Category Archives: Recent Green Willow Concerts

Green Willow concerts in recent months

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.”

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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.”

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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

CALAN (9/27/2016)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 – 7:30 pm

CALAN

Blue Ball Barn

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

Tickets: $24.00 Advance Reserved/$27.00 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.

CALAN bring together the remarkable talents of 5 young musicians giving a fresh and vibrant sound to traditional Welsh music. With a contemporary and lively approach they breathe new life into the old traditions through their sparkling melodies, foot tapping tunes and spirited and energetic performances of Welsh step dancing. They blast their way through some of the old favorite reels, jigs and hornpipes with fast paced and uplifting arrangements before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs.

Following the release of their debut album, “Bling” in 2008, which attracted four star responses from the critics, CALAN have been playing to big audiences and rave reviews at concerts and festivals around Britain and Europe, including the coveted Cambridge Festival; Celtic Connections, Glasgow; Shrewsbury Folk Festival; Moseley Folk Festival; Derby Folk Festival; Bromyard Folk Festival, Whitby Folk Festival a concert tour of Italy, Austria and Belgium along with a number of performances at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Brittany, where they’ve received the award for the Best Group.

The group, who’ve raised some eyebrows with a deliberate policy of eye-catching clothes and presentation, despite the ancient roots of their music, see themselves as a new generation of ambassadors, striving to take their new sound to new audiences, while raising the profile of Welsh traditional music on an international level. With their unique instrumental blend of accordion, fiddle, guitar, Welsh pipes, Welsh harp and the percussive sound of the Welsh clogs, CALAN have certainly found their musical niche and their plan is to continue to delight audiences far and wide!

For more information visit: www.calan-band.com

Méara Meara (6/27/2016)

Monday, June 27, 2016 – 7:30 pm

Méara Meara

Blue Ball Barn

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

Tickets: $15.00 Advance Reserved/$18.00 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.

Méara Meara (pronounced Mare-uh Mar-uh) is Irish for “lively fingers” and this trio has them. They are Haley Richardson (fiddle and vocals), Keegan Loesel (uilleann pipes, whistles, and vocals), and Dylan Richardson on guitar and bouzouki. Thirteen-year old Haley Richardson distinguished herself recently as Junior Fiddler of Dooney in 2015 at the Sligo Live Festival in Sligo, Ireland and has won seven Mid Atlantic Fleadh awards and two All Ireland Fleadh titles. Keegan Loesel has won twelve Mid Atlantic Fleadh titles, and is also an All Ireland medalist. They are joined by Dylan Richardson, a multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, and Irish bouzouki. Although he’d rather be composing than competing, he has also distinguished himself with qualifying for the All Ireland accompaniment competition.

The three of them have appeared onstage with The Chieftains, John Whelan, Paddy Keenan, The Teetotallers, and Altan. Haley has performed on the worldwide FleadhTV webcast, and was featured in Fiddler Magazine.

Sean Smith with the Boston Irish Reporter writes of her unique and tremendous talent: “Haley doesn’t take the easy route when it comes to their repertoire of music; sure there are plenty of jigs and reels, but also slow airs, barn dances and horn pipes – including J. Scott Skinner’s outrageously intricate “The Mathematician,” a high wire act in and of itself – all of which exert their own demands and idiosyncrasies on the fiddle.”

Three friends, thirty fingers, and lots of tunes. “Haley, Keegan, and Dylan are absolutely astounding musicians and singers with skills that belie their years. Watching them play made me think that here is a true contender to any modern Celtic/roots band….Watch out scene.” Tim Edey (with The Chieftains)

For more information on the band, visit http://www.livelyfingers.com/

Green Willow & The Grand present: Paul McKenna Band (3/12/2016)

Paul McKenna Band
Saturday, March 12, 2016 – 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 or online.

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

Incorporating traditional and original material in a fresh and exciting way, Glasgow-based folk group The Paul McKenna Band has been captivating audiences throughout the USA, Canada and Europe since 2006.

Contemporary yet not straying from its roots, the unique sound of The Paul McKenna Band is created through outstanding vocals, driving guitar and bouzouki, intense fiddle playing, a warm pairing of flute and whistles and dynamic bodhrán and percussion. Named “Best Up and Coming Artist of 2009? at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, the group has been hailed by The New York Times as “The best folk band to have come out of Scotland in the last twenty years.”

Green Willow & The Grand present: Red Hot Chilli Pipers (3/13/2016)

Red Hot Chilli Pipers
Sunday, March 13, 2016 – 3:00 pm

Grand Opera House – Playhouse On Rodney Square
1007 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 or online.

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

It’s The Red Hot Chilli Pipers – a 9-piece ensemble consisting of pipers, guitarists, keyboards, and drummers — who have been rocking the world from New York to Beijing to Melbourne and everywhere in between with musicianship of the highest order and a passion for pipes that will leave you breathless. The band has four music degrees from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and all the pipers and drummers have played at the top level in bagpiping.

Since they walked away with the top prize on the primetime TV talent show, “When Will I Be Famous” in the U.K. in 2007, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers haven’t stopped for a breath, other than to inflate their bagpipes! Formed in 2002, The Chillis have fast become a global phenomenon, taking their signature ‘Bagrock’ sound to the masses with their unique fusion of rocked up Bagpipes and clever covers of popular songs from all genres. Their trademarked sound is a unique fusion of traditional pipe tunes – like “The Flowers of Scotland”, “The Hills of Argyll”, and “Amazing Grace” (done Chilli-style, of course!) — and contemporary anthems like Queen’s “We Will Rock You”, “Clocks” by Coldplay, “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol, “Let Me Entertain You” by Robbie Williams, and a fantastic rock medley of “Deep Purple”, “Smoke on the Water”, and AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck”.

Green Willow & The Grand present: “Rhythm In The Night” (3/15/2016)

“Rhythm In The Night”: The Irish Dance Spectacular
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 – 3:00 pm

Grand Opera House – The Playhouse On Rodney Square
1007 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 or online.

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

Referred to as ‘Sensational’ by the Akron Legal News, the 110-minute phenomenon, Rhythm in the Night, The Irish Dance Spectacular, reimagines traditional Irish dance to take the audience on an exciting journey of a fallen hero and his rise to redemption for an unforgettable experience the entire family will enjoy! Led by former Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance lead dancer, Justin Boros, the accomplished cast featuring 20 of the world’s most skilled Irish dancers and musicians brings the inspiring story of love and salvation to life against a backdrop of ancient ruins that transports the audience to another time and place where the imagination unfolds. The world-renowned Irish dance troupe performs lighting fast hard shoe rhythms and graceful soft shoe jigs to an epic orchestral soundtrack, while state of the art lighting ignites the stage into an explosive display of dance and music. Strength, agility and precision formulate the fastpaced and breath-taking experience on stage as the cast performs to the heartpounding and fluid symphonic music that has enthralled audiences all across North America!

Green Willow & The Grand present: “Celtic Nights” (3/19/2016)

Celtic Nights – Spirit of Freedom
Saturday, March 19, 2016 – 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 or online.

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

Just as a plant craves light, Celtic people are drawn to music and song. Scattered around the world like seeds on the wind, they are propelled by the powerful rhythms and motifs of a mysterious and exuberant ancient culture. Music is the soul, the very lifeblood of their tradition. It binds them together, even as it sets them apart. This driving passion for music and dance is the keystone of Celtic identity.

Their response to melody, lyric, and the crisscrossing rhythms of Irish dance is reflexive, intuitive, and filled with joy. The Irish embrace their musical culture like no other nation. And their pride in artistry is its own reward. Above all else, it is this natural affinity with music and song that has given Celtic people a truly global voice. A Celtic Voice. Every thundering dance tune and plaintive melody is a separate thread in the broad and colorful tapestry of Celtic music.

Spirit of Freedom tells the story of Irish independence, beginning 100 years ago with the Easter Rising. Akin to America’s 4th of July, the Easter Rising of 1916 created the Ireland we know and love today. Through music, song, dance, and storytelling, Celtic Nights honors the struggle of a people fighting to gain freedom, independence, and true democracy.

Brock McGuire Band (4/11/2016)

Monday, April 11, 2016 – 7:30 pm

Brock McGuire Band

Blue Ball Barn

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

Tickets: $25.00 Advance Reserved/$28.00 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.

The BROCK McGUIRE BAND is fronted by Moving Cloud founding members Paul Brock and Manus McGuire. Residing in County Clare, button accordionist and melodeonist Paul Brock and fiddler Manus McGuire are two of Ireland’s most celebrated traditional musicians and have been at the forefront of Irish music for many years through their joint work with Moving Cloud. Manus is also a founding member of Buttons & Bows, and both bands, ranking among Ireland’s finest, have helped to introduce international audiences to the virtuosity of their playing. Performing with the BROCK McGUIRE BAND are two outstanding musicians: Dublin based Garry O’Meara, a brilliant banjo, mandolin player & vocalist; and Denis Carey, an acclaimed pianist, composer and arranger from Newport, County Tipperary.

Passion and precision, authenticity and diversity: these are the hallmarks of the BROCK McGUIRE BAND in concert. They are steeped in tradition and perform it with abiding respect and creativity. The band’s repertoire runs wide and deep; their tight, tenacious blend of instruments emphasizing mostly Irish music but also sprinkling in impressive arrangements of American Old Timey, Bluegrass, French-Canadian, and other Celtic traditions.

BROCK MCGUIRE BAND’S new CD collaboration “GREEN GRASS BLUE GRASS” with 14–time Grammy Award Winner Ricky Skaggs, has been hailed as “A Masterpiece” by American Music critic Bill Margeson.

For more info, visit www.brockmcguireband.com

Green Willow & The Grand present: We Banjo 3 (4/27/2016)

We Banjo 3
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 – 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 or online.

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

Award-winning Irish quartet We Banjo 3 combine Irish music with Old-Time American and Bluegrass influences featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals, and percussion in a wave of virtuosity, verve and joie-de-vivre. The quartet has been at the forefront of Irish banjo and fiddle for two decades, with fifteen All Ireland titles on banjo, fiddle, bodhran, and guitar. We Banjo 3 plays with swing and soul, effortlessly combining the best of Irish and Bluegrass banjo music and song, mining the rich vein of the American Old Time tradition and thoroughly reinventing the banjo band sound. Modern rhythms, traditional melodies, virtuosic technique and innovative arrangements create an incredible catalog of banjo and mandolin music that makes feet tap and pulses race.

Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman (5/24/2016)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 – 7:30 pm

Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman

Blue Ball Barn

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

Tickets: $22.00 Advance Reserved/$25.00 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.

The celebrated virtuoso partnership of “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY) and “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (fROOTS) has brought its special musical vision to venues large and small – from the tiniest of historic churches in England, Germany and Italy to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London’s Barbican, Sydney Town Hall and the Philharmonie in Cologne – in twenty-two countries on five continents and now Returning to Delaware, having last performed for Green Willow in 1994. Their performances – described by THE IRISH TIMES as “music of fire and brilliance from the high-wire act in traditional music” – are rooted but eclectic, emotional but adventurous: a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, coupled with striking new compositions and Chris’s delightfully subversive wit.

Máire Ní Chathasaigh (pronounced “Mawra Nee ha ha see”) is one of Ireland’s most important and influential traditional musicians; in 2001 receiving Irish music’s most prestigious award, that of TRADITIONAL MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR – GRADAM CHEOIL TG4 – “for the excellence and pioneering force of her music, the remarkable growth she has brought to the music of the harp and for the positive influence she has had on the young generation of harpers.” A West Cork background steeped in the oral tradition led her, while still a teenager, to develop new techniques that made it possible for the first time to play traditional music on the harp in a stylistically accurate way. She won the All-Ireland and Pan-Celtic Harp Competitions several times and in 1985 recorded the first harp album ever to concentrate on traditional Irish dance music, The New-Strung Harp – “an intensely passionate and intelligent record and a milestone in Irish harp music” (THE IRISH EXAMINER.) Her approach has been profoundly influential wherever lever harps are played – “a single-handed reinvention of the harp.”

Chris Newman is a “brilliant English master of the acoustic guitar” (THE DAILY TELEGRAPH), a “dazzling player” (ACOUSTIC GUITAR, USA) whose work is “nothing short of brilliant” (DIRTY LINEN, USA). He began to play guitar at the age of four and at fourteen played his first paid gig in a folk club. A prolific composer, arranger and record producer, he’s played with luminaries of many musical worlds: folk (harper Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Boys of the Lough, Aly Bain, Kathryn Tickell, Danny Thompson), jazz (Stéphane Grappelli, Diz Disley and Danny Thompson again) and comedy (Fred Wedlock, the Pigsty Hill Light Orchestra) – receiving a silver disc for producing Fred’s international hit “The Oldest Swinger in Town”, to which he also composed the tune and which reached No 2 in the charts in the UK and No 1 in several other countries. As Fred’s Musical Director and bandleader, appearances on such iconic national TV progammes as BBC’s “Top of the Pops” followed. One day in 1985 he decided he’d really rather play interesting music than pursue interesting paychecks, so turned his back on the commercial world and returned to his folk and improvisational roots. He has since concentrated on composition, the traditional music of these islands and beyond, and bluegrass and its intersection with the cutting edge of swing jazz – he and Beppe Gambetta are probably the most highly-regarded American-style flatpickers in the world who are not from the US, and he has shared the stage on a number of occasions with Beppe, Dan Crary, Mark Cosgrove and many other such luminaries. He is a regular flatpick guitar instructor and performer at Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp, held annually in Maryville, TN.

For more information, visit www.maireandchris.com

Green Willow & The Grand present: Cherish The Ladies “Celtic Christmas” (12/16/2015)

Cherish The Ladies “Celtic Christmas”
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 – 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 or online.

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

Under the leadership of the dynamic and irrepressible flute and whistle champion Joanie Madden, these ladies create an evening that includes a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing. Their continued success as one of the top Celtic groups in the world is due to the ensembles ability to take the best of Irish traditional music and dance and put it forth in an immensely entertaining show.

Jez Lowe (10/20/2015)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 – 7:30 pm

Jez Lowe

Blue Ball Barn

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

Tickets: $20.00 Advance Reserved/$23.00 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.

With the recent announcement of a double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards for Folksinger of the Year and Best Song, Jez Lowe strides through his third decade as a songwriting troubadour, on the back of a new and much acclaimed album – his nineteenth – entitled The Ballad Beyond. Jez Lowe’s contributions to the ongoing BBC series The Radio Ballads has cemented his reputation, with a Sony Radio Award among the many accolades coming his way.

The year ahead will see him in front of audiences across the UK, as well as in Canada, the U.S., Spain, and Holland. Jez Lowe has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world, with a mind boggling series of solo shows, with his band the Bad Pennies, at festivals, and in special projects, ensuring that he is one of the busiest and most in demand performers on the current acoustic music scene.

Richard Thompson has called him “The best singer songwriter to come out of the UK for a long time,” and personally invited him to play at Thompson’s Meltdown Festival in London. As BBC Radio DJ Mike Harding said recently, ” No one else sounds or writes like Jez Lowe, and chances are, even if you’ve never heard the man himself, you’ll have heard his songs sung by the great and good, the professional or enthusiast, the young and not so young. What higher accolade could a songwriter hope for?”

For more information visit: www.jezlowe.com.

Dàimh (9/17/2015)

Thursday, September 17, 2015 – 7:30 pm

Dàimh

Blue Ball Barn

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

Tickets: $25.00 Advance Reserved/$28.00 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.

Hailed as “one of the most exhilarating acoustic bands on the Celtic map” by Irish Music Magazine, Dàimh (pronounced like “Dive”) are a long established favorite at folk festivals in Scotland, Ireland, and across Europe. Coming to Delaware as part of their first U.S. Tour,
Dàimh are based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, an area renowned for its rich musical and cultural heritage. Twice nominated for Folk Band of the Year at the Scots Traditional Music Awards, Dàimh are also regulars on BBC television.

Taking their name from the Gaelic word for “kinship,” Dàimh members include Ross Martin on guitar; Angus MacKenzie on Highland pipes, border pipes and whistles; Gabe McVarish on fiddle; Murdo Cameron on mandola, mandolin, and accordion; and Hanna Reid of New York on vocals. Wherever they perform, they amaze their audiences with their phenomenal instrumental arsenal and commanding vocal performances.

From pyrotechnic jigs and reels to achingly poignant ballads, they run the full expressive gamut of folk music at its best, and are justly renowned for their thrilling live shows. “Dàimh have carved a reputation from the bedrock of Gaelic culture…authentic Gaelic music with a modern edge and a magnificent range of expression.” (Folkworld)

For more information, visit www.daimh.net