Calendar of Events

Celtic Women First Friday Night Lecture Series Announced

Friday, Dec. 3 
"Threaded Metaphors": An exhibition of this work will open this evening, following the First Friday lecture. "Threaded Metaphors" presents the work of five fiber artists and five poets. The quilters Connie Tresch, Judith Zoelzer-Levine, Pat Zalewski and Sarah Williams, and weaver Margaret Magill exchanged work in a "blind trade" with poets Phyllis Wax, C J Muchhala, Margaret Rozza, Mara Ptacek and Helen Padway. 

From this cross-media stimulation, the poets and fiber artists created the visual and verbal art of "Threaded Metaphors". This group will present poetry reading and comments by the poets, known as "Sparks," and comments by the fiber artists.

The Bowed Psaltery Ensemble led by C.C. Westgaard will present a
musical interlude as a background for the craft tables and Christmas treats
provided by you, the attendees.

Lectures are from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. the irish cultural and heritage center, 2133 W. WIsconsin Ave., Milwaukee. $5 admission. Tea and treats are served. The December lecture will be followed by the official opening of the free "Threaded Metaphors" exhibit.

Fiddle and Philanthropy: Thanksgiving Weekend Celtic Concerts

Numerous charitable fundraisers are scheduled over the next two months as nonprofits scramble to meet their budgets. The headliners are definitely Pierre and Julie Schryer, North America's most celebrated dynamic sibling duos of traditional music for two exhilarating performances Thanksgiving Weekend to benefit Loudoun (Va.) Interfaith Relief (

Founded in 1991 in Leesburg, Loudoun Interfaith Relief is the largest food pantry in Loudoun County. It collaborates with numerous homeless shelters, after-school programs for at-risk children, low-income senior housing centers and smaller pantries in the county. 

Supporting and finding solutions for the working poor, homeless, and borderline homeless of the county, Loudoun Interfaith Relief provides basic necessities to families and individuals, with the ultimate goal of helping clients reestablish self-sufficiency. 

"We are excited about the Thanksgiving weekend concerts both to celebrate the holiday and help the community know us better. Loudoun Interfaith Relief served over 6,000 children, men, and women last year alone," said Barbara Notar, president of the charity’s board. 

"This year we are in desperate need of a refrigerated truck to transport donated groceries to our distribution center from the many generous local supermarkets," she pointed out. As a 501(c)3 not-for-profit and a United Way organization, all contributions are tax deductible. Additional donations can be sent to: PO Box 6042 Leesburg, VA 20177 (703) 777-5911 

About the Event:
Pierre and Julie Schryer in concert - Canada’s internationally acclaimed sibling duo on Celtic fiddle and piano

Concert Dates: 
Friday, Nov. 26, 8 p.m. 
Saturday, Nov. 27, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $25 each (limited seating) Please order tickets early.
Tickets, info and musical preview at
Venue: Knights of Columbus Hall (aka "The Barn"), 401 W. Holly Ave., Sterling, Va.

About the Artists:
Canada’s award-winning duo, Pierre and Julie Schryer will perform two evenings of French-Canadian, Irish, and Scottish fiddle, piano and foot percussion. 

Pierre is often described as a cross between violinists Mark O'Connor, Natalie McMaster and Itzhak Perlman. A colorful performer looking like one of the Three Musketeers‚ Pierre exploded on the music scene as a member of the famous Schryer Triplets. Born in 1968, they became legends dominating Canadian fiddling competitions throughout the eighties and early nineties. 

Over the years, Pierre himself became Canadian Open Fiddle Champion, Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion, Québec Fiddle Champion, and North American Irish Fiddle Champion. In 2000, he partnered with Dermot Byrne, accordion player with the Irish supergroup Altan for the critically acclaimed CD 2 Worlds United released by Irish record label, Claddagh. Learn more about the Schryers at

The Schryer family name is associated worldwide with great traditional fiddle music. With limitless energy and talent, their repertoire range stylistically from Irish, Scottish and French-Canadian, to American Swing. With five albums and dozens of guest studio appearances, Pierre‚s music features regularly on CBC, PBS, BBC, and other international media. He has shared the stage with Cape Breton’s Natalie MacMaster, Scotland’s legendary Alasdair Fraser, The Barra MacNeils, and several Canadian Symphony Orchestras. 

Julie Schryer is one of the most respected traditional piano accompanists in North America and grew up playing in the Canadian fiddle competition milieu with her four brothers. In addition to touring, she is a popular teacher at numerous North American music schools. She too has been featured on numerous recordings and shared the stage with her brothers and the finest of traditional artists.

The Loudoun County Acoustic Music Series (LCAMS) is a community program of the Knights of Columbus and Celtic Crossings Irish arts agency. "There is a tremendous excitement about bringing musicians of this caliber into our community," says Neil McDonnell, LCAMS chairman. 

"These concerts offer a superb opportunity for families to introduce young people to world-class artists in a very intimate environment. Our hall can seat about 150 guests, so every seat feels like the front row. We hope members of the community will extend their Thanksgiving holiday with us, for a rare opportunity to blend culture and charity together as a family," he said.

Scottish Historian to UWM

On Tuesday, Nov. 30, the Center for Celtic Studies will be welcoming historian and artist, Hector McDonnell, youngest son of the 13th Earl of Antrim, to UWM. He will discuss the history of Clan Donald and their contribution to Irish and Scottish History at UWM's Hefter Center at 6:30pm. 

Hector McDonnell, born at Glenarm Castle, County Antrim, received his MA degree in modern history at Oxford in 1968. As a historian, he has written extensively on the Wild Geese, the Battle of Kinsale, and Dunluce Castle. His book, The Wild Geese of the Antrim MacDonnells, was published in 1997. He has also contributed many articles to the Irish Sword, the Ulster Journal of Archaeology, the Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, and The Glynns. He is a professional artist as well as a professional historian. 

During the 1970's and 1980's, he exhibited almost solely with Fishcer Fine Art in London, and with them his work was shown to audiences in Europe, including two high-profile exhibitions in Paris promoting Contemporary International Realism. In 1978, he was awarded one of Germany's most prestigious art prizes, the Darmstadter Kunstpreis, which gained him a major solo show there in Darmstadt art gallery in 1981. In 1992, McDonnell returned to live in Ireland, exhibiting through the Bell Gallery, Belfast, Grant Fine Art, Newcastle, and the Lad Lane and Solomon Galleries, Dublin. 

The Hefter Center is located at 3271 N. Lake Dr., Milwaukee. This event is free and open to the public. Any questions, call the Center for Celtic Studies at 414-229-6520.

Author to Speak at Edgewood

Patricia Monaghan, author of The Red-Haired Girl from the Bog, will bring the Celtic spirit to life at Edgewood College on Monday, Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The free talk will be followed by a book signing and reception. 

This presentation will appeal to people interested in Irish heritage and those interested in travel, story telling, care of the land, and spiritual traditions.

"The Celtic spirit: stories of the Red-Haired Girl from the Bog
Author Patricia Monaghan

  •  7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 22
  •  Anderson Auditorium, Predolin Humanities Center, Edgewood College, 1000 Edgewood College Drive, Madison
  •  Free
  •  Contact Paula Hirschboeck 608-663-3411
For those who already know Ireland as a magical place, and those who hope to find out why, Monahan's stories will delight. Monaghan's love for this land gives hope that all people will live in gratitude for the gifts of the earth. She makes Celtic myths, goddesses, fairies, and wisdom come alive. Monahan teaches at DePaul University and is the winner of the 1992 Friends of Literature award.

Monaghan is a guest of the Edgewood College English and Women's Studies departments, and of the Human Issues seminar, "Earth Mother, Birth Mother: Women and Ireland." Students in this seminar are researching Celtic wisdom and other topics to prepare for study in Ireland next May, where they will meet Irish midwives and visit ecological centers and Celtic and Christian sacred sites. They are also preparing for service learning projects in the Madison area, responding to environmental needs and the needs of pregnant and birthing women.

For event information, please contact Professor Paula Hirschboeck, 608-663-3411.

About Edgewood College
Located in Madison, Wis., Edgewood College is a Catholic liberal arts college with 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers more than 40 academic and professional programs, including master's degrees in business, education, nursing, and other fields, and a doctoral degree in education leadership. For more information about Edgewood College, please visit or call 800-444-4861.


International Joyce Exhibition at UWM

An exhibit on Irish writer James Joyce (1882-1941), one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, will by hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Golda Meir Library from Nov. 19 through Dec. 31, 2004. 

International in his vision and impact, but always intellectually rooted in his native city of Dublin, Joyce could be said to represent the spirit of modern Ireland. Joyce’s importance as a writer can be measured more through the authors and artists that have been inspired by him than by the number of books he sold. Like Pablo Picasso, Joyce makes his readers question the assumptions they bring to works of art. 

Authors as diverse as Salman Rushdie, Thomas Pynchon, Ralph Ellison, Margaret Atwood and Mario Vargas Llosa show Joyce’s influence. Many of the finest novels produced across the world can be said to be written either in the tradition of or in reaction against Ulysses and much contemporary experimental poetry can be traced back to Finnegan’s Wake. Perhaps the most important legacy of Joyce‚s work is the way his stylistic innovation was tied to a reverence for, and a need to represent honestly, common human experience. 

The exhibition was created to mark the centenary of the day in 1904 on which his novel Ulysses is set. 

The exhibition is sponsored by the Irish Consulate General, the Center for Celtic Studies and the Golda Meir Library at UWM and will be officially opened at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, by Charles Sheehan, consul general of Ireland. 

If any questions, call the Center for Celtic Studies at 414- 229-6520.

Black 47 Dates Set

For more information, go to Schedule at

Dec. 4 - Connolly's, 121 W. 45th St. NYC (212)597-5126

Dec 10 - Brighton Bar, 121 Brighton Ave., Long Branch, NJ, 732-229-9676

Dec 11 - Connolly's, 121 W. 45th St., NYC (212) 597-5126

Dec. 17 - Appalachian Brewing Company, Harrisburg, PA

Dec. 18 - Connolly's, 121 W. 45th St., NYC (212) 597-5126

Dec. 31 - Connolly's, 121 W. 45th St., NYC (212) 597-5126 (tickets available at $20 plus $2 service charge (a portion of which goes to charity)

Jan. 22 - Connolly's, 121 W. 45th St., NYC (212) 597-5126

Jan. 28 - Ram's Head, Annapolis, MD

Jan. 29 - Connolly's, 121 W. 45th St., NYC (212) 597-5126

Feb. 5 - Connolly's, 121 W. 45th St., NYC (212) 597-5126

Feb. 11- Bridget's Public House, Staten Island, NY

Feb. 12 - Connolly's, 121 W. 45th St., NYC (212) 597-5126

Feb. 19 - Connolly's, 121 W. 45th St., NYC (212) 597-5126

St. Louis Irish Arts Programs Announced

The annual holiday concert presented by St. Louis Irish Arts is set for 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 20, at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Ave.,. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Call 314-534-111 for more information.

St. Louis Irish Arts annual meeting is set for 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005, at SLIA School, 2934 Marshall. 

Learn the Irish Language Classes Set at Milwaukee Irish Fest Center

An Ghaeilge

Learn basic conversation, greetings, blessings, curses, proverbs, a song, and more in a relaxed, non-stress course geared for adults and teens.

Blais é agus tiocfaidh dúil agat ann.
Taste it and you will get a desire for it.

Irish language classes in Milwaukee are set for Mondays 7 - 8:30 p.m., Jan. 10 - Feb. 28. Sinéad Pitterle, who has studied Irish for several years and teaches in the Milwaukee area, will be teaching the course. Sinéad is a member of the Gaelic League of Milwaukee and volunteers at the Gaeltacht in the Cultural Area at Irish Fest.

The Irish Fest Center is lcoated at 1532 Wauwatosa Ave (N. 76th St.), Milwaukee. Call 414-476-3378. Fhe cost is $65.00 for the eight week course

For more information or to register, contact Sinéad at 262-783-4830

Blarney Reunion Concert Set for Dec. 12

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Milwaukee's own Irish folk group, Blarney, will hold a 25th reunion concert at 4 p.m,., Sunday, Dec. 14, 2004, at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center, 2133 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Admission is $10. Among the performers will be Ed and Chuck Ward, John Testin, Kevin Stapleton, Bernie McCarten and Dennis Murphy. For more information: 414-476-3378.

Shamrock Club of Wisconsin calendar

Irish Fest's Breakfast and Lunch with Nick McFest will take place Dec. 13 at the Irish Fest Center. Stop in, get your unique Irish children's meal for Christmas.

The annual Messiah singalong will take place at the ICHC on Dec. 5. Bring your voices. Songbooks provided. 2 pm.

The Irish song circle will circle at the Irish Fest Center on Dec. 5 at 7 pm.

Good luck to all the dancers involved in the Oireachtas in Chicago this weekend.

November 30 is St Andrew's Day. Find a thistle, or maybe an artichoke, as they are in the same family, a good single malt and a set of pipes, and salute the patron saint of Scotland. Slainte.

Next time, Irish Christmas.

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Shank Hall
Maura O'Connell - Dec. 11
Pauk brady - February 12

ICHC Concert Schedule
Jodee James — Dec. 11
Danu - January 29
Altan - April 14

Boys of the Lough - "A Celtic Christmas"
Dec. 2 — [GREEN BAY]; Meyer Theatre; 7;30 pm

Cherish The Ladies
Dec. 7 — [STOUGHTON]; Stoughton Opera House - 8 pm
Dec. 8 — [STEVENS POINT]; Sentry Theater (715) 346-4343;
Dec. 9 — [GREEN BAY]; Meyer Theatre ; 800-328-TKTS;

Tomaseen Foley's Celtic Christmas
Dec. 10 — [WHITEWATER]; University of Wisconsin Whitewater Young Auditorium; (262) 472-5630; 7:30 pm
Dec. 11 — [BARABOO]; Lively Arts Series; Al Ringling Theater; 8 pm

Bonnie Rideout Scottish Christmas
Dec. 13 — [MADISON]; with O'er The Border; OVERTURE Center

Dec. 7 — Ben Barnes, artistic director of the Abbey Theater in Dublin to lecture: "Ireland's National Theatre: The First 100 Years"; UWM's Hefter Centre; 7 pm
Dec. 7 — Pogue Mahone; Mo's Irish Pub; 8 pm
Dec. 7 — Elegant Gypsys; The Pub; 8 pm
Dec. 8 — Gould & Patrick; Mo's Irish Pub; 5:30 - 7:00pm; 8:00 - 11:30pm
Dec. 9 — Barry Dodd; County Clare; 10 pm
Dec. 10 — Switchback; Mo's Irish Pub; 9 pm
Dec. 10 — Five Card Stud; County Clare; 9:30 pm
Dec. 10 — Angel Breath; House of Guinness; 9:30 pm
Dec. 10 — Finbar MacCarthy; MacCarthy's Ould Sod; 9 pm
Dec. 10 — Night Visit with Danno Brown and Steve Wurcer; The Pub, 114 N Main St, Oconomowoc; 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 11 — Danno Brown and Steve Wurcer;House Of Guinness, 354 W Main St, Waukesha; 9:30 pm
Dec. 11 — The O'Shyttes; O'Connor's Perfect Pint; 9:30 pm; 8423 W. Greenfield
Dec. 11 — Breakfast or Lunch with Nick McFest; Irish Fest Center
Dec. 11 — Mother Grove; McAuliffes's Pub, Racine; 9 pm
Dec. 11 — The Sandcarvers; County Clare; 9:30 pm
Dec. 11 — Not Too Serious; The Pub; 8 pm
Dec. 11 — Jodee James; Celia to open; ICHC; 8 pm
Dec. 11 — Maura O'Connell ; Shank Hall; 8 pm

Wisconsin Events

Dec. 7 — [STOUGHTON]; Cherish The Ladies; Stoughton Opera House - 7 pm
Dec. 8 — [STEVENS POINT]; Cherish The Ladies; Sentry Theater (715) 346-4343;
Dec. 9 [NEENAH]; Sheamus Fitzpatrick and the McNally Boys; Cranky Pat's; 9 pm
Dec. 9 — [GREEN BAY]; Cherish The Ladies; Meyer Theatre ; 800-328-TKTS;
Dec. 9 — [PLATTEVILLE]; Pogue Mahone; Pre-UWP Graduation bash; The Perfect Pint, Main Street; 8pm
Dec. 10 — [WHITEWATER]; Tomaseen Foley's Celtic Christmas; University of Wisconsin Whitewater Young Auditorium; (262) 472-5630; 7:30 pm
Dec. 10 — [GREEN BAY]; Frogwater; St. Brendan's Inn; 8 pm
Dec. 11 — [GREEN BAY]; Poor Man's Labour; St. Brendan's Inn; 8 pm
Dec. 11 — [MIDDLETON]; Stone Ring Band; Claddagh Irish Pub, 1611 Aspen Commons, Middleton; 8 pm
Dec. 11 — [SHEBOYGAN]; Sheamus Fitzpatrick and the McNally Boys; Manning's Irish Pub - Sheboygan
Dec. 11 — [BARABOO]; Tomaseen Foley's Celtic Christmas; Lively Arts Series; Al Ringling Theater; 8 pm
Dec. 11 — [SLINGER]; Denise Hogan and the Bystanders; Sheryl's Club 175; 3534 Hwy 175; 9:30 pm
Dec. 11 — [MADISON]; Annual Christmas dance of the Madison Scottish Country Dancers; O'er The Border, music; 1pm; Grace Episcopal Church
Dec. 12 — [BARABOO]; South Central Shamrock Club Christmas Party; Opera House
Dec. 12 — [DARLINGTON]; Lafayette County Shamrock Club Monthly meeting; Legion Hall; 7 pm
Dec. 13 — [MADISON]; Bonnie Rideout Scottish Christmas ; with O'er The Border; OVERTURE Center
Dec. 14 — [MADISON]; Dane County Shamrock Club Christmas Party; Coliseum Bar
Dec. 16 — [LA CROSSE]; The Kissers; Nighthawks; 9 pm
Dec. 17 — [RICHLAND]; Frogwater; Treasures in the Bakery; 8 pm
Dec. 17-18 — [GREEN BAY]; Eddie Biebel; St. Brendan's Inn; 8 pm
Dec. 17 — [APPLETON]; Sheamus Fitzpatrick and the McNally Boys; Tom's Garage; 9 pm
Dec. 18 — [APPLETON]; The Kissers; Mill Creek Blues Café; 9:30 pm
Dec. 21 — [JANESVILLE]; Shamrock Club of Rock County Christmas Party; Janesville Senior Center

Ongoing Events

For a listing of ongoing events, please visit our calendar pages.
Listings of sessions, classes and meetings is at
Our electronic Milwaukee Calendar of events is at
Our state calendar of events at
Our Midwestern Calendar is at
Or call our 24 hour hotline of Milwaukee Irish events, at 414-77-Irish.

For another listing of events and locations, try CTYMurph at
For Madison and environs - Try the Celtic Community Center -
And for Illinois, try Stress Cafe at




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