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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

Cillian & Niall Vallely with Alan Murray (6/17/2014)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – 7:30 pm

Cillian & Niall Vallely, with Alan Murray

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 6:30 pm.  Cash or check accepted for payment.  E-mail concert ticket reservations to reservations@greenwillow.org or call 302-456-3242.

Renowned for their work with top Irish acts Lunasa, Nomos and Karan Casey, brothers Cillian and Niall Vallely from Armagh City in the north of Ireland, will join forces with Scottish guitarist and singer Alan Murray. The brothers will reunite to play music from their critically acclaimed album "Callanbridge" as well as many of Niall's more recent compositions from his band Buille.

Cillian Vallely is the uilleann pipes and low whistle player with the renowned Irish band Lunasa, described as "The hottest Celtic band on the planet. Cillian Vallely, whose family has played a seminal role in piping and Irish music in the north of Ireland for years, shows why he is one of the most respected pipers playing today" (Irish Voice).

Niall Vallely has established himself as one of the most original and distinctive voices in Irish traditional music. A former member of Cork-based band Nomos, he has been acclaimed throughout the world as one of Ireland's greatest concertina players. "Niall Vallely, who founded the group Nomos and now tours with singer Karan Casey, is one of the most original and virtuosic concertina players in the history of Irish music" (Irish America Magazine).

Alan Murray is a highly respected guitarist and singer who hails from Glasgow, Scotland. Alan has toured extensively across Ireland, Britain, Europe, Australia and the United States where he now calls home, building a reputation in New York City as one of the top Irish traditional musicians.

Visit: www.cillianvallely.com or www.lunasa.ie

Open The Door For Three (5/1/2014)

Thursday, May 1, 2014 – 7:30 pm

Open The Door For Three

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.

Open the Door for Three is the culmination of years on the road, comprised of unearthed tunes, new arrangements of great songs, homages to the musicians and bands they grew up listening to, and the signature sound of a trio of good friends playing great music together. Though the trio is brand new, its members are mainstays of the Irish music scene. These three have distinguished themselves over the last two decades, having played with Celtic Legends, Riverdance, Cherish the Ladies, Secret Garden, Anúna, Celtic Legends, and The New York Pops, as well as mainstream pop-artists Don Henley, Paula Cole, Bonnie Raitt, and Josh Groban

They have performed in venues around the world: on Broadway, at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, at L’Olympia and Palais de Congrès in Paris, Malaysian rainforest festivals, piping tionóil in Ireland, theatres from Shanghai to São Paulo, cruise ships in the Caribbean, and even a bullring in Mallorca.

Open the Door for Three mine tune books, collections, and recordings to find old and new tunes and new and old songs. 
They add to those discoveries Liz’s compositions, harmonies and the fire and finesse she brings to Irish fiddle music, Kieran’s encyclopedic knowledge of tunes and the uilleann piping tradition, and Pat’s rhythmic bedrock bouzouki and 
world-class singing.

Visit the band’s website at www.openthedoorforthree.com

Cassie & Maggie MacDonald (5/18/2014)

Sunday, May 18, 2014 – 7:00 pm

Cassie & Maggie MacDonald

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 6:30 pm.  Cash or check accepted for payment.  E-mail concert ticket reservations to reservations@greenwillow.org or call 302-456-3242.

Cassie and Maggie MacDonald encompass everything you could ask for in a musical act. Their talent is only surpassed by the joy with which they so generously share it. Exciting and innovative, they have found the perfect balance between musical integrity, and sheer entertainment. While still staying true to their Celtic roots, they have explored and tested the boundaries of traditional music, bringing a breath of fresh air to the genre with their original compositions and arrangements. Sisters, cohorts and collaborators, Cassie and Maggie have been enchanting audiences far and wide with their infectious energy, driving rhythms and lilting melodies.

Cassie and Maggie are turning heads wherever they go and the music community has taken note: They were Canadian Folk Music Award nominees for “Young Performers of the Year”, East Coast Music Award nominees for Traditional Album and double Music Nova Scotia Award nominees for New Artist and Roots Album of the Year. Warren Robinson, Artistic Director of the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival describes them as “A dynamic duo, two sisters whose deep family musical heritage is the launching pad for the finest Nova Scotia fiddle tunes, vocals and step dancing”

Appearing on stages across Canada, the United States, France, Germany, Bermuda and the UK, the list continues to grow as people are beginning to know the names Cassie and Maggie MacDonald. This year will prove to be the busiest and most exciting yet with performances at the Milwaukee Irish Festival, Celtic Colours International Festival and the Green Willow.

Visit the performers’ website at www.cassieandmaggie.com

Malinky – January 9, 2009

Blue Ball Barn, Wilmington, Delaware

Archie Fisher – October 10, 2013

Archie Fisher

Blue Ball Barn, Wilmington, Delaware
October 10, 2013