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2015

 

Hot Maui Celtic Radio Show news - you've been asking for years, and we've finally done it! All past editions of the The Maui Celtic Show originally broadcast on Blues & Roots Radio are now available to listen at http://www.mixcloud.com/mauiceltic/. Easy to sign up, and free. A treat for yer Celtic lugs!

The Maui Celtic Show recent programmes can also be heard on the 'listen again' feature on Celtic Music Radio 95FM across Glasgow, at the link below. Listen to the second post first - i.e., the 1st hour is the bottom post of any date, and 2nd hour is the top post. Archived for 30 days. Cheers !
http://podcast.canstream.co.uk/celticmusic/index.php?cat=Hamish+Douglas+Burgess

January and February - Scottish solo performer Bill Mullen played on Oahu. With a wide range of Irish and Scottish songs he appeared at Kelley O'Neils' and O'Toole's in January and February. More info Bill Comerford at bill@ejlounge.com or call 808-223-3997.
Tuesday Jan 26th - Bill Mullen played at Kelley O'Neils' in Waikiki. 5-8pm.
Friday Jan 29th - Bill Mullen played at Kelley O'Neils' in Waikiki. 5-8pm.
Monday Feb 1st - Bill Mullen played at O'Toole's Pub, Downtown Honolulu. 9pm-1.30am.
Tues Feb 2nd - Bill Mullen played at O'Toole's Pub, Downtown Honolulu. 9pm-1.30am.

Bill Mullen playing Honolulu in Jan/Feb

Tuesday Feb 1st & 2nd - Imbolc and Brigid's Day greetings to you all!
Sunday January 31st - Hamish Burgess had an Imbolc Special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com.
Songs and traditions of the ancient Celtic festival of IMBOLC, which is on the eve of February 1st, marking the beginning of Spring, associated with the goddess Brighid, Brigit, or Bride, divinity of healing and childbirth, smithcraft and the hearth. Brighid is an important link between the Old Ways and the Celtic Christian church, and the hearth tradition continued in the form of St. Brigit of Kildare, who founded a monastery there, where a sacred flame, tended by nuns, burnt continuously from the 5th century until the Reformation, hundreds of years later. In Ireland, her tradition continues at Imbolc time to this day, with woven wicker-work crosses, "Brigit's Crosses", being hung by doorways. The day is also the forerunner of Groundhog Day. More details on our Gallery page.

“IMBOLC” © Hamish Burgess 2011

“IMBOLC” © Hamish Burgess 2011
More details on the artwork on our Gallery page

Sat Jan 30th - over on Oahu, The Caledonian Society of Hawaii held their Annual Robert Burns Night - this year SINGING BURNS, at the Oahu Country Club, 5:00 to 10:00 PM.
MEMBERS $85 each, or $680 per table of eight; Non-members $95. After Jan. 11, 2016: MEMBERS $95, or $760 per table of eight; Non-members $105. Questions call Susan MacKinnon at 808-591-9398. More information as we know it....

Monday Jan 25th - was ROBERT BURNS NIGHT ON MAUI. Maui folks and visitors joined Scots worldwide by celebrating the famous Scottish poet's 257th birthday! Maui Celtic and Mulligan's on the Blue presented their 12th annual Robert Burns Night at Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea.
Dinner seating started at 5.30pm and the festivities started just after 6pm. The $15 cover included a tasting of Scotch, Haggis, Neeps & Tatties. MCs for the night were Bud Clark and Hamish Burgess, who also ceremoniously piped in the Haggis, and laterv there was Celtic music from Maui's newest traditional band the Glen Innes Session Band.

Robert Burns Night at Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea

Burns history came from Scottish history professor Dr.Dubhan Clark and of course Burns poetry including the 'Selkirk Grace' and the 'Address to the Haggis' read by Sandy and Kenneth from Scotland. Whisky toasts abounded, and then Celtic music from Maui's newest traditional band the Glen Innes Session Band - Kristin Sherwood on fiddle, Kieran Clark on vocals & guitar, Dubhan “Bud” Clark on bodhran and whistles, and Peter Della Croce on ukulele & guitar - guest musicians included Sherwood's sister, as well as Rona. Young piper Innes Asher played for his younger sister Iona Asher, to perfom the Highland Fling, and mum Marianne Asher sings Gaelic duet with daughter Iona. The whole pub sang the Burns classic 'Auld Lang Syne', with Hamish encouraging the traditional swinging of joined hands with crossed arms for the whole room!
A grand night of Burns traditions, and Celtic music.

Sunday January 24th - Hamish Burgess had a Robert Burns Special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. 100% Burns! - the life of the Scottish poet and song-collector, with some famous and some unusual Burns compositions set to Celtic music.

Robert Burns Special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show

The show will be online Sundays - local time for the winter 11am-1pm (Hawaii), and mainland 1-3pm US/Canada West coast, 2-4pm Mountain time, 3-5pm Central time, 4-6pm Eastern Standard Time, Canadian Maritimes 5-7pm, Newfoundland 5.30-7.30pm, and 9-11pm in Ireland and the UK, Europe 10pm-12. Chat live with Hamish during the show on Facebook - be a friend at Hamish Douglas Burgess, or be a fan of The Maui Celtic Show. Many thanks to show underwriters The Irish Rovers.
The show repeats on Mondays 10am-12pm EST, and Fridays 11.30am -1.30pm EST on Blues & Roots Radio.

Wednesday Jan 20th - in Honolulu, The Friends of St.Patrick held a Whiskey Tasting at O'Toole's Celtic Room, behind O'Toole's Pub in Downtown Honolulu. Featured Whiskies:
Irish: Paddy's, Redbreast 12yr Cask Strength. Scotch: Glenlivet 12, Glenlivet 16 Nadurra Oloroso. American: JP Wiser Rye, Pike Creek. More info whiskey@irishpubhawaii.com or call 521-4712.

Sunday January 17th - Hamish Burgess had special guest co-host Geoffrey Kelly picking and introducing all the Celtic music on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. Geoff, a founder of Spirit of the West, member of The Paperboys, and The Irish Rovers, played bands that influenced his career, and his personal likes.
Hamish: "Some great picks by one of the most knowledgeable musicians I know - on many genres - some tracks that I had never heard before. Geoff loves his music!"

Geoffrey Kelly co-hosted the Maui Celtic Radio Show with Hamish Burgess

Geoffrey Kelly with Hamish Burgess

Saturday Jan 16th - over on Oahu, The Friends of St.Patrick held their Cead Mile Failte (Annual Welcoming Meeting) in the Celtic Room of O’Toole’s Irish Pub around 3:30 pm. The first meeting of the year welcomed all members and honored new members of the past year 2015 as well as Lifetime members. "It is our annual 100,000 welcomes - the first meeting of the new year when our President, Tim Dunne, first welcomes us all into 2016 then reports on our scholarship and benevolence programs, and then details all that is planned for this historic year. Spoiler alert: Besides being the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Dublin, this year will also be the first year that we, the Friends of St. Patrick Hawaii, host the National Summit Meeting of the Friendly Sons of St Patrick." It was follwed by the Guinness Toast & Joke Contest.
More info Bill Comerford at bill@ejlounge.com or call 808-223-3997.

Sunday January 10th - Hamish Burgess featured Boston area trad hotspot The Burren (Somerville, MA), as well as new Celtic music, on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. 1st hour, music from The Burren's Tommy Mccarthy & Louise Costello, and from the Burren Backroom Series, (event hosted by Brian O'Donovan of A Celtic Sojourn on WGBH radio in Boston), the CD featuring great traditional artists, from the first three years of concerts. www.burren.com. Thanks to Maui musician James "Hutch" Hutchinson for the hook-up.

Sunday January 3rd - Hamish Burgess had a double Tribute show to his friend wave-riding DJ Larry Sarner and brilliant songwriter Andy M. Stewart on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. 1st hour songs in memory of Larry (right below), 2nd hour the amazing voice of Andy M. Stewart, with songs from his career with Silly Wizard, and beyond. Condolences the families of both good men.....Aloha 'Oe gents.

Tribute to brilliant songwriter Andy M. Stewart, and DJ Larry Sarner (right)

Larry Sarner (right) and Andy M.Stewart

January 1st, 2016 - The Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii had a Hogmanay Hair o' the Dog Brunch and Single-Malt Scotch Tasting at Kincaid's, at Ward Warehouse, at 11:30 am.
Folks helped them ring in the New Year! Lunch was dutch-treat, and everyone was welcome.
Contact Carol Anne Gordon to questions: (808) 203-3399 or cagordon22@gmail.com.

Tuesday Dec 29th - Hamish Burgess had a Boxing Day/Wren Day & St.Stephen's Day/Hogmanay & New Year special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net. Celtic songs, tunes and traditions of Boxing Day, St.Stephens or Wren Day, and Hogmanay or New Year.

Sunday December 27th - Hamish had a Boxing Day/Wren Day & St.Stephen's Day/Hogmanay & New Year special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show, on the Maui airwaves 8-10am - on the dial at KAKU 88.5 FM Maui (KAKU885FM on facebook). It was followed an hour later by another streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. Celtic songs, tunes and traditions of Boxing Day, St.Stephens or Wren Day, and Hogmanay or New Year.

Sat Dec 26th - The Caledonian Society of Hawaii held their Pre-Hogmanay Ceilidh, in the Penthouse at 1001 Wilder Avenue, Honolulu, starting at 4:30 pm.
Hosted by Elspeth Kerr, the 2015 Scot of the Year, it has become a popular tradition in the holiday season with games and puzzles and entertaining contributions by the party goers themselves. Folks brought a joke or a song or something to perform, and this last party of their 50th year also featured a pictorial look back at the Society events of 2015. New to the ceilidh this year was a potluck supper at 5:30 pm, and they provided punch, tea, and coffee, with BYOB if folks wanted to share something stronger. More info Jeannie Ferrier at 593-0966.

Wed Dec 23rd - the Glen Innes Session Band played a Celtic Christmas Dinner Show at Mulligans On The Blue in Wailea - 6pm. Maui's newest Celtic group.....
'Tis the Season to listen and dance! The Glen Innes Session Band is adding some Christmastime favorites into their sets, and are excited to announce the beginning of their 2015 Christmas Series of performances! Please help to spread the word and invite everyone to join them for some musical adventures - Celtic style! This troupe of traditional musicians, with its emphasis on rhythm and melody, perform their own particular brand of traditional Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, and French-Canadian tunes played on fiddle and whistle backed up by guitar, ukulele and bodhran.
The core of the Glen Innes Session Band is Kristin Sherwood ~ fiddle, Kieran Clark ~ vocals, guitar, ukulele, Dubhan “Bud” Clark ~ bodhran and whistles, and Peter Della Croce ~ ukulele and guitar. More info call 808.280.2437 or email Pete at petesdrum@aol.com.
www.facebook.com/GlenInnesMaui
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbLrkoZPzfzRz2gEpWnAwMWjguHR23D2T

Sunday December 20th - Hamish Burgess had a Solstice/Christmas special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. Songs, tunes and traditions of the Winter Season.

'IRISH ROVERS YULE TREE' © Hamish Burgess 2011

'IRISH ROVERS YULE TREE' by Hamish Burgess 2011

The show will be online Sundays - local time for the winter 11am-1pm (Hawaii), and mainland 1-3pm US/Canada West coast, 2-4pm Mountain time, 3-5pm Central time, 4-6pm Eastern Standard Time, Canadian Maritimes 5-7pm, Newfoundland 5.30-7.30pm, and 8-10pm in Ireland and the UK, Europe 9-11pm. Chat live with Hamish during the show on Facebook - be a friend at Hamish Douglas Burgess, or be a fan of The Maui Celtic Show. Many thanks to show underwriters The Irish Rovers.
The show repeats on Mondays 10am-12pm EST, and Fridays 11.30am -1.30pm EST on Blues & Roots Radio.

Sun Dec 13th - on Oahu, The Friends of St.Patrick held their Annual Christmas Party 4-8pm at Freguson's Irish Pub, Downtown Honolulu (729 Bishop Street). Membership not required - everyone is welcome! The first drin kwas on FOSP. Kilts/Celtic attire were encouraged to the potluck – folks brought dishes to share, as well as unwrapped toys for children, with gifts donated to Kapiolani Women and Children's Hospital.
More info Bill Comerford at bill@ejlounge.com or call 808-223-3997.

Sunday December 13th - Hamish Burgess had a Yuletide/Christmas special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. Songs, tunes and traditions of the Winter Season.

'IRISH ROVERS MERRY MERRY TIME OF YEAR' © Hamish Burgess 2011

The Irish Rovers "Merry Merry Time of Year" Christmas CD cover by Hamish Burgess

Sunday December 13th - Hamish had a Yuletide/Christmas special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show, on the Maui airwaves this SUNDAY morning 8-10am - on the dial at KAKU 88.5 FM Maui (KAKU885FM on facebook). Old time slot, but new station. This week with Songs, tunes and traditions of the Winter Season.
Mahalo to all at Akaku Maui Community Media, Shaggy Jenkins and Joel Agnew, and thanks to underwriters The Irish Rovers and Maui Celtic. www.akaku.org/kaku-fm/.

Friday Dec 11th - over on Oahu, there was a Celtic Journey featuring a Tribute to Irish Rockers Thin Lizzy: Celebrating Celtic Culture through music, art, dance, storytelling, and poetry, at Anna O’Brien’s (2440 S. Beretania St., Honolulu), from 7pm to Midnight.
Folks joined Hawaii Irish Dance, members of Celtic Pipes and Drums of Hawaii, Storyteller James McCarthy, and local artists and musicians in a yuletide gathering to celebrate Celtic legacy in modern culture. They explored the Celtic influence in American Roots music with Discord & Rye’s bluegrass and Appalachian tunes. Local favorite rockers Elephant compiled a set of modern Irish Rock (think of bands from U2 and Elvis Costello to Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys!) and the bands were joined by Hawaii Irish Dance, led by Nicole Wilder. The evening featured an all-Thin Lizzy set to honor an Irish Celtic rock legends heavily influenced by traditions of Celtic poetry, mythology, and ballad. Highlights of the evening included a tribute to the modern Seanachie with Storyteller James McCarthy and a Gaelic poetry reading by scholar David Reid.
Hawaii Irish Dance hosted an Irish Baked Goods sale, and there was a Yuletide gift sale featuring Bladesmith/Armorer C.R. GreyWolf, Celtic Fine Art Cards by Tara Donohoe, and Mona Manzano's Aloha Roundies.
Please contact Shenanigators Cathy Lowenberg cathymalia@gmail.com or Nancy Smiley SASHawaii@icloud.com for more details.

Wed Dec 9th - the Glen Innes Session Band played a Celtic Christmas Dinner Show at Mulligans On The Blue in Wailea - 6pm. More on the band below.....

Sat Dec 5th - Maui's newest Celtic group, the Glen Innes Session Band played at the Haleakala Waldorf School Holiday Faire in Kula - on the main stage at 2:35pm. More on the band below.....

Monday Nov 30th - over on Oahu, The Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii held its annual Kirkin of the Tartans at St. Andrew's Cathedral (229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu) at 5:30 pm.
A church service with eucharist started at 5:30pm in the cathedral. Folks could wear their kilts or bring a swatch of tartan to have it blessed. A complimentary dinner followed the service in the Von Holt Room. There was also Scottish dancing, bagpipes, raffle, door prizes, party favors, & more! Following dinner, they had the investiture of new members, during which they received their Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii Orders and Sash.
This event was free and open to the public. SASH appreciates your donations of nonperishable food and/or gently used clothing/housewares for Father Rubie’s Celtic House. More info www.saintandrewsocietyofhawaii.com or call/text Nancy (808) 371-0819.

Sunday November 29th - Maui's newest Celtic group, the Glen Innes Session Band played at a Contra Dance at Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani - 5-8pm.
'Tis the Season to listen and dance! The Glen Innes Session Band added some Christmastime favorites into their sets, and are excited to announce the beginning of their 2015 Christmas Series of performances! Please help to spread the word and invite everyone to join them for some musical adventures - Celtic style! This troupe of traditional musicians, with its emphasis on rhythm and melody, perform their own particular brand of traditional Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, and French-Canadian tunes played on fiddle and whistle backed up by guitar, ukulele and bodhran.
The core of the Glen Innes Session Band is Kristin Sherwood ~ fiddle, Kieran Clark ~ vocals, guitar, ukulele, Dubhan “Bud” Clark ~ bodhran and whistles, and Peter Della Croce ~ ukulele and guitar. More info call 808.280.2437 or email Pete at petesdrum@aol.com.
www.facebook.com/GlenInnesMaui
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbLrkoZPzfzRz2gEpWnAwMWjguHR23D2T

Friday November 27th - Maui's newest Celtic group, the Glen Innes Session Band played at St. John's Church in Keokea for their community dinner. A fun first outing for the band, and a wonderful time was had by all! More info call 808.280.2437 or email Pete at petesdrum@aol.com.
www.facebook.com/GlenInnesMaui
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbLrkoZPzfzRz2gEpWnAwMWjguHR23D2T

Sunday Nov 29th - the Celtic Book Club met at the Celtic Room, O'Toole's Irish Pub on Nu'uanu, from 4-6pm. Faithful book club member, David Reid, shared his love of the Gaelic language through reading and poetry. The club continued their reading of 'The Story of the Irish Race' Pages 103-151 Chapters XVIII: Irish Christianity before St Patrick thru Chapter XXII: Women in Ancient Ireland.

Sunday November 29th - Hamish Burgess had a St.Andrew's Day special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. Lots of Scottish music, with traditions and songs about Scotland's patron saint.

St. Andrews Cathedral, city, college and golf course from atop St.Rule's Tower

St.Andrews, Scotland

Sunday November 29th - Hamish had a St.Andrews Day special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show, on the Maui airwaves 8-10am - on the dial at KAKU 88.5 FM Maui (KAKU885FM on facebook). Lots of Scottish music, with traditions and songs about Scotland's patron saint.
Mahalo to all at Akaku Maui Community Media, Shaggy Jenkins and Joel Agnew, and thanks to underwriters The Irish Rovers and Maui Celtic. www.akaku.org/kaku-fm/.

Friday November 20th - over on Kauai, local band Whiskey-O played a 'Grand Evening of Celtic Music' at the Church of the Pacific. More info call Shanty Bob at 808-651-5819.

Whiskey-O played Kauai

Sunday November 15th - Hamish Burgess had Maui musician James "Hutch" Hutchinson ( bass player for Bonnie Raitt band) picking and introducing all the Celtic music on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. Celtic songs and artists that influenced Hutch, and his stories from hanging & playing music with some of the best Celtic artists in the world.

James "Hutch" Hutchinson co-hosts the Maui Celtic Radio Show with Hamish

Sat Nov 14th - The Friends of St.Patrick held their 2nd Annual Celtic Uprising Pub Crawl. The pub crawl began at Murphy's Pub, Downtown Honolulu, at 5pm. From there, they went to Ferguson’s, JJ Dolan’s, & O’Toole’s (Celtic Room). "So, get your kilts on! (Or, at least bring your Celtic uprising attitude)." The pub crawl was free of charge, but they were selling raffle tickets for some great prizes as a fund raiser for the FOSP Scholarship Fund.

Sat Nov 14th - The Caledonian Society of Hawaii recognised Robert Louis Stevenson Day, the birthday of the Scottish writer who visited Hawaii in the 1880s, by holding a RLS Birthday Party & Movie Night: Kidnapped at Epiphany Episcopal Church in Kaimuki (1041 10th Ave, Honolulu), at 6:00pm. Turn makai (to ocean) off of Harding Ave. and the church is on your left.
6 pm Personal sack suppers, 6:30 pm Birthday cake, 7:00 pm Movie: Kidnapped (1971).
The world-famous Scottish writer and friend of Hawaiian royalty, Robert Louis Stevenson, was born in 1850. But in 1891, at the age of 41, he formally gave away his Nov. 13th birthday to a 12-year-old girl (See below for details). So fittingly they will celebrate his birth and his art the next day, Nov. 14th, with a birthday cake and the 1971 film version of his famous novel Kidnapped, first published in 1886. The novel Kidnapped is sometimes said to be Stevenson’s masterpiece. This hard-to-find movie version of Kidnapped was filmed in Scotland with lots of great Scottish scenery and is said to be about 80% historically accurate. The movie stars Michael Caine with Lawrence Douglas, Vivien Heilbron, Trevor Howard, DonaldPleasance, Jack Hawkins, Gordon Jackson, and others in a rousing adventure story set in Scotland in 1751.

“No further use for a birthday.” In June of 1891, Stevenson heard that Annie Ide, the 12-year-old daughter of the U.S.Commissioner to Samoa, where Stevenson then lived, was unhappy with her birthday, which was Christmas Day. He sent a formal-sounding document to her family in which he gave his own birthday, Nov. 13th, to Annie. The document states that Miss Ide “was born, out of all reason, upon Christmas Day, and is therefore, out of all justice, denied the consolation and profit of a Proper Birthday.” It asserts that “I, the said Robert Louis Stevenson, have attained an age when we never mention it, and that I have now no further use for a birthday of any description.”The document asserts that he “has transferred, and do hereby transfer to the said A.H. Ide, all and whole of my rights and privileges in the 13th day of November, formerly my birthday, now, hereby, and henceforth, the birthday of the said A.H. Ide, to have, hold, exercise and enjoy the same in the customary manner, by the sporting of fine raiment, eating of rich meats and receipt of gifts, compliments and copies of verse, according to the manner of our ancestors.”

Sat Nov 14th - Manoa Outreach College presented Irish Storyteller Niall De Burca at the Orvis Auditorium in Honolulu, at 7:30pm. See below.....

Irish Storyteller Niall De Burca in Hawaii


Nov 7th-15th - the fabulous Irish Storyteller Niall De Burca returned to Hawaii to cast a spell on young and old alike! Niall (pronounced like "Neil") is renowned for his unique storytelling style that showcases a remarkable range of tales. A native of the West of Ireland, a land soaked in legend, de Búrca will take listeners on an unforgettable journey of Ireland.
The 45-minute program was suitable for all ages.
He performed at Hawaii State Public Libraries, for more info contact a hosting library:
Sat Nov 7th - 10:00 a.m. Hawaii Kai Public Library, Tel. 397-5833
Sat Nov 7th - 2:00 p.m. Waianae Public Library, Tel. 697-7868
Sun Nov 8th - 3:00 p.m. Kaneohe Public Library, Tel. 233-5676
Tues Nov 10th - 10:30 a.m. Kapolei Public Library, Tel. 693-7050
Tues Nov 10th - 6:00 p.m. Kahuku Public & School Library, Tel. 293-8935
Sat Nov 14th - 10:30 a.m. Hawaii State Library - Edna Allyn Room for Children. Tel. 586-3510
Sat Nov 14th - 3:00 p.m. Mililani Public Library, Tel. 627-7470
Sun Nov 15th - 1:00 p.m. Kaimuki Public Library, Tel. 733-8422


Nov 6th-9th - the fabulous Irish Storyteller Niall De Burca returned to Big Island Hawaii, performing at Hawaii State Public Libraries:
Fri Nov 6th - 3:00 p.m. Kealakekua Public Library, Tel. 323-7585
Mon Nov 9th 1:00 p.m. Laupahoehoe Public & School Library, Tel. 962-2229
Mon Nov 9th - 5:30 p.m. Honokaa Public Library, Tel. 775-8881

Wednesday Nov 8th - there was a Whiskey Tasting Hosted by Brian Concagh at O'Toole's Celtic Room. 6:30pm opens, 7:00pm start - $25.00
Whiskey list - Irish: Connemara, Tyrconnell. Scotch: Achentoshan Triple Wood, Laphroaig. American: Jim Beam Black, Beam Signature Craft Spanish Brandy.
Make your reservations by calling 521-4712.

Sunday November 8th - Hamish Burgess had a Veterans Day/Remembrance Day special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. Songs to honour fallen veterans, with some epic teary ballads, but also some uptempo Celtic music and songs about soldiers, sailors and airmen from all over the world. In honour of all military veterans, and current serving personnel, here and in the Old Countries. Back in the old countries Remembrance Day is also called Poppy Day, and folks wear paper poppies pinned to their lapels.

Poppy field in Europe

Poppy field near Nyon, Switzerland

The show will be online Sundays - local time for the summer 10am-12pm (Hawaii), and mainland 1-3pm US/Canada West coast, 2-4pm Mountain time, 3-5pm Central time, 4-6pm Eastern Standard Time, Canadian Maritimes 5-7pm, Newfoundland 5.30-7.30pm, and 8-10pm in Ireland and the UK, Europe 9-11pm. Chat live with Hamish during the show on Facebook - be a friend at Hamish Douglas Burgess, or be a fan of The Maui Celtic Show. Many thanks to show underwriters The Irish Rovers.
The show repeats on Mondays 10am-12pm EST, and Fridays 11.30am -1.30pm EST on Blues & Roots Radio.

Sunday November 1st - Hamish Burgess had all new Celtic music on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. With a WORLD exclusive on a couple of tracks from The Irish Rovers upcoming children's CD "Songs for the Wee Folk". Pre-order available Nov 2nd at The Irish Rovers online store, and soon available on i-Tunes.

'SONGS FOR THE WEE FOLK' © Hamish Burgess 2015

'Songs for the Wee Folk' by Hamish Burgess © 2015

More details on the artwork on our Gallery page.

Sunday Nov 1st - in honolulu, there was an IRISH MUSIC SESSION & CEILI 4-7pm at Anna O’Brien's (2440 S. Beretania St.). Musicians of any level and on any instrument are welcome. The tunes will be played at more or less dance tempo. Play as much or as little as you like. For the first half of the session they will go around in a circle and each pick a tune or set of tunes. The chooser will start the tune. For the second half we will have a more freeform session style where anyone can start something.
Dancing: All Hawaii Irish Dance dancers, friends, family members, and newcomers are invited to this casual ceili - this is a no-pressure get together that should be fun no matter your level or experience. No specialized clothing or shoes are required, but please wear comfortable shoes that will stay on your feet as you dance (please no slippers, sandals, or high heels - they may become a tripping hazard for you). The level of instruction and calling at these weekend ceilis depends on who shows up. Info: Patrick McGivern (808.445.5058), Dermot Cotter (240.460.3647), Clark Ratliffe (808.386.5645). Nicole Wilder, For Hawaii Irish Dance (540.850.0745).

Sunday Oct 25th - the Celtic Book Club met from 4-6pm in the Celtic Room of O'Tooles, Downtown Honolulu, as usual on the last Sunday of each month. This month's theme was Ancient Ireland: The Firbolg, the Milesians, the De Danann, Notable Royalties, Early foreign references. Books:
The Story of the Irish Race by Seumas MacManus, pages 23-103. This out of print book is available at Internet Archive and may be read online or downloaded in any ebook format:
https://archive.org/details/storyofirishrace00macm

Sunday October 25th - Hamish Burgess had a Samhain & Halloween Special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. Songs & traditions of the ancient Celtic new year Samhain (pronounced Sow-en), now known as Halloween.

'SAMHAIN' © Hamish Burgess 2010

'Samhain' by Hamish Douglas Burgess © 2010
Artwork 'SAMHAIN' © Hamish Burgess 2010
More details on the artwork on our Gallery page.

Tuesday October 20th - Hamish Burgess had an Hawaii Celtic Special, to celebrate the birthday of Princess Ka'iulani Cleghorn (140 years ago on October 16th), on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net. Songs and tunes from local bands, Celtic and Hawaiian.
The show is online Tuesdays - local time for the summer 12-2am (Hawaii), and mainland 3-5am US/Canada West coast, 4-6am Mountain time, 5-7am Central time, 6-8am Eastern Standard Time, Canadian Maritimes 7-9am, Newfoundland 7.30-9.30am, and 11am - 1pm in Ireland and the UK, Europe 12-2pm. Many thanks to show underwriters The Irish Rovers.

Sunday October 18th - Hamish Burgess had an Hawaii Celtic Special, to celebrate the birthday of Princess Ka'iulani Cleghorn (140 years ago on October 16th), on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. The Hawaiian heroine was half Scottish, her mother being the Hawaiian Princess, Miriam Likelike, and her father, the Scottish entrepreneur, Archibald Cleghorn. Songs and tunes from local bands, Celtic and Hawaiian. More info on the Princess at www.thekaiulaniproject.com, and The Princess Ka'iulani Project on Facebook.
The show will be online - local time for the summer 10am-12pm (Hawaii), and mainland 1-3pm US/Canada West coast, 2-4pm Mountain time, 3-5pm Central time, 4-6pm Eastern Standard Time, Canadian Maritimes 5-7pm, Newfoundland 5.30-7.30pm, and 9-11pm in Ireland and the UK, Europe 10pm-12am. Chat live with Hamish during the show on Facebook - be a friend at Hamish Douglas Burgess, or be a fan of The Maui Celtic Show. Many thanks to show underwriters The Irish Rovers. The show repeats on Mondays 10am-12pm EST, and Fridays 11.30am -1.30pm EST on Blues & Roots Radio.

Princess Victoria Ka'iulani Cleghorn

Princess Victoria Ka'iulani Cleghorn.
Photo courtesy of the Hawaii State Archives.

Sunday October 18th - the Maui Celtic Radio Show returned to the Maui airwaves SUNDAY morning 8-10am - on the dial at KAKU 88.5 FM Maui (KAKU885FM on facebook). Old time slot, but new station. Hamish Burgess had an Hawaii Celtic Special, to celebrate the birthday of Princess Ka'iulani Cleghorn (140 years ago on October 16th). The Hawaiian heroine was half Scottish, her mother being the Hawaiian Princess, Miriam Likelike, and her father, the Scottish entrepreneur, Archibald Cleghorn. Songs and tunes from local bands, Celtic and Hawaiian. More info on the Princess at www.thekaiulaniproject.com, and The Princess Ka'iulani Project on Facebook.

Sat Oct 17th - The Caledonian Society of Hawaii held a Clan Night at Ferguson’s Pub (Dillingham Transportation Building, 729 Bishop St, Honolulu) from 5pm-8pm. Clan related program with a $30 meal, no-host drinks. Reservations required. Parking Pacific Guardian Center ($4 flat rate after 5 pm).

October 16th, 17th & 18th - bagpipe rockers Celtica - Pipes Rock played in Honolulu! The fire-breathing guitar and bagpipe rockers visited Hawaii for the first time. The band deliver hard-hitting bagpipe tunes with massive percussion, their original compositions, not to mention twirling fire-balls, movie themes on the pipes, and even fire-breathing guitars !! www.celticarocks.com

Celtica - Pipes Rock in Honolulu


Our own Hamish interviewed Celtica, and spoke to Austrian founder electric guitarist Gajus Stappen, and Scottish piper Duncan Knight from Edinburgh. That interview was streaming that week on the Maui Celtic Radio Show with Hamish Burgess on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com, and aired on the on the Maui airwaves Sunday October 11th 8-10am - on the dial at KAKU 88.5 FM on Maui (KAKU885FM on facebook), and streaming at www.akaku.org/kaku-fm/.
With Gajus and Duncan, and electric guitarist American Harry Weinkum, percussionist and fire dancer Josie Svajda and drummer Lukas Rausch, both Austrian, and piper Jane Espie from Scotland, the band has a truly international line up.

Friday Oct 16th rocked the Irish Rose Saloon at 8pm. 21 up - no minors.
Saturday Oct 17th they raised the roof at Anna O'Brien's at 8pm. 21 up - no minors.
Surday Oct 18th they played an all-ages show at Anna O'Brien's at 3pm.
More info Bill Comerford at bill@ejlounge.com or call 808-223-3997.

Celtica - Pipes Rock, coming to Honolulu.


www.celticarocks.com

Sunday October 11th - Hamish Burgess had a Celtic Explorers Special, to celebrate Columbus Day, Leif Ericson Day, and Indigenous People's Day, on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. As Columbus didn't actually discover America (he bumped into the Bahamas, there were folks there already), Hamish will take a musical look at early Celtic explorers, such as Scottish knights, Welsh Princes, and of course Irish St.Brendan the Navigator. Not to mention the Norse explorers, or Vikings, and Leif Ericson who had a settlement in what is now Newfoundland.

1000AD Norse foundations & reconstruction. L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland

Sunday October 11th - the Maui Celtic Radio Show with Hamish Burgess returned to the Maui airwaves SUNDAY morning 8-10am - on the dial at KAKU 88.5 FM Maui (KAKU885FM on facebook). Old time slot, but new station.
1st hour new Celtic music, and interview with Gajus & Duncan of Celtica - Pipes Rock, coming to Honolulu in October (16th/17th). The 2nd hour a feature on artists on ARC Music compilations and albums. www.arcmusic.co.uk
Mahalo to all at Akaku Maui Community Media, and Joel Agnew, and thanks to underwriters The Irish Rovers and Maui Celtic. www.akaku.org/kaku-fm/.

Sunday October 11th - over on Oahu, folks joined The Caledonian Society of Hawaii for Ali'i Sunday at Kawaiahao Church for Princess Kaiulani. 9:00am - 10:45am at Kawaiaha'o Church (957 Punchbowl St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813). Ali‘i Sundays are among the many long and honored traditions of Kawaiahao Church, which began about 1914. Kawaiahao Church celebrates eight Ali'i Sundays which are held as part of a larger series of celebrations recognized by the Benevolent Royal Societies, Ali‘i Trusts and the Hawaiian Civic Clubs of which always occurs on or just before the birthday of the Ali‘i. The Church invites all to join them.

Saturday October 10th - over on Oahu, The Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii held their Scotch & Scones event at 2.00pm at the Mission Houses Museum (553 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813). Included Scones with accoutrements, Scotch tasting by Young’s Market, a tour of the Mission Houses Museum, and a lecture by Mike Smola “Archibald and Alexander – 2 early Scottish residents of Owhyhee.” The focus was on Alexander Adams and Archibald Campbell.
More info contact Brenda Reichel (808) 285-2731.

Tuesday October 6th - Hamish Burgess played new & old Celtic music, with a feature on BC fiddler Jocelyn Pettit on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net. He featured the young fiddler from Squamish BC, with interview from the Jericho Folk Club in Vancouver.

Sunday October 4th - Hamish Burgess played new Celtic music with a ARC Music special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. 1st hour was new Celtic music, and interview with Gajus & Duncan of Celtica - Pipes Rock, coming to Honolulu in October (16th/17th). The 2nd hour was a feature on artists on ARC Music compilations and albums. www.arcmusic.co.uk

Celtica - Pipes Rock, coming to Honolulu.

Sunday October 4th - the Maui Celtic Radio Show with Hamish Burgess returned to the Maui airwaves SUNDAY morning 8-10am - on the dial at KAKU 88.5 FM Maui (KAKU885FM on facebook). Old time slot, but new station.
This week - new Celtic music with an exclusive on Knacker's Yard from Victoria BC, with an extensive interview with Wolf Edwards of Knacker's Yard, and music from their new album 'Live at Dunsterville'. Also tracks from the new Battlefield Band album 'Beg and Borrow'.
Mahalo to all at Akaku Maui Community Media, and Joel Agnew, and thanks to underwriters The Irish Rovers and Maui Celtic. www.akaku.org/kaku-fm/.

Tuesday September 29th - Hamish Burgess had a Harmony Arts Festival special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net. He featured The Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver BC, with artists that played there, Qristina & Quinn Bachand, and Pat Chessell interview, and Tiller's Folly interview.

Sunday September 27th - Hamish Burgess played new Celtic music with a World Exclusive on Knacker's Yard from Victoria BC, on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. Along with tracks from the new Battlefield Band album 'Beg and Borrow', he had an extensive interview with Wolf Edwards of Knacker's Yard, and music from their new album 'Live at Dunsterville'.

Sunday September 27th - the Maui Celtic Radio Show with Hamish Burgess was back on the Maui airwaves this morning 8-10am - on the dial at KAKU 88.5 FM Maui (KAKU885FM on facebook). Old time slot, but new station. He played Rock 'n' Roll and Pop Hits done Celtic style on this 2nd return week. Celtic versions of famous rock and pop songs, with a few surprises for sure!
Mahalo to all at Akaku Maui Community Media, and Joel Agnew, and thanks to underwriters The Irish Rovers and Maui Celtic. www.akaku.org/kaku-fm/.

The Maui Celtic Show back on Maui on KAKU 88.5 FM Maui


Artwork part of 'Baby Celtic' © Hamish Burgess 2015
More details on the artwork on our Gallery page.

Sunday Sept 27th - the Celtic Book Club met from 4-6pm in the Celtic Room of O'Tooles, Downtown Honolulu, as usual on the last Sunday of each month. This month's theme was Ancient Ireland: The Firbolg, the Milesians, the De Danann, Notable Royalties, Early foreign references. Books:
The Story of the Irish Race by Seumas MacManus, pages 1-22. This out of print book is available at Internet Archive and may be read online or downloaded in any ebook format:
https://archive.org/details/storyofirishrace00macm
A Concise History of Ireland by Patrick Weston Joyce, circa 1910. This is a very useful concise history of Ireland for anyone wishing to get an overview of the subject, and has been written with reasonable objectivity. Try referring to the library of Ireland link: http://www.libraryireland.com/JoyceHistory/Contents.php
Ireland and Her Story by Justin McCarthy, 1903. A general overview of Irish history from the earliest times to the Home Rule period.

Saturday Sep 26th - The Caledonian Society of Hawaii held Governor Cleghorn's Luncheon at 11:30am at the Oahu Country Club (150 Country Club Rd, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817). "Archibald Scott Cleghorn invites you to join him at a buffet lunch to meet his friend, visiting author Robert Louis Stevenson."
Guests could come dressed in hats or full costume appropriate to the years between 1890 and 1910, and costume prizes were awarded. More info contact Susan MacKinnon (808) 372-5744 susanmack1@mac.com

Thursday, Sept 24th - the Isle of Maui Pipe Band marched in the Maui County Fair Parade again this year, to kick off the fair ! The parade began in Kahului at 4:30pm, and lasted approximately 2 hours, with over 5000 marchers and dozens of entries. More info www.mauifair.com. Pipe Band schedule at www.isleofmauipipeband.com

Isle of Maui Pipe Band at the Maui County Fair Parade 2015


photo courtesy of the Isle of Maui Pipe Band

Tuesday September 22nd - Hamish Burgess played all new and older Celtic music on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net. Also a feature on The Paperboys from Vancouver BC, playing at the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver that week.
The show is online Tuesdays - local time for the summer 12-2am (Hawaii), and mainland 3-5am US/Canada West coast, 4-6am Mountain time, 5-7am Central time, 6-8am Eastern Standard Time, Canadian Maritimes 7-9am, Newfoundland 7.30-9.30am, and 11am - 1pm in Ireland and the UK, Europe 12-2pm. Many thanks to show underwriters The Irish Rovers.

Sunday September 20th - Hamish Burgess had a Rogue Folk Club (Vancouver) special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. With artists who have palyed at the Vancouver venue over the last year, and interview from artistic director Steve Edge. Also an extensive interview with John Jones of the Oysterband, and music from the UK folk rockers.

Sunday September 20th - the Maui Celtic Radio Show with Hamish Burgess returned to the Maui airwaves THIS SUNDAY morning 8-10am - on the dial at KAKU 88.5 FM Maui (KAKU885FM on facebook). Old time slot, but new station. He played Rock 'n' Roll and Pop Hits done Celtic style on this special return show. Celtic versions of famous rock and pop songs, with a few surprises for sure!
Mahalo to all at Akaku Maui Community Media, and Joel Agnew, and thanks to underwriters The Irish Rovers and Maui Celtic. www.akaku.org/kaku-fm/.

The Maui Celtic Show back on Maui on KAKU 88.5 FM Maui


Artwork part of 'Baby Celtic' © Hamish Burgess 2015
More details on the artwork on our Gallery page.

Saturday Sept 19th - The Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii held a 'Talk Like a Pirate Party' Cruise at the Irish Rose Saloon (478 Ena Rd, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815) from 8pm.
That Saturday was National Talk Like a Pirate Day, and The Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii be invitin' ye to dress and talk like Pirates. "We'll make it worth your while with grog specials & booty for all scurvy mates & wenches who dress & talk like Pirates! Bonus booty for kilted pirates! SASH members: Get one free grog! Remember to wear your orders (SASH Medallion). So throw on a bandana and a gold earring, and come dance to t' awesome sounds o' Elephant! The band starts at 9. Join us or walk the plank. Arrrghhh!"

The Saint Andrews Society 'Talk Like a Pirate Party'


Wednesday Sept 16th - The Friends of St.Patrick held an Irish Whiskey Tasting at 6:30pm at O'Toole's Celtic Room, behind O'Toole's Pub, Downtown Honolulu. FOSP members only $24.00 More info from Bill Comerford at bill@ejlounge.com or call 808-223-3997.

Tuesday September 15th - Hamish Burgess played all new Celtic music on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net.

Sunday September 13th - Hamish Burgess played Rock 'n' Roll and Pop Hits done Celtic style on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. Celtic versions of famous rock and pop songs, with a few surprises for sure!

Tuesday September 8th - Hamish Burgess played music from his recent travels on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net. Stories, songs and tunes from Ennis, and Kinvara in Ireland, news from Andrew Morris in Cornwall on this year's Lowender Perran festival, and more.....

Sunday September 6th - Hamish Burgess had a Labor Day Special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. Celtic songs and tunes about workers and the trades, and a wee bit o' history.

Sunday August 30th - Hamish Burgess had a special co-host George Millar of the Irish Rovers picking and intoducing the songs on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. Bands that influenced his career (Irish and Scottish), and younger artists he likes. Hamish: "I learnt a few things from George this week about the history of Celtic music! Some great tracks that I had never heard before."

Sunday August 30th - The Celtic Book Club of Honolulu presented Poems of the Ploughman’s Poet, Scotsman Robert Burns at the Celtic Room at O’Toole’s Irish Pub, Downtown Honolulu (902 Nuuanu Avenue). 4pm – 6pm. Folks joined them for the best in poetry readings, and a lively discussion. Contact Rosanne at 808-721-6650.

Sunday August 23rd - Hamish Burgess played New & older Celtic music on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. Also a feature on The Harmony Arts Festival in Vancouver BC, with artists that played there, Qristina & Quinn Bachand, Pat Chessell interview, and Tiller's Folly interview.

Sunday August 23rd - Oahu saw the second night of Irish Film Fest: Two evenings of Irish Movies at O'Toole's Celtic Room, behind O'Toole's Pub, Downtown Honolulu (902 Nuuanu Avenue) - 6pm to midnight. Free admission. Comedy: The Committments, Waking Ned Devine, The Boondock Saints. More info Bill Comerford at bill@ejlounge.com or call 808-223-3997.

Sat Aug 22nd - over on Oahu, The Caledonian Society of Hawaii held their Golden Gala 50-Year Tribute Dinner celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Caledonian Society of Hawaii, and the 30th Anniversary of the Celtic Pipes & Drums of Hawaii. 5pm at the Pomaikai Ballroom at the Dole Cannery (735 Iwilei Road, Honolulu). Everyone welcome! Membership was not required. Cocktails, dinner & program honoring the Caledonian Founding members and past Chieftains, Celtic Pipes & Drums Pipe Majors, and featuring Jim Motherwell, a former Queen's Own Piper from Great Britain. There will be displays of the histories of the two organizations, piping and dancing performances, door prizes, an expansive buffet dinner, and other surprises.
$80 per person. Highland Dress or Formal requested. "Aloha Crisp" attire acceptable. For more info contact: Susan MacKinnon at susanmack1@mac.com or call 808-591-9398.

Tuesday Aug 18th - Hamish Burgess played New & older Celtic music on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net.

Tuesday August 18th - in Honolulu there was a Scotch Whisky Tasting at O'Toole's Celtic Room, behind O'toole's Pub, Downtown Honolulu, at 6:30pm. Featuring Whiskies presented by Chris Uhde from ImPex Beverages. Single Barrel Club members $20.00/General Public $40.00.
Featured Scotch Whiskies: Isle of Skye 8, Tamdhu 10. Arran 10, Arran 14, Arran Amarone Cask, Machrie Moor, Kilchoman Machir Bay, Kilchoman 100% Islay.
Info at whiskey@irishpubhawaii.com, or call 521-4712.

Sunday August 16th - Hamish Burgess played New & older Celtic music on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. With a feature on BC fiddler Jocelyn Pettit, who he saw play at the Jericho Folk Club in Vancouver BC that week.

Sunday August 16th - Oahu saw the first night of Irish Film Fest: Two evenings of Irish Movies at O'Toole's Celtic Room, behind O'Toole's Pub, Downtown Honolulu (902 Nuuanu Avenue) - 6pm to midnight. Free admission. Drama: The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Michael Collins, The Field. Comedy night was on Sunday August 23rd, with The Commitments, Waking Ned Devine, and The Boondock Saints. More info Bill Comerford at bill@ejlounge.com or call 808-223-3997.

Sunday August 16th - on Oahu, a new Irish Seisiun and Ceili at Anna O’Brien’s (2440 S. Beretania St.) started in Honolulu. Clark Ratliffe: "Let’s make this inaugural Anna O’Brian’s Seisiun a rip roaring affair. If you haven’t been to seisiun in a while, this would be a good one for you. While we will spend a little time on the nuts and bolts of how we want this seisiun to run, mostly we want to play tunes, sing some songs and have a pint or two together. Also, if you haven’t experienced the craic of playing Irish music for Irish dancing…well that is where all this came from isn’t it?" More info Bill Comerford at bill@ejlounge.com or call 808-223-3997.

Tuesday Aug 11th - Hamish Burgess had a Lughnasadh Special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net. With traditions, songs and tunes from the ancient Celtic harvest festival.

Sunday August 9th - Hamish Burgess played New & Old Celtic music on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. Also a feature on The Paperboys from Vancouver BC, playing at the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver that week.

Sunday Aug 9th - over on Oahu, The Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii and The Friends of St.Patrick held their Celtic Sunset Cruise on the Makani Catamaran from 5-7.30pm, leaving Kewalo Basin Boat Harbor Slip #1 ((Ala Moana & Ward). The cruise included a 2 hour sunset sail, dinner, & 2 drinks. This event was open to the public, and membership not required - guests & all ages were welcome. More info contact Nancy SASHawaii@icloud.com or call (808) 371-0819.

Tuesday Aug 4th - Hamish Burgess played new & older Celtic music on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net. With traditions, songs and tunes from the ancient Celtic harvest festival.

Sunday August 2nd - Hamish Burgess had a Lughnasadh Special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. With traditions, songs and tunes from the ancient Celtic harvest festival.

Friday July 31st - The Second (Blue Moon) Full Moon Labyrinth Walk in July took place at The Sacred Garden (460 Kaluanui Road, off of Baldwin Ave) in Makawao. Harp Music commences at 7:00 PM and the Labyrinth Walk started at 7:30. Eve Hogan "explain the history and mystery of Labyrinths and how we can use them as metaphors to better understand ourselves. You do not walk the labyrinth to learn about the labyrinth—you walk the labyrinth to learn about yourself. July is the month of the Full Buck Moon. Bucks begin to grow new antlers at this time. This full Moon was also known as the Thunder Moon, because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month. The next Blue Moon will not occur until January 31st, 2018.
Suggested Donation was $10 per person, however the Sacred Garden is free and open to the public seven days a week. All donations are graciously accepted to maintain the garden as a safe environment to enjoy and observe nature and to retreat."

Sunday July 26th - Hamish Burgess played New Celtic Music on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. Songs and tunes from around the Celtic world.

Sunday July 26th - over on Oahu, Hawaii Irish Dance held a Ceilidh Dance & DInner in the club above Anna O'Brien's pub (on Beretania) in Honolulu, 3-8pm. With live Irish music from Celtic Waves and Whiskey Starship, everyone was encoraged to join in the dancing, which was all easy for beginners, introduced and led by a caller. Dinner was at 5pm, and raffle prizes at 8pm.
More info at www.hawaiiirishdance.com/ or email hawaii.irishdance@gmail.com.

Friday July 24th - over on Oahu, local traditional band Celtic Waves played at Ward's Rafters(3810 Maunaloa Ave) in Honolulu.
"There was a uniquely Irish tradition called the “American Wake” which was held during times of famine and woe when someone was immigrating to America, perhaps never to be seen again. Well it’s time to revive that tradition because our mandolin player and lead singer Louis Scuderi is “immigrating" to New Mexico. He is going to teach physics at a wonderful school in his hometown. While we wish him well, he will be missed terribly. Come join us in wishing him well and perhaps raise a parting glass or two. In celebration of his tenure with Celtic Waves we are doing many new tunes and songs that he brought to the band and made us learn. They are now some of our favorites. So we’ll bring the jigs, reels, songs and jokes and you bring the food and drink and together we’ll create the "ceol e craic” (music and fun). We hear a rumor that there will be dancers from Hawaii Irish Dance in attendance."

Wednesday July 22nd - over on Oahu, there was Whiskey Tasting at Kelley O'Neil's Pub in Waikiki at 6:30pm. Featuring Whiskies from Southern Wine and Spirits. Irish - Powers, Jamesons Black Barrel. Scotch - Abelour A'bunadh, Glenlivet 15. North American - Pike Creek, Lot 40.
The Friends of St.Patrick Club members $20.00 / General Public $25.00.
Email whiskey@irishpubhawaii.com or call 521-4712 to make a reservation.

Tuesday July 21st - Hamish Burgess aired the 399th Maui Celtic Radio Show on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net.

Sunday July 19th - in Honolulu, Oahu, The Friends of St.Patrick held their Celtic Book Club meeting in the Celtic Room at O'Toole's 4-6pm. The theme for the meeting is Michael Collins. Give yourself a deadline to read any book about the great man. More info Bill Comerford at bill@ejlounge.com or call 808-223-3997.

Sunday July 19th - Hamish Burgess had music from his recent travels on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. Strories, songs and tunes from Dublin, Lismore, Ennis, and Kinvara in Ireland, news from Andrew Morris in Cornwall on this year's Lowender Peran festival, and more.....

Sat July 18th - on Oahu, The Caledonian Society of Hawaii held a New Member Picnic at Hokua Garden Terrace Potluck & Barbecue (1288 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu) at 4.30pm. Three Facts Mixer Game - bring 3 facts about yourself. New members especially invited, but all welcome. Existing members please bring a dish to share. 3 facts and all guest info to Lillian Cunnningham at lillianc@hawaii.edu by July 15th please.

Saturday July 18th - in Honolulu, The Friends of St.Patrick held their Scholarship Awardees' Pizza Party at 2pm at the Celtic Room at O'Toole's Pub. More info Bill Comerford at bill@ejlounge.com or call 808-223-3997.

Tuesday July 14th - Hamish Burgess had a special show on the Solo Careers of members of The Irish Rovers on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net. Songs from Wilcil McDowell's new album 'Music from the Glens', Ian Millar's new album 'Take Me Home', and tunes from Sean O'Driscoll, Gerry O'Connor, and Geoff Kelly.

Sunday July 12th - our own Hamish Burgess had music from his recent travels on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. Strories, songs and tunes from Dublin, Lismore, Ennis, and Kinvara in Ireland. Interview with Eoin O'Neill in Ennis. Co.Clare.

Saturday July 11th - there was a Meet and Greet with Beltaine (see below) at O'Toole's Celtic Room at 6pm. Potluck and everyone welcome! No RSVP needed--come by when you can to meet this fabulous and friendly band! Followed by a performance by Beltaine on-stage at O’Toole’s at 9pm. www.beltainemusic.com

Beltaine from Portland, Oregon, will play Anna O'Briens in Honolulu


"Beltaine is a band from Portland, Oregon that features John Keys, Brian Baker, Kris Chase, and Jamie Vanderburg combining their talents at a variety of instruments to produce a unique sound that is still decidedly Celtic in nature. Beltaine makes use of hammered dulcimer, guitar, flute, marimbula, accordion, and drums to put on a fantastic exhibition of music both new and traditional. Performing both instrumental and vocal tunes, Beltaine offers a unique blend of musical styles. The original and traditional music they perform is inspired by Celtic, folk, rock, classical, jazz and blues sources. This group is a lively bunch that plays a heck of a good show, don't miss it!"
More info Bill Comerford at bill@ejlounge.com or call 808-223-3997.

Thursday July 9th - in Honolulu, Celtic Fusion band Beltaine played at Anna O'Brien's (2440 S. Beretania St.) in Honolulu. Beltaine took to the stage at Anna O'Briens as part of a fundraiser for the Friends of St. Patrick. www.beltainemusic.com.
More info Bill Comerford at bill@ejlounge.com or call 808-223-3997.

Tuesday July 7th - Hamish Burgess had an Independence Day special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net. Songs about America and the Revolutionary War, and Celtic music from across America.

Sunday July 5th - Hamish Burgess had an Independence Day special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. Songs about America and the Revolutionary War, and Celtic music from across America.

Saturday July 4th - over on Oahu, The Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii, The Friends of St.Patrick, and The Caledonian Society of Hawaii held the First Annual Hawaii Celtic Fourth of July Picnic at Bellows Air Force Base on July 4th, noon to 6pm. The picnic was at Pavilion A by the beach. Dancers & musicians were welcome (but by no means obligated) to share their art at the picnic. More info Bill Comerford at bill@ejlounge.com or call 808-223-3997.

Tuesday June 30th - Hamish Burgess had a Canada Day special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net. Canadian Celtic music from across that country, from the very Irish Newfoundland, and very Scottish Nova Scotia (with Cape Breton's Gaelic community), all the way west to Vancouver, BC.

Sunday June 28th - on Oahu, The Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii held a SASH Fundraiser Event at the Lions Club International. More info email saintandrewsociety@hawaii.rr.com, or call 808-381-7216.

Sunday June 28th - Hamish Burgess had a Canada Day special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. Canadian Celtic music from across that country, from the very Irish Newfoundland, and very Scottish Nova Scotia (with Cape Breton's Gaelic community), all the way west to Vancouver, BC.

Sunday June 28th - over on Oahu, there was an IRISH MUSIC SESSION & CEILI DANCING from 2:00-4:00pm?at Jefferson Hall lanai at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. A monthly event......Musicians of any level and on any instrument you can transport to the event site are welcome, although the tunes will be played at dance tempo. Play as much or as little as you like. Please contact celticwaves@gmail.com if you have any questions!
Dancing: All Hawaii Irish Dance dancers, friends, family members, and newcomers are invited to this casual ceili - this is a no-pressure get together that should be fun no matter your level or experience. The level of instruction and calling at these weekend ceilis depends on who shows up - dances will be taught.
Please contact Clark Ratliffe for Celtic Waves at celticwaves@gmail.com, or call 808.386.5645
Nicole Wilder for Hawaii Irish Dance 540.850.0745

Sat June 27th - on Oahu, The Caledonian Society of Hawaii held their Annual General Meeting and Tribute To Aggie Wallace at the Waialae Nui Recreation Center, from 11am-2 pm. There will be a Catered Lunch. Fee TBD. Story of Aggie’s life as a Scottish-born bagpiper & bagpipe teacher in Hawaii. Guests to include Aggie’s students & family members.

Tuesday June 23rd - Hamish had a Fathers Day/Summer Solstice special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net. Songs about dads during the first hour for Fathers Day, with a special tribute to his late father and grandfather, both from Aberdeen. Then during the second hour, a Summer Solstice special, with songs and traditions of the longest day (in the northern hemisphere), and the time of year.

Sunday June 21st - Hamish Burgess had a Fathers Day/Summer Solstice special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com, Songs about dads during the first hour for Fathers Day, with a special tribute to his late father and grandfather, both from Aberdeen. Then during the second hour, a Summer Solstice special, with songs and traditions of the longest day (in the northern hemisphere), and the time of year.

June 17th-28th - over on Oahu, Oliver Mulholland & Stephen Morris played in Honolulu's Irish Pubs. www.oliverm.com

Oliver Mulholland & Stephen Morris played in Honolulu

Tuesday June 16th - Hamish Burgess played new Celtic music on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net.

Sunday June 14th - Hamish Burgess celebrated the 399th Edition of the Maui Celtic Radio Show, by streaming it on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com.

Friday June 12th - over in Honolulu The Friends of St.Patrick held their HangOver Meeting to put their library and office in order - 3:30pm at the Celtic Room of O'Toole's Pub. More info Bill Comerford at bill@ejlounge.com or call 808-223-3997.

Friday June 12th - The Friends of St.Patrick held their Finnegan's Wake Pub Crawl around Downtown Honolulu. More info Bill Comerford at bill@ejlounge.com or call 808-223-3997.

Tuesday June 9th - Hamish Burgess played new Celtic muisc on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net. Interviews and songs from Nuala Kennedy & Eamon O'Leary, who recently played in Honolulu. Also interview and tracks from bagpipe rockers Celtic Fusion Illusion from Edmonton, Alberta Canada, who Hamish met on his travels with underwriters The Irish Rovers.

Sunday June 7th - Hamish Burgess played New and older Celtic music on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com.

Tuesday June 2nd - Hamish Burgess had a second Kiwi Celtic music special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net.

Sunday May 31st - Hamish Burgess played Rock 'n' Roll and Pop Hits done Celtic style on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com.

Tuesday May 26th - Hamish Burgess played New and older Celtic music on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net.

Sunday May 24th - Hamish Burgess played new Celtic music on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com.

Sat May 23rd - The Caledonian Society of Hawaii held a Film Night featuring Reprise of Finding David Douglas: The story of Scottish plant collector David Douglas, at the Epiphany Episcopal Church in Honolulu (1041 10th Ave, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815). The naturalist was born in Scone, Scotland, in 1799, and died in mysterious circumstances in Hawaii in 1834.
Bring your own sack dinner, and they willll provide the drinks & popcorn. A calabash donation is appreciated.

Wednesday May 20th - The Friends of St.Patrick held a Whiskey Tasting at the Irish Rose Saloon in Honolulu, at 6:30pm. Club members $20.00 / General Public $25.00.
"Shadow" (Kevin McDonald) presents a belated Cinco De Mayo inspired lineup, with two Tequilas this month to represent Mexico. Featured Whiskies:
Irish - Paddy's, Powers John Lane. Scotch - Ballantines, Glenlivet Nadurra 16 Oloroso Sherry Cask.
North American (Mexico) - Altos Omeca Resposado, Avion Anejo.
Email whiskey@irishpubhawaii.com or call 521-4712 to make a reservation.

Tuesday May 19th - Hamish Burgess had a Robert Tannahill special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net, during the first hour, with songs from the pen of Scotland's poet, second only to Robert Burns. Then during the second hour, a Dougie MacLean's Perthshire Amber special, with artists from this year's festival in October-November around Perthshire - a 10 day festival packed full of music and much more - info at www.perthshireamber.com.

Sunday May 17th - Hamish Burgess had a Robert Tannahill special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com, during the first hour, with songs from the pen of Scotland's poet, second only to Robert Burns. Then during the second hour, a Dougie MacLean's Perthshire Amber special, with artists from this year's festival in October-November around Perthshire - a 10 day festival packed full of music and much more - info at www.perthshireamber.com.

Sunday May 17th - The Friends of St.Patrick held their Golden Pratie Golf Match at the Navy Marine Golf Course at noon. Their annual match against their worthy opponents and fellow Irishmen, the Wild Shamrocks. Match play tournament to win the Big Golden Potato.
The winners were the Friends of Saint Patrick who narrowly defeated the Wild Shamrocks with a final team score of 3-2-2.(3 wins 2 losses and 2 ties). A good time was had by all and the match will resume again next year. More info contact Bill at 808-223-3997 or bill@ejlounge.com.

Saturday May 16th - The Friends of St.Patrick held an Irish History and Language Meeting at 3:30pm at the Celtic Room of O'Toole's. More info Bill Comerford at bill@ejlounge.com or call 808-223-3997.

Tuesday May 12th - in Lahaina town, West Maui, there was a second Grand Opening of the Mick Fleetwood Art Gallery at Fleetwood's General Store below the Fleetwood's on Front St. restaurant, where folks could see The Celtic Art of Hamish Burgess. Our own Hamish has 9 pieces of the Celtic art on display in the new Gallery. AT 6pm, Mick Fleetwood (of Fleetwood Mac fame) held a book signing, Bagpiper Innes Asher was playing on the rooftop, and folks visited the art gallery, and chatted with some of the artists about their work. Many thanks to gallery director Brian Connolly.

Tuesday May 12th - Hamish Burgess played New and older Celtic music on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net.

Sunday May 10th - Hamish Burgess had a Mothers Day Special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com, dedicated to his mum and grandma. The Civil War origins of the American Mothers Day, and the Church origins of the UK & Ireland's Mothering Sunday, then songs for and about mothers and grandmothers.

Our Hamish's mum Sheila and grandma Cecilia

Saturday May 9th - Isle of Maui Pipe Band opened the gates for the Seabury Hall Craft Fair at 9:00am. They will also played a full set during the day. The band welcomes pipers and drummers from around the globe to practice and perform with them while visiting Maui. The band has been a part of the Seabury Fair for the past 6 years, and looks forward to bringing their music to upcountry Maui again next year. For more info http://www.seaburyhall.org/page.cfm?p=981

Saturday May 9th - over on Oahu, The Saint Andrew Society of Hawaiil held their Annual Pub Crawl around Downtown Honolulu and Waikiki. More info email saintandrewsociety@hawaii.rr.com, or call 808-381-7216.

Friday May 8th - for the first time in Lahaina town, West Maui, you could see The Celtic Art of Hamish Burgess at the Grand Opening of the Mick Fleetwood Art Gallery at Fleetwood's General Store below the Fleetwood's on Front St. restaurant. Our own Hamish Burgess had nine pieces of the Celtic art on display in the new Gallery. The evening started with a book signing by Mick Fleetwood (of Fleetwood Mac fame), then later Bagpiper Roger McKinley piped Mick Fleetwood to the store, for a traditional Hawaiian blessing from kahuna Vene Chun. He blessed the doors, Mick and family, the store, the art gallery, and all the artists and their work. Mick welcomed Hamish to his gallery, and wished him all the best with his art. Many thanks to gallery director Brian Connolly.

Hamish Burgess with Mick Fleetwood at the opening of the Mick Fleetwood Art Gallery

Hamish Burgess with Mick Fleetwood at the opening of the Mick Fleetwood Art Gallery, Lahaina Maui, May 2015
Photo by Dubhan Clark © 2015

Thursday May 7th - there was a Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund Raiser House Concert with the Psychedelic Celtic Band after the Programs of the Heart - Heart Meditation at Linda Green’s Home in Wailea. Folks donated to their charity of choice for Nepal Earthquake Relief for entrance to the house concert. The Psychedelic Celtic Band is Kristin Sherwood on fiddle and bass and Francie Starlite on piano. Kristin is classically trained since four and is a virtuoso on violin and a master of Scottish tunes, and her playing is fast upbeat high energy. Francie is a New York trained musician classically educated at NYU and has played with countless world famous entertainers and a wild gal on piano. More info call 303-588-2963, or email linda.l.green1@gmail.com.

'BEL' the Celtic Sun God by Hamish Burgess © 2013Tuesday May 5th - Hamish Burgess had a Bealltainn Special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net.
The great wheel of the year turns again on the evening of April 30th, with ancient Celtic festival of Beltaine, dedicated to the Sun God Bel, ‘the bright and shining one’. The ancient festival has become May Day in modern times, with it’s fertility dance around the Maypole.

'BEL' © Hamish Burgess 2013
More details on the artwork on our Gallery page


The show is online Tuesdays - local time for the summer 12-2am (Hawaii), and mainland 3-5am US/Canada West coast, 4-6am Mountain time, 5-7am Central time, 6-8am Eastern Standard Time, Canadian Maritimes 7-9am, Newfoundland 7.30-9.30am, and 11am - 1pm in Ireland and the UK, Europe 12-2pm. Many thanks to show underwriters The Irish Rovers.

Sunday May 3rd - Hamish Burgess had a Bealltainn Special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com, with exclusive interview and tracks from The Fire's new CD, and songs and traditions of the ancient Celtic festival dedicated to the Sun God Bel, ‘the bright and shining one’. The old Celtic name for May Day is Bealltainn, or Bealtaine in Irish, and now Beltane, meaning ‘bright fire’, and heralding the coming of Summer, with the great wheel of the year turning again on the evening of April 30th.

April 30th/May 1st - BEALLTAINN GREETINGS TO ALL !
The great wheel of the year turns again on the evening of April 30th, with ancient Celtic festival of Beltaine, dedicated to the Sun God Bel, ‘the bright and shining one’. He was prayed to at times of sickness, for the healing power of the sun. In various Celtic cultures the god of fertility, healing, music, hunting and even death, he was associated with therapy, prophecy and healing springs.

“BELTAINE” © Hamish Burgess 2011

“BELTAINE” by Hamish Burgess © 2011

More details on the artwork above on our Gallery page

Original Celtic and folk art by Hamish Burgess, a piece for the cover of The Celtic Connection newspaper in Vancouver BC and Seattle, the May ‘13 issue.

This seasonal feast marks the end of the dark half of the year, and is about honouring life, and the coming of Summer. The Sun God is released from the captivity of Winter, and returns to visit the Earth Goddess, with a time of joyous celebrating.
The ancient festival has become May Day in modern times, with it’s fertility dance around the Maypole.

Tuesday April 28th - Hamish Burgess had an ANZAC Day Special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net. A special tribute to the ANZACs (Australia & New Zealand Armoured Corps) in honour of those who fell at Gallipoli 100 years ago on April 25th 1915. With many Eric Bogle compositions, then songs about Australia and New Zealand, from local bands, and Scots, Irish & Cornish singers.

Sunday April 26th - over on Oahu, there was a IRISH SESSION & CEILI DANCING at Jefferson Hall lanai at the University of Hawaii at Manoa 2:00-4:00pm. Now a monthly tradition.
Musicians - open call for anyone who might be interested in participating in session-style playing. - please contact Clark Ratliffe at Celtic Waves 808-386-5645 or celticwaves@gmail.com.
All Hawaii Irish Dance dancers, friends, family members, and newcomers are invited to the casual ceili - please wear comfortable shoes that will stay on your feet as you dance - dances will be taught. Contact Nicole Wilder at Hawaii Irish Dance 540-850-0745.

Thursday March 26th until April 26th - over on Oahu, The Caledonian Society of Hawaii held KA‘IULANI at the Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant St, Honolulu at 8pm. An original production returning to the theatre after 28 years!
A play about Hawaiian Princess Ka'iulani (October 16, 1875 – March 6, 1899) - half Hawaiian (her mother being Princess, Miriam Likelike) and half Scottish (her father was entrepreneur, Archibald Cleghorn, last Royal Governor of O'ahu). She was heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii at the time of the illegal overthrow of the monarchy.

Princess Ka'iulani Cleghorn of Hawaii

Princess Victoria Ka'iulani Cleghorn.

The play is a poetic rendering of the life of Hawaii’s half Hawaiian, half Scottish princess. "Ka‘iulani" is a historical-musical-psychological drama complete with a Greek/Hawaiian chorus and a Hawaiian chanter. The play, which portrays the princess during three different phases of her life, originally premiered at Kumu Kahua Theatre in 1987. "Within the short life of Princess Ka‘iulani is contained the sad, shameful story of the downfall of the Hawaiian Kingdom. She was sent to Europe to receive an education befitting her royalty, but during her absence the monarchy was abrogated and she returned to Hawai‘i a figurehead rather than a queen." More details at www.kumukahua.org

Sunday April 26th - Hamish Burgess had an ANZAC Day Special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. A special tribute to the ANZACs (Australia & New Zealand Armoured Corps) in honour of those who fell at Gallipoli 100 years ago on April 25th 1915. With many Eric Bogle compositions, then songs about Australia and New Zealand, from local bands, and Scots, Irish & Cornish singers.

Tuesday April 21st - Hamish Burgess played New and old Celtic music on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net.

Sunday April 19th - Hamish Burgess had New Celtic music on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. There was also a tribute to the Scottish naturalist, early preservationist, and founder of the Sierra Club, John Muir, with interview from Scottish songwriter Brian McNeill, who wrote 'Muir And The Master Builder'. As well as a world exclusive of two new unreleased songs from Celtic Fusion Illusion, Celtic rockers from Alberta, Canada.

Irish Music Meeting in the Celtic Room of O'Toole's Pub (see below)


Photo courtesy of the Friends of St.Patrick

Saturday April 18th - The Friends of St.Patrick held an Irish Music Meeting at 3:30pm in the Celtic Room of O'Toole's. Clark Ratliffe, flute player for Celtic Waves ran the meeting and of course there were some tunes and songs. What better way to present the subject of Irish music than to have a session. More info: Clark Ratliffe for Celtic Waves 808-386-5645, or Bill Comerford at bill@ejlounge.com or 808-223-3997.

April 15th-19th - Irish Celtic rock band the Humble Hooligans played at Hawaii's Irish Pubs.
The punk rock/traditional Irish band hit Honolulu again in April for five shows!

Wed 4/15 - O'Toole's
Thur 4/16 - Kelley O'Neil's
Fri 4/17 - O'Toole's
Sat 4/18 - Kelley O'Neil's
Sun 4/19 - Irish Rose Saloon


The Humble Hooligans from California started unassumingly back in 2004 as a four piece with a dream to make Irish music in their style.
They have played with as many as seven members and as few as two, but the one thing that never changed is their love of performing Irish music in front of a live crowd and a passion for all things good Craic! So whether you expect to hear traditional jigs and reels (which you will), the latest in contemporary Irish music (Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphy’s, among others) or just a crazy cover song done up in pub rock regalia, the Humble Hooligans are the band to see.
Come say hello the next time you’re out, share a pint, or a laugh and enjoy the music! www.humblehooligans.com


Tuesday April 14th - Hamish Burgess had an Easter special, with traditions of the time of year, on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net. Also a section on the Hawaiian Scottish Festival, with songs about the Scots in Hawaii, and performers at this year's Highland Games (April 11th-12th at Ala Moana Beach Park McCoy Pavilion).

Sunday April 12th - Hamish Burgess had a World Exclusive from Irish singer Ian Millar on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. There were unrelaeased tracks & interview from Ian Millar on his new album "Take Me Home", and interview & tunes from Wilcil McDowell's new album "Music in the Glens". As well as a look at the solo careers of other players in The Irish Rovers, with interview by George Millar, and words and tracks from Sean O'Driscoll, Gerry O'Connor, and Geoff Kelly of Spirit of the West & The Paperboys.

Sunday April 12th - over on Oahu there was a house concert by Melissa Cox & Matt of the band Mythica in Honolulu at 6:30pm, at 5204 Makalena St. Honolulu, HI 96821. Potluck & BYOB - bring something yummy! Music by Melissa & Matt of Mythica, and Lucie Lynch, Michael Tanenbaum and Nick Gertsson of the band Lucie & The Perfect Wave with special guest Tina VioLina. A night of music, dancing, good food, and great company!! Come by after the Hawaiian Scottish Festival to prolong the festivities! They'll be doing a pass the hat kalabash for the musicians, so bring a donation to show them some love. If you're a musician, bring your acoustic instrument for a jam!

Sat/Sun April 11/12th - Hawaiian Scottish Festival & Highland Games at Ala Moana Beach Park McCoy Pavilion, 10am to 6pm. $1.00 entry fee.
Local long-established Oahu pipeband The Celtic Pipes and Drums of Hawaii started the ceremonies. On the main stage there was piping from champion Jori Chisholm, traditional Celtic music from local fiddler Lisa Gomes, Maui's Asher Family (piping and singing), and local bands Doolin Rakes and Whiskey Starship. Great music from visitors David Brewer & Rebeccca Lomnicky piper and fiddle duo, and also Melissa Cox & Matt Smith from Mythica. There will be traditional Scottish dancing from the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society of Hawaii, and of course the Athletic & Highland Dancing Competitions with visiting athletes and Highland Dancers from around the world.

Highland Dancers on the beach at Ala Moana


Photo courtesy of Margaret MacInnes

Maui Celtic unfortunately did NOT have a booth there this year, and apologies to our friends in Honolulu, and we hope to see you next year. But you can still get our fine Scottish imports, classic Maui Celtic logo wear, plaid items - Hawaii Tartan sashes, shawls, and head wraps (do-rags), at our Online Store.
You can get your fix of Celtic CDs from Rampant Lion Celtic Traders. In the Clan tent you can find out more about your family history, and visit the The Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii, The Caledonian Society of Hawaii, and the The Friends of St.Patrick booths. The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society of Hawaii will have a booth with tea and great scones, and even haggis !
Running all weekend are the men's and women's Highland Games heavy athletics competition, with braw-looking kilted strong lads and lassies - featuring tossing the caber, throwing the light and heavy hammers, putting the stone, and throwing the weight for height.
More info on the annual event from The Hawaiian Scottish Association at www.scotshawaii.org.

Saturday April 11th - on Oahu, piper and fiddler David Brewer and Rebecca Lomnicky played at Anna O'Briens (2440 S Beretania St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96826) at 8:30pm. Doors at 8:30 pm, show at 9 pm. irishpubshawaii.com/irishmusic/. The Weekend of the Honolulu Scottish Festival catch this fantastic Scottish Bagpiper and Fiddler duo at Live Anna O’Brien’s Club!

David Brewer is a founding member of the popular west coast Celtic band Molly's Revenge, in California, and has performed nationally and internationally. A Scottish descendant and native of Oregon, David discovered traditional music on public radio at the age of 11. He soon traveled to Scotland to study with master teachers, and has toured nationally with Tomaseen Foley’s Celtic Christmas Show as the featured uilleann piper, and was piper for a west coast tour with Scottish super-group The Old Blind Dogs, was a special guest of the six-time Grammy winning group The Chieftains. David Brewer is unarguably one of the most energetic and charismatic performers of the Scottish pipes in the world today. His pure joy and passion for playing is evident at every show. www.davidbrewermusic.com
Rebecca Lomnicky, originally from Corvallis Oregon, began playing classical violin and piano at age five, discovering Scottish fiddle music only a few years later. In 2005, she won the Junior Division of the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Competition, and in 2006 recorded her first CD, The Call, praised by "Dirty Linen" magazine as "technically masterful, and wonderfully melodic."
In 2009, Rebecca won the 20th Annual Glenfiddich International Scottish Fiddle Championship held at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Scotland, and she recorded her second CD, 'Inspired', with David Brewer. Rebecca spent half of 2013 living in Edinburgh, Scotland where she played regularly with many local musicians, including members of the Tannahill Weavers, Shooglenifty, and Salsa Celtica. Rebecca is sought after for her technically masterful and passionate playing, her knowledge of Scotland’s history and culture, and the ability to weave these together in lively and exhilarating performance. www.rebeccalomnicky.com

Friday April 10th - The Hawaiian Scottish Association presented their Taste of Scotland Ceilidh at The Willows Restaurant (901 Hausten St. Honolulu), 5-9pm. An early start to give members of the Scottish community and visitors to the Games plenty of good time to socialize. There was Scottish themed food, and wine, beer and the whisky was flowing! Bagpiping from the Celtic Pipes & Drums of Hawaii, and traditional Scottish music from piper and fiddler David Brewer and Rebecca Lomnicky of The Fire. Highland Dancers from all over the world often put on an impromptu show, with piping - the Highland Fling, Sword Dances, strathspeys and reels. More info on this yearly event at www.scotshawaii.org.

Rebecca Lomnicky and David Brewer of The Fire at the Ceilidh

Thursday, April 9th - The Caledonian Society of Hawaii presented their Annual Tribute to Princess Ka`iulani. This yearly sunset Tribute to Princess Victoria Kawekiu Lunalilo Kalaninuiahilapalapa Ka'iulani Cleghorn is at 6pm at Mauna ‘Ala, the Royal Mausoleum of Hawaii, in Nuuanu Valley (2261 Nu‘unau Avenue), Honolulu. Princess Ka'iulani (October 16, 1875 – March 6, 1899) was half Hawaiian (her mother being Princess, Miriam Likelike) and half Scottish (her father was entrepreneur, Archibald Cleghorn, last Royal Governor of O'ahu). She was heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii at the time of the illegal overthrow of the monarchy.
The Highland Dancers from The Margaret Rose School of Dance, often travel from Helensborough, Scotland. Members of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society of Hawaii dance 'The Pikake Lei', written by Bruce McEwan, in honour of Princess Ka'iulani. More details on this annual memorial from The Caledonian Society of Hawaii - Susan MacKinnon at 591-9398, or email susanmack1@mac.com.

Tuesday April 7th - Hamish Burgess had an Irish music special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net. Songs and traditions about the patron saint of Ireland, from Irish artists and also songs about Ireland on the national day of ancient Eriu.
The show is online Tuesdays - local time for the summer 12-2am (Hawaii), and mainland 3-5am US/Canada West coast, 4-6am Mountain time, 5-7am Central time, 6-8am Eastern Standard Time, Canadian Maritimes 7-9am, Newfoundland 7.30-9.30am, and 11am - 1pm in Ireland and the UK, Europe 12-2pm. Many thanks to show underwriters The Irish Rovers.

Monday April 6th - was National Tartan Day in North America. Tartan is commonly known as 'plaid' in America. We hope you all joined us in wearing an item of tartan material that day to remember our heritage. The contribution of the immigrant Scots upon North America is considerable and throughout Canada and America Scots and their descendants have taken the anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath (1320) as their national date to celebrate their Scottish roots.

Hawaii Tartan itemsThe full story of the Hawaii Tartan, created by Douglas Herring on Oahu in September 1997, can be read on our Hawaii Tartan page. As well as the previously available made-to-measure Scottish wool Kilts, it is now available in a lightweight blend in Sashes, Shawls, Fly Plaids, Head Wraps, and Sport Kilts - you can find these items in our "Online Store".

National Tartan Day in Hawaii - folks celebrated National Tartan Day in Hawaii at the Hawaii State Capital in Honolulu, at 3:30pm - 4:30pm. Members of all Celtic organizations in Hawaii were invited to join Brenda K. Reichel, as President of the Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii, to proudly wear their tartans that day. Folks did just that, by wearing kilts and playing the bagpipes at the Hawaii State Capital, in front of the Father Damian Statute.

Sunday April 5th - Hamish Burgess had an Easter special, with traditions of the time of year, on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. Also a section on the Hawaiian Scottish Festival, with songs about the Scots in Hawaii, and performers at this year's Highland Games (April 11th-12th at Ala Moana Beach Park McCoy Pavilion).

Saturday April 4th - over on Oahu, Melissa Cox & Matt of the band Mythica was at North Shore Country Market in Haleiwa (59 Kamehameha Hwy Haleiwa, HI 96712) at 11:00am. "Come on down for some food and fun at the North Shore Country Market on the grounds of Sunset Beach Elementary School in Haleiwa. I will be performing acoustically. Free to come, tips appreciated for the performers. I will also be doing some hula hooping, so come on by and try!"

Saturday April 4th - fantastic news from Blues & Roots Radio Australia - the Brand New schedule for Aussie 'RULES' Sunday started 7am (Aus time) on Sun April 5th, with loads of great shows, and The Maui Celtic Show has a prime spot at 7pm Australia time (5am EDT), which is 11pm Hawaii time on Saturdays! www.bluesandrootsradio.com.au.
Read the article at www.bluesandrootsradio.com.au/news

Saturday April 4th - Celtic Harpist and Storyteller Patrick Ball performed at 7:30pm in the Orvis Auditorium, University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu (Hawaii 96826). Info 808-956-8246.
Patrick Ball returned to Hawaii with his latest combination of Celtic stories and sounds from his Maplewood harp. Patrick is considered one of the premier Celtic harp players and storytellers in the world. The crystalline, bell-like resonance of the legendary harp is guaranteed to take the listener into the deepest realms of the imagination. www.patrickball.com

Princess Victoria Ka'iulani Cleghorn.
Photo by Jon Michael Riley courtesy Patrick Ball

“Through the voice of his Celtic harp, the lilt of his penny whistle, and the brogues of a pubful of characters, contemporary bard Patrick Ball casts a spell ... weaving a pageant out of scraps of stories, researched history, and the raucous dark humor of the Irish.” ~ The Voice, Sonoma County, CA.

Thursday April 2nd - around the island Maui folks heard the sounds of Celtic Harp and Story with Patrick Ball at Maui Public Libraries. Patrick performed at Makawao Library (Tel. 573-8785) at 10am, Kihei Library (Tel. 875-6833) at 3pm, and Wailuku Library (Tel. 243-5766) at 6.30pm. For more information, contact a hosting library.
Patrick Ball returned to Hawaii with his latest combination of Celtic stories and sounds from his Maplewood harp. Patrick is considered one of the premier Celtic harp players and storytellers in the world. The crystalline, bell-like resonance of the legendary harp is guaranteed to take the listener into the deepest realms of the imagination. Patrick tours extensively throughout the United States and Canada, entertaining audiences of all ages. He has recorded nine instrumental and three spoken word albums which have sold well over one-half million copies and earned national awards in both the music and spoken word categories. www.patrickball.com
This 45-minute program was suitable for ages 5 and older. A production of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Outreach College’s Statewide Cultural Extension Program with additional funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Wednesday April 1st - over on Lanai, folks had a rare treat of Celtic Harp and Story with Patrick Ball at Lanai Public & School Library at 1:30 p.m. More details tel. 808-565-7920

Tuesday March 31st - Hamish Burgess had a Celtic Tour of North America on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net. Songs and traditions about the patron saint of Ireland, from Irish artists and also songs about Ireland on the national day of ancient Eriu.

Sunday March 30th - Hamish Burgess played Celtic music from all over, on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com.

Saturday March 29th - The Friends of St.Patrick and The Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii held their Kilted Classic Golf Tournament at Pearl Country Club - a fun day of superb golf, food, beverages, and prizes! Registration began at 10:00am, the putting contest begins at 11:00am, and the first tee times begin around 11:30-11:45am. The tournament format will be individual scores using the Peoria scoring system. They will provide a continental breakfast, box lunch, and a dinner buffet, and complimentary beverages also included.
In addition to the putting contest (for a chance to win $5000.00), there will be four closest-to-the-pin contests and a long drive contest. There will also be four hole-in-one prizes (including the Grand Prize, which is a trip for two golfers/two guests to Scotland with rounds of golf at St Andrews), raffle prizes, and a silent auction. And, of course, there will be a prize for the best kilted golfer!
Tournament entry is $170 for individuals or $660 if you sign up a foursome (a savings of $5 per person). The entry includes all of the above plus green fee, golf cart, tournament shirt, and a tournament gift bag. The deadline for entry is March 20, 2015. To pay via check, please contact The Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii, c/o Kelly Griffith, 66 Queen St #2703, Honolulu, HI 96813. To pay via credit card, please visit http://fosphawaii.ning.com/events. For any questions on the tournament, please email Kelly Griffith at kiltedclassic@icloud.com. Please let him know if you or someone you know would like to help provide tournament sponsorship, donate tournament prizes or items for our silent auction, and/or volunteer to help work the event.

Friday March 27th - The Hawaiian Scottish Association presented their Grand Scotch Tour at The Willows Restaurant (901 Hausten St. Honolulu), 5.30-8.30pm. Featuring an impressive selection of Scotch Whisky and heavy Pupus. Tickets $75 advance/$85 at the door. Reservations Willows 808-952-9200. More info on this yearly event at www.scotshawaii.org.

Sunday March 22nd - over on Oahu, there was a IRISH SESSION & CEILI DANCING at Jefferson Hall lanai at the University of Hawaii at Manoa 2:00-4:00pm. They had a great time and this is developing into a nice tradition.
Musicians - open call for anyone who might be interested in participating in session-style playing. - please contact Clark Ratliffe at Celtic Waves 808-386-5645 or celticwaves@gmail.com.
All Hawaii Irish Dance dancers, friends, family members, and newcomers are invited to the casual ceili - please wear comfortable shoes that will stay on your feet as you dance - dances will be taught. Contact Nicole Wilder at Hawaii Irish Dance 540-850-0745.

Irish FlagTuesday March 17th - Hamish Burgess had a St.Patrick's Day Irish music special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net. Songs and traditions about the patron saint of Ireland, from Irish artists and also songs about Ireland on the national day of ancient Eriu.

Tuesday March 17th - was ST.PATRICK'S DAY ON MAUI !!
SOUTH MAUI had the biggest bash starting at noon with the annual St. Paddy's Day Party at Mulligan's on the Blue in Wailea. The craic was mighty at our local Irish Pub!


Poster courtesy Mulligans

The fun started with The Rambling Rovers at noon, featuring Dubhan Clark on the bodhran and whistles, and fiddlers Rona Landrigan and Kristin Sherwood, and Peter Della Croce on the guitar. They were later joined by Roger McKinley on the Scottish smallpipes and whistle. Then house band The Celtic Tigers rocked the early evening, followed by Fish Tank, and finally The Willie K Band to close the night. There was a Best Hat contest, Best Leprechaun contest, and much more! Call 874-1131 for more details, or visit www.mulligansontheblue.com.

WEST MAUI festivities were happening at Fleetwood's on Front St. in Lahaina. Starting with Mad Bagpiper Roger McKinley on the rooftop with his sunset ceremony, then lots of piping throughout the night from the Isle of Maui Pipe Band, playing several times on the rooftop, in the main restaurant, and outside on the street. Later there was music from Kona Storm with a highlight being the Mad Bagpiper himself, Roger McKinley, playing 'Shipping Up To Boston' with the band.


Poster courtesy Fleetwoods on Front Street

Roger McKinley also rocked the Lahaina Yacht Club with his bagpipes when he joined the band Fred's Garage for a few classic rock songs.

CENTRAL MAUI had local Maui group Upcountry Celtic playing at the Kahului Ale House.

Sunday March 17th - was ST.PATRICK'S DAY ON OAHU !!
The Friends of St.Patrick held their annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade through Waikiki. Free to participate. Irish bloodline not required--everyone is Irish on St. Paddy's Day! Meet on Kalakaua by Fort DeRussy (just before Saratoga Rd) by 11:00am. Step-off is at NOON sharp. Wear green and/or kilts, comfortable shoes, hat, & sunblock. The route is approximately one mile. For those who would like to participate but can't walk it, Parade Chairman Nelson Lampert (kerlampert@aol.com) is organizing rides in participating convertibles. You may bring candy, beads, etc. to hand out to the crowd if you wish (no throwing of objects to the crowd).
No alcohol. No need to RSVP. Just show up if you can. Bring friends/family--the parade is a family-friendly event. Afterparty at Kelley O'Neil's, then Murphy's Street Party Downtown in the evening. More info Bill Comerford at bill@ejlounge.com, or call 808-223-3997.

St.Patrick's Day Parade in Honolulu, Hawaii 2015


Photo courtesy Reed Gillmor Bowman

Meanwhile downtown.....the annual Honolulu St. Patrick's Day Block Party was getting going - the biggest Hawaii Irish bash and the last place on the planet (this side of the dateline) to celebrate St.Patrick's Day ! Every year Murphy's Bar and Grill sponsors a FREE all afternoon/evening block party in downtown Honolulu's Irish Corner at Nuuanu Avenue and Merchant Street - www.gomurphys.com. Always a blast the block party starts around 5:30pm when the Streets are closed on Nuuanu, Merchant and Marin Lanes. Live music includes the Doolin Rakes and Elephant on the streets. Libations are by Guinness, Harp, Killlian’s, Coors Light, Bud Light, Stella Artois, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Coors Light, Jamesons and Barefoot Wines. Live Music, great food, clothing and fun pervades the streets. There is a full day of Irish Music at O’Toole’s “the Party within the Party”, starting at 1pm with the Kaimana Ceili Band, followed at 4pm by Kieran Murphy and topped off with Honolulu’s own Doolin Rakes. The Street party should run until 11pm.

All week visiting troubador Kieran Murphy from New York, was playing at all the Irish music pubs, with traditional songs and his own originals.

Kieran Murphy in Honolulu (right)

O’Toole’s Irish Pub, Kelley O’Neil’s and the Irish Rose Saloon had Irish music throughout the week of St Patrick’s featuring: visiting artists Kieran Murphy, and Jayder Kalk & the Church of Cash. Local artists Kaimana Ceili, Celtic Waves, Whiskey Starship, Doolin Rakes, and Hooligan's Harp.

Full calendar at http://www.irishpubhawaii.com/

Sunday March 15th - Hamish Burgess had a St.Patrick's Day Irish music special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. Songs and traditions about the patron saint of Ireland, from Irish artists and also songs about Ireland on the national day of ancient Eriu.

The show is online - local time for the summer 10am-12pm (Hawaii), and mainland 1-3pm US/Canada West coast, 2-4pm Mountain time, 3-5pm Central time, 4-6pm Eastern Standard Time, Canadian Maritimes 5-7pm, Newfoundland 5.30-7.30pm, and 9-11pm in Ireland and the UK, Europe 10pm-12am. Chat live with Hamish during the show on Facebook - be a friend at Hamish Douglas Burgess, or be a fan of The Maui Celtic Show. Many thanks to show underwriters The Irish Rovers. The show repeats on Monday's 10am-12pm EST, and Fridays 12-2pm EST on Blues & Roots Radio.

Saturday March 14th - Maui's Mad Bagpiper Roger McKinley got folks in St.Patrick's Day mood at the Royal Lahaina Golf Club, and joined the band Fred's Garage for a few classic rock songs to entertain the Rotary Club.

Saturday March 14th - Big Island folks saw the 2nd Annual St. Patricks Day Parade in Hilo, Hawaii. Building on the first Parade last year, another successful day was had in Hilo the Saturday before St.Patrick's Day, with marchers from local organizations, pipers, and The Whirlyjigs, dancers from the Nash Irish Dance School, sporting Hawaii Tartan supplied by Maui Celtic.

St.Patrick's Day Parade in Hilo, Hawaii 2015


Photo courtesy Sean O'Phelan

Sean Ryan O Phelan is organizer of the St.Patrick's Parade on the Big Island. He is looking for volunteers and participants as well as donations to help cover the cost of putting on the next parade (paying for traffic control, PSA's and other media advertising as well as supplies, etc). Show your support by adding ideas and suggestions and offering some time up to help with organization. His dream is to have everyone on the Big Island participate in this important and exciting event. He needs people and talents of all different types to be a part of this. 20% of the money they raise for the parade, goes directly to the Special Olympics Red Waves in Hilo HI. Please contact Sean at 808-854-3443 or email ophelansean@gmail.com.

Saturday March 14th - over on Oahu, Celtic Waves kicked off St.Patrick's week at Wards Rafters 7:30–9:30pm. A big house party at 3810 Maunaloa Ave. (between 15th and 16th), up the stairs to the rafters. The craic was mighty near Diamond Head that night.

Saturday March 14th - also on Oahu, The Saint Andrew Society of Hawaii held their Annual Meeting at St.Andrew's Cathedral in the Van Holt room at 10.30am. More info Cesci Wang at saintandrewsociety@hawaii.rr.com, or call 808-381-7216.

Cornish FlagSunday March 8th - Hamish Burgess had a St.Piran's Day Cornish Celtic music special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming worldwide on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com.
Songs from Cornish artists and songs about Cornwall on the national day of ancient Kernow.

Saturday March 7th - The Friends of St.Patrick held their Annual Emerald Ball at the Manoa Grand Ballroom Japanese Cultural Center (2424 S.Beretania, Honolulu), starting at 5pm. There were cocktails, pupus, dinner, a silent auction and raffle, and Irish/Celtic music. This non-formal ball is the key gathering of the Irish Community in Hawaii every year. The dinner event encouraged Celtic Dress, or Aloha attire, and the opportunity to dress up.

The Friends of St.Patrick annual Emerald Ball

The Evening Program began with FOSP Board Introductions, led in by the Celtic Pipes & Drums of Hawaii. Then toasts, a blessing, and dinner, accompanied by Irish harpist Helen Loftus.
MC James McCarthy directed the evening, with entertainment provided by himself, the Celtic Waves, Helen Loftus, Hawaii Irish Dance, and the Celtic Pipes & Drums of Hawaii. A great night of entertainment, dinner and friends, and the Society presenting their first lady Irish Person of the Year Award to Lisa Gomes.

Lisa Gomes - Irish Person of the Year

For more info on the yearly event, please visit http://fosphawaii.ning.com/events, and click on the Emerald Ball image. For Reservations, call Mr. Bill Comerford, 808-223-3997.

Welsh FlagSunday March 1st - Hamish Burgess had a St.David's Day Welsh Celtic music special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com.
Songs from Welsh artists and songs about Wales on the national day of ancient Cymru.

Saturday Feb 28th - The Caledonian Society of Hawaii held an Hawaiian-Scottish Recipe Contest & 2014 SERG Report from 5:30-9pm at St.Clement’s Parish Hall, 1515 Wilder Ave., Honolulu. Includes catered meal. Colleen Patton will report on her SERG experience in Scotland in the summer of 2014.
"As you prepare your holiday foods this year and remember your grandmother’s holiday food specialties, brainstorm about what ingredients you might combine if you made an entry for our Hawaiian-Scottish (local) Recipe Contest. Would you put haggis into Loco Moco? What tropical fruits might make a yummy Trifle or Dundee cake? Would Okinawan sweet potatoes mash into Stovies or Clapshot? When your creative brain starts producing ideas, and you start turning pages in your cookbooks, then experiment. Have fun actually trying out some possibilities. You might come up with something absolutely great! Or at least you may create something to get a chuckle over. Either result could become a winning contest entry. The recipe contest in February is open to every member, so give it a try and play with food creativity." Hawaiian-Scottish Recipe Contest Rules:
1. Create an original mixed Hawaiian---Scottish (local) recipe by using one or more local ingredients in a Scottish recipe or one or more typically Scottish ingredients in a local recipe.
2. Contest open to Society members and persons sponsored by a Society member. Each person may enter up to 2 recipes. Each entrant will receive a thank you prize.
3. Recipes will be judged in one of 4 categories: Pupu or Snack Food; Soups; Main Dishes; Desserts or Sweets. One winner in each category will receive a choice of a Scottish cookbook or a bottle of Scotch whisky.
4. Original Hawaiian-Scottish fusion recipes are to be submitted in written form (electronically or in hard copy) by Feb. 16, 2015, along with a completed entry form. Devisors will bring a prepared dish made from the recipe to the contest on Feb 28.
5. Judges will not see the names of the devisors before or during the judging. Judging will be based on criteria such as originality and creativity, successful blending of flavors, and ease of reproduction of the dish for home cooks or others in Hawaii. Decisions of the judges are final.
6. Devisors will agree to allow The Caledonian Society to make future use of any recipe submitted including possible publication in a Society collection of Hawaiian-Scottish recipes if selected.

Sunday Feb 22nd - Hamish Burgess had a new Celtic muisc on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. Interviews and songs from Nuala Kennedy & Eamon O'Leary, who recently played in Honolulu. Also interview and tracks from bagpipe rockers Celtic Fusion Illusion from Edmonton, Alberta Canada, who Hamish met on his travels with underwriters The Irish Rovers.

Saturday Feb 21st - The Friends of St.Patrick held an Irish Humour Meeting at 3:30pm at the Celtic Room of O'Toole's. More info Bill Comerford at bill@ejlounge.com, or call 808-223-3997.

Tuesday Feb 17th - Hamish Burgess broadcast a Vancouver BC Special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net. this week with Celtic music from Vancouver, BC, and a feature on the Cape Breton band Coig, who he interviewed at the Rogue Folk Club in Vancouver in 2014.
The show is online Tuesdays - local time for the winter 1-3am (Hawaii), and mainland 3-5am US/Canada West coast, 4-6am Mountain time, 5-7am Central time, 6-8am Eastern Standard Time, Canadian Maritimes 7-9am, Newfoundland 7.30-9.30am, and 11am - 1pm in Ireland and the UK, Europe 12-2pm. Many thanks to show underwriters The Irish Rovers.

Sunday Feb 15th - Hamish Burgess had a Valentines pt.2 and an Irish Rovers '50 Years' special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. Interview and songs with George Millar, founder of the legendary The Irish Rovers, from the triple CD "The Irish Rovers - 50 Years" anthology. Also a few more songs and tunes from Valentines Day.
The show will be online - local time for the winter 11am-1pm (Hawaii), and mainland 1-3pm US/Canada West coast, 2-4pm Mountain time, 3-5pm Central time, 4-6pm Eastern Standard Time, Canadian Maritimes 5-7pm, Newfoundland 5.30-7.30pm, and 9-11pm in Ireland and the UK, Europe 10pm-12am. Chat live with Hamish during the show on Facebook - be a friend at Hamish Douglas Burgess, or be a fan of The Maui Celtic Show. Many thanks to show underwriters The Irish Rovers. The show repeats on Monday's 10am-12pm EST, and Fridays 12-2pm EST on Blues & Roots Radio.

Saturday February 14th - Nuala Kennedy and Eamon O’Leary were giving Music Workshops in Flute, Guitar and Irish Songs. Cost is $30 per class.
Guitar: Eamon O’Leary (Intermediate & above) at the Coffee Line Café at Atherton YMCA on University Ave. 12:00 Noon to 1:15PM
Irish Flute: Nuala Kennedy (Intermediate & above) location TBA. 12:00 Noon to 1:15 PM
Irish Songs -Voice (All levels): (Nuala and Eamon) at Coffee Line Café at Atherton YMCA on University Ave. 1:30-2:45PM.
Please email Abby at abigail@flex.com beginning February 1st to pre-register & reserve a space. Please send a message with your full name, a contact telephone number, and which class(es) you will attend. Classes are taught by ear, so please bring a recording device if you have one, and pen and paper!

Friday February 13th - over on Oahu, top Irish trad musicians Nuala Kennedy and Eamon O'Leary played upstairs at Anna O'Brien's in Honolulu. Vocalist Nuala, also a whistle and flute player brings her wonderful versions of Irish music with vocalist and guitar player Eamon O'Leary to Honolulu for one night only. Tickets available at the door - $15.00 general public / $12.00 for members of The Friends of St.Patrick, Students and Military. They are also available at Anna O'Brien's, Irish Rose Saloon, Kelley O'Neil's and O'Toole's. More info Bill Comerford at bill@ejlounge.com, or call 808-223-3997.
Nuala Kennedy and Eamon O' Leary - Long time friends and musical collaborators, these Irish singers have toured together in the United States both in duo and as part of 'The Alt', a new trio alongside guitarist John Doyle. Both highly respected members of the traditional music community, they are noted for their instrumental skills as well as their diverse repertoire of traditional and contemporary songs. Known for their relaxed stage presence and understated virtuosity, they present a timeless selection of songs and instrumental pieces featuring flute, whistles, bouzouki, guitar and vocal harmonies.

Nuala Kennedy and Eamon O' Leary

Nuala Kennedy and Eamon O' Leary

Nuala Kennedy (flutes, whistles, vocals) - this traditional singer, flute player, tunesmith and songwriter grew up playing music in Dundalk, Ireland and later moved to Edinburgh, Scotland. The combination of the best of two cultures, Scotland and Ireland, is what has made Nuala the artist she is today. In 2011 Nuala completed a Masters Degree in Composition and Performance and the result was an even deeper understanding of, and commitment to traditional music, which is evident in the powerful performances she gives, wherever she is on tour.
Nuala released her third solo record 'Noble Stranger' (Compass Records) in 2012 to critical acclaim. The Nuala Kennedy Band were nominees in the 2013 BBC Alba Scottish Traditional Folk Awards. www.nualakennedy.com
Eamon O' Leary (guitar, bouzouki, vocals) - while growing up in Dublin, Eamon developed an interest in Irish music through his friendship with Emer, Breda and John Mayock, a noted family of Irish traditional musicians from Co. Mayo. His first instrument was the guitar, which he started playing while in his teens. When he moved to New York City in 1991, he met guitarist John Doyle, fiddle player Patrick Ourceau and other New York based musicians, and has since become a fixture in the city's thriving Irish music scene. Eamon is a highly respected accompanist as well as a talented singer-songwriter and interpreter of traditional Irish song. www.eamonoleary.com

Sunday Feb 8th - Mulligans on the Blue held their annual Robbie Burns Night 6pm to 9pm with traditional Irish band Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfetones at 7pm.
The festivities started at 6pm. Burns history and poems from Prakash McKay and Cameron Keys, and the Mad Bagpiper Roger McKinley will be the ceremoniously piping in the Haggis ! Whisky toasts and then Celtic music. Enjoy a great mix of traditional songs, tunes and storytelling with top Irish traditional band Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfetones, who play some Scottish songs too! For reservations call 874-1131, or contact www.mulligansontheblue.com.

Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones

Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones at Mulligans on the Blue Robert Burns Night. Wailea, Jan 27th 2013

Nominated in 2009 as Ireland's Best Traditional Irish Folk Group, touring over 400 concerts in 2010 and 2011, throughout 10 different countries, Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones are known throughout the world for their quality musical presentation of Irish Patriotic Songs & Traditional Irish Music with top class fiery introductions from their lead singer, song writer and storyteller, Derek Warfield. He enjoyed success for some 40 years with the Wolfe Tones, before heading on the road with his current band - he is now joined on stage by some of the finest Irish musicians and singers from a younger generation. www.derekwarfield.com

Derek Warfield, and Damaris Woods of the Young Wolfe Tones

Derek Warfield & Damaris Woods of the Young Wolfe Tones at Mulligans on the Blue, Wailea, Maui. Jan 27th 2013

Damaris Woods plays the tenor Banjo, hails from Co. Meath, and is one of the finest musicians and teachers in Ireland. Talented Singer-guitarist Peadar Hickey hails from Dublin and has been playing traditional Irish Music in New York City. The lineup is completed by the appearance of the Irish American member of the band Dan Lowery, who hails from Co. Dallas in Texas ! Dan is a multi- talented Flute and Tin-Whistle Player, guitarist/ singer and vocalist who hails from a family rich in musical tradition, song and sport and Dan's family hail from Co. Cork. www.theyoungwolfetones.com.

Sunday Feb 8th - Hamish Burgess had a Valentines Special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. Songs, tunes and traditions of St.Valentine, the patron saint of lovers. Not all slow love songs - some of these rocked Celtic style!

Friday Feb 6th - top Irish band Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfetones played an all-ages dinner show 6pm to 9pm at Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea. Folks heard a great mix of traditional Irish songs, tunes and storytelling !

Nominated in 2009 as Ireland's Best Traditional Irish Folk Group, touring over 400 concerts in 2010 and 2011, throughout 10 different countries, Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones are known throughout the world for their quality musical presentation of Irish Patriotic Songs & Traditional Irish Music with top class fiery introductions from their lead singer, song writer and storyteller, Derek Warfield. He enjoyed success for some 40 years with the Wolfe Tones, before heading on the road with his current band - he is now joined on stage by some of the finest Irish musicians and singers from a younger generation. www.derekwarfield.com

Derek Warfield, and Damaris Woods of the Young Wolfe Tones

Derek Warfield & Damaris Woods of the Young Wolfe Tones at Mulligans on the Blue, Wailea, Maui. Jan 27th 2013

Damaris Woods plays the tenor Banjo, hails from Co. Meath, and is one of the finest musicians and teachers in Ireland. Talented Singer-guitarist Peadar Hickey hails from Dublin and has been playing traditional Irish Music in New York City. The lineup is completed by the appearance of the newest member of the band Dan O'Sullivan, who hails from Dublin ! Dan is a multi- talented Flute and Whistle Player, and Uileann piper who hails from a family rich in musical tradition, song and sport and Dan's family hail from Co. Cork. www.theyoungwolfetones.com.

Friday Feb 6th - saw Celtic duo Magical Strings In Concert at Makawao Union Church at 7pm.
Folks traveled with Magical Strings, Pam & Philip Boulding, to experience the Magic of Ireland in music and verse. With Celtic harps, hammered dulcimers, concertina, accordion and whistles, the duo shared their new compositions and stories inspired by their journeys to Ireland and beyond.
Saturday Feb 7th - Philip Boulding also hosted a harp workshop 10am-noon, "From Ireland to Slack Key". Beginners and advanced players journeyed from haunting Irish airs and dance tunes with ornamentation to Hawaiian slack key style for harp! For workshop information email philtheharper@gmail.com.
Philip and Pam Boulding founded Magical Strings in 1978, beginning their tradition of family Celtic Yuletide concerts with their five children. They have performed throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland and Japan, toured and recorded with Dan Fogelberg, appeared on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” and recorded over 20 albums on four labels. They are celebrating 36 years with their newest release, "Longing for Ireland", a soulful journey from the enchantment of Ireland's landscape to the haunting spaces above the sea.

Pam & Philip Boulding of Magical Strings in Napili

Pam & Philip Boulding of Magical Strings in Napili, February 2013

Over 30 years ago, Philip became inspired by the music of Keola Beamer, and proceeded to develop a style of slack-key music for the Celtic harp, which later developed into a collaboration with Keola on their recording “Islands Calling.” Philip and Pam also design and build Celtic harps, run the School of Magical Strings, and host the Magic Hill Summer Harp Camp and Summer Fairy School on their beautiful 5-acre home in the Northwest overlooking the Puget Sound.

Tuesday Feb 3rd - Hamish Burgess broadcast an Imbolc Special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show this week on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, at www.celticmusicradio.net. Songs and traditions of the ancient Celtic festival of IMBOLC (see below).
The show is online Tuesdays - local time for the winter 1-3am (Hawaii), and mainland 3-5am US/Canada West coast, 4-6pm Mountain time, 5-7am Central time, 6-8am Eastern Standard Time, Canadian Maritimes 7-9am, Newfoundland 7.30-9.30am, and 11am - 1pm in Ireland and the UK, Europe 12-2pm. Chat with Hamish (if he's up!) during the show on Facebook at The Maui Celtic Show page. Many thanks to show underwriters The Irish Rovers.

Monday Feb 2nd - over on Oahu, fresh from Honolulu gigs, top Irish band Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfetones had a meet and greet at 6.00pm in the Celtic Room at O'Toole's Irish Pub (902 Nuuanu Ave) for members of The Friends of St.Patrick and friends. They hosted a chat, some craic and a beer or two!!!! More info Bill Comerford at bill@ejlounge.com, or call 808-223-3997.

Sunday Feb 1st - Hamish Burgess had an Imbolc Special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. Songs and traditions of the ancient Celtic festival of IMBOLC, which is on the eve of February 1st, marking the beginning of Spring, associated with the goddess Brighid, Brigit, or Bride, divinity of healing and childbirth, smithcraft and the hearth. Brighid is an important link between the Old Ways and the Celtic Christian church, and the hearth tradition continued in the form of St. Brigit of Kildare, who founded a monastery there, where a sacred flame, tended by nuns, burnt continuously from the 5th century until the Reformation, hundreds of years later. In Ireland, her tradition continues at Imbolc time to this day, with woven wicker-work crosses, "Brigit's Crosses", being hung by doorways.

“IMBOLC” © Hamish Burgess 2011

“IMBOLC” © Hamish Burgess 2011

The show will be online - local time for the winter 11am-1pm (Hawaii), and mainland 1-3pm US/Canada West coast, 2-4pm Mountain time, 3-5pm Central time, 4-6pm Eastern Standard Time, Canadian Maritimes 5-7pm, Newfoundland 5.30-7.30pm, and 9-11pm in Ireland and the UK, Europe 10pm-12am. Chat live with Hamish during the show on Facebook - be a friend at Hamish Douglas Burgess, or be a fan of The Maui Celtic Show. Many thanks to show underwriters The Irish Rovers. The show repeats on Monday's 10am-12pm EST, and Fridays 12-2pm EST on Blues & Roots Radio.

Saturday Jan 31st
- top Irish band Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfetones played at 8pm at The Irish Rose Saloon in Honolulu. A great mix of traditional Irish songs, tunes and storytelling !

Derek Warfield, and Damaris Woods of the Young Wolfe Tones

Derek Warfield & Damaris Woods of the Young Wolfe Tones at Mulligans on the Blue, Wailea, Maui. Jan 27th 2013

Nominated in 2009 as Ireland's Best Traditional Irish Folk Group, touring over 400 concerts in 2010 and 2011, throughout 10 different countries, Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones are known throughout the world for their quality musical presentation of Irish Patriotic Songs & Traditional Irish Music with top class fiery introductions from their lead singer, song writer and storyteller, Derek Warfield. He enjoyed success for some 40 years with the Wolfe Tones, before heading on the road with his current band - he is now joined on stage by some of the finest Irish musicians and singers from a younger generation. www.derekwarfield.com

Damaris Woods plays the tenor Banjo, hails from Co. Meath, and is one of the finest musicians and teachers in Ireland. Talented Singer-guitarist Peadar Hickey hails from Dublin and has been playing traditional Irish Music in New York City. The lineup is completed by the appearance of the Irish American member of the band Dan Lowery, who hails from Co. Dallas in Texas ! Dan is a multi- talented Flute and Tin-Whistle Player, guitarist/ singer and vocalist who hails from a family rich in musical tradition, song and sport and Dan's family hail from Co. Cork. www.theyoungwolfetones.com. More info Bill Comerford at bill@ejlounge.com, or call 808-223-3997.

Friday Jan 30th - top Irish band Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfetones played at Anna O'Brien's in Honolulu. Band info above. More info Bill Comerford at bill@ejlounge.com, or call 808-223-3997.

Tuesday Jan 27th - no Maui Celtic Radio Show this week on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, as they were streaming live coverage of Scotland's premier winter music festival Celtic Connections, at www.celticmusicradio.net. Held at venues around Glasgow featuring Celtic acts and the best new talent - more than 200 events over 18 days. The world's biggest and most famous Celtic music festival, with artists from many Celtic nations - www.celticconnections.com.

Sunday January 25th - was ROBERT BURNS NIGHT ON MAUI. Local folks joined Scots worldwide by celebrating the famous Scottish poet's 256th birthday !
Maui Celtic's 11th annual Robert Burns Night was again this year at Fleetwood's on Front St. in the dining room of Mick Fleetwood's (of Fleetwood Mac fame) restaurant in Lahaina, West Maui. Roger McKinley was bagpiping at sunset on the rooftop bar, before joining MC Hamish Burgess who introduced the evening, starting with the Isle of Maui Pipe Band who played a great set - their youngest member is 11 years old ! - www.isleofmauipipeband.com.
Scottish history professor Dr.Dubhan Clark, from the University of Hawaii and Glasgow University, gave a talk on Robert Burns. Then came the 'Selkirk Grace' followed by the ceremonious piping in the Haggis by Roger McKinley with Burns anthem 'A Man's A Man For A' That', in procession with the honorable Whisky Bearer Dr.Dubhan Clark, and the Traditional Haggis Bearer, Fleetwood's own Chef. The 'Address to the Haggis' was nicelty read by visiting Scotsman Sandy, followed by the first toast 'To The Haggis'!

Roger McKinley piping in the Haggis at Fleetwoods 2013

Roger McKinley piping in the Haggis, with Eric Waddell and Bud Clark, at Fleetwoods on Front St, Lahaina, Maui. Jan 25th 2013

Whisky buffs had a treat toasting, with Roger McKinley explaining the nuances of the special flight of 7 high quality scotch drams, different for each toast. After traditional Scottish music from fiddlers Rona Landrigan and Kristin Sherwood, with Dubhan Clark on the bodhran, the toasts continued - 'To Scotland', 'To Hawaii', and 'To Fleetwood's on Front St.', then the essential 'To the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns', introduced by MC Hamish. A highlight was 13 yr old piper Innes Asher piping for his younger sister Iona Asher, who perfomed a great Highland Fling. Then Marianne Asher sang a Gaelic duet with daughter Iona. Before it was too late for the wee ones, Marianne led the party in singing the Burns classic 'Auld Lang Syne', with Hamish encouraging the traditional swinging of joined hands with crossed arms for the whole room! For the last two toasts of the evening, audience member Kingsley then read the 'Address to the Lassies', and Dr.Clark's daughter Chelsea McInnis read the 'Response to the Lassies'. Then came more traditional music with the Burns Night Session with fiddlers Rona and Kristin Sherwood, with Dubhan on the bodhran, and Roger McKinley on the Scottish smallpipes.
A night of Kilts, piping, Highland dancing, and local Celtic music all served up with the regular great food at Fleetwood's, or the Burns Night special of Haggis, neeps & tatties - the craic was mighty!
Thanks to Roger McKinley for organizing the third Burns Night at Fleetwoods, to the musicians for their great music, and to the chef for the fine-looking haggis! More on Fleetwoods online at Fleetwood's on Front St., located at 744 Front Street, Lahaina, 96761. Tel: 808-669-MICK(6425).

Sunday January 25th - on Oahu there was the Inaugural Meeting of the new Celtic Book Club from 4-6pm in the Celtic Room behind O'Toole's Irish Pub in Downtown Honolulu (902 Nuuanu Ave). More info 808-721-6650.

Sunday Jan 25th - Hamish Burgess had a Robert Burns Special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. Hamish played Robert Burns compositions set to great Celtic music, and talked about Scotland's famous poet who's birthday is on January 25th. He featured interviews from Burns performers Jim Malcolm, Ed Miller, and Eddi Reader, amongst the host of other traditional singers.
The show will be online - local time for the winter 11am-1pm (Hawaii), and mainland 1-3pm US/Canada West coast, 2-4pm Mountain time, 3-5pm Central time, 4-6pm Eastern Standard Time, Canadian Maritimes 5-7pm, Newfoundland 5.30-7.30pm, and 9-11pm in Ireland and the UK, Europe 10pm-12am. Chat live with Hamish during the show on Facebook - be a friend at Hamish Douglas Burgess, or be a fan of The Maui Celtic Show. Many thanks to show underwriters The Irish Rovers. The show repeats on Monday's 10am-12pm EST, and Fridays 12-2pm EST on Blues & Roots Radio.

Saturday January 24th - on Oahu The Caledonian Society of Hawaii held their annual Robert Burns Night : Rabbie, Tam and Cutty Sark at the Oahu Country Club at 5:00pm. Folks put on their best Highland attire and entered the spooky world of Tam O’Shanter!
The Oahu Country Club transformed into a Scottish castle with the The Celtic Pipes and Drums of Hawaii entering from 'the moors of Scotland'. A theatrical rendering of the epic poem 'Tam O’Shanter' (1791) was performed, the poetic music of Burns sung, and traditional dances by Royal Scottish Country Dance Society of Hawaii. The Evening started with the cocktail hour at 5:00pm this year. The quality of the food & the Club itself, the Committee’s creative entertainment efforts, and of course the camaraderie of all the guests, made this a memorable evening. More info call Susan MacKinnon at 808-591-9398.

'This truth fand honest Tam o' Shanter,
As he frae Ayr ae night did canter,
(Auld Ayr, wham ne'er a town surpasses
For honest men and bonie lasses.)

She prophesied that late or soon,
Thou could be found deep drown'd in Doon;
Or catch'd wi' warlocks in the mirk,
By Alloway's auld haunted kirk.' – Robert Burns

Wednesday January 21st - on Oahu there was a Whiskey Tasting at Anna O'Brien's in Honolulu at 6:30pm. It started at 6:30 promptly as there was a Comedy Show following at 8:00pm. Featured Whiskies: Irish - Redbreast 12 & Green Spot Single Pot Still. Scotch - Glenlivet 15 & Abelour 12. North American - Lot 40 Canadian Rye & Pike Creek Canadian. For more info email whiskey@irishpubhawaii.com or call 808-521-4712.

Tuesday Jan 20th - no Maui Celtic Radio Show this week on Celtic Music Radio 95FM Glasgow, Scotland, as they were streaming live coverage of Scotland's premier winter music festival Celtic Connections, at www.celticmusicradio.net. Held at venues around Glasgow featuring Celtic acts and the best new talent - more than 200 events over 18 days. The world's biggest and most famous Celtic music festival, with artists from many Celtic nations - www.celticconnections.com.

Sunday January 18th - The Caledonian Society of Hawaii held a Preview of their 50th Anniversary Year, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Hokua Condominium’s Ocean Terrace (1288 Ala Moana Blvd). Folks learnt about the rules and categories for the “Hawaiian Scottish Recipe Contest” and thumbed through Scottish recipe books. They also previewed the 50th Anniversary T-shirt logo and pre-ordered shirts. Lillian Cunningham was available to teach how to make rosettes on sashes for the Burns Dinner. Folks enjoyed a Drambuie (or two), and soup was be provided at no charge! More info please email Susan at - susanmack1@mac.com, or call 808-591-9398.

Sunday Jan 18th - Hamish Burgess had a second Kiwi Celtic Music Special on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. This week with Celtic music from New Zealand, collected on his recent trip there with show underwriters The Irish Rovers.

Saturday January 17th - The Friends of St.Patrick held a Ceade Mile Failte (100,000 Welcomes) Meeting at 3:30pm at the Celtic Room of O'Toole's, to honor and recognize newly acquired members from the past year, as well Lifetime Members.
That was followed at 7:30pm by a Guinness Toast and Irish Joke Contest at O'Toole's. (Every third Saturday through February). There was a new format this time - a Joke and Toast Contest. Compete in either or both, all contestants eligible for the Toast Contest in March, where they give away a Trip to Las Vegas. Tell a joke or give a toast whatever strikes your fancy! More info Bill Comerford at bill@ejlounge.com, or call 808-223-3997.

Tuesday Jan 13th - our very own Hamish had all new Celtic music on the Maui Celtic Radio Show, broadcasting across Glasgow, Scotland, on Celtic Music Radio 95FM, from 11am-1pm GMT, streaming at www.celticmusicradio.net.
The show is online Tuesdays - local time for the winter 1-3am (Hawaii), and mainland 3-5am US/Canada West coast, 4-6pm Mountain time, 5-7am Central time, 6-8am Eastern Standard Time, Canadian Maritimes 7-9am, Newfoundland 7.30-9.30am, and 11am - 1pm in Ireland and the UK, Europe 12-2pm. Chat with Hamish (if he's up!) during the show on Facebook at The Maui Celtic Show page. Many thanks to show underwriters The Irish Rovers.

Sunday Jan 11th - Hamish Burgess had all new Celtic music on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com.

Saturday January 10th - on Oahu there was a HAWAII IRISH DANCE Ceili & Dinner with music by Celtic Waves and Whiskey Starship at Anna O'Brien's Pub (2440 S. Beretania St, Honolulu) 3-8pm. Starting the new year off right with dancing, great music, and tasty food at the Ceili !
Hawaii Irish Dance: "At our ceili event, each dance is taught to participants, and then instructions called out as the dance is performed. If you would like to learn footwork or try some ceili dancing before this event, please consider joining us for our beginner classes. However, this is absolutely not required and everyone will be invited to dance our events, regardless of experience."
Buffet-style dinner was around 5pm, and the bar was open for drinks throughout the evening. www.hawaiiirishdance.com. More info email hawaii.irishdance@gmail.com.

Tuesday Jan 6th - our very own Hamish had a Nollaig na mBan/Women's Christmas feature, as well as a World Exclusive on new duo Can Cala on the Maui Celtic Radio Show, broadcasting across Glasgow, Scotland, on Celtic Music Radio 95FM, from 11am-1pm GMT, streaming at www.celticmusicradio.net. Songs and traditions of the little-known holiday on Jan 6th in Ireland. Also interview and 2 unreleased tracks from Gaelic singing duo Can Cala from Vancouver BC, as well as other new and older Celtic music.

Sunday Jan 4th - Hamish Burgess had a Nollaig na mBan/Women's Christmas feature, as well as a World Exclusive on new duo Can Cala on the Maui Celtic Radio Show streaming on Blues & Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com. Songs and traditions of the little-known holiday on Jan 6th in Ireland. Also interview and 2 unreleased tracks from Gaelic singing duo Can Cala from Vancouver BC, as well as other new and older Celtic music.

 

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