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‘Wild Women,’ Colcannon make for pre-St. Patrick’s party in Glenwood Springs

Art SceneGayle Mortell

The last time Colcannon was in Glenwood Springs, the year was 2000.Don’t miss the band’s return to Glenwood for a one-night-only show at 7 p.m. Friday, March 4, at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Seating is limited to 150.Colcannon is one of the bright stars of contemporary Celtic music since its beginnings more than a decade ago. Whether performing at an intimate concert, large scale music festival or corporate party, one thing is for sure, Colcannon will go the distance to create a completely entertaining and astounding musical experience for its audiences – right in time for starting the St. Patrick’s celebrationColcannon is a dish only an Irishman could love, like boiled potatoes and cabbage mashed with milk and butter. Any lover of Celtic music will enjoy this group of five musicians playing everything from mandolins to accordions. More than just another band playing music from the Irish tradition, Colcannon has developed its own recognizable and contemporary style while still keeping in firm touch with the heart and essence of traditional Celtic music.A concert with Colcannon includes traditional as well as original songs and instrumentals performed mostly with acoustic instrumentation and presented with warmth, virtuosity and wit. Folk music, and the Celtic musical tradition in particular, has always spoken eloquently of the human condition, and the music of Colcannon speaks to the audience with laughter and longing, despair and hope, frustration and joy; the common threads of human experience. A concert with Colcannon weaves these threads together in a way that is intriguing, very funny and always honest. Colcannon vocalist Mick Bolger sings in both English and his native Gaelic. The band’s percussionist plays the bodhran – an Irish drum; flutist Rod Garnett performs on multiple wooden flutes, many of which are reproductions of 18th-century instruments; Mike Fitzmaurice plays double bass and guitar; Jean Harrison is on the fiddle and accordion; and Brian Mullins plays the guitar, mandolin, mandocello, bouzouki and flute. Having recorded more than four albums, they have also been the subject of an hour-long concert video on PBS.Tickets are on sale for $22 for nonmembers and $18 for members. Call the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts at 945-2414.Gayle Mortell is the director of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Call the center at (970) 945-2414 for applications, tickets or information.


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