The Great River Irish and Scottish Music Festival

September 15, 2019
National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 4th St SW in Albuquerque
Festival hours 1:00 – 6:00 (Free event)
Concert begins at 6:30pm

Old Blind Dogs/ Saoirse Tickets HERE.

Featuring Old Blind Dogs

and opening with Saoirse

Concert tickets are $23 ($18 for 65 and older, under 12, and paid members of Sliabh Sandia CCE).

Free outdoor festival with music and dance performances and workshops, followed by a ticketed concert in the Bank of America Theater featuring the renowned Scottish band Old Blind Dogs. and Albuquerque’s own Saoirse.

The festival will include appearances by local artists Grace Broadhead, Louis Scuderi and the Duke City Ceili Band.

There will be free music workshops and a good old-fashioned Irish ceili dance (beginners welcome!).

Come to the festival and enjoy the music, learn a new tune, dance a new dance, and get to know the New Mexico Irish and Scottish music and dance community!

Purchase Tickets:

Tickets for the evening show are available at the NHCC Box Office, by calling (505) 724-4771, or by going to the NHCC website. On-line ticket sales will incur a $2.50 – $3.00 service charge. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. We will announce on this website when the show is sold out. NHCC on-site Box Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM, Saturday from 12 PM to 5 PM, and one hour prior to the show.

Randal Bays & John Coyne in Concert

Irish Fiddle & Bouzouki & Songs

Friday, February 15, 2019 at 7 PM – 10 PM
At Tortuga: 901 Edith Blvd SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102
Tickets at the door $20 or online here.

Randal Bays & John Coyne bring power and passion to the traditional music of Ireland to the Tortuga gallery in Albuquerque, playing the old music with an intensity not usually heard outside of a late night pub session in Ireland. Fiddle tunes… the reels and the jigs that are the hallmark of the Irish tradition, plus a great selection of songs, a few stories (some true), often a guest musician or dancer jumping in… all of this delivered with a heartfelt wish to share this magnificent tradition with their audience.

Randal lives in Seattle and has been seriously obsessed with Irish fiddle music for… well, let’s say a very long time. He’s recorded and toured in the US, Ireland and Europe with Martin Hayes, Daithí Sproule James Kelly and many more. As Fiddler Magazine says, “Randal Bays is one of the finest Irish fiddlers one could ever hope to hear.”

John Coyne hails from Limerick, Ireland and has been resident in Boston for some years. His excellent bouzouki playing and fine singing have made him the “first call” accompanist for many great traditional musicians including Mary McNamara, Mickey Dunne and Frankie Gavin.

Up and coming Albuquerque fiddle star Grace Broadhead and Scott Estes will open.