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Saturday, May 17th, 2008
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The Lucky Charms





Lucky Charms began late November of 2005. The First two members were Christine Pugh guitarist, flutist, vocalist and Amanda Caruthers guitarist and vocalist. They started playing at Marfield's Pub in Leavenworth Ks. Focusing on vocal harmonies and a something for everyone style the girls starting getting other offers to perform more places. Gerry Monks joined the Charms in Feb. of 2006. His first performance as a Charm was at O'Dowd's Zona Rosa for Valentines Day. With his expert lead guitar playing Gerry added a new dimension to The Lucky Charms style. Sadly Amanda was soon to move to Northern Virginia. 17 year old vocalist, guitarist and bassist Alaina Romine joined the band in March of 2006. The band continued to perform at Marfield's and this gave them the chance to hone their skills. By summer of 2006 the band was performing 3-6 times a month. The band played at McBride's in Overland Park Ks, O'Malley's in Weston Mo, several private parties and benefits as well as their monthly gig at Marfield's. When O'Malley's decided to open during the week the girls jumped at the chance to perform weekly there and still perform every Thursday 7-9 PM. Dori Walker Como percussionist and vocalist joined the band mid September of 2006. Adding that missing piece to the band. All of the members sing, therefore you never get tired of hearing one voice. Walker-Como left the band to persue her dancing career in Feb. She was replaced by Dana Catlett a fantastic fiddler, who also plays with the Kelihans & The Last Call Girls. Heather Mellott joined the group in September2007 and had added great vocals and percussion. They sing harmony for each other which has become their trademark. Their music is a mix of traditional Celtic, American folk, Celtic tunes with the Charms own flavor and your favorite cover tunes.

They aim to please their auidence and if you request a song and they know it are happy to play it if they don't know it will learn it for the next time you are at one of their show.

The band recorded it's first CD in late December of 2006 with the help of Brent Hoad, fiddle player for The Elders. Brent even plays fiddle on the CD. You can buy the CD at CDBaby.com, through The Lucky Charms website www.theluckycharms.com , and at any of their shows or down load their tunes from itunes and many other websites.

Their CD release Party at O'Malley's was a huge success with a full house and even some fans who drove all the way form Colorado. The group is ever growing and improving, adding songs on a regular basis.

Each member bringing their own style, which then adds to the unique style of The lucky Charms.

You can regularly catch The Lucky Charms at Marfield's in Leavenworth KS, O'Malley's in Weston Mo, Greenwood Triple P & BBQ in Greenwood MO, and Harborlights CoffeeHouse in Leavenworth KS.

Check out The Lucky Charms's music and tour schedule at http://www.theluckycharms.com.

 

Tullamore

Tullamore numbers among the Heartland's premiere Celtic bands. Mark Clavey, Mary Hanover, and Rachel Gaither render the music of Ireland and Scotland in compelling vocals and vibrant instrumentation. The Kansas City trio draws from diverse musical experiences, and a broad range of influences, to strike a remarkable poise on the traditional and progressive fronts. Their dynamic arrangements appeal to mainstream audiences, yet remain loyal to the soul of Celtic music. From the Rocky Mountains to the Ohio Valley, Tullamore enjoys a regular fare of Irish Festivals, Scottish Highland Games and folk festivals, as well as the grassroots intimacy of pubs, coffeehouse crowds, and university folk clubs.

Mark Clavey - Since his childhood, Mark Clavey has had the opportunity of performing in venues as diverse as award-winning choral and theatrical ensembles, and bands playing anything from Classical music to marches to ragtime, swing, and Big Band. Growing up in a musical family, his journey began at the age of nine with a classical study of vocal and instrumental music, and continues today. A fan of folk music, Mark has played the guitar since his teens, and began dabbling in Celtic music when it won his interests over two decades ago. Since then, he has been seen on stages nationwide... from the North Texas Irish Festival in Dallas to the Great Irish Faire in NYC.

Mary Hanover - For the past decade, Mary Hanover has touched the hearts of audiences around the country. Her beautiful alto voice, graceful vocal stylings, and warm and personal charm combine to make her a truly enchanting performer. From her late teens, Mary has worked as a solo and ensemble vocalist in classical and traditional venues, while being steadily drawn to Celtic music. She has developed as a tinwhistler under the guidance of Lee Worman. And traditional music has provided her an outlet for her capacity for percussion. Inspired by her friend and mentor, Jem Moore, Mary has found her true instrumental calling in the hammered dulcimer.

Rachel Gaither - She's about as well-rounded as a musician can get. Singer, songwriter, violinist/fiddler, guitarist, teacher, and studio musician... Rachel Gaither does it all. A violinist from the age of 9 and guitarist at 15, she has set herself apart with stellar vocal and instrumental performances. On the heels of a pair of performances at Carnegie Hall, Rachel received a degree in violin performance from the University of Nebraska, where she also studied voice and began songwriting. A favorite on KC's coffeehouse scene, Rachel has appeared with Joel Kraft, Mikal Shapiro, and the Thomas-Marx Band. Influenced by the likes of Ani DiFranco, Sarah McLachlan, and Tori Amos, Rachel's progressive folk-style adds a keen edge to Tullamore's music.

Check out The Tullamore's music and tour schedule at http://tullamore.info.

 

Bob Reeder






Irish-American musician Bob Reeder is a captivating and versatile performer, entertainer, singer/songwriter and events/music producer. Armed with his 6- and 12-stringed acoustic guitars, banjo, cittern, and bagpipes, Bob has shared his music in pubs from New York to California, from Canada to Mexico on radio interviews and network TV.

The best way to enjoy Bobís gift of song is to spend an evening with him, traveling down many an old Irish path through hard-driving Irish songs or sensitive, intimate ballads.

WARNING: If you have a medical condition that discourages you from laughing, this isnít a safe place for you. You will laugh harder than you have in a great while as youíre propelled along by rollicking toasts, audience sing-alongs, Irish ballads, rebel songs, limericks, and spontaneous banter on current affairs.

Check out The Bob Reeder's music and tour schedule at http://www.bobreeder.com.

 

Connie Dover





"Connie Dover has become an American treasure who has rediscovered the musical synergy that existed between the British Isles and the American West."
-- Cowboys & Indians Magazine
"Just occasionally, a voice arrives on the folk scene that is so pure, so beautiful, so magical, that it tells you: this is how to sing a song. Such a voice has Connie Dover."
-- The Scotsman (Scotland's National Newspaper)
"Heavenly songs bridge the Celtic tradition and the American West. Connie Dover's shimmering soprano is as pure and clear as the Western sky."
-- Kansas City Magazine

Acclaimed by the Boston Globe as "the finest folk ballad singer America has produced since Joan Baez," Connie Dover is a singer, poet and Emmy Award-winning producer and composer. Her soaring, crystal-clear voice and inspired arrangements of traditional music of Scotland, Ireland and the American West display a depth and breadth of range that have earned her a rightful place among the world's finest traditional singers.

Connie began her Celtic music career as a lead singer for the Kansas City-based Irish band Scartaglen. She has collaborated with musical friends on both sides of the Atlantic, performing on radio, television, and in concert throughout North and South America. Her broadcast performances include guest appearances on NPR's Weekend Edition, A Prairie Home Companion, Thistle and Shamrock, Mountain Stage and E-Town.

Connie's solo CDs, Somebody, The Wishing Well, If Ever I Return and The Border of Heaven, have firmly established her reputation as a world-class vocalist, garnering rave reviews. Recorded in Scotland and produced by Scottish music legend Phil Cunningham, her music features instrumentation by some of Scotland, Ireland and America's finest traditional musicians. She has recently completed recording a CD of traditional Christmas songs and carols with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, entitled The Holly and the Ivy, which will be released in 2008.

Connie's work as a writer and composer has flourished alongside her performance career. She received a 2007 Emmy Award for her production of acoustic music for the KCPT public television production Bad Blood: The Border War that Triggered the Civil War. Her original music earned a Grand Prize in the 2007 Yellowstone & Teton Song Contest, sponsored by the Western Folklife Center (Elko, Nevada), and she is a recipient of the Speakeasy Prize in Poetry, sponsored by The Loft, America's largest independent literary center. Her book of poems, Winter Count, was published in 2007 by Unholy Day Press.

Connie has twice been a finalist for the AFIM Indie Award, and other accolades for her music include being named a Top Ten Folk Release by Tower Records' Pulse! Magazine, a Winning Favourite Folk Release by The Scotsman, Scotland's National Newspaper, a Boston Globe Top Ten Folk Release, a nomination for Scotland's Living Tradition Award Album of the Year and a Creative Achievement Award from Time Warner's Hollywood On-Line. She has been a finalist for two Native American Music Awards, and for two New Age Voice Music Awards for Best Vocalist and Best Celtic Release.

Connie founded the Taylor Park Music record label to release her music, which is now distributed worldwide, and she has contributed songs to compilations on the Narada, Sony, Virgin, EMI and Rounder record labels. She has been a guest on numerous collections of folk and world music, and on film and television soundtracks, including the PBS programs Last Stand of the Tallgrass Prairie and Water and Fire: A Story of the Ozarks (which won two Emmy awards for music), and she was a music consultant for the Ang Lee Civil War film epic, Ride with the Devil.

Born in Arkansas and raised in Missouri, Connie Dover is of English, Cherokee, Mexican and Scots/Irish descent. She discovered the wealth of the Celtic music tradition as a teenager, and began a search which continues to this day, devoting her life to the collection, preservation and performance of traditional songs and ballads. Her history degree, earned from William Jewell College, and her undergraduate work at Oxford University have further enriched her unique perspective of the cultural context of folk music, and her insightful interpretations bring ancient ballads to life. Her classes and workshops exploring the creative core of writing and performance are a hallmark of her work.

When Connie is not performing, she works as a ranch cook in the beautiful country between Wyoming's Wind River and Absaroka Mountains (and where she can often be heard singing old-time songs around a roaring campfire to the accompaniment of hoarse cowboys and lowing cattle). The theme which runs through her work is the exploration of the common ground between British Isles and American folk music, and she offers the modern listener a musical experience that transcends cultural boundaries and affirms our connection with the past. A warm and engaging performer, and a singer and composer of the highest order, Connie Dover's diverse background and interests are reflected in the depth and richness of her approach to traditional music.

"Connie Dover possesses that most rare of instruments, a voice so evocative, so perfect, that it makes other great voices pale. Hers is a universal voice, following the thread of history, so steeped in tradition it conjures images of Scotland, of Ireland, of Appalachia, of the Old American West ... a consummate singer of Celtic music."
-- Jon Chandler, Old West Journal
"We have before us one of the best singers in folk music today, and probably, one of the female voices of this generation who is destined to stay at the forefront for a very long time ... interpreted with emotion and an exotic, enduring passion."
-- Salvador Rodriguez, Faro Del Ocio, Spain
"Some singers, though singing in a foreign language, have very moving voices. Even if the audience does not understand the words, it will be attracted by pure feelings that are expressed naturally ... so Connie's singing, like a crystal spring, drives away our fatigue and brings vitality to our lives."
-- Chinese Press, Singapore

Check out The Connie Dover's music and tour schedule at http://www.conniedover.com.




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