Readings and Book Chats If you’re a bookstore, library, or book club looking for something just a bit different from a traditional author reading, you’ve come to the right place! Paddy does public programs in tandem with his wife, Erin Hart, author of archaeological crime novels set in the mysterious bogs of Ireland. Paddy and…

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O’Rourke’s Feast — 2005 to 2015 The Doon Ceili Band — 2003 to 2010 Hill 16 — 1983 to 1984 Bowhand — 1978 to 1982 Ceoltoiri Laighean — 1971 to 1978 The Castle Ceili Band — 1969  to 1978 The Sean Ryan Band — 1968 The Ballinamere Ceili Band — 1966  to 1969

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Paddy has been hard at work on the THIRD volume of his colossal Paddy O’Brien Tune Collection since last fall. He’s got more than 300 tunes recorded, ready to be mixed and mastered; he’s working as well on the companion booklet with stories and information about the tunes. To help cover production costs, we have enlisted help from Kickstarter.com, a website that helps creative people find investors for their latest projects.

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Get your tickets now for the October 4 concert featuring Paddy and his amazing apprentices from the Center for Irish Music and O’Rourke’s Feast. This concert is the culmination of the project that began last year, when Paddy received a Folk & Traditional Arts Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to work on Volume Three of the Paddy O’Brien Tune Collection, and to work with local apprentices, teaching them some of the rare and unusual tunes he’s collected over the past sixty years. The concert is set for October 4 at Celtic Junction, 836 Prior Avenue North in Saint Paul – that’s just north of Menards on University and Prior, for those who have not been to Celtic Junction before. The concert will start at 7:30 pm, and feature two sets, the first with Center for Irish Music apprentices, and the second with O’Rourke’s Feast.

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By Siobhán Long | IRISH TIMES | 03/18/13 ~ Memoirs, like memories, are subject to the usual vagaries of life. Often selective, romantic, self-aggrandising and sometimes downright fictionalised, they serve as many purposes as an author’s ego dictates. A recently published memoir by Offaly accordionist Paddy O’Brien certainly plays hostage to sentiment at times, but it’s a colourful and often compelling evocation of a life consumed by music, and by the sense of community that underscored it.

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