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February, 2014:

ALMA and ASU present Celtic group Colcannon – March 7

The Music Department at Adams State University and ALMA are excited to present a workshop and concert by Celtic group Colcannon on Friday, March 7 at ASU.

Workshop – 2 p.m. @ Leon Memorial Hall

If you play a Celtic instrument, here’s your chance to refine your musical skills while learning from some of the best Celtic artists in Colorado! The workshop is FREE and open to the public.

Colcannon in Concert – 7:30 p.m. @ Leon Memorial Hall

Come out to hear a great evening of Celtic music! Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors. Available at the Adams State Music Office, the Green Spot, located in Alamosa and All Good Things, located in Monte Vista. For more information, please contact 719-587-7621.

About Colcannon:

Colcannon presents timeless songs that  transports the audience to another time and place. They perform Irish music with panache, warmth and wit.  Formed in 1984 in Boulder, the band includes members Mick Bolger, Mike Fitzmaurice, Jean Bolger, Brian Mullins, and Cynthia Jaffe. Together they have developed a distinctive, inventive, and contemporary musical style while still keeping in firm touch with the heart and essence of traditional Irish music.

The band’s recent CD ‘The Pooka and the Fiddler’ received a Parent’s Choice Award for its artful interweaving or music and storytelling. The Emmy®-award winning PBS special, “Colcannon in Concert,” filmed at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts has aired nationwide. Colcannon has also been part of many collaborative projects — they were featured on John McEuen’s soundtrack for the television mini-series “The Wild West”, as well as on the Western Heritage Award winning album of the same name and The Nashville Network Television special “The Music of the Wild West”. The group has provided music for an audio project “Secrets of the World — The Good People” featuring Irish master storyteller and folklorist Eddie Lenihan.

Colcannon’s appeal crosses lines of age, gender and ethnic background. For while the musical focus is on the beautiful wealth of traditional Irish music — all acoustic instrumentation, traditional as well as original tunes and songs, with some of the songs in Mick’s native Irish language — Colcannon’s true message is the story of the resilient and joyous human spirit.

Website: http://www.colcannon.com/home

Check out this video with a short introduction to Colcannon: http://www.colcannon.com/videos

Talented Songwriters Raise Money for the San Luis Valley Cancer Relief Fund

ALMA is helping to co-sponsor the 3rd Annual Concert for Cancer Relief at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 15 at Leon Memorial Hall on the ASU Campus. Performers include acclaimed singer/songwriters, Tish Hinojosa, Michael Hearne and Don Richmond.  The concert will feature a Songwriters in the Round format, with all three performers on stage taking  turns singing their own songs, adding comments about the music – and occasionally accompanying each other instrumentally and on harmony vocals.

Besides being the major fundraising activity for the SLVCRF, the concerts help raise awareness about what the organization does. Their mission is to help lift the spirits of SLV cancer patients through offering a small monetary gift to use as needed – no strings attached.

Find out more info here: http://www.slvcrf.org/events/

Tickets: $25 Adults / $15 under 18

Available at:

The Green Spot – Alamosa

All Good Things – Monte Vista

Windsor Hotel – Del Norte