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Dick Hensold & Patsy O’Brien CD Release Concert

May 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Dick & Patsy’s new CD is available for the first time at this concert! Half of The Welcome Companion features their tight instrumentals, the other half, traditional songs, sung by Patsy and beautifully recorded by John Scherf, many with Northumbrian smallpipes accompaniments. $20 in advance and at the door. Free for youth 18 years and under.

Enjoy a concert of traditional Celtic music with unique and innovative arrangements including a variety of songs from Britain and Ireland, accompanied by guitar and Northumbrian smallpipes. This performance 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.)

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

For more information, visit 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.  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”.


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May 6
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Saint Paul, MN 55104 United States
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