concert opportunity

Dear friends –
I want to pass along this concert information – a piper friend (and fine recorder player) from the Minneapolis area. It will be Celtic music rather than Renaissance or Baroque – but who doesn’t like a Celtic tune?!
I’ll be long gone and unable to attend – but I’d go if I could!

Patsy O’Brien in Concert with Dick Hensold

Dodgeville, WI —Folklore Village, 3210 County Road BB 53533
Sunday, June 16, 2019 ♦ 7:00 PM
$15 General Admission. Doors open at 6:30.
Tickets available at <>
OR by calling 608-924-4000

A concert of traditional Celtic music, but with unique and innovative arrangements, including a variety of songs from Britain and Ireland, accompanied by guitar and Northumbrian smallpipes (a quiet bagpipe from Northeast England), or various whistles. It also features traditional and historical tunes from Cape Breton Island, Scotland, Ireland and Northumberland, with a good measure of original music in the traditional style. As well as a broad range of styles of Celtic music, this program also features an impressive range of expression, from the jaunty and humorous to soulful, led by Patsy’s warm and multi-colored baritone voice, Dick’s variety of pipes and whistles, and the nimble instrumental virtuosity of both musicians. (Please note that NONE of the various bagpipes used in this concert are very loud.)

Artist website: <>

Dick Hensold, Northumbrian smallpipes, Scottish reel pipes, whistles and recorder. The leading Northumbrian smallpiper in North America, for the past 20 years Dick Hensold has performed and taught in England, Scotland, Japan, Canada, and across the United States. He is an active composer, writing both music in the traditional Celtic idiom, and in more elaborately-scored pieces. This repertoire is featured on his solo CD, Big Music for Northumbrian Smallpipes, released in 2007. He is also a studio musician and theater musician, and is a 2006 Bush Artist Fellow. “The piping is fluent and assured…his technique is impressive…delightfully interpreted” — FolkWorld CD Reviews

Patsy O’Brien, vocals, guitar. As well as supplying the driving guitar rhythms of Celtic/World Music diva Eileen Ivers’ last European tour, and collaborating with many giants of the Celtic/World music scene (Paddy Keenan, Cathie Ryan among them), award-winning artist Patsy O’Brien hosts guitar workshops all over the country, and NPR saw fit to feature one of his song arrangements on the prestigious All Songs Considered. With 4 critically-acclaimed solo albums under his belt, along with numerous live and studio collaborations, Patsy’s songwriting reflects his penchant for seamless genre-hopping, and a strong interest in roots Americana as well as jazz. Veteran Irish music critic Paul Dromey declared Patsy “Ireland’s best-kept musical secret”.

> Dick Hensold St. Paul, MN 651/646-6581
> Northumbrian smallpipes, Highland Great and Reel pipes,
> Swedish bagpipes, Seljefløyte, Whistles <>

Monday schedule reminder

Hi Winds,

This is a reminder that we will meet for sight reading as usual on May
27 (Memorial Day).

We’ve reserved Monday, June 3, for the Make Music Madison players to
rehearse, and so will not sight read on the day. Thanks for understanding!


Bach Around the Clock

Hi Ginny,

Great to hear from you! We miss you and hope you’ll be able to join us
again soon.


On 5/16/19 3:15 PM, Virginia Dodson wrote:
> You all sounded great at BATC! The sound quality of the recordings was very good, too. Sorry I wasn’t able to join you.
> Ginny
>> On May 14, 2019, at 7:44 PM, Randy <> wrote:
>> Hi Winds,
>> Recordings of our performance at Bach Around the Clock 2019 are available on the website. Thanks to Betty for passing it along!
>> Randy
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