MONTROSE ARTS COUNCIL WELCOMES CELTIC BAND COLCANNON

Colcannon includes musicians Mick Bolger, Mike Fitzmaurice, Jean Bolger, Brian Mullins and Cynthia Jaffe. Courtesy photo.

Colcannon includes musicians Mick Bolger, Mike Fitzmaurice, Jean Bolger, Brian Mullins and Cynthia Jaffe. Courtesy photo.

By Caitlin Switzer

MONTROSE—(September 3, 2013)  For 41 years, the Montrose Arts Council (MAC) has been supporting the arts and cultural events of Montrose.  This season, the venerable non-profit organization is excited to offer several enjoyable concerts, kicking off with the arrival of the five-member Celtic group Colcannon on Sept. 28.

Made up of musicians Mick Bolger, Mike Fitzmaurice, Jean Bolger, Brian Mullins and Cynthia Jaffe, the group has not been to Montrose in a number of years, noted MAC Chair Sheryl Solow.

“They’re really good,” Solow said. “They play the old, traditional songs and they have created songs of their own. Mick Bolger, the leader, will bring all of his Irish instruments, and he sings in English and his native Gaelic. He plays a traditional bodhrán, or goatskin drum, and tells stories. He originally moved to the United States to get a degree in sculpture, but has ended up playing music instead.”

Mike Fitzmaurice plays guitar and acoustic bass, and is also an accomplished visual artist. Jean Bolger is an accomplished fiddle player and composer, while Mullins, who originally joined the group to play guitar and mandolin, performs on a variety of instruments both traditional and contemporary. Cynthia Jaffe is the band’s newest member. Though she studied world music in college and focused on traditional Indian music, her heart was eventually captured by the Irish flute, according to the band’s web site www.colcannon.com.

The performance will take place in the ballroom at the Montrose Pavilion, Solow said.

“We will have an open bar, and goodies on the tables,” she said. “And depending on what the band is playing, if people want to get up and dance, they can.

“We are excited to welcome them, because they have not been here in years. Usually, the only time we get to hear Celtic music is when the band Feast plays in Grand Junction,” she said. “This is something different for Montrose!”

Tickets will be $20, and the show starts at 7 p.m.

In 2014, the Montrose Arts Council once again welcomes renowned Russian pianist Kirill Gliadkovsky, who will play for a salon to be held at a private home in Montrose on Feb. 22.

“Just to be different, this year he will focus American and Spanish composers,” Solow said.

To learn more, visit the Montrose Arts Council online at www.montrosearts.org.