Celtic Corner
By Decimus Rock

Louisville Pipe Band Concert

Last year's concert was a sell-out and many very disappointed people were turned away. This year, the remedy is two shows: Saturday, March 10 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m. again at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street. Tickets are $10 and can be ordered by calling (502) 523-9310 or by e-mail at: kiltedpiper@att.net.

The show promises to be a wonderful exposition of Celtic music and dance, as it features, in addition to the pipe band, the McClannahan School of Irish Dance, The Kentucky Academy of Highland Dance and Louisville's own Galloglas. There are other special guests but the interesting twist this year is the inclusion of the River City Drum Corps and their special presentation of traditional African drumming. Made up primarily of inner city youths, the River City Drum Corps puts on a fantastic show, which will make a very compelling contrasts to the military style drumming associated with pipe band music. This past summer the LPB traveled to Glasgow, Scotland to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships. The many rehearsals and intense preparation for that has enabled the band to put together a compelling show of pipe band music. This program should not be missed.

Irish Coffee at Spalding University

Each year Spalding has hosted this fundraising event to support the restoration of their beautiful Victorian mansion, which is surrounded by the University buildings. Many people have attended ;year after year, testimony to the good times one can expect to have. This year the music will be provided by a great Celtic group, Cloigheann, the only local Irish band with a real native Irish person in the group. The program starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 3.

For ticket information call 585-7140.

Ten Penny Bit Fans Alert

Your favorite band will present several opportunities to hear them. On March 9, they perform at a children's' dance program at the Wardorf School. On March 10, TPB returns to the wonderful Thomas Winery in Madison, Indiana for an 8 p.m. show The next day, March 11, they will be at The Irish Rover from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. On the Feast Day itself, Saturday, March 17, they will return to The Irish Rover for a set from 3 to 6 p.m.. These guys are wonderful, so check them out.

Immigrant Breakfast at the Irish Rover

The Irish Rover has always had a special day for native Celts to gather. This year, it will be on Sunday, March 11. Ten Penny Bit will perform from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Galloglas will play from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.. The food is excellent and the craic is mighty, and why not? Non-Irish born persons are also certainly welcome. Call 899-3544 for more details.

The Hooley in the Highlands

This year's parade will step off at 3 p.m. in the Bardstown/Baxter corridor on Saturday, March 17 - yes, the very feast day. Pray for good weather and dress appropriately in case the sky doesn't cooperate. In any event, it will be a great time Molly Malone's starts off with Galloglas at noon and has live music all day including the Rashers, Cloigheann, Hog Operation and at midnight, an assembly of various band members into a "Celtic all-stars" group. If you want to get into the parade, call Dan Fitzgerald at 228-6150. Flannagan's Ale House and O'Shea's Traditional Irish pub will certainly have some great music and mighty craic as well. Across the park, The Irish Rover will have live music all day, including Ten Penny Bit, Cloigheann, The Rashers and Galloglas. Make the rounds!