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New announcements from Green Willow

Coming Thursday 2/20/20: HighTime

Our next show, starting off our 2020 Winter/Spring Concert Series comes up on Thursday, February 20 featuring the exciting young trio HighTime, from Ireland. The show will begin at 7:30 pm that evening at the Blue Ball Barn, 1914 West Park Drive in Alapocas Run State Park, along US 202 just north of Wilmington, Delaware. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. (So far, the weather outlook is encouraging)

Featuring a distinctive line up of Séamus Ó Flatharta (harp), Ciarán Bolger (Guitar, Vocals) and Michael Coult (Flute, Guitar, Bodhrán, Whistles and Vocals), HighTime make a youthful and energetic statement. The past two years have seen them travel extensively, performing in concert tours across the globe. The band has continued to make waves on the music scene to date. This saw them develop a very loyal following far and wide. Visit the band’s website at

For a taste of what’s in store if you come next week, check out this YouTube video of HighTime performing their song “The Village of Cloch Bhui”:

Advance – $23.00 (Order online HERE)
Door – $27.00

For more information:
(610) 566-4932

Coming to the Arden Club: LANKUM

Our friends at the Arden Club have a show coming in March featuring the exciting young Dublin band LANKUM:

“LANKUM create crushing, apocalyptic, layered drones using Uilleann pipes, harmonium, fiddle, voice and more.

NPR : #8 Album of the Year – Brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch, Radi Peat and Cormac MacDiarmada create crushing, apocalyptic, layered drones using Uilleann pipes, harmonium, fiddle, voice and more. It has the intensity of electronic music, but this is all acoustic music in service of songs that are often centuries old. This stunningly beautiful, trance-inducing album record draws heavily on traditional Irish folk music, but with a deep dark Dublin twist.

Billboard: The Year’s Heaviest Irish Folk LP – With droning uilleann pipes and harmonium, moaning fiddle and accordion, and absolutely gorgeous four-way harmonies — like on the original ballad “The Young People,” whose haunting, Bob Gallagher-directed video Billboard is premiering here — the group builds acoustic soundscapes as hypnotic and overpowering as anything in post-rock, doom metal or even ambient electronic music, all genres they claim the influence of.”

Go to concert website

Tannahill Weavers (4/28/2020)

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 – 7:30pm

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

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

(Order advance tickets online below through Brown Paper Tickets or click here)

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.

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 For more details on the show, visit, send email to, or call (610) 566-4932.

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



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:

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:

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


The Hon. Senator Thomas R. Carper (D – DE)
513 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-2441

The Hon. Christopher A. Coons (D – DE)
127A Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5042


The Hon. Senator Robert P. Casey Jr. (D – PA)
393 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6324

The Hon. Senator Patrick J. Toomey (R-PA)
248 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4254


The Hon. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D – MD)
509 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4524

The Hon. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D – MD)
110 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4654


The Hon. Senator Cory A. Booker (D – NJ)
359 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-3224

The Hon. Senator Robert Menendez (D – NJ)
528 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4744