to hop along to as they shopped.

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MIDWEST FLEADH

  • DATE:   Saturday, May 7, 2016
  • START TIME:  anywhere from 9am-4pm…it will be a while before we know for sure.
  • LOCATION:  Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Hotel.  Make your reservations soon.  It will fill up quickly.  Go to the fleadh website to link to the hotel and get discount.
  • WE ARE SENDING THE FOLLOWING REPRESENTATIVES:  Sarah Perry, John Garcia, Pat Wilcox and Debra Keller-Perry.
  • This is a totally fun event. Generally, there is a MONSTER session on Saturday night (as well as numerous other sessions) that will last well into the night / morning. Anyone can attend to experience the festivities and fun.
  • http://midwestfleadh.org

There are always monster sessions that take place afterwards.

Everyone from all the branches get together for fun and play

until the wee hours of the morning (3 am…).  Below,

Sarah Perry plays Tam Lin with Aedhon Cornish Scott,

from the Riley Branch. Both age 15, they competed in the 15-18 age group.

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Pat Wilcox 2nd place, Viola, Sarah Perry 2nd place Mandolin, Debra Keller-Perry 1st place Whistle Airs

 

CEILI IN COLUMBUS

We had our very first ceili on April 22 at The Shamrock Club of Columbus.  A successful first venture, we all had loads of fun!

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PAT AND GARCIA 2 Ann and Sarah 3

 

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COLUMBUS COMHALTAS members  playing at a Tuesday Session.  The Columbus Comhaltas Session takes place the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Otie’s Tavern and Grill, 5344 Center Street (corner of Center St and Main St) in Hilliard, 7-9 pm.  All are welcome.

 

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Oties is the place for food, spirits and fabulous Irish Trad!

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********St Patrick’s Day Parade 2016********

***************Dublin, Ohio***************

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Due to length restrictions, our float was a bit too small.  Sarah danced along behind and played the entire parade route.  BUT, we still had loads of fun! Mike couldn’t fit his pipes in, so he played whistle.  John, played only his fiddle, and both did so magnificently!

 

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Alyce, Kathy, Pat and Mark did a great job with whistle, bodhran, fiddle and guitar.  Sarah smiled and had fun as she danced along. Dave fiddle-dee-dee’d and Deb whistled a happy tune on the glorious day!

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The crowds were huge and most appreciative.  Mark is shown in his finery, a happy man with his guitar.

 

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The Giants danced along in front of us in the parade and the step dancers from Regan-Rankin-Holland Academy gave us thumbs up for our music! All in all, we had a fabulous time in the parade and look forward to it next year!

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St Patrick’s Day Community Service Event

Part of our mission is education, and in keeping with that, Pat Wilcox and Sarah Perry took time from their day to visit Clinton Elementary School and provide music for three lunch periods.  The children were so inspired to dance and clap that they needed many reminders to eat, as they had limited time for lunch!  Brava, Pat and Sarah!

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Anyone interested in viewing some of the magnificent musical events in Sligo, Ireland during this year’s Fleadh Cheoil, may follow these links to view live broadcasts:

FleadhTV will be broadcast Live on TG4 and www.FleadhCheoil.ie on Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th August from 8.30pm -11.30pm each night.

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SARAH PERRY REPRESENTED OUR BRANCH AND MIDWEST UNITED STATES

AT THE FLEADH CHEOIL

IN SLIGO, IRELAND AGAIN, IN 2015

Sarah at her mando competition          Deb and Sarah at the Railway Bar in Sligo

Sarah competed this year in mandolin – under 15.  She enjoyed the session above at the Railway Bar in Sligo.  The session began with 5 people and grew to about 30 packed into a small space.

                                             Sarah at a kids session at Donahey's Pub in Sligo        Sarah and Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, from DANU

There were many kid sessions around, but the best was at Donahey’s Pub in Sligo.  She represented us well.  Sarah also got to meet Sarah and Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh of Danu.  Fabulous time!

 

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2015 DUBLIN IRISH FESTIVAL NEWS

Columbus Comhaltas provided music for the Wake House all weekend in small groups.

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Kathy Simcox provides lively bodhran music for the dancers at the wake.

Sarah Perry inspires a wee one to step dance a bit!

Sarah Perry, John Garcia, Deb Perry, Peter Elliott, Mike Conners and Brent Cuyler provide rousing jigs and reels during the wake.

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Deb Perry, Pat Wilcox, Mary Bertke, John Garcia and Sarah Perry provided hornpipes, airs and reels on Friday.

We also performed as an entire group at the Emerald Isle Tent on Saturday from 12:00 – 1:30 pm and on Sunday from 4:00 – 5:00 pm.

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Our Saturday performance.

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Our Sunday performance

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We demonstrated instruments in the Music Exhibits Tent for Michael Burke, whistle maker, and Michael Vignoles, bodhran and pipes maker.

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This is the place to go at the festival if you wish to purchase a musical instrument on the spot.

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Deb Perry and Ann Elliott demonstrated Burke Whistles, while Sarah Perry demonstrated the fiddle.

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NEW SESSION IN HILLIARD

Beginning July 7th Columbus Comhaltas will kick off the newest session in Central Ohio at the Solar Cafe in Hilliard. While there are many sessions in town, this will be the first on the west side. The new session will run from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The Solar Cafe’s address is 4004 Main Street, Hilliard, Ohio. Their phone number is 866-202-2284. If the weather is nice we will play on the patio.

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2015 MIDWEST FLEADH RESULTS

Columbus Comhaltas put on a strong showing at the 2015 Midwest Fleadh in Cincinnati on May 16. Branches from all over the Midwest Region sent individuals, ensembles, grupas and ceili bands to compete. Led by Maggie Ridgeway’s first place finish in a talent-laden group of 18 competitors in Fiddle, 12-15 that included a three-way tie and playoff for third place, our branch ultimately had three members qualify for the “All Ireland” Fleadh taking place in Sligo in August.

Additional All Ireland qualifiers from the branch included Sarah Perry, first place in Mandolin, 12-15 and Ann Elliott, third place with honors in Over 18 Whistle. We wish Maggie and Sarah the best of luck when they compete in Ireland later this summer.

The branch also had a grupa that competed for the first time and had a great experience. Members included Ann Elliott (Irish flute), Peter Elliott (flute), John Garcia (mandolin), Deb Keller-Perry (whistle), Sarah Perry (fiddle), and Kathy Simcox (bodhran).

2015 FEIS NEWS

In other competition news, Maggie Ridgeway also took first place in fiddle for the sixth straight year at the Buckeye State Feis held in Columbus on April 25. Maggie is now officially “retired” from competing in feiseanna, deciding to leave those to the dancers, and is focusing her efforts on the more music-centric fleadhanna.  Sarah Perry competed at the Columbus Feis on August 1st and was awarded a first place trophy for mandolin and a first place trophy for fiddle. She also competed at the Rockland County Feis, Tappan, NY, in July. There, Sarah was awarded a first place trophy for mandolin and a first place trophy for fiddle, as well.

 

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Maggie Ridgeway took home first place in Fiddle, 12-15 at the 2015 Midwest Fleadh

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The Columbus Comhaltas Adult Grupa in action at the 2015 Midwest Fleadh

Ann Elliott 3rd pl w honors

Ann Elliott performs at the 2015 Midwest Fleadh

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Sarah Perry displays her first place medal for Mandolin, 12-15


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