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Blast From The Past – Kevin Burke (April 21, 2003)

With the approach of our show on April 25 featuring the legendary Kevin Burke, it’s time for another “Blast From The Past” from the Green Willow archives.

Following the closure of O’Friel’s Irish Pub in Wilmington in 2001, where we held our concerts for several years, we were forced to scramble among a number of small venues to hold shows. In 2003 and 2004 we held four concerts at the Buzz Ware Center in Arden, Delaware. The first of these was on April 21, 2003 when we featured Kevin in a solo performance that is to date – as near as we can tell from past records – the only time he has appeared for Green Willow. We’ve reached into the photo archive for a few shots taken at that show by current Green Willow president John Lupton.

Kevin Burke at Buzz Ware Center – 4/21/2003 (Photo by John Lupton)

It has been far too long since we’ve had the opportunity to present this master fiddler, storyteller and showman. If you don’t already have your ticket(s), you can get them directly online (with and advance discount) at burke2019.brownpapertickets.com. For more details on the show, visit greenwillow.org, send email to info@greenwillow.org, or call (610) 566-4932.

Kevin Burke at Buzz Ware Center – 4/21/2003 (Photo by John Lupton)

Blast From The Past – Jim Malcolm (November 4, 2005)

As we prepare to welcome Jim Malcolm back to our stage on Thursday, March 21 at the Blue Ball Barn (tickets are still available!), we thought it would be fun to dive into the archives and look back to one of Jim’s previous appearances with us.

We first met Jim in the late 1990’s when he replaced Ian F. Benzie as lead vocalist for the Old Blind Dogs and made several appearances with them for us during the years we held our concerts at O’Friel’s Irish Pub on Delaware Avenue in Wilmington, Delaware. In 2002, Jim left the Dogs to pursue his solo career, appearing for us on his own for the first time at the Buzz Ware Center in Arden, Delaware in October of 2003.

From May, 2004 through March, 2006 we held most of our concerts at the 4W5 Cafe, which was located at 4 West 5th Street in Wilmington (hence the name), at the corner of 5th and Market Streets. (Sadly, the venue is no longer in existence). The photos in this post feature Jim’s performance there on November 4, 2005.

Jim Malcolm, at Green Willow – 11/4/2005

Jim has returned to our stage several more times over the years, and each time he continues to charm us with his music, stories, good nature and good humor. Whether he is to you an old friend – as he is to us – or a new face, we hope you’ll come out on March 21 to join in the fun. Visit greenwillow.org, send email to info@greenwillow.org, or call (610) 566 4932 for more details.

Jim Malcolm at Green Willow – 11/4/2005

Kevin Burke (4/25/2019)

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Blue Ball Barn

1914 West Park Drive, Alapocas Run State Park, Wilmington, Delaware

Advance Reserved Tickets – $26.00

Tickets Purchased at Door – $30.00

ADVANCE SALES HAVE ENDED, BUT TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR

Doors open at 6:30 pm.  Cash, check or credit card accepted for payment at door.

Kevin Burke will perform a solo concert for the Green Willow on Thursday, April 25 at the Blue Ball Barn in Alapocas Run State Park near Wilmington, Delaware

Kevin Burke’s fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music since the  1970’s. His far-reaching solo album, “If the Cap Fits” and his work with such distinguished performers as Arlo GuthrieKate BushChristy Moore and the Bothy Band established him as a first class musician. Never one to be restricted by geography or genre, his decades long career has seen several innovative collaborations with notable musicians of differing styles – Classical, Old Time, Bluegrass, Pop and Rock as well as the Irish Traditional music for which he is so well known. Some of the eminent players he has worked with are: Grammy winner, singer and instrumentalist Tim O’BrienLiam O Maonlai, lead singer of the Hothouse Flowers; classical violinists Gilles Apap and Greg Ewer; Old Time favourites, The Foghorn String Band; renowned Irish bands Dervish, Solas and Lunasa and his most recent recording is a collaboration with veteran Rock guitarist John Brennan(Poco, Chris Hillman Band and others). 

Kevin has earned international acclaim in both Europe and America as a solo performer, a teacher and as a member of some of folk music’s foremost groups including the exciting Celtic Fiddle Festival and Ireland’s long admired and respected Patrick Street. In 2007 he also set up his own record label, Loftus Music, which soon developed a reputation for excellence in both its musical output and its unique eco-friendly packaging

His contribution to music has received formal acknowledgement on both sides of the Atlantic where he has been the recipient of several awards including Ireland’s “Gradam Ceoil” (Traditional Musician of the Year, 2016), and a National Heritage Fellowship, the USA’s highest honor for excellence in the folk and traditional arts. (Previous National Heritage Fellows include B.B. King, Doc Watson, and Bill Monroe.) Kevin has also been honoured by his adopted home state with his induction to the Oregon Music Hall of Fame .

In 1980 Kevin settled in the USA and was performing with Bothy Band colleague Micheal O Domhnaill. Their 2 albums, Promenade and Portland, became, and still are, very influential resources for many traditional musicians. 

In the mid Eighties Kevin was a founding member of two influential groups, Open House and Patrick Street, whose recordings and performances were greeted with great acclaim both in Europe and US. In the mid Nineties Kevin was a founding member of yet another successful and enduring traditional group – The Celtic Fiddle Festival, this time with Johnny Cunningham from Scotland and Christian Lemaitre from Brittany. 

Although Kevin has spent much of his life playing in a group context, he has never lost his love for solo fiddle music – the “naked fiddle” as he himself sometimes puts it.  This is very evident in his new live solo release, An Evening with Kevin Burke, a collection of performances and stories before audiences in Ireland and US, including his home town of Portland, Oregon. 

Visit Kevin’s website


Jim Malcolm (3/21/2019)

Jim Malcolm

Thursday, March 21, 2019 – 7:30 pm

Blue Ball Barn

1914 West Park Drive, Alapocas Run State Park, Wilmington, Delaware

Advance sales have ended, but tickets will be available at the door for $30.00

Doors open at 6:30 pm.  Cash, check or credit card accepted for payment at door.

Jim Malcolm is the ultimate Scots troubadour. Travelling the world with his guitar, harmonicas, and engaging wit, he sings the traditional songs of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted songs in a style which is modern and accessible, yet utterly authentic. He is highly regarded as an interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns, and has been described as “one of the finest singers in Scotland in any style”.

Though he now works solo, Jim was lead singer with the world-renowned and multi-award-winning Old Blind Dogs for eight years, a fantastic experience with some of Scotland’s finest musicians, taking him to the most prestigious festivals in North America and around Europe.

With family roots in Perthshire and Strathclyde, Jim has been a professional musician since graduating from Edinburgh University. His first arena was the folk music scene in Scotland, where he gigged in almost every town and isle from Berwick to Benbecula and from Stranraer to Lerwick. Working solo or in various bands and combos in far flung pubs, hotels and clubs toughened him up or a future life on the road.

The opportunity to join the already established Celtic folk/rock band Old Blind Dogs saw Jim further explore countries on the European continent and North America, travelling as far as Alaska and Hawaii. Over his eight years with the band, Jim recorded three studio albums and a live cd. Jim’s 2011 release Sparkling Flash sees a band reunion ‘across the ether’, as several Dogs members make a guest appearance.

As a solo performer with ten solo CDs to his credit, Jim can mix it with anyone out there. As well as a renowned singer, he is in the top handful of simultaneous guitar and harmonica players in the world. He plays mostly in the folk guitar tuning dadgad in both fingerpicking and plectrum styles.

His concerts are always highly entertaining, peppered with funny stories and observations, in the great tradition of Scottish artists through the ages.

Visit Jim’s website

Green Willow and The Grand present: Lúnasa – An Irish Christmas with Special Guest Vocalist Ashley Davis (12/14/2018)

Lunasa: An Irish Christmas with Special Guest Vocalist Ashley Davis
Friday, December 14, 2018 – 8:00 pm

Grand Opera House – Copeland Hall
818 North Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware

Tickets: $26.00 – $31.00

Green Willow patrons can obtain a $5 discount for this show by using the code WILLOW when ordering tickets by phone only.

For full information on this concert and to order tickets, visit the Grand’s page.

Lúnasa is widely acknowledged as being the finest traditional Irish instrumental band of recent times, renowned for stunning shows honed by superb musicianship. Lúnasa’s inventive arrangements and bass driven grooves have steered Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory. Their recordings have sold over a quarter of a million, have been hailed as some of the best and most important world music albums anywhere, while their blend of intelligence, innovation, virtuosity, and passion has brought them to the forefront of Celtic music. Christmas from Ireland with Lúnasa will feature traditional Irish music and Ashley Davis

Visit the band’s website

Green Willow and The Grand present: Young Dubliners (2/16/2019)

Young Dubliners
Saturday, February 16, 2018 – 8:00 pm

Grand Opera House – Copeland Hall
818 North Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware

Tickets: $22.00 – $30.00

Green Willow patrons can obtain a $5 discount for this show by using the code WILLOW when ordering tickets by phone only.

For full information on this concert and to order tickets, visit the Grand’s page.

The Young Dubliners are quite possibly Celtic rock’s hardest working band, playing hundreds of shows to thousands of fans across the US and Europe every year. In recent years they have twice appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! had songs featured in TV shows (Sons Of Anarchy, Human Target) and toured extensively as a headliner and as the opener for such a diverse list of artists as The Flaming Lips, Collective Soul, Jethro Tull, Johnny Lang and many more.
Although the Young Dubliners sound is most commonly called ‘Celtic Rock’, that label, as labels often can be, is misleading. The Irish influence is there, certainly, but it’s not the only influence that rears its head on their albums, or in live shows. After all, several of the band members have no Irish roots of any kind. “That was always the idea”, Keith Roberts, lead singer for the band explains. “The sound was always intended to be a hybrid because we all come from different backgrounds. Even though two of us are from Ireland, a lot of the music we listened to growing up wasn’t Irish at all, but when we got here, we got homesick and developed a new appreciation for Irish Music. In truth the Celtic riffs can just as easily come from the American band members. Everyone writes now so you never know what you’ll end up with when you start on a new album.”

The Young Dubliners seamlessly blend their rock and Celtic influences into a high energy, anthemic and lyrically poignant mix of songs; the band whose lineup since 2002 includes co-founder Keith Roberts (vocals, guitar), fellow Dubliner Brendan

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Green Willow and The Grand present: Songs of Ireland – A Celtic Celebration (3/10/2019)

Songs of Ireland: A Celtic Celebration
Sunday, March 10, 2019 – 7:00 pm

Grand Opera House – Copeland Hall
818 North Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware

Tickets: $37.00 – $43.00

Green Willow patrons can obtain a $5 discount for this show by using the code WILLOW when ordering tickets by phone only.

For full information on this concert and to order tickets, visit the Grand’s page.

Songs of Ireland presents an exhilarating and unique musical approach to universally loved songs and arias with all original arrangements drawing from Irish Traditional folk song; opera arias, duets, trios, quartets and ensembles; songs from the great American songbook; Broadway hits; and “modern” contemporary popular repertoire.
The company features 4 tenors, 4 sopranos, 1 pianist, and 3 traditional Irish instrumentalists (Uilleann Pipes, Whistles, Fiddle, and Concertina) as well as some familiar faces from the popular Five Irish Tenors

Visit the band’s website

Old Blind Dogs (8/13/2018)

Monday, August 13, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Old Blind Dogs

Kennett American Legion Hall

208 E. State Street, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Tickets:
$29.00 Advance Online
$33.00 at Door
Age 17 & under FREE when accompanied by a paying adult

ADVANCE TICKET SALES FOR THIS EVENT HAVE ENDED, BUT TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR FOR $33.00

Doors open at 6:30 pm.  Cash, check or credit card accepted for payment at door.

 

Since forming in the early 1990’s, Old Blind Dogs have stood on the cutting edge of Scotland’s roots revival. The band has developed its own trademark style with an energetic mix of songs and tunes. Dynamic percussion, polished vocals, soaring fiddle and stirring pipes fuel the delicately-phrased melodies and traditional songs.

The Dogs have released eleven albums and have won numerous awards including the prestigious title of Folk Band of the Year at the 2004 and 2007 Scots Trad Music Awards. Their album ‘Four On The Floor’ picked up the IAP ‘Best Celtic CD’ Award and their last CD, ‘Wherever Yet May Be’ was nominated for the same award.

“A Scots neo-traditional super group, with a bracingly modern musical attack.” (Montreal Gazette)

“The skill, talent and verve with which they played, belied their laddishness and the crowd responded with thunderous applause. Folk is the new rock and roll.” (Evening News)

The Old Blind Dogs play with a compelling energy and intoxicating rhythm, players and audience seem to share a wild ecstasy of emotion. (The Scotsman)

“Old Blind Dogs have mastered the tricky art of innovating within a musical tradition while faithfully revealing its essence.” (Acoustic Guitar)

“Old Blind Dogs bring freshness and colour to acoustic music steeped in centuries of Scottish folklore and history.” (The Los Angeles Times)

Visit the band’s website: www.oldblinddogs.co.uk

Jez Lowe & James Keelaghan (9/27/2018)

Thursday, September 27, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Jez Lowe & James Keelaghan

Blue Ball Barn

1914 West Park Drive (Alapocas Run State Park), Wilmington, Delaware

Tickets:

$24.00 Advance Online
$28.00 at Door
Age 17 & under FREE when accompanied by a paying adult

Tickets go on sale Monday, April 2,  2018 Doors open at 7:00 pm.

DISCOUNTED ADVANCE ONLINE TICKET SALES WILL END AT 7:30 AM ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27. HOWEVER, TICKETS WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT THE DOOR.

Cash, check or credit card accepted for payment at door.

Two songwriters emerged on to the international acoustic music touring circuit in the late 1990s who, despite their different backgrounds and places of origin, have established a musical relationship that has lasted more than twenty years.

James Keelaghan comes from Alberta, Canada, and has established himself the world over as a writer and performer of considerable skill. Jez Lowe is from County Durham in North East England, and is widely acknowledged as something of a national treasure on the UK folk circuit and beyond. How these two men have come to tour together, sing together and even write together, is a remarkable testament to their shared experience and mutual admiration and empathy.

James and Jez began their partnership somewhat casually, when they found themselves on the same touring circuit of Australian folk festivals back in 1997. Their first formal tour together took place in 2001, a month-long haul across America and Canada. It is a partnership which has continued sporadically ever since, most recently when they were joined by Archie Fisher for the “Men At Words” tour in 2015.

This year sees them back playing as a duo in the States and Canada once again.

www.jezlowe.com

www.keelaghan.com

PLEASE SUPPORT THE “ARTS” ACT (“ARTISTS REQUIRE TIMELY SERVICE”)

SUPPORT THE “ARTS” ACT (“ARTISTS REQUIRE TIMELY SERVICE”)

Although some of the artists presented by the Green Willow Folk Club are US-based, for almost 35 years we have relied heavily on the availability of touring Celtic and British Isles performers from overseas. In recent years, however, there has been an ongoing issue in which many of these performers have been unable to get their required “P” or “O” visas approved by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services within the 14 day period specified in legislation passed by Congress in 1991. On top of this, the available “expedition” of these cases involves a “Premium Processing Service” imposed on a per-case basis by CIS of $1,225, which in most cases is well beyond the resources of most petitioners (including small, non-profit arts organizations like Green Willow).

Legislation to address this problem and reform the performer visa process was recently introduced in bi-partisan fashion by Senators Patrick Leahy (D, Vermont) and Orrin Hatch (R, Utah) in the form of the “Artists Require Timely Service” Act (S. 2466). The link below to Senator Leahy’s website gives a good description of this proposed legislation:

https://www.leahy.senate.gov/press/leahy-and-hatch-introduce-bipartisan-arts-act-to-speed-processing-of-visas-for-visiting-artists

If you enjoy the opportunity to see a wide variety of artists from around the world perform at your local concert halls, folk clubs, coffee houses and other venues, we encourage you to contact your Senators to express your support for this legislation. The following site provides contact info for all 100 US Senators:

https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

For those of you in the immediate four-state “Green Willow” area, here is the contact info for those Senators:

DELAWARE

The Hon. Senator Thomas R. Carper (D – DE)
513 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2441
Contact: www.carper.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-senator-carper

The Hon. Christopher A. Coons (D – DE)
127A Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5042
Contact: www.coons.senate.gov/contact

PENNSYLVANIA

The Hon. Senator Robert P. Casey Jr. (D – PA)
393 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6324
Contact: www.casey.senate.gov/contact/

The Hon. Senator Patrick J. Toomey (R-PA)
248 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4254
Contact: www.toomey.senate.gov/?p=contact

MARYLAND

The Hon. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D – MD)
509 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4524
Contact: www.cardin.senate.gov/contact/

The Hon. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D – MD)
110 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4654
Contact: www.vanhollen.senate.gov/content/contact-senator

NEW JERSEY

The Hon. Senator Cory A. Booker (D – NJ)
359 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3224
Contact: www.booker.senate.gov/?p=contact

The Hon. Senator Robert Menendez (D – NJ)
528 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4744
Contact: www.menendez.senate.gov/contact

Green Willow & The Grand present: Irish Christmas in America (12/13/2017)

“Irish Christmas in America”
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 – 8:00 pm

Grand Opera House – Copeland Hall
818 North Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware

Green Willow patrons can obtain a $5 discount for this show by using the code WILLOW when ordering tickets either by phone only.

For full information on this concert and to order tickets, visit the Grand’s page.

Evocatively-sung Gaelic songs and stories; lively instrumentals played on fiddle, pipes, and harp; and thrilling traditional dance, all celebrating Christmas holiday the Irish way. Produced by Teada star Oisín Mac Diarmada, and featuring Séamus Begley and Niamh Farrell, this touring sensation is now in its 12th season of bringing the best of Ireland to the U.S. Rich in history, tradition, humor, and energy, this multi-media concert will warm the heart and invigorate the blood. Oisín says, “One of our most heartfelt themes is emigration, and music is a way that people stay close to home.”

Visit the band’s website

Green Willow & The Grand present: Socks In The Frying Pan (2/7/2018)

Socks In The Frying Pan
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 – 8:00 pm

Grand Opera House – “the baby grand”
818 North Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware

Green Willow patrons can obtain a $5 discount for this show by using the code WILLOW when ordering tickets either by phone only.

For full information on this concert and to order tickets, visit the Grand’s page.

Irish Music Magazine says “their sound flows in magnetic, energetic waves and so does their banter on stage.” This multi-award winning young trio hails from County Clare in the west of Ireland, a long-established center for sensational Irish music. Blending intricate vocal harmonies, dynamic music ability, and a witty stage presence, Aodán Coyne (guitar) and the Hayes brothers Shane (accordion) and Fiachra (fiddle, banjo) have captivated audiences in Ireland and now the U.S. The worldwide “Sock Invasion” continues in force!

Visit the band’s Facebook page

Green Willow & The Grand present: Red Hot Chilli Pipers (3/16/2018)

Red Hot Chilli Pipers
Friday, March 16, 2018 – 8:00 pm

Grand Opera House – Copeland Hall
818 North Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware

Green Willow patrons can obtain a $5 discount for this show by using the code WILLOW when ordering tickets either by phone only.

For full information on this concert and to order tickets, visit the Grand’s page.

A sensation in their first appearance with The Grand in 2016, the most famous bagpipe band on the planet is back with the wailing pipes, screaming guitars, and driving percussion that has made them popular at home and abroad. Twice honored as the Best Live Act in Scotland, this is not your Grandpa Angus’ pipe band. The Pipers perform the latest hits and pop music classics like you’ve never heard them and can’t even imagine on bagpipes: Journey, Queen, Gangnam Style, the Titanic theme. The Scotsman praises the Pipers’ “awesome force of unapologetically populist Celtic showbiz.”

Visit the band’s website

Green Willow & The Grand – Winter 2017 Season

Once again, the Green Willow Folk Club is proud to collaborate with Wilmington’s Grand Opera House to co-sponsor several of the Celtic/British Isles music and dance events in their current 2016-2017 season at their main venues on Market Street in Wilmington, as well as The Playhouse on Rodney Square.

Green Willow patrons can score a discount on tickets for these events by using the code ‘WILLOW‘ when ordering tickets online or by phone. The information below on each of these shows includes a direct link to order tickets online. To see all the upcoming offerings at The Grand, visit their main website at thegrandwilmington.org.


Thursday, January 19, 2017 – 8:00 pm

Enter The Haggis
We Banjo 3

Copeland Hall, The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, Delaware

The best and latest Celtic music from Ireland and Scotland, these

Enter The Haggis (1/19/2017 - the baby grand)
Enter The Haggis (1/19/2017 – the baby grand)

two bands will delight with their stunning combination of tradition and innovation. Direct from Galway, We Banjo 3 delighted Grand audiences as openers for Gaelic Storm two years ago, and came back for a headline show in the baby grand. The group does not have 3 members, and they don’t all play the banjo; but they do entertain

We Banjo 3 (1/19/2017 - the baby grand)
We Banjo 3 (1/19/2017 – the baby grand)

with a program that is offbeat, funny, and incredibly well-performed. After all, the band includes three all-Ireland music champs. The Irish Echo hails We banjo 3 as “freshness and finesse bordering on magical.” Enter The Haggis, a Toronto-based band, performs contemporary Celtic music with a rock edge. Imagine bagpipes and fiddles backed up with a rock n roll rhythm section! Festival circuit favorites for more than 20 years, Art Voice says Enter The Haggis is “innovative yet true to tradition” and the Washington Post exclaims “no one can anticipate the level of energy they throw down.”

More Information and/or Purchase Tickets


February 21 thru 26, 2017 – (Evening & Matinee Performances, check website for times)

Riverdance: 20 Years

The Playhouse on Rodney Square
1007 North Market Street
Wilmington, Delaware

The international Irish dance phenomenon—and one of the highest

Riverdance: 20 Years (2/21 thru 2/26, 2017 - Playhouse on Rodney Square)
Riverdance: 20 Years (2/21 thru 2/26, 2017 – Playhouse on Rodney Square)

grossing shows in Playhouse history— is back by popular demand in Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland—in rock, music, theatre and film—nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance.

Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, and comes directly to North America from a sold-out run across Europe and Asia.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017 – 8:00 pm

April Verch

the baby grand, The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, Delaware

Fiddler, singer, and stepdancer April Verch knows how relevant an old tune can be. She took the leap into professional musicianship at a young age, and has been quietly leaping into new, nuanced places for

April Verch (2/25/2017 - baby grand)
April Verch (2/25/2017 – baby grand)

more than two decades. Now on her milestone 10th album The Newpart, released in April 2015, Verch digs deep into songs and tunes for the era before the often-mined mid-century heyday of bluegrass and folk. Harkening back to vaudeville and beyond, Verch and her fellow trio members pare down their arrangements, highlighting the simple pleasures of upright bass, guitar, clawhammer banjo, mandolin, voices, fiddle, and stepping in intimate conversation. At the heart lie Verch’s delicate voice, energetic footwork, and stunning playing, a trifecta of talents she brings together simultaneously for the first time on stage. Verch keeps the community-fired celebratory side of her music at the forefront, honing a keen awareness of how to engage contemporary listeners. Even as she plays with the tradition she inherited in her native Ottawa Valley, Verch’s energetic and breathtaking performances speak to the heart of roots music with mature and reflective songwriting, interpreting, and storytelling.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017 – 8:00 pm

Gaelic Storm

Copeland Hall, The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, Delaware

After nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is looking sharper than ever with their latest release, Matching Sweaters. The new album mixes traditional Irish music with modern influences, creating a sound that’s as wide-ranging as the band’s own audience.

From bluegrass fans and country cowboys to Deadheads, rock &

Gaelic Storm (3/2/2017 - Copeland Hall)
Gaelic Storm (3/2/2017 – Copeland Hall)

rollers and Celtic fanatics, Gaelic Storm has built one of the most diverse fan bases in modern music. Matching Sweaters helps explain the broad appeal. Rooted in the songwriting of founding members Patrick Murphy and Steve Twigger, the album moves from drinking songs (“Another Stupid Drinking Song”) to energetic instrumentals (“The Narwhaling Cheesehead”) to rootsy pop/rockers (“Whiskeyed Up and Womaned Out”), gluing everything together with the spark and spirit of a band that’s spent close to 20 years on the road.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017 – 8:00 pm

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

the baby grand, The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, Delaware

The musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, known as Scotland’s premier fiddle ambassador, and the sizzlingly-talented young California cellist Natalie Haas may not seem an obvious one. But the pair displays dazzling teamwork, driving, dancing rhythms,

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas (3/9/2017 - the baby grand)
Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas (3/9/2017 – the baby grand)

and their shared passion for improvising on the melody and the groove of Scottish tunes. Their two instruments duck and dive around each other, swapping melodic and harmonic lines, and trading rhythmic riffs. Fraser, who has been called “the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling,” has a concert and recording career spanning 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, television credits, and feature performances on soundtracks like Last of the Mohicans and Titanic. Natalie Haas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, wasn’t even born when Alasdair was winning national fiddle competitions on the other side of the Atlantic. Now regularly touring with Fraser and creating a buzz at festivals and in concert halls throughout Europe and North America, Natalie is in the vanguard of young cellists who are redefining the role of the cello in traditional music. The duo’s debut recording, Fire & Grace, won not only critical acclaim, but also the coveted Scots Trad Music “Album of the Year” award, the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017 – 8:00 pm

The Five Irish Tenors

The Playhouse on Rodney Square
1007 North Market Street
Wilmington, Delaware

A unique program that blends Ireland’s traditional musical vocal

The Five Irish Tenors (3/16/2017 - Playhouse on Rodney Square)
The Five Irish Tenors (3/16/2017 – Playhouse on Rodney Square)

heritage with a modern, vibrant contemporary Ireland. Featuring classics such as “Danny Boy” and “My Wild Irish Rose” alongside Bono’s “In a Lifetime” and Brendan Graham’s “You Raise Me Up”.

The Five Irish Tenors in “Voices of Ireland” presents a thrilling,

dynamic program of joy and passion, spirit and love, performed by this magnificent group of Ireland’s leading tenors.

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Friday, March 31 thru Sunday, April 2, 2017 (Evening & Matinee Performances, check website for times)

ONCE

The Playhouse on Rodney Square
1007 North Market Street
Wilmington, Delaware

Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an

ONCE (3/31-4/2, 2017 - Playhouse on Rodney Square)
ONCE (3/31-4/2, 2017 – Playhouse on Rodney Square)

impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights… but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams… not living in fear… and the power of music to connect all of us.

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Archie Fisher (10/25/2016)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – 7:30 pm

Archie Fisher

Blue Ball Barn

1914 West Park Drive (Alapocas Run State Park), Wilmington, Delaware

Tickets: $23.00 Advance Reserved/$26.00 at Door/Age 17 & under FREE when accompanied by a paying adult

Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.  Doors open at 7:00 pm.  Cash or check accepted for payment.  E-mail concert ticket reservations to reservations@greenwillow.org or call 302-456-3242. Advance reservations end at Noon on the day of the concert.

Enjoy an intimate evening with Archie Fisher, Scotland’s foremost troubadour. Archie has long been recognized for his contributions to Scottish folk music and in 2006 he was inducted into the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame. In 2007 he was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire), a prestigious honor nominated by his peers and bestowed by Queen Elizabeth for services to traditional music. The most recent recognition of his art came from the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival in 2008 when he was granted the Tradition Bearers Award.

During the 1980s Archie turned his attention to freelance radio work and originated several series of documentary programs. He is known throughout the country as the host of BBC Radio Scotland’s award-winning “Traveling Folk” show, which he has presented for over 25 years.

Returning to the recording studio, Archie formed a partnership with Canadian singer and songwriter Garnet Rogers. They toured throughout North America together and Garnet produced Archie’s highly acclaimed album Sunsets I’ve Galloped Into. Archie then released Windward Away, a collection of introspective ballads that evoke the wild and rough beauty of the Scottish Border country.  While working on this album, Archie discovered a copy of an old recording he made in the late 1970’s while working with Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy.  Because he believed these recordings represented an important period in his music, he felt they were worthy of formal release. Together, Windward Away and The Missing Master represent more than 28 years of Archie’s distinguished writing and singing career.  Now, seven years in the making, A Silent Song finds Archie combining original compositions with his interpretations of classic songs for a wonderful addition to his distinguished catalog.

For more information visit: www.redhouserecords.com/artists/archie-fisher