And now for something completely different…

Busking. When people inevitably ask me “what’s new?” it’s pretty common for me to reply by telling them about the latest exciting adventure type thing I’ve been getting into lately. “I found a couple friends who are gonna busk with me in Northampton,” I say. Their reply?

“Busking? What’s that?”

I thought the term was universal. Apparently it isn’t. I thought maybe it was a British thing. It’s not.

The term Busking has been around since the mid 1860’s in England. It derives from the Spanish verb buscar which means “to seek.” Buscar itself evolved from the Indo-European word *”bhudh-skō”, meaning “to win, conquer.” It has historically been used for any sort of street performer who seeks donations, but has also been associated with prostitutes looking for, well, you know.

So yeah…busking. And can you guess what sort of street performance I’ll be doing with my friends? That’s right–Irish traditional dance music, AKA TUNES!

I’m actually very excited to be doing it, and I think it does a number of positive things on a number of levels. It obviously brings Irish music out into the world for any passer-by to enjoy, thereby increasing awareness of this fine genre. It also helps the us buskers get used to playing in public, and also to get used to playing with other people with a focus on best performance. I mean, in a session, my mistakes are pretty much covered up by all the really good musicians, but busking with two other people, I’d like to be a little more on top of things. I have already learned and gained so much just by practicing with my friends leading up to this. I always liked smaller sessions best, and this is just perfect for me. I find that playing with musicians who are better players than myself helps me play better. It’s a cool feeling. Another plus that I’m expecting is the positive reaction of the public to our playing. I don’t expect to make much money–that’s not why I’m doing it–but I do hope it brings a little something positive into people’s lives for a minute or so.

I’ll be sure to make it known when we are planning to be out playing, probably by adding something to the LVBIS Facebook page, and possibly by adding it to the calendar. Wish us luck!

Here’s A Good One–Frankie Gavin House Concert

Spend a magical evening in May with a favorite Celtic music virtuoso Fiddler Frankie Gavin of Ireland


House Concert Sunday, May 24, 2015 @ 7pm with DeDannann’s Frankie Gavin

Hosted by Bud Mahoney, 42 Weatherwood Drive, Shutesbury, MA
Sponsored by Celtic Crossings WMUA & WRSI/Louise Dunphy

$20.00 per person/ Pot Luck/BYOB/Cash @ door

Space limited so reservations required/ Email: celticcrossings@wmua.org or call 413 548 9860

Frankie Gavin was born in 1956 in Corrandulla, Co. Galway. He comes from a musical family: his father played fiddle, and, his mother and all of her family played also. He started playing the tin whistle at age four, making his first T.V. appearance three years later. At the age of ten years old Frankie began to play fiddle and at the age of seventeen he placed first in the All Ireland Fiddle Competition and in the All Ireland Flute Competition, both on the same day.

He has recorded 16 albums with De Dannan as well as a number of solo albums, and three collaborations: one a tribute to Joe Cooley entitled ‘Omos do Joe Cooley’ with Paul Brock; a fine collaboration with fellow De Dannan member Alec Finn; and one with Stephane Grapelli exploring the languages of jazz and traditional music. He has also guested with The Rolling Stones on their ‘Voodoo Lounge’ album, with Keith Richards on ‘Wingless Angels’ and with Earl Scruggs the great banjo man.

Exposure to American audiences began in 1976 when he played with De Danann at the American bicentennial celebrations in Washington DC, with artists such as Junior Crehan and Micho Russell. Frankie has also been invited to play for numerous State officials including President John F. Kennedy on historic visit to Ireland in 1962, French president Francois Mitterand and England’s Prince Charles. Of a special event in America, United States Ambassador to Ireland, Jean Kennedy Smith is reported to have commented that“The best all ’round performance of the entire week at Kennedy Center was by DeDannan.”

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Frankie Gavin will be Louise’s guest on LIVE WMUA Celtic Crossings May 17th 5-7 pm.

LVBIS members may recognize the following tune. Just one example of why this concert will be amazing!