Authentic Celtic music at Irish Rose Dec. 14

Members and supporters of Charlotte’s Web might be familiar with the traditional Irish and Scottish folk group Twice Daily, which takes the Irish Rose stage at 8:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 14.

The group is slated to play the Charlotte’s Web Celtic Holiday Party later this month, and I have a feeling they’ve done it before.

Consisting of Wes Fisher, Peter MacDonald and Steven Palm, the group features instrumentation of the Bodhran (an Irish hide drum) guitar, Irish Bouzouki, tenor banjo, concertina, accordion and penny whistle.

Some find the penny whistle to be as irritating and audio-invasive as an ill-practiced recorder, but when the musician knows what he’s doing, it can be as charming and uplifting as any high-quality instrument.

Although he has had no formal music training, Palm has been playing the whistle for six years, the Irish flute for four and the accordion since he was a young child. All three play a part in Twice Daily.

Fisher has been playing the Bodhran for only a few years, but his percussive accuracy is to be welcomed at the Rose this weekend. Not only does he guide the group’s rhythm, but he also is the lead vocalist for Twice Daily. Affecting an Irish accent, he sings these traditional songs the way they were meant to sound.

MacDonald, from Montreal, Quebec, has played the guitar since he was 13, and performed in many clubs in London (Ontario) in the ’60s and ’70s, making a name for himself as a serious musician. When his family moved to the States in the ’90s, he began playing music after a long hiatus due to professional endeavors.

What’s there to do on a Sunday night? Come down to the Rose and find out. As always, there is a $3 cover, and the band plays from 8:30-11:30 p.m. There are Bloody Mary specials and Maxwell Street Polish Sausages for $2.50. Information: call me (Molly Fleming) at 964-9767.

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