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In Concert: Patsy O’Brien & Dick Hensold — Celtic pipes & guitar duo from Minnesota/Ireland!
At Celtic Music Night at St. Andrew Church–Revamped: ALL NEW DAY AND TIME!!!in Aptos, CA —St Andrew Presbyterian Church, 9850 Munroe Ave. 95003Wednesday, November 13, 2019  ♦  7:30 pm The series will continue on Wednesday’s at 7:30pm on November, 20th, and 27th, with musical presentations by David Brewer, followed by open Celtic music jam sessions.
Greetings, my dear friends of Celtic Music Night! I hope the year has been treating you well, and regardless of how much candy you were treated to on Halloween, that you’re now ready to be treated to more fantastic Celtic Music!That’s right, folks; your roaming piper has returned from the travels, and I am ready to get Celtic Music Night rocking again in Aptos next week, with it’s all new Day and Time, which hence forth will be Wednesday nights at 7:30pm!!! Shocking, right? Especially as some people still nick-name the series “David’s Tuesday night thing”, haha…And this series is going to start with a tremendous concert by the foremost American player of the Northumbrian smallpipes, which will be a first to have played for this series… Please read on below! 
But also, a couple of other exciting events on the horizon to get on your radar…Saint Andrew Day Celebration, at our own St Andrew Church of Aptos, will be Sunday November 17th, which will include highland bagpiping by yours truly in the court yard at 10am, a full kirking of the tartans (blessing of the Scottish clans) Church service at 10:30am, followed by more music and special themed refreshments in the fellowship hall following. It’s a wonderful way to spend a Sunday morning, rather than steeping a cup of Scottish breakfast tea at home, come along and steep yourself in some nice Scottish culture & tradition! All are welcome and invited!
And, Winterdance, the Celtic Christmas season holiday show featuring Molly’s Revenge, vocalist Amelia Hogan, and Irish step-dancers, has three area offerings this season:San Jose, Saturday November 30th. Tabard TheatreSanta Cruz, Sunday December 8th, at The Kuumbwa Jazz CenterPacific Grove, Thursday December 19th, at St. Mary’s By The Sea ChurchMore info and tickets, please visit www.mollysrevenge.com
On to the Series! Up next….Wednesday, November 13, 2019  ♦  7:30 pm Dick Hensold & Patsy O’Brien
A concert of traditional Celtic music, but with unique and innovative arrangements, including a variety of songs from Britain and Ireland, accompanied by guitar and Northumbrian smallpipes (a quiet bagpipe from Northeast England), or various whistles.  It also features traditional and historical tunes from Cape Breton Island, Scotland, Ireland and Northumberland, with a good measure of original music in the traditional style.  As well as a broad range of styles of Celtic music, this program also features an impressive range of expression, from the jaunty and humorous to soulful, led by Patsy’s warm and multi-colored baritone voice, Dick’s variety of pipes and whistles, and the nimble instrumental virtuosity of both musicians.  (Please note that NONE of the various bagpipes used in this concert are very loud.)
Artist website: http://www.dickhensold.com/presskit-duo.html
Dick Hensold, Northumbrian smallpipes, Scottish reel pipes, whistles and recorder. The leading Northumbrian smallpiper in North America, for the past 20 years Dick Hensold has performed and taught in England, Scotland, Japan, Canada, and across the United States. He is an active composer, writing both music in the traditional Celtic idiom, and in more elaborately-scored pieces. This repertoire is featured on his solo CD, Big Music for Northumbrian Smallpipes, released in 2007. He is also a studio musician and theater musician, and is a 2006 Bush Artist Fellow. “The piping is fluent and assured…his technique is impressive…delightfully interpreted” — FolkWorld CD Reviews”Long-awaited solo CD from North America’s foremost smallpiper presents Dick’s expressive piping in a variety of settings… Well presented with good notes…” —fRoots May 08, No.299
Artist website: www.dickhensold.com
Patsy O’Brien, vocals, guitar. As well as supplying the driving guitar rhythms of Celtic/World Music diva Eileen Ivers’ last European tour, and collaborating with many giants of the Celtic/World music scene (Paddy Keenan, Cathie Ryan among them), award-winning artist Patsy O’Brien hosts guitar workshops all over the country, and NPR saw fit to feature one of his song arrangements on the prestigious All Songs Considered. With 4 critically-acclaimed solo albums under his belt, along with numerous live and studio collaborations, Patsy’s songwriting reflects his penchant for seamless genre-hopping, and a strong interest in roots Americana as well as jazz. Veteran Irish music critic Paul Dromey declared Patsy “Ireland’s best-kept musical secret”.
Artist website: http://patsyobrienswebsite.com/
Starting at its NEW DAY & TIME of WEDNESDAY at 7:30PM, and held in the Sanctuary of St Andrew Presbyterian Church of Aptos, 9850 Monroe Ave. Aptos, CA,

Celtic Music Night is a donation based series, and as is tradition, each of these fun-filled evenings include a bagpipe procession, concert of music by a featured special guest artist, Q&A with the group, complimentary refreshments, and an open Celtic music jam session with the players afterward, and is open to ALL ages.

Celtic Music Night website:


Celtic Music Night Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/groups/194642300895477/?fref=nf Come be a part of it! Mark your calendars now! Spread the word! Grab your friends, family, neighbors, and instruments and Check it out–                   

Hope to see you there!!

Celtic Music Night is a FREE event, with suggested door donations to help it continue. 

CDs and recordings of the artists are also available for purchase.

Thanks so much to St. Andrew Church of Aptos for hosting Celtic Music Night; Check out their website:


As always, thank YOU so much for being a part of this wonderful community,

See you soon for a great series!

David Brewer

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