Musically speaking, there is a lot going on in Tucson over the next three months and we don’t want you to miss out on any Tucson House Concert events because your concert dollars are being stretched too thin. We have three great concerts coming up in quick succession:
Mairtin de Cogain and Gabriel Dononhue from Ireland on Sunday January 15 at 7:30 pm
Cliff Eberhardt on Wednesday February 8 at 7:30 pm
Sally Barris on Monday February 13 at 7:30 pm
Please note that Mairtin and Gabriel fall into our more traditional Irish/Scottish line up, while Cliff and Sally fall into our new expansion into independent singer/songwriter mode.
We realize that $60 worth of donations is a lot for one month, so we are offering a deal. Attend at least two of these concerts and we are asking for a donation of $15 rather than the usual $20. Over the years, we have built an emergency back up fund that we will use to make up the $5 difference, so the artists will receive the full $20 donation.
For questions or to reserve a seat, contact Melissa at 520.275.3811 or melissatatumarizona AT gmail DOT com
Hope to see you soon!
We grabbed a last minute opportunity to bring Mairtin de Cogain back to Tucson, and we will be hosting a house concert for him on Sunday January 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm. Mairtin hails from Cork and is a singer and an all-Ireland storytelling champion. This will be his third trip to Tucson and on this trip he is joined by Gabriel Donohue. Gabriel, from the lonely fields of Athenry in County Galway, has toured with the Chieftains for many years as well as sharing the stage with many other big names like Joanie Madden, Donie Carroll and Tom Waits.
You won’t want to miss this one!
For more information or to make a reservation, contact Melissa at melissatatumarizona AT gmail DOT com or 520.275.3811. Reservations are required and the suggested donation is $20 per person. Because we are having three concerts in close succession, we are offering a package deal. If you attend more than one of these three concerts, we are asking for a $15 donation per person instead of the usual $20. We have a house concert fund that will contribute the other $5 so the artists will receive the full $20 per person donation.
Although our house concert series has been focused to date on Celtic music and folk music that comes out of that tradition, we are expanding to encompass a wider variety of music. We chose Sally Barris and Cliff Eberhardt (his concert will be Wednesday, February 8) to help us launch the expanded series for a couple of reasons. First, they are consummate professionals who put on an amazing show and have both great songs and a great interaction with the audience. Second, they were both in Tucson last spring as part of a benefit concert and for weeks after the concert, I received emails saying “please bring them back to town.” You are not going to want to miss either of these concerts!
Sally Barris is an A-list Nashville songwriter who has had songs covered by such top-level artists as Kathy Mattea, Martina McBride, and Lee Ann Womack. Her song “Let The Wind Chase You”, recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Keith Urban, received a Grammy nomination for vocal collaboration in 2009.While her writing credits mightily impress, fans and peers are most captivated by her bright spirit and expressive mountain soprano. Dirty Linen says “Barris knows how to write lyrics that are as forthright as a stream of clear water and how to support them with melodies that share that quality”. Sally also performs with dobro player and guitarist Chas Williams and mandolin player Jason Bailey as “Sally Barris & The Birmingham Boys”. The Minnesota native has performed Mountain Stage, New Bedford Summer Fest, Wildflower Arts & Music Festival and The Kerrville Folk Festival. Sally is currently touring with her new cd “The Road in Me”.
Although our house concert series has been focused to date on Celtic music and folk music that comes out of that tradition, we are expanding to encompass a wider variety of music. We chose Cliff Eberhardt and Sally Barris (her concert will be Monday, February 13) to help us launch the expanded series for a couple of reasons. First, they are consummate professionals who put on an amazing show and have both great songs and a great interaction with the audience. Second, they were both in Tucson last spring as part of a benefit concert and for weeks after the concert, I received emails saying “please bring them back to town.” You are not going to want to miss either of these concerts!
Cliff Eberhardt knew by age seven that he was going to be a singer and songwriter. Growing up in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, he and his brothers sang together and their parents played instruments. His dad introduced him to the guitar and he quickly taught himself to play. USA Today named Cliff’s album The High Above and the Down Below the #5 album of 2007. Long one of the most respected songwriters on the club scene, his peers often mine his catalog for themselves. Cliff’s song “Memphis” was included on Cry Cry Cry, an album of collaborative covers by the “folk supergroup” of the same name (comprised of Dar Williams, Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell). Other performers who have recorded his songs include Richie Havens, Shawn Colvin, Russ Taff and Buffy Sainte Marie. A collection of his songs has been published in The Cliff Eberhardt Songbook (Cherry Lane Publishing).
Gerry O’Beirne will be back Sunday, December 11 at 7:30pm. Gerry is a singer, songwriter, and guitar player from Ireland. I would, however, categorize him as an singer/songwriter who lives in Ireland rather than an Irish or Celtic performer. His songs are regularly recorded by other singers, and you can check out links of him singing here (vocals start about a minute and twenty seconds into the track) and of his instrumental guitar work here and of the group RUNA singing one of his songs here.
Born in Ennis, County Clare, along Ireland’s music-rich west coast, Gerry O’Beirne is a renowned singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist (6 and 12 string guitar, tiple, and ukulele, slide guitar among others). He grew up in Ireland and in Ghana in West Africa, and has since lived in England, California, and Mexico. His own compositions blend the passion found in traditional music with the freshness of contemporary song.
Gerry will perform Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 7:30pm.
Many of his songs have been embraced by the contemporary folk community. Maura O’Connell recorded Half Moon Bay, Western Highway, Shades of Gloria, and The Isle of Malachy. Mary Black recorded The Holy Ground as a title track. Cathie Ryan recorded Shades of Gloria and The Lights of San Francisco. Muireann Nic Amhloaibh has recorded Western Highway and The Isle Of Malachy on her album daybreak: fainne an lae.
To see video clips or hear some of his music go to www.gerryobeirne.com.
The concert will be Sunday, December 11, 2014 at 7:30pm and the suggested donation is $20 per person. For more information or to make a reservation, please see our about page.
Jed’s new album, Calla’s Waltz,is hot off the presses and climbing the folk charts. Featuring a combination of original and traditional songs which focus on both his Celtic roots and his expertise in Civil War era music, the CD is gathering accolades and positive reviews.
Jed has written and produced songs for a series of Civil War documentaries, most recently producing the soundtrack for the award- winning documentary “The Road to Valhalla.” He also composed original songs for the film and performed on the album along with Michael Martin Murphy and others.
Reflected in Jed’s songwriting and song selection is a keen interest in history and the passing of culture from generation to generation. Jed and Melissa Tatum (your host) have also written two songs together, and the two are also planning a class on “The Civil War in Song.” Those who attend the house concert may find themselves getting a sneak preview of one or both of the songs.
Jed plays over 150 shows each year at festival and concert venues throughout the US and will soon add Scotland and Ireland to his touring area.
Jed Marum will performing on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 3:00pm and the suggested donation is $20 per person. For more information or to make a reservation, please see our about page. Seating is limited.
Note: Jed will also be performing at the Tucson Folk Festival April 30 and May 1, 2016.
Alan & Rob present an evening of old and new music, featuring Alan’s compositions, Battlefield Band favourites 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 till his departure in 2010. In that time he toured all over the world and made almost 30 recordings with the band, working with such artists as Garrison Keillor, Van Morrison and Mike Oldfield. They won awards in Germany, Britain and the U.S. and 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 it’s stature in Scottish culture as well as its influence on many of today’s Celtic musicians.
Dutch born Rob Van Sante is a guitarist of skill and subtlety. His mother was a child prodigy on piano so it is no surprise that music has played an important part in his life. During the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s he toured extensively throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. He has worked with such stalwarts of the British Folk and Jazz scene as Danny Thompson, Jon Strong, Tom Napper, Tom McConville, Kate Rusby, John McCusker, Gordon Tyrrall, Tim Wood, Patsy Matheson and many more.
Alan and Rob will perform on Friday, January 22, 2015 at 7:30pm and the suggested donation is $20 per person. For more information or to make a reservation, please see our about page. Seating is limited.
(Note-This is not a Robert Burns concert though they may perform a few songs in his honor.)