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Tickets released for Celtic Night 2007
Friday March 9, 2007

Tickets for the 2007 show of Celtic Night of Song and Dance are now available. The show will be on Saturday May 19th at Vänersborgs Teater.

Guests include the tour de force dance groups Celtic Dancers and Celtic Force from Stockholm. There will also be guest singers and musicians joining King Laoghaire for an evening of jigging and reeling.

New for this year is the possibility for you and your friends to have an Irish meal before the show. Contact Folkets Hus (see below) for more info.

As usual there will be a session in Folkets Hus Pub after the show where musicians are welcome to join in. Just bring your instrument! The bar is fully licensed and will serve some light dishes.

For booking and more information, please call Vänersborgs Folkets Hus at 0521-57 57 57 or pay them a visit.

Björn and Martin enjoys a pint at Athlone

Our trip to Ireland
Monday November 13, 2006

We are just back from a seven day trip to Ireland. Not the whole band could make it this time. It was me (Peter), Björn, Martin, Gjert and our musical soul brother Leif "Pedda" Pedersen from Hönö. And what a lovely week it turned out to be! Sessions every night (both as participants and listeners), the magic scenery of the irish countryside, kind and pleasant people, lots of jokes and a few pints as well.

Sunday, November 5
Travelled from Gothenburg to Dublin with Ryan Air. Rented a car and found a cheap place to live. In the evening we went out to check out the sessions. At O'Donoghue's Pub it seemed to be a pretty slow night. The music wasn't that appealing either. Next stop was Oliver John Gogarty's in Temple Bar. Seemed like quite a touristy place, but with very good, competent musicians. I found the music a bit loud though. That electricity is a menace! Then off to O'Shea's Hotel, just across the road from where we lived. Lovely music! On stage were a young accordion player called Sharon (not Shannon!) and a male singer/guitarist who's name I've unfortunately forgotten. We all thought they were great. An old man, who apparently had had a few jars, was dancing some jigs in front of the stage. When he wasn't busy combing his eyebrows... also in front of the stage!

Monday, November 6
After a full Irish breakfast (had one each morning, the whole week) we were ready to go across the country. Stopped at Athlone to have a pint at Sean's Bar, said to be the oldest pub in Ireland although several others claim to be that as well. Then off towards Galway. We took a left turn a few miles before Galway, our goal being Clarinbridge. At this point we got a bit lost on the narrow, winding country roads with absolutely no signs whatsoever. Anyway, we finally made it to Clarinbridge and Clareen Banjos, which was our aim for this day. Tom Cussen, the owner of Clareen, very kindly showed us around the premises with an exhibition of various instruments, not just banjos, and his work shop. After a few tunes we headed south for Doolin, Co Clare. Found a B&B with a landlord who turned out to be quite a character! Spent the night at Gus O'Connors pub where a piper named Billy McCormick and a flute/whistle player named Christy Barry were playing. Lovely stuff! Met three american ladies from Colorado who turned out to be pleasant company. Late night.

Tuesday, November 7
The landlord of the B&B we eventually christened "Mr Focker", as he was a frequent user of the "F" word. When Martin was coming down for breakfast the following coversation could be overheard. Please, excuse the rather harse language.
Mr Focker: - Tea or coffee?
Martin: - Thank you!
Mr Focker: - Thank you!!?? What the f*ckin f*ck. I asked you if you want tea or coffee! Thank you!!?? Jaysus, what the f*ck is that, you g*bsh*te f*cker!!
Of course this was very much tongue in cheek, but all five of us managed to, at least once, awaken the landlords wrath. He made Fawlty Towers seem a nice, pleasant place. When Martin had had his tea or coffee we set out for the Cliffs of Moher, a place that Mr Focker had a very strong opinion of.
Mr Focker: - F*ck, they want to charge you 5 f*ckin euro to go there. The cliffs have been standing there for f*ckin thousands of years. And now, suddenly, you have to f*ckin pay to see them. I'm a f*ckin local person and I ain't f*ckin paying any f*ckin 5 euro to see that!
I must admit that he's got a point there. At the cliffs we met our american friends from the night before. Really nice people. Then we took the ferry from Clare to Kerry and arrived in Dingle in the evening. Installed at Murphy's B&B we set out for a Dingle pub crawl. It is fascinating to see how every little village in Ireland have so many pubs per capita. There's lots of good music in Dingle. Late night.

Wednesday, November 8
Took a trip to Slea Head. Walked on the beach where some scenes for the film Ryan's Daughter were shot. The wind, the rain and the rolling waves from the Atlantic makes you feel free and uncivilized. Time for a pint and a turf fire! At night we went to Dick Mack's pub to play in a session with a nice fiddle player and a bluegrass influenced singer/guitarist. Later that night we ended up in another pub where there was set dancing. Lively! Great, late night!

Thursday, November 9
We set out for Ennis, where there is a festival of traditional music this weekend. I am a little hung over and my cold is getting worse. Stop at Conor Pass to get a lovely view over Dingle bay. In Limerick we say goodbye to Martin who is going to see a friend in Wicklow. Limerick doesn't seem that grey and dreary as you would think. The sun is shining. When installed at the B&B in Ennis we do a little sightseeing around the centre of Ennis. In the evening we have some Indian food. I'm too tired, so I decide to have a quite night in. The others go out for sessions.

Friday, November 10
There's an afternoon session in the backroom of Paddy Quinn's. A piper, I think his name was Kevin O'Connor, a fiddler and flute player is joined by two young girls from Cambridge. The younger plays the pipes (an Irish champion) and she's only 12. Her sister age 14 plays the button accordion. Fantastic talent! What a great way to spend a rainy Friday afternoon; pints of Guinness and some good music. Later in the evening we stumble in by mistake to catch a recording of the RTE radio show Ceili House. The presenter is Kieran Hanrahan, well known banjo player, and the music is provided by Ceoltóirí na Mainistreach, a new ceili band from Ennis. I must say that I really like the ceili band sound. And this band's got it. The show will be broadcast on the 25th of November. At night we are at Tom Steele's to enjoy Angelina Carberry with husband Martin Quinn and friends in session. Meet three lovely ladies from Shannon. Late night, great music.

Saturday, November 11
Spend the day in Ennis. In the afternoon we're heading for Dublin. Arrive when it's dark. Instead of staying at the city centre this time, we drive out to Howth, which is a rather nice place by the coast. We have some difficulties finding a B&B, but with some guidance we finally find a nice place. Then off to the pub. First we try The Abbey Tavern where the Dubliners used to be the resident act in their early days. They had a dance show there earlier in the evening that we missed. So off to another bar by the pier where a gentlemen try to convince me how much money he has saved. As a regular, seven nights a week, he only drinks Beamish. A pint of Beamish is 3.10 euro and Guinness is 3.55, you see.

Sunday, November 12
At breakfast our landlady tells us that Barney McKenna, who lives in the area, are a bit forgetful nowadays and invites people to his home only to have to turn at the door as he's gone away on tour. For those of you who don't know, Barney is a founding member of the world reknown ballad group the Dubliners. At the Dublin airport this american woman started talking to me while we were queing for the security check. The first thing she said when she saw my banjo case was: "- Are you on tour?". But me, having a cold and being a bit deaf, thought she said: "- Going to war?". I answered somewhat unsecure: "uh... not really". Now, this would not at all be such a strange question as the americans are both in Iraq and Afghanistan at the moment, and my banjo case can hold whatever machine gun you can imagine! Anyway, we eventually got to understand each other pretty well and she introduced herself as Joanie Madden, and said she'd been to the Ennis Trad Festival to lecture about "business things" in traditional music together with Paddy Moloney of the Chieftains. It wasn't before I sat on the plane that I realised that I had three albums by this lady. She is, of course, the flute/whistle player of american band Cherish The Ladies. What a jerk I am. We landed safely in Gothenburg and we didn't see a single pub on our journey to Vänersborg...

Gjert Magnusson

New bassplayer!
Sunday July 30, 2006

King Laoghaire are proud, and extremely happy, to announce that Gjert Magnusson will be joining the band. Gjert filled in admirably at the Celtic Night show earlier this year on a very short notice. He has since then been playing with the band during the summer.

The choice wasn't solely made with his musical ability in mind (Gjert also plays the fiddle and concertina among other instruments) but also for his easy going attitude and open hearted approach to music and fellow musicians. Gjert is also, amongst other projects, a member of Bogside Band and The 3 1/2 Band. Great to have ye on board, mate!

Celtic Dancers and Celtic Force will be guesting Celtic Night

Tickets released for Celtic Night 2006
Thursday March 30, 2006

Tickets for the 2006 show of Celtic Night of Song and Dance are now available. The show will be on Saturday May 27th at Vänersborgs Teater.

Guests include the tour de force dance groups Celtic Dancers and Celtic Force from Stockholm. There will also be guest singers and musicians joining King Laoghaire for an evening of jigging and reeling.

As usual there will be a session in Folkets Hus Café after the show where musicians are welcome to join in. Just bring your instrument! The bar is fully licensed and will serve some light dishes.

For booking and more information, please call Vänersborgs Folkets Hus at 0521-57 57 57 or pay them a visit.

Celtic Night 2005

Radio broadcast rerun
Tuesday March 7, 2006

Due to popular demand Celtic Night will be re-broadcast on Radio Väst. You can listen to it by following this link P4 Live

It will be valid until monday 13th of march, 2006. This is the first part of two broadcast last autumn. The second part will be broadcast 13/3 or 20/3 2006.

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