On our last practice before a gig this Sunday, our viola player, Linnea, brought in 4 different violas to try out. Having played the same instrument since 6th grade, Linnea felt it was time to upgrade. She would change instruments from song to song, and we quickly arrived at opinions that probably weren’t all that helpful. (“Ooh, I like the stripey one!”) Being a guy with a couple of guitars, I understand the differences each instrument can provide in tone and playability. What I wasn’t really familiar with was the idea that barring an instrument I already owned, the pain of having to choose the ONE instrument that I might play for the rest of my life. Linnea handled it with aplomb, and it’s likely that we’ll see (and hear) the “new” instrument at our show on Sunday at Black Eyed Sally’s. (Check our Facebook page for more information on this show and Tapping Into Twain coming up at the end of the month!)
*If I was a gambling man, I’d wager that we’ll see good old Stripey!
There are bunch of really good reasons to join the Rude Mechanicals next Sunday (March 15) for their St. Patrick’s Day show at The Carriage House Theater (the cute, comfortable space run by HartBeat Ensemble):
- If you’re looking for a good Celtic concert without all the extra noise and stickiness of a bar, this is your show! From traditional tunes to Celtic punk, the Mechanicals have it all covered (plus an original tune or two).
- If you’re warming up for some hard core partying later in the week, this will be a great kick off
- Two hours of music and fun for the low low price of $10 (cash at the door)
- We start at 7, finish at 9 – you’ll be home in time to get plenty of sleep before work on Monday, and we bet you’ll sleep really well after a great show…heck we’ll even put a mint on your pillow! …wait, that would be creepy, never mind.
- This will be the third time the band has played at the Carriage House, it really is a nice venue for music. If you haven’t been, come check it out. If you have, we’d love to see you again!
So here’s what you need to know:
Sunday, March 15
HartBeat Ensemble’s Carriage House Theater
Doors open at 6:30 $10 at the door CASH ONLY PLEASE!
There will be beer for sale
Parking: your best bet is to park at the Mark Twain House & Museum. HartBeat Ensemble is just across the street from Twain’s house.
Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Rude Mechancials!
Even though the format for Ceilidh doesn’t really change from year to year, the “vibe”, if you will, of the show is quite different each time. Sure, there were some big changes: We welcomed Roy Donnelly aboard to play percussion, and our string player, Linnea Bloomquist accepted our offer to become a full-time band member. (We promise to post the video of the tattooing ceremony when we do it. We’ll be surprising Roy and Linnea, so mum’s the word, okay?)
Once again, so many friends helped make this event the huge success that it was. First and foremost, Rebekah Royer-Poppel and Margaret O’Keefe deserve major props for doing so much behind the scenes to coordinate this thing – 5-6 months of planning coming down to one day. Karl Messerschmidt was at the soundboard once more, doing that voodoo that he do so well! (Karl also wowed us all with a performance during the evening show that was both awe-inspiring and totally depressing for me, as a fellow guitarist!) So many people from Hole in the Wall came out to work house and sell concessions – so everyone was well fed! (Though I was disappointed to learn that I had missed the opportunity to get a Lucky Charms’ Treat that my wife, Barb had baked along with a host of other yummy things) The guest singers were all wonderful this year and just a joy to work with throughout the rehearsal process. Terrific audiences were just the icing on the cake (Like the Irish apple cake that everybody else had, but I didn’t get any of…But I’m not bitter….)
Every year, the Ceilidh gets bigger and bigger. We sell-out the show, so we added an afternoon performance a few years back. Each year, more and more people come to enjoy the music and camaraderie. Looking back over the wonderful pictures that Mark Englehart took, it strikes me what a special evening (and afternoon) it was. So many moments that I may have missed, being in the thick of it as I was, that are now posted for all to see. I am so humbled to play my small role in this event. It surpasses anything that any of us ever could have imagined 7 years ago. As our “production value” has increased, so has every aspect of the show. This year’s Ceilidh was a joy to work on and will be quite the thing to top next year….An awfully high bar to set, but we never pass up a bar in this band, if we can help it!
7 Days to Ceilidh!