Dear Friends and Fans of Celtic Music,
Warm thanks to all our friends, old and new, who made the time to come by and see us at the:
- Annapolis Irish Fest,
- The Great American Irish Festival in Utica, and
- Bethlehem Musikfest
It's been one humdinger of a summer so far. And POW . . . the season has just shifted into high gear!
We have two festivals coming up this weekend . . .
First, a historic event:
Friday and Saturday, August 19-20th
BBC's Friday Performance: 3 PM on the Lobby Stage
Immediately followed by a CD Signing at the Merchandise Tent
CD signing immediately followed by a group musical number on the Main Stage with Birdie Busch (We'll be running, Folks)!
BBC's Saturday Performance: 12 PM Fiddle Workshop on the Tank Stage
Featuring Burning Bridget Cleary, Chris Brashear, Matt Combs, Tomoko Omura, Donna Hebert, Jane Rothfield
This year's theme: "Musical Collaboration"
If you have never been to the Philly Folk Fest, then this is THE YEAR to make the scene! It just wouldn't be Folk Fest without a little mud and a lot of sun, so come prepared . . . appropriate footwear, tie-dye duds, sunscreen, bug spray, hat, sunglasses, tarp or low chair are suggested. The one essential element . . . have your smiles ready!
Then we're moving on to . . .
Sunday, August 21st
Hunter Mountain, NY (Catskills Region)
BBC Performances: 1:45 and 5:00 on the Mountain Stage
This is our debut appearance at the International Celtic Festival. We have heard great things about this fest and we are looking forward to a SUPER summer Sunday! Come on out, New Yorkers!
Sunday features a Bagpipe Competition, followed by the spectacular Mass March as hundreds of pipers and drummers march down the mountain in unison. After the Mass March, the entire procession will play as one at the base of the mountain creating a
spine-tingling sight and sound that is not to be missed.
**BBC Radio News**
BBC with Gene Shay and his Crew at WXPN
Did you happen to catch Burning Bridget Cleary on WXPN or WXLV last week?
- On Sunday, August 7th, Gene Shay invited us to be the featured live band on his "Philly Folk Festival Preview Show." What an honor! We worked up a new song, too . . . a blue-grassy number that we broke out on his show for the first time. Gene has truly been a pal, inviting us multiple times to play on his show. (This year will also be Gene's 50th Folk Fest anniversary as acting emcee)!
The next morning, we headed up to WXLV 90.3 FM in the Lehigh Valley and spent a hilarious hour with Maureen McGrath on her morning drive-time program, ”Reenie’s Adventures in Radio”, heard Mondays through Fridays from 6-9 AM. We squeezed around one mic that morning, because the Musikfest had rounded up all the available equipment in town; but for our next visit, Reenie has promised us a real live performance from their state-of-the-art broadcast studio. Stay tuned, Stupid Babies! (Don't blame us, Reenie taught us that).
- This Thursday (8/18), "Down Jersey Jim" Albertson will play an extended 20 minute set of our music on his show on WVLT from 9-10 PM. You can tune in to 92.1 FM in the South Jersey/Philadelphia/Wilmington region, or stream it from your computer. Jim has been playing BBC every week for the past month, leading up to the Philly Folk Fest! Thanks, Jim! (The show is also archived for "anytime" listening).
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Hope to see you all soon!
Love and Cheer,
Rose, Genevieve, Lou and Peter