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RE: Mainstreet Market, Baton Rouge, LA

I finally found the remains of the irish session group for Baton Rouge. The Baton Rouge CCE chair emailed me today with this info:

I’m the Chair for CCE-B.R. I’m also a member of Celtic Gumbo Irish band and a coordinator for The New Orleans School of Irish Dance-Baton Rouge.

As far as Comhaltas-BR goes, I have to say we’ve hit a "bump in the road." We haven’t had any meetings, gatherings and whatnots for a while now due to everyone being so busy with personal happenings. The other part of that is it is very hard to get places to open up to us (eatery businesses, bars, etc.) and allow us to hold meetings, play music, dance and have a good time all at the same time. We can hold meetings pretty much anywhere, but it’s rather boring without the fun stuff to go along with it. As for regular sessions, again, this is a hard town. Especially when it comes to this kind of music. I’m hoping in the very near future, this will all change.

As of right now, Celtic Gumbo plays every Saturday morning from 10am to 12 noon at the Mainstreet Market on 6th St. between North St. and Main in downtown Baton Rouge. But we have friends sit in with us when they can. So basically, it is an open session. If you’re interested, you’re more than welcome to join us!

As for teaching new irish musicians, I’m starting to take students for the Bodhran. Pete Dawson (flute & penny whistle) thought about teaching children in his spare time but until he graduates from high school, I do not foresee him taking any students right now. I know Justin Murphy used to teach penny whistle and flute (he taught Pete), but it is my understanding that he’s finishing up his disertation in Miss. I really don’t know of anyone else.

Well, that’s all the info I can give you for now. Please feel free to e-mail me at anytime. Hope to hear from you soon.

Slan go foill,

Kate Kane Laborde,
CCE Chair~Craobh an Mhaide Rue, Baton Rouge
Celtic Gumbo~Irish Music

Re: Mainstreet Market

Defunct, I reckon.

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