Category Archives: Recent Green Willow Concerts

Green Willow concerts in recent months

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

RUNA (5/18/2015)

Monday, May 18, 2015 – 7:30 pm

RUNA

Hockessin Memorial Hall

1225 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, Delaware
(Click here for map and directions via Google Maps)

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.  Light dinner fare, refreshments and cash bar will be available. E-mail concert ticket reservations to reservations@greenwillow.org or call 302-456-3242.

RUNA offers a contemporary and refreshing approach to traditional and more recently composed Celtic music in their repertoire of both highly energetic and graceful, acoustic melodies. Dublin-born guitarist/vocalist Fionán de Barra grew up speaking Irish Gaelic, immersed in the old traditions. His guitar work, inspired by various open tunings, propels the rhythm of RUNA’s songs. Galway mandolin/banjo player Dave Curley weaves in and out of the accompaniment playing deft, sparkling melodies and bolstering the rhythm with his powerful bodhran (Irish frame drum) playing. Montreal’s Cheryl Prashker’s percussion brings a refined force to the music. Nashville based, but Kentuckian by origin, young fiddle champion Maggie Estes White brings knowledge of bluegrass and Texas fiddle traditions. Philadelphia-born bandleader Shannon Lambert-Ryan is an actor, singer, step-dancer, and band manager; quite the diverse resume! Above all, she is one of the finest world music vocalists: Her voice is clear and vibrant, warm and expressive.

RUNA was recently recognized on an international level in the Irish Music Awards for 2013, winning Top Group, Top Traditional Group, and a nomination for Best Female Vocalist and in the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards, winning Best Song in the World Traditional Category. Their new album "Current Affairs" draws equal inspiration from both the deep and ancient Celtic roots of the Celtic tradition and the modern reality of the Irish in America and is hailed by The Celtic Crier as "an incredible masterpiece."

For more information, visit the band’s website at www.runamusic.com

A Celtic Trio (12/9/2014)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 – 7:30 pm

Music of the Season, with A Celtic Trio

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.

Maggie Sansone brings a unique beauty and vision to the ancient music of the Celts. Her albums ring with a Renaissance spirit, Celtic melodies, and a jazzy new crossover into what she calls "cool Celtic." It’s a fusion of ancient sounds and modern sensibility, fueled by the innovative use of old and new instruments. At the center of it all, there are the percussive yet melodious sounds of Maggie's wooden mallets dancing across the dulcimer's seventy strings. Ms. Sansone has recorded over a dozen albums both solo and with other recording artists including Bonnie Rideout and Ensemble Galilei.

Sharon Knowles has been playing the clarsach, the Celtic Harp, for over twenty years. She is a harp tutor for The House of Musical Tradition in Washington, D.C. and has performed at the Library of Congress and The Supreme Court of the United States. With over thirty years of devotion to traditional fiddle styles, including a Grammy-nominated album, Andrea Hoag has earned an international reputation as both a tradition-bearer and innovator. Winning the Washington area "Best Traditional Folk Instrumentalist," her music has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered and Performance Today, at the Kennedy Center and Library of Congress, and at numerous venues around the U.S. and Sweden

For more information, visit http://maggiesansone.com/

Alan Reid & Rob van Sante (11/4/2014)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 – 7:30 pm

Alan Reid & Rob van Sante

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.

Alan Reid and Rob van Sante present an evening of old and new music, featuring Alan’s compositions, Battlefield Band favorites and songs from Rob. The show combines open tuned lead and accompaniment guitar work from Rob, Alan’s keyboard, guitar and accordion and fine harmony singing from both.

Alan Reid was a vital member of Battlefield Band from its inception in 1969 until his departure in 2010. In that time he toured all over the world and made almost 30 recordings with the band,
winning awards in Germany, Britain and the U.S. Throughout, Alan was at the heart of the band, his keyboards underpinning the bagpipes and the fiddle. In being the first to use keyboards as an integral part of a traditional folk band, Alan’s contribution to the band’s story has ensured its stature in Scottish culture as well as its influence on many of today’s Celtic musicians.

Alan’s singing has long been respected by his peers, illustrated when he was invited to participate in the Linn Recordings series on the complete works of Robert Burns. Moreover his song writing has grown in stature ever since the 1980s when his songs first appeared in the band repertoire, lyrical songs steeped in history, strong in storytelling and rich in melody.

Dutch born Rob van Sante is a guitarist of both skill and subtlety. Working for the Battlefield Band for 13 years as their sound engineer for both live and recorded work, he accompanied them on all their tours as their ‘fifth’ member until he left the band in 2010. Rob has appeared on many albums displaying his virtuoso vocal ability both as a lead and harmony singer, also showcasing his undoubted instrumental skills to a variety of projects. All these strands come together to make a perfect foil to Alan and his music.
2012 has seen the release of the duo’s album on the life of Scots born mariner John Paul Jones, a long-term project for which Alan composed the music. The project was commissioned by the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival and the duo also performed a musical drama based on the story with script written by Alan.

For more information, visit www.reidvansante.com

The Tannahill Weavers (10/7/2014)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 – 7:30 pm

The Tannahill Weavers

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 TANNAHILL WEAVERS are Scotland’s beloved musical ambassadors, with scores of recordings and countless tours over forty years to their credit. Originally hailed for introducing the mighty Highland pipes in a folk-band setting, the "Tannies" concerts remain forever fresh to their fans – a blend of powerful instrumentals, traditional melodies, and rich vocals. "An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new." (New York Times)

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. Over the years the Tannies have been trailblazers for for Scottish music, and their tight harmonies and powerful and inventive arrangements have won them fans from beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes. They are finely established as one of the premier groups on the concert stage: from reflective ballads to foot stomping reels and jigs. The variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirit.

In 2011 the Tannahill Weavers were inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame and in 2014 innovative piper Lorne MacDougall joined them. Three times BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the year finalist and nominee for Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2012 Scots Trad Music Awards, Lorne is one of Scotland’s leading young pipers, even arranging and performing for the Disney Pixar movie "Brave", along with a long list of other accomplishments.

Visit the Tannies website at www.tannahillweavers.com

Will Woodson & Eric McDonald, with Special Guest Jon Bews (9/9/2014)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 – 7:30 pm

Will Woodson & Eric McDonald, with Special Guest Jon Bews

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.

Will Woodson & Eric McDonald are two of the finest young proponents of Scottish music today. With an unusual blend of wind and plucked strings, they bring a breath of sensitivity to a tradition that is often known for high velocity. This unique approach, while rooted in the indigenous music, is also informed by the vibrant traditional music scene of their native New England, wielding a dynamosity that screams of progress. Border pipes, wooden flute, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin, and voice fuse together to create a detailed fabric of tunes and songs. Soaring reels and swinging jigs give way to more contemplative ballads, each displaying the organic chemistry of the duo.

A veteran of the fiddle, having started at age four, Jon Bews of Cantrip came to Scots music from a classical education by way of Goth rock. A prizewinning graduate of the RSAMD in 1994, he has performed and recorded with such diverse artists as Malinky, James Yorkston, Mikel Urdangarin, Ranarim, Deaf Mutes and Samling. In addition to the acclaimed Scottish power trio Cantrip (alongside Eric McDonald), he currently plays with renowned Edinburgh ceilidh band Callanish and critically acclaimed indie rock quintet The Last
Battle. His string arrangements have been sought out by Ewan MacPherson and Fribo and his tunes have won high acclaim across the board. Jon moved to the Scottish Borders in 2003 where he spent two years as Traditional and World Music Development Worker for Scottish Borders Council.

Visit the performers’ websites at www.willandericmusic.com and www.cantrip-music.co.uk