AMERICAN IRISH: Bays and Landes, at the Flying Saucer.
Irish music back at Saucer
Randal Bays, an American regarded in Ireland as a master of the fiddle and guitar, and acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and arranger Roger Landes will perform a concert at the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium on Friday, Feb. 11. The 7:30 p.m. concert is sponsored by the Arkansas Celtic Music Society and will be held in the Flying Saucer’s basement party room.
Fiddler Magazine says the self-taught Bays is “among the best Irish- style fiddlers of his generation,” and, from his early days accompanying fiddler Martin Hayes to his own solo work, he has earned a legion of Celtic music fans on both sides of the Atlantic for the past quarter-century. He’s a regular at major festivals from Boston to San Francisco to Ireland to France and has scored several award-winning films and documentaries. His latest recording is “Overland.”
Landes, who plays the bouzouki and mandolin as well as the guitar, helped form the popular Celtic group Scartaglen and, after that band dissolved in 1994, began performing duos with singer/keyboardist Connie Dover and with Bays while garnering a reputation as a first-rate accompanist and arranger. Like Bays, he’s contributed to film soundtracks and documentaries and has appeared on NPR’s “Mountain Stage” and “A Prairie Home Companion.”
The Flying Saucer is at 323 President Clinton Ave. in the River Market district. Tickets are $15 at the door. Call 602-5508 or visit the ACMS website at www.celticmusiclive.com.
‘Journey’ to be shown
The internationally acclaimed documentary “Journey to Little Rock: The Untold Story of Minnijean Brown Trickey” will be screened three times Sunday, Feb. 15, at Market Street Cinema. Brown Trickey was one of the Little Rock Nine. “Journey to Little Rock” chronicles her life, depicting not only the crisis of Central High’s integration in 1957 but her commitment to social change, equality and human rights. The film has been screened at some of the world’s leading festivals, including Hot Docs at Toronto and the British Film Institute at London. It won Best of Fest in the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.
The screenings, at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., are free. Brown Trickey will attend the 7 p.m. showing. Market Street Cinema is at 1521 Merrill Drive in West Little Rock. Call 312-8900.
A Valentine from Barone
Organist Michael Barone, host of the popular public radio program “Pipedreams,” will appear in a free concert at Little Rock’s First Presbyterian Church on Monday, Feb. 14.
“Pipedreams Live!” is being presented by the Central Arkansas Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and KLRE-FM Classical 90.5. Barone, who has been involved with the pipe organ for more than 40 years, and five local soloists — Wendell Mills, Phil Bordeleau, Kathleen Scheide, Robert Lindley and Kay McAfee — will play romantic symphonic scores (Wagner and Tchaikovsky) and Broadway tunes (Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cole Porter and Jerome Kern compositions) on the church’s newly refurbished pipe organ.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and a reception follows the show. The church is at Eighth and Scott streets. Barone’s last visit, at Christ Episcopal Church last March, drew more than 300 people. “Pipedreams” is heard locally on 90.5 FM at 4 p.m. Sundays.
The Old State House Museum will extend its love to adults and children alike with a free Valentine Fair dubbed “Love Is in the Air” on Saturday, Feb. 12. From 9 a. m. to noon, make Valentine cards and learn the history of Valentine’s Day through a variety of hands-on activities. Children can play the heart toss game for prizes, and every child attending will receive a balloon and bag of Valentine favors.
Violinist Christina Castelli and pianist Grant Moffett will be featured in a free concert at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13. The Little Rock Musical Coterie event will be held in memory of Genevieve Emmerling. The duo will perform works by Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens, Beethoven and more. The cathedral is at 17th and Spring streets. Call 372-0294 for more information.
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