The WTF Ceili Band

The WTF Ceili Band

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A reallllllllllly colorful ensemble, and an amazing bit of historical costumery. From the cover of the April 1982 Treoir (12.7 MB PDF): http://comhaltasarchive.ie/system/documents/CPP/TRE-1982-4/TRE-1982-4.original.pdf

""Gems of Ireland", the 1982 Comhaltas Concert Tour of North America (6-
24 October), will incorporate a spectacular tribute to that great Irishman Charles
J. Kickham, the centenary of whose
death occurs this year. Kickham- poet,
writer, patriot- was the author of the
now internationally famous "Knocknagow" which is a vivid and romantic narrative of rural life in Ireland with all its
merriment, pathos and courage .
"Knocknagow" will come to life
through the native music, song and dance
of Ireland which were so much part of
Kickham’s aspirations. The talented performers will be dressed in the costumes of
the period. The producer, well-known
Breandan 0 Duill, skilfully introduces
the audience to the life-and-times of the
Fenian Kickham, and creates a musical
tapestry with varying moods of nostalgia,
humour and merriment.
The cast of the show, which is drawn
from the four provinces of Ireland, is
comprised of performers who themselves
have become household names. Included
are accordeonists Joe Burke (Galway) and Padraig Moynihan (Kerry); uilleann piper /
concertina player Tommy McCarthy
(Clare); fiddle players Antoin MacGabhann (Cavan) and Sean Montgomery
(Dublin); harpist Maire Ni Chathasaigh
(Cork); bodhran player/storyteller Paddy
Fallon (Roscommon); flautist Tommy
Guihan (Roscommon); banjo player Annette Caulfield (London); pianist/tin
whistler/singer Carol Talty (Clare); dancers Freida Grey (Dublin) and Jackie
Scanlan (Clare); Thurles Half-Set (paddy
and Josie Cooney, Joe Troy and his
daughter Margaret); singer Vincent Crowley (Cork); Comhaltas President and
Narrator Jim McAuley (Kilkenny); and
the Manager is Diarmuid () Cathain
(Kerry)."

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WTF?

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https://thesession.org/recordings/4038

a pic similar to the one linked above is on the cover of the lp. Typical Comhaltas Olde Worlde Paddywhackery.

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WTF indeed. I bet some of them would be embarrassed to see this now! I like Joe Burke as a leprechaun 🙂