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Celtic Music in Birmingham

After Class
After Class, an instrumental trio featuring hammered dulcimer, violin and classical guitar, offers a modern interpretation of tunes which originated in Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Many were written by blind Irish harpist, Turlough O'Carolan. Tunes include Si Beag Si Mor, Planxty George Brabazon and Lord Inchiquin, as well as sets of Civil War, Celtic and other melodies which made their way from Wales and Ireland to Appalachia.

Alabama Pipes and Drums
Alabama Pipes and drums is proud to be part of the continuing growth of the pipe band and solo piping and drumming scene in Alabama. From the first historically recorded piper in the state of Alabama, General Nathan Bryan Winfield an immigrant from South Carolina to Demopolis Alabama in 1834, the MacIntosh and MacGillivray immigrants into Alabama's eastern Creek Indian country, and forward through history into modern times, piping has played a small, often obscure but still vital role in the ongoing Scottish and Scots-Irish culture in the State. We are proud to boast over 100 years of collective piping experience from within our own band and are keen to present the very best in piping and drumming the state has to offer.

Ian Sturrock Memorial Pipe Band
In 2010, the Ian Sturrock Memorial Pipe Band reemerged as a powerful competitive force, taking the top prize in sanctioned Grade 5 pipe band competition at the Gatlinburg Scottish Festival & Games in May 2010. The band was even tagged as Above Grade Level by three of the four judges! Again in June 2010, ISMPB took the top prize at the Glasgow Highland Games, picking up yet another AGL. In their final contest of the season at the Stone Mountain Highland Games in Georgia, ISMPB took 2nd place out of 12 bands!

Jasper Coal
Alabama's most popular Irish pub band and most infamous ne'er-do-wells! Jasper Coal was founded by Matt Parish and Nathan Tucker in March of 2004. Having both been raised in Irish-American households the two decided to make a little drinking money for St Patrick's Day playing at a tiny pub on the Southside of Birmingham, Alabama. Originally "The Immigrants", the band played around Birmingham during the St Paddy's Day season.

Maple Hill Band
The Maple Hill Band formed in 2003 when some former members of GoodFortune (a local Ceilidh group) and a few of their friends began meeting at Steve Whitmore's house for informal sessions on Sunday evenings. The musical focus quickly became Celtic and American Traditional music, bringing more members and a growing play list. The Maple Hill Band began public appearances in early 2004. The band has since had over 50 appearances at sites over North Alabama and Southern Tennessee. The spectrum of music now being performed includes wild, driving Celtic jigs or reels , contra dance music of the northeastern and northwestern U.S. and the wistful ballads of Ireland or Appalachia.

Marc Gunn, The Celtfather
Irish drinking songs and science fiction. Nowhere else but from the bizarre imagination of Marc Gunn would those elements be so neatly integrated. It’s like a satirical jam session between The Clancy Brothers and Weird Al Yankovic featuring Celtic-style songs about hobbits, cats, kilts, Firefly, Star Wars, Star Trek, plus, Gunn’s rockin’ acoustic renditions of traditional Scottish and Irish songs.

Russell Hopper - Irish Fiddle
Russell Hopper is a master Irish fiddle player and teacher with over 25 years of performance experience. He holds an MA in Traditional Irish Music Performance from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. A native of Charleston, SC, Russell began classical studies of the violin at the age of 8 and Irish fiddle at age 15. He has performed in venues throughout the United States and Ireland, including the Templebar Irish Traditional Music Festival (Dublin), Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (Killamore, Co. Offaly), The Puck Fair (Killorglin, Co. Kerry), Berea Irish Music Festival and CelticFest (MissIssippi). Russell has competed at the national level, qualifying to compete at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (All-Ireland Music Competition. When not playing the fiddle or hunting down tunes with friends, Russell works as a violin-maker and restorer at his shop in Birmingham. Information on booking Russell or his violin-making/repair services can be found at www.hopperviolins.com

 

 

Celtic Culture in Birmingham

Alabama Celtic Association
Umbrella organization for all of Alabama Celtic music, dance, and culture. Based in Birmingham.

Alabama Academy of Irish Dance
The Alabama Academy of Irish Dance was founded in 2002 by Erin Scherer along with several Birmingham-area dancers with a passion for Irish dance and performing. AAID has developed several community outreach programs to benefit students in the school and the greater Alabama community.  In July 2010, AAID announced the formation of its professional dance troupe.

Birmingham Irish Cultural Society
It's core mission is to authentically celebrate the Emerald Island. By doing so, you are in essence celebrating America. We are a social, fraternal organization and network not at all limited to those of Celtic heritage but more importantly for those of Celtic attitude. That means if you attend one of our events you are considered part of the family.

Birmingham Irish Set Dancers
Our Irish Set Dance class meets weekly on Mondays at 7:00pm for one and a half hours of dancing. We use a studio (studio #4) at the Children's Dance Foundation (CDF) in Homewood, 1715 27th Court S., Birmingham, AL. The charge is $5 per week.

Caledonia Society of Alabama
The Caledonian Society of Alabama is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Scottish Culture and Heritage in the state of Alabama and throughout the Southeast. Although our members are primarily located in the Birmingham area, we have members in all areas of the state plus adjoining states. Like other Scottish enthusiast societies and heritage organizations the world over, the Caledonian Society of Alabama's name derives from Caledonia, the Latin name for modern Scotland, so named for the Pictish tribe called the Caledonii that inhabited the northern portion of the island of Britain at the time of the Roman Empire.

Drake School of Irish Dance
Drake Irish Dance, one of the most prestigious Irish Dance Schools in the United States, was founded in 1990 in Atlanta, GA by Dublin Ireland native, Karl Drake. Since it's beginning, Drake Irish Dance has branched out across the southern states. After establishing itself in five southern states, Karl Drake went global by expanding into Mexico and China. Drake Irish Dancers have a record of competitive achievements to include Regional and National Champions as well as World Medal holders.

Halfway to St. Patrick's Day
What started as Arthur's Day to celebrate the founder of Guinness is now a full-fledged Celtic celebration marking the halfway point to St. Patrick's Day. We offer event listings for Celtic music, dance, and culture for September 17th.

 

Irish Sessions in North Alabama

Bham Celtic Music Session - Last Sunday of the month in Birmingham

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