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Celtic Music on the Thomas E. Lannon – Great Music, Sail, People and Sunset

Captain Tom Ellis took the Thomas E. Lannon out on a glorious sail beyond the breakwater, Celtic singer Michael O’Leary and Friends played music to the delight of everyone on board, many happy faces enjoying the sunset and a welcoming flock of sea gulls as they escorted the Schooner Lannon back home.

Hot music weekend in the dead of Winter

Well, anybody who thinks Cape Ann’s music scene is only hot during tourist season should look at this weekend’s lineup (see full weekend music schedule here).

That’s the good news.  The bad news is that you just can’t see every good show this weekend.  You’re gonna have to choose.  Maybe I can help.  It just so happens that I’ve recently interviewed two people who are performing this weekend at Shalin Liu.

Here’s my interview with Brian Gore, whose International Guitar Night performs tonight at 8PM.

And here’s my interview with Kendrick Oliver, director of the New Life Jazz Orchestra, who’s performing tomorrow at 8PM.

And don’t forget Mark Berger & Ride with dramatic photographs from out west as the backdrop for this Old Sloop concert tomorrow.

And it’s Crazy Moon’s final weekend at Rocky Neck Art Colony.

Plus some of Cape Ann’s favorites all over town, including Linda Amero, Charlee Bianchini & Dave Brown, Runaround, Dan King, Michael O’Leary, Mari Martin, Allen Estes & Orville Giddings — and there’s the Community Sing-a-long in Celebration of Pete Seeger at the Lanesville Community Center tonight.  WOW!  Is your head spinning?  Click here for some help choosing.

Thank you to Musicians, Sponsors, Volunteers & Fans for a magical solstice

WinterSolsticeSm_FlyWhat a gift it is to live in a community full of tremendously talented musicians, who can bring world-class music to one of Gloucester’s most treasured spaces.

All the performers were at the top of their game last night and, based on their level of talent, they could have brought giant egos with them.

But they chose to leave their egos at the door and collaborate at the highest level of professionalism in order to lift a packed house at Gloucester’s UU Church to a level of musical joy that many said they hadn’t felt in years.

Bravo!

Thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers and Cape Ann TV crew who helped to bring The Cape Ann Winter Solstice Concert to life.

Thanks, most of all, to everyone who came out to support our local music treasures and help restore the Meetinghouse so it can become a premier listening venue for dozens of major musical events  every year.

Based on last night’s success, it’s safe to say we’ll be doing this again and again and again.  Stay tuned …

Cape Ann Solstice Tickets Available at the Door ~ Plenty of FREE PARKING

You can’t get advanced tickets online any more, but you can still go the Gloucester UU Church and get tickets at the door ($25 for all ages).  Box office opens at 4pm.  Doors open at 7.  Concert starts at 7:30.  There’s plenty of free parking at the Church and nearby (Trinity Church parking lot and Library lot off School St. are both plowed) so come on down and celebrate the longest night of the year with some of Cape Ann’s finest musicians while you help to restore one of Gloucester’s most treasured buildings!

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STRESSED? Here’s an antidote that will make you feel great!

christmas shopping 1Take a break from all this madness and enjoy great music with friends & family Saturday December 21st.  Get your tickets now so you can relax.

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If you’re not convinced this will be the concert of the season, check out Gail McCarthy’s piece in today’s Gloucester Daily Times.

You have a few options for tickets:

Reserved Pews (no hassle):  $225 Seats 12 or $195 Seats 10 (less than $20/person)
or
General Admission $20 in advance $15 Child/Senior (under 12/over 65)
$25 At the Door (all ages) – Cash only, please, at the door.

Tickets are available online, at the church and liquor locker.  They will also be available on Saturday morning at Solstice Farmers Market.

Plenty of free parking available:

  • both sides of Pine Street and Proctor Street (Pine becomes Proctor after it crosses Church Street)
  • in a small parking lot on Proctor Street (free parking)
  • portions of both sides of Middle Street (and any place on Middle where there is a parking meter – no fee on Sunday)
  • one side of Church Street (please be mindful not to block the driveway of residents)

Parking also available at Trinity Congregational Church 70 Middle Street & Saint John’s Church at 48 Middle Street

The Line-Up:

  • Allen Estes with Matt Leavenworth, Wolf Ginandes & Dave Mattacks
  • Willie Loco Alexander & the Raztones
  • Fly Amero
  • Gordon Baird
  • Inge Berge & Julie Cleveland
  • Charlee Bianchini
  • Ken Bonfield
  • Lenny Campanello – Gloucester Police Chief
  • Will Hunt & Alexandra Stella D’Maris
  • Dan King
  • T Max
  • Michael O’Leary

UPDATE: Cape Ann Winter Solstice Benefit Concert – Saturday Dec 21

L-R: Matt Leavenworth, Dave Mattacks, Allen Estes Wolf Ginandes photo: Renata Greene

L-R: Matt Leavenworth, Dave Mattacks, Allen Estes, Wolf Ginandes ~ photo: Renata Greene

Cape Ann’s top musicians come together this holiday season to celebrate the Winter Solstice and help raise money for Gloucester’s historic UU Meetinghouse Restoration Project.  Local legend, Allen Estes, is back with Matt Leavenworth on guitar and fiddle, Wolf Ginandes on bass and Fairport Convention founder Dave Mattacks on drums — all of whom brought us a magical night at the Larcom Theatre in October.

Sharing the stage with Allen and his band are some of Cape Ann’s top performers, from have a dozen genres, who come to celebrate the power of music to bring people together and lift our spirits.

Willie Loco Alexander & The Raztones
Fly Amero Gordon Baird
Inge Berge Charlee Bianchini
Ken Bonfield Dan King
T Max Michael O’Leary

Special Appearance: Gloucester Police Chief, Lenny Campanello sings Springsteen.

The entire concert will be taped for a Local Music Seen Christmas Special to be shown on Cape Ann TV.

TICKETS
Available at: Church Office
Liquor Locker
Online here
General Admission
$20 Advance
$15 Child/Senior
(under 12/over 65)
 
Reserved Pews
(online or call 978-525-9093)
$225 Center Pew Seats 12
$195 Side Pew Seats 10

GET TICKETS NOW

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Big live music weekend coming up ~ so much to do ~ how do you choose?

Well, it’s not easy.  But we’re here to help.  Start with the complete live music lineup here (updated as we learn of new shows and schedule changes).  Below are some highlights:

TONIGHT (Friday)

Remember Joan Osborne?  “What if God were one of us?”  Seems appropriate since Peter Higgs won the Nobel Prize in physics this week for predicting the God Particle that was discovered at CERN earlier this year.  As of this post there are a few seats left — but not many, so if you want to go, CLICK HERE and get your seats now.

TOMORROW (Saturday)

James Keelaghan

Depending on the weather, this might be your last chance to catch a music sail on the Thomas E. Lannon this year.  Michael O’Leary performs with his band.

We would be remiss if we didn’t remind you that the man who holds the well-deserved title of Canada’s finest singer-songwriter, James Keelaghan is at Old Sloop with Tom Smith opening.

Once again, we recommend that you CLICK HERE to get your tickets today if you want to be assured of a seat.

SUNDAY

Marina Evans UNBOUND CD Release concert at Cape Ann Community Cinema looks like it will be an excellent evening.

There are over 20 live shows this weekend, so plenty to choose from if none of these strike your fancy.  See the full lineup here.

14 live shows ~ decks, schooners, restaurants, bars ~ music all day!

One of the best reasons to live in Gloucester is that when the weather finally turns nice, it’s outdoor music galore.  Case in point: today you can soak in music on 4 decks, a schooner, at Shalin Liu with the ocean backdrop and a dozen restaurants/bars, many on the water and/or with outside dining.  Here’s a taste of Michael O’Leary singing Celtic music on the Lannon.  Not sure if there are any tickets left for today’s music sail, but you can call 978-281-6634 and find out.

After the sail, get ready to dance & party with Boston Magazine’s Best Local Band, Three Day Threshold at the Rhumb Line tonight at 9.  Here’s a video of them at the Paradise in Boston.  Video sound isn’t great, but you get the idea (click here if you want good sound).

Having these guys in Gloucester is BIG.

See complete live music lineup here.

Revel in this last September weekend and get ready for the Rocktober spirit

Well it’s not quite October, but beer festivals are already starting up.  Tonight Alchemy will host live music with Marina Evans and Dave Brown (normally they don’t have music on Thursdays) to help celebrate North Shore Beer Week featuring homemade brew’s from Cape Ann Brewery.  Check out her new EP and maybe you’ll want to request one of those songs.

Then you’ve got a choice of 21 artists Friday and Saturday (see schedule here)

Next Saturday (Oct 6) is the last 2012 Celtic Music Sail aboard the Lannon.  If you’ve never experienced truly acoustic music – no mics, no amps, no speakers – on a schooner in full sail, this should be on your bucket list.  (Now, I’m not suggesting that you’re not likely to make it until next summer, but why take the chance, right?)  You know you’re getting top musicianship when the wind is literally the only thing between you and the sound of voices and instruments.

(See more Michael O’Leary videos here)

Take advantage of our thriving music scene during these last few days of September, with over 30 artists performing this weekend (remember, the weekend starts tonight).  See the complete schedule of all live music in Gloucester and Cape Ann here.

Taking some of Gloucester’s best music to Iowa on a cloud ~ and a prediction for 2020

We may be somewhat old-fashioned, but we still listen to CDs for 3 major reasons:

  1. We prefer the superior sound quality
  2. We have a lot of them that we bought before MP3s were available
  3. The only iPod in our house belongs to John (I can’t stand putting anything in my ear!)

But when Vickie had to jump on a plane to Iowa suddenly last Saturday to deal with a family emergency, she felt the need to bring a taste of Gloucester with her.  So she ripped our copy of Chelsea Berry‘s CD Live in the Moment (one of Vickie’s favorites) and put it in our cloud (the Amazon cloud, that is) so she could listen to it on the plane and while in Iowa — along with lots of other music from Gloucester (see list below) and elsewhere that is already stored there.

Although we’re fans of the Joey Approved Product series, those of you who read our posts regularly know that we’ve never even mentioned a product or service that we use — until now.  This is different.  Why?  Because the cloud is changing the way we buy, store and listen to our music more than any other technology since Edison invented the phonograph.

Here’s why we like the Amazon Cloud Service:

  1. We can access our music using devices we already own, including our desktop PCs, laptop, droid phones and John’s Kindle Fire.
  2. It’s free.  Amazon has a free cloud player for the phone and a free interface for the PC.  There is a a limit to the amount of music you can store for free, but we haven’t hit that limit (remember, we still listen to CDs a lot) and music we buy from Amazon (mostly for John) doesn’t count toward that limit.
  3. All music we buy from Amazon automatically shows up in the cloud and is IMMEDIATELY accessible on all of our devices.  Here’s an example.  John and I are big Bruce Springsteen fans — and Vickie knows that.  On the day Wrecking Ball came out, she was sitting on the couch with John’s Kindle fire and said, “I just got it.” (Wrecking Ball, that is) at which point, I plugged my phone into the stereo (because I don’t put anything in my ear) and began playing it!
  4. All of us in the family can play all of the music at any time without restriction.  For example, while Vickie’s in Iowa, she can play Chelsea’s I Wonder on her phone or her mother’s computer while John plays the same song on his Kindle Fire and I play that same song on my phone hooked up to the stereo (because I don’t put anything in my ear) — all at the same time.
  5. It’s easy to rip our CDs and add them to the cloud (it took Vickie only a couple of minutes to add Chelsea’s CD to our cloud before we took her to the airport).

Some of you may know that I’ve made a number of predictions that have come to pass relative to the Internet, music, etc.  (for example, in 1998 I predicted that by 2003 every business will either have a website or wish they did).  Here’s another one: By 2020, the most common way to listen to recorded music will be to access it from a cloud server.

And here’s a partial list of local artists, whose music Vickie is playing for her family in Iowa from our cloud (in alpha order by artist last name or band name):

Fly AmeroBandit Kings, Inge Berge, Chelsea Berry, Dennis BrennanCape Ann Big BandAllen Estes, Marina Evans, Elle GalloOrville GiddingsTom HauckWill HuntKBMG, Satch KeransPete Lindberg, Michael O’LearyT MaxDennis Monagle, Ned and the Big Babies, Gary ShaneHenri Smith

Boston Latin Reggae comes to Gloucester tonight

Gloucester’s newest music venue Mile Marker One features one of Boston’s best Latin/Reggae bands Los Sugar Kings tonight at 7pm.  With just a little thinking ahead, you can schedule a perfect musical night starting at 5pm with Michael O’Leary and Friends aboard the Schooner Lannon, then on to Mile Marker One, then over to the Dog Bar at 9 to catch the Bandit Kings with Joe Wilkins.

If none of those artists tickles your fancy there are half a dozen others to choose from.  See the complete live music lineup here.

Loch Lomond sung for Joe Garland

In this video, gimmesound artist of the week Michael O’Leary sings one of Joe Garland’s favorite songs with Janice Fullman .  This was part of the special tribute to Joe Garland produced by Local Music Seen with Allen Estes that showed on the large screen at the October 1, 2011 ceremony celebrating Joe’s life at I4-C2.  A longer version of this tribute special is in the works and will air on Cape Ann TV once it’s finished.

Michael O’Leary is also featured in today’s Gloucester Daily Times story (see here).

Don’t wait for St. Patrick, get out and dance tonight.  There’s Reggae DJ, Blues, Jazz/hip hop and more.  See complete music lineup here.

REAL Irish Music from Michael O’Leary

gimmesound Artist of the Week Michael O’Leary sings the traditional Irish song Welcome Paddy Home with David de la Barre and Steve Levy using traditional Irish instruments and harmonies.  This song was filmed as part of the Cape Ann TV show Local Music Seen with Allen Estes.  You can see the entire show here.

What a Wednesday!  Sing-a-long, open mic, Gloucester faves ~ and Rockabilly up from Boston.  See full music lineup here.

Great Local Musicians Born on the Same Day!

gimmesound Artist of the week, Michael O’Leary packed the house for the Dog Bar’s re-opening on Sunday.  This video captures some of his truly acoustic music ~ no mics, no amps, “nothing to plug in” as Michael said in yesterday’s video.  Just gorgeous melodies, tight harmonies and a bit of Celtic love.

Did you know that J.B. Amero and Dave Mattacks were born on the same day, same year?  Check them out at Jalapenos tonight and find out what year it was …

Then bop down to Dog Bar for Steve Caraway’s excellent open mic, followed by Rhumb Line for Henley Douglas.  See full music lineup here.

Flying to Ireland? Let Michael O’Leary send you off!

That’s right, folks, gimmesound artist of the week Michael O’Leary will be at Logan Airport this week  serenading travelers to and from Ireland.  Watch the video to find out when.

Michael is one of the only musicians on Cape Ann who routinely performs with no mics, no amps, “nothing to plug in” — just you and his band in a venue with good acoustics.  In this video he describes the appeal of truly acoustic music — the way music was heard for thousands of years.

The Dog Bar reopened last night with more seating for music fans.  This rounds out Gloucester’s West End music scene giving us more music choices all week long.  See full music lineup here.

Dog Bar Re-Opens Tonight with Michael O’Leary

Michael O’Leary & Friends on Local Music Seen (see full show here)

OK, we’ve waited for weeks — now it’s happening.  Perfect day to get some sun and then head down to the Dog Bar for Michael O’Leary and friends at 5:30pm.

Watch the video, above, and see what you’re in for.  Since it St. Pat’s week, we thought you might be thinking about Irish music — ergo perfect time to point out just how good Michael and his band are ALL YEAR LONG!  He’s an excellent performer who captivates his audience in any venue so you feel like he’s right in your living room singing just for you.

Be prepared to stay out for a while tonight — lots going on.  See the full lineup here.

An Afternoon of Scottish Music- Today

From Michael O’Leary:

Scottish jigs, reels, strathspeys, and airs fill the Annisquam Village Church this Sunday at 4:00 PM when champion fiddler, Calum Pasqua, and the American Scottish pianist, Susie Petrov, perform music from their new CD, “In Conversation.”  Dancers from the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society are rumored to be planning to break in on a dance tune!   The public is invited.  Kilts and tartans most welcome!

Donation at the door is $15/$10 for seniors and students.

The Annisquam Village Church is at 820 Washington Street in Gloucester.
For information:  978.283.6416 or www.annisquamvillagechurch.com

New Year’s Rockport Eve

From Michael O’Leary-
Dear Friends in Celtic Music,
As this year ends, I want to thank everyone for their interest in and support of live Celtic, and other, music.  I and my musician friends wouldn’t have the privilege and joy of playing to live audiences without it.  I hope the New Year brings you much wonderful new music–live or otherwise!
We’ll be singing out the old year and singing in the new on Thursday night.  Details below.
-Michael
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it’s not too late to make New Year’s Eve plans . . .
-New Year’s Rockport Eve – Thursday, Dec. 31st, 5pm-Midnight – Rockport, MA
The ‘January Man’ is coming and to welcome him in I’ll be joined by David de la Barre, Steve Levy & Lin Swicker for two sets of songs and tunes at 8 and 9pm at the wonderful Rockport UU Church.  If you haven’t attended before, NYRE is a great way to bring in the New Year.  It’s family friendly and there’s a wonderful array of activities and entertainment.  For more info see www.newyearsrockporteve.com

Old Sloop Coffeehouse with Michael O’Leary

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Join Celtic singer Michael O’Leary and guitarist Lin Swicker for a concert at the newly founded Old Sloop Coffeehouse at the 1st Congregational Church, 12 School St., Rockport.

Tickets:  $10 for adults, $5 under 18 or over 65, maximum of $20 for families–at the door or by reserving at 978-546-3551 or OldSloopCoffeehouse@rockportucc.org

More info:  www.rockportucc.org/oldsloopcoffeehouse.htm