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New announcements from Green Willow

Concert Cancellation – Tannahill Weavers, April 28, 2020

We have been notified by the Tannahill Weavers that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic their entire upcoming US tour, including their scheduled show with us on April 28, 2020, has been cancelled. We are working with the band in the hope of rescheduling this concert.

We remain hopeful that the situation will have improved enough in a few weeks that we will be able to hold our scheduled show on May 20, 2020 featuring DuoDuo. We will update you on any and all developments relating to these shows.

IF YOU PURCHASED ADVANCE TICKETS TO OUR APRIL 28TH SHOW…

Those who purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets will receive a notification from them with instructions as to how to receive a refund

If you sent a check for your tickets to our Rockland post office box, we will issue you a refund check which will be mailed to you.

WE CAN USE YOUR HELP!

This is, of course, a difficult time for all of us, not just here in the Delaware Valley, but around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic is having a severe effect not only on traveling performers in arts and music,  but also on the arts organizations that sponsor their shows – many of which – like Green Willow and our partner organization, the Grand Opera House – are non-profit entities. The Grand has likewise cancelled/postponed several of their shows, and has invited those who have purchased advance tickets to donate their purchase in lieu of a refund.

In similar fashion, Green Willow also invites you to consider donating your ticket purchase. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and will be more than happy to send you a receipt for your contribution to helping the arts/music scene through the current crisis.

Let us know at info@greenwillow.org if you would like to do this. Or, you can go to http://www.greenwillow.org/donate-to-green-willow/. On that page you will find a button that will take you to a secure PayPal site at which you can make a donation via credit card. (A link to this site is also in the menu bar at top on our home page at greenwillow.org)

From all of us here at Green Willow, we thank you for your ongoing support, and earnestly hope that this is the last concert we will ever have to cancel. We will keep you updated as things develop.

Thanks,
Green Willow

Concert Cancellation – Maire & CHris, 3/24/20

As we monitor the ongoing developments relating to the COVID-19 virus situation, we believe it is in the best interests of the safety and health of our audience, performers, volunteers and venue staff to cancel our scheduled show on March 24, 2020 featuring Maire Ni Chatasaigh and Chris Newman. We will communicate with Maire and Chris with regards to rescheduling this show for a future date.

We remain hopeful that the situation will have improved enough in a month’s time that we will be able to hold our scheduled shows on April 28, 2020 (Tannahill Weavers) and May 20, 2020 (DuoDuo). We will update you on any and all developments relating to these shows.

IF YOU PURCHASED ADVANCE TICKETS TO OUR MARCH 24TH SHOW…

Those who purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets will receive a refund in the form of a credit back to the credit card you used to purchase the tickets with. This refund should arrive with 3-5 business days. Please let us know at info@greenwillow.org if you do not receive this credit by then.

If you sent a check for your tickets to our Rockland post office box, we will issue you a refund check which will be mailed to you.

WE CAN USE YOUR HELP!

This is, of course, a difficult time for all of us, not just here in the Delaware Valley, but around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic is having a severe effect not only on traveling performers in arts and music,  but also on the arts organizations that sponsor their shows – many of which – like Green Willow and our partner organization, the Grand Opera House – are non-profit entities. The Grand has likewise cancelled/postponed several of their shows, and has invited those who have purchased advance tickets to donate their purchase in lieu of a refund.

In similar fashion, Green Willow also invites you to consider donating your ticket purchase. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and will be more than happy to send you a receipt for your contribution to helping the arts/music scene through the current crisis.

Let us know at info@greenwillow.org if you would like to do this. Or, you can go to http://www.greenwillow.org/donate-to-green-willow/. On that page you will find a button that will take you to a secure PayPal site at which you can make a donation via credit card. (A link to this site is also in the menu bar at top on our home page at greenwillow.org)

From all of us here at Green Willow, we thank you for your ongoing support, and earnestly hope that this is the last concert we will ever have to cancel. We will keep you updated as things develop.

Thanks,
Green Willow

DuoDuo (5/20/2020)

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 – 7:30 pm

Blue Ball Barn
1914 West Park Drive
(Alapocas Run State Park)
Wilmington, Delaware 19803

Tickets:
Adult – Advance: $24.00
Adult – Door: $28.00
17 & Under: FREE when accompanied by Adult

Buy Tickets for DuoDuo now

Doors open at 6:30 pm.  Cash, check or credit card accepted for payment at door. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. The Blue Ball Barn is a Delaware State Parks system facility. Park entrance fees will not be in force during the concert. No alcoholic beverages will be permitted.

The DuoDuo quartet (duoduoquartet.com) presents an unforgettable night of music, song, and dance, spanning from the intimacy of each duo to a collaboration featuring all four of these innovators and masters of their respective traditions and instruments.

Michigan-born percussive dancer Nic Gareiss and Edinburgh harpist Maeve Gilchrist met while teaching at the Shasta Fiddle Summit in Northern California. They continued their musical relationship with spontaneous collaborations at festivals and chance meetings and later toured together as part of Darol Anger’s band, ‘The Furies,’ finally making their duo debut at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, Scotland. Sharing a deep respect for traditional music and culture while drawing on contemporary elements of music, movement, rhythm and improvisation, Nic and Maeve have emerged from the vibrant new acoustic scene as innovators in their fields. The percussion and drive of Nic’s footwork, combined with Maeve’s melodic and improvisational sensibilities, make for an explosive duet sure to delight both the ears and the eyes.

Natalie Haas is one of the most sought-after cellists in Celtic music today. She and Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser have toured as a duo for 18 years, wowing audiences at festivals and concerts worldwide with their unique sound. She has appeared on over 50 albums, including those of Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster; Irish greats Altan, Solas, and Liz Carroll; and Americana icon Dirk Powell. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Natalie is currently based in Boston, where she is an associate professor of cello at Berklee College of Music.

Montrealer Yann Falquet is one of the most creative acoustic guitarists in today’s Québécois music scene. Over the last 15 years, he has recorded five albums and toured the world with French Canadian power trio Genticorum. Over the years, he has developed a unique personal guitar style for Québécois folk music, rhythmically powerful yet subtly complex.

In the last few years, this husband and wife team of Natalie Haas and Yann Falquet have been touring together as a duo, performing a mix of Québécois traditional songs and new takes on folk music from throughout Western Europe.

Tannahill Weavers (4/28/2020) – CANCELLED

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 – 7:30pm

Blue Ball Barn
1914 West Park Drive
(Alapocas Run State Park)
Wilmington, Delaware 19803

Tickets:
Adult – Advance: $28.00
Adult – Door: $32.00
17 & Under: FREE when accompanied by Adult


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Doors open at 6:30 pm.  Cash, check or credit card accepted for payment at door. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. The Blue Ball Barn is a Delaware State Parks system facility. Park entrance fees will not be in force during the concert. No alcoholic beverages will be permitted.

As they enter their 51st year in 2019, the Tannahill Weavers (Roy Gullane, guitar; Phil Smillie, flutes; John Martin, fiddle; Mike Katz, pipes) are one of Scotland’s premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can’t get better…yet continue to do just that.

The Tannahills have turned their acoustic excitement loose on audiences with an electrifying effect. They have that unique combination of traditional melodies, driving rhythmic accompaniment, and rich vocals that make their performances unforgettable. As the Winnipeg Free Press noted, “The Tannahill Weavers – properly harnessed – could probably power an entire city for a year on the strength of last night’s concert alone. The music may be old time Celtic, but the drive and enthusiasm are akin to straight ahead rock and roll.”

Born of a session in Paisley, Scotland and named for the town’s historic weaving industry and local poet laureate Robert Tannahill, the group has made an international name for its special brand of Scottish music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms. The Tannahill Weavers began to attract attention when founding members Roy Gullane and Phil Smillie added the full-sized highland bagpipes to the on-stage presentations, the first professional Scottish folk group to successfully do so. The combination of the powerful pipe solos, Roy’s driving guitar backing and lead vocals, and Phil’s ethereal flute playing breathed new life into Scotland’s vast repertoire of traditional melodies and songs.

tannahillweavers.com

Jim Malcolm – “Suzi Wollenberg” (3/21/2019)

Following the sudden passing of longtime Green Willow president and artistic director Suzi Wollenberg in August, 2009, Jim Malcolm wrote a tribute to her which he recorded on his 2011 album Sparkling Flash. Jim performs the song here as part of his appearance for us at the Blue Ball Barn in Wilmington, Delaware on March 21, 2019.


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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)

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