Charlotte’s Web presents Celtic Harp, Blues Mandolin

From press releases

Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts is hosting two events this weekend, Friday and Sunday. Check them out at local venues.

Celtic Harp & Lore Concert with Patrick Ball

A Celtic Harp & Lore Concert featuring Patrick Ball will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4, at Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St., Rockford. Whether in the stronghold of a Galway chieftain before recorded history or yesterday in a Dublin pub, the Irish have always delighted in storytelling, and amidst the storytelling, there was music. Jigs, reels and haunting airs graced the spaces between the tales. First among Irish instruments and most honored was the legendary Celtic harp. With its crystalline, bell-like voice and lavish resonance, it soothed its listeners and led them deeper into the realms of imagination. In Celtic harp and story, Patrick Ball rekindles the fire and wonder of an evening of Irish storytelling. In sharing the marvelous old tales of wit and enchantment, and playing the ancient, brass-strung harp of Ireland, he not only carries on two traditions of Celtic culture, but blends them in concert to create
a warm and magical performance.

In addition to his evening concert, Patrick will be with students at Keith Country Day and Montessori schools Friday morning.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. In addition to regular vendors, tickets for this concert are also available at Katie’s Cup, (815) 986-0628.

Rich DelGrosso and Gerry Hundt in Blues Mandolin Madness

Rich DelGrosso and Gerry Hundt bring on the Mandolin Madness in a concert event presented by Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts and Crossroads Blues Society at 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6, at Big Cities, 905 E. State St., Rockford. This is a unique musical experience showcasing the often-neglected mandolin, which has a small, but important, part in the legacy of blues music. Rich DelGrosso is one of the premier blues mandolin players in the world. He was nominated for two Blues Music awards in 2009—in the Instrumentalist: Other category and for the Live From Bluesville CD with Mookie Brill and Fiona Boyes. Rich has a deep, booming voice and a deft touch on the mandolin. Gerry Hundt is a multi-instrumentalist who has been a key member of Nick Moss & the Fliptops for the last five years. A skilled player on bass, harmonica and guitar, Gerry features his mandolin playing on his 2007 release, Since Way Back. Joining the duo for the evening is Nick Moss on bass guitar and the great Bob Carter on drums. Nick promises a killer version of
The Godfather Theme

on mandolin!

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State, (815) 963-6765; both of The Postal Shoppe locations, in the Edgebrook Center, (815) 397-7301 and 2205 S. Perryville, (815) 484-0940; The Kilt & Clover, 1414 N. Main, (815) 962-5458; and JustGoods, 201 Seventh St., (815) 965-8903. Tickets can also be ordered with credit card via PayPal ($1 /ticket service charge), at Print your receipt and present it at the door to redeem your tickets. Tickets for this concert are also available via Mark  Thompson at (414)  416-1884;; and at Big Cities Lounge.

For more information, call (815) 964-2238 or visit

From the December 2-8, 2009 issue

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