Friday, March 1, 2013

March 2013 Newsletter: In like a dragon

Welsh Dragon by Samantha Gillogly

After a bit of winter hibernation, the newsletter is back!

It hardly feels like spring here in the frozen wilderness of New England; but while the snow still clings to the earth, and a certain groundhog regrets his rather hasty prognostication, I've been steadily working away at some exciting new projects:

  • Celtic-World fusion band Calon, of which I am now a member, is working up new musical material, tentatively planned to be premiered some time this coming May or June.  
  • On the solo front, I am in the early stages of developing a book of original fairytales (written and illustrated by me) for young adults and grownups.  Watch this blog for continuing updates on this project.
  • March is an important month for Celtic holidays: not just St. Patrick's Day on the 17th, but St. David's Day (in honor of the patron saint of Wales) on March 1st.  To celebrate, I'm offering two free downloads all month long off of my Celtic Chamber Music album-- track 3 (the Irish "Star of the County Down") and track 9 (a set of four Welsh tunes).  Click here to download, and don't forget to share on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ using the "share" button next to each track.

"Back by popular demand is special guest, Samantha Gillogly! We first welcomed the talented musician and composer to the show during our Celtic episode, where Samantha played LIVE – and it remains one of our top viewed episodes. Needless to say, we are very excited about welcoming her back, and are looking forward to hearing more of her wonderful music."

Concert Calendar

Want to be part of our street team?  Simply download this poster image and print it out to hang in your local Boston metro-area library, post office, school, house of worship, or supermarket. Or, share it on Facebook!

Storrs, CT
Seachtain na Gaeilge Irish arts performance event
Time: 6:00-7:00pm
Location: Buckley Residence Hall (in the dining area)
University of Connecticut, Storrs Campus
1276 Storrs Rd., Storrs, CT
Event FREE to UConn students/staff

Sturbridge, MA
The Gypsy's Cauldron Grand (Re)Opening Party
Time: 2:00-5:00pm
Location: The Gypsy's Cauldron - 559 Main St., Suite 201, Sturbridge, MA 01518
Admission: FREE
Free refreshments - Free Henna Body Art from 2:00-4:00pm by Ancient Fire Henna - Live Middle-eastern Music by Carmine & Friends - Open dancing and drum jam - Shopping to your heart's content!

Dedham, MA
Church service performance
Time: 10:30am
Location: St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 950 East St., Dedham, MA

Dedham, MA
An Afternoon of Celtic Chamber Music
St. Patrick's Day musical celebration and fundraiser
with Samantha Gillogly, violin; Tim Maurice, piano
Time: 4:00pm
Freewill donations welcomed to benefit St. Luke's Church
Location: St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 950 East St., Dedham, MA

Photo Travelogue

Performing at the QVCAH Winter Celebration - Southbridge, MA 12/7/12
(Photo by Antonio Fonseca)

Gale Scott of the Worcester Center for Crafts gives a glassblowing demonstration
at the QVCAH Winter Celebration
(Photo by Antonio Fonseca)

Don Chapelle creates an owl ice-sculpture at the QVCAH Winter Celebration
(Photo by Antonio Fonseca)

Note-worthy Noms

This time, rather than copying an entire recipe to the body of this post, I will simply link you to two outstanding online recipes to add some flair and flavor to your St. Patrick's Day dinner:

  • Guinness BBQ Sauce by Steve Cylka of The Black Peppercorn food blog.  Try mixing it into a batch of slow-cooked pulled beef to make Guinness BBQ beef sandwiches as alternative to the more traditional boiled corned beef and cabbage meal.

  • Irish Pound Cake by MARYANNEQ on  The deliciously genius combination of cream cheese, nutmeg, vanilla, and a dash (or two or three) of whisky makes this buttery pound cake a favorite among desserts I've made for family and friends.  Goes great with coffee or tea.


I have found the following quote and piece of music to be very inspiring during the long winter months:

"Wait, until you take a look inside yourself - 
Recognize, what is growing there.
Oh seeker, a leaf in this garden
is worth more than all leaves you will find
in Paradise!"

--attributed to Rumi, and quoted in the song "Golden Apples" by one of my current favorite bands, German neo-medieval folk group Faun on their 2011 album, Eden: