Old Town Summer Concert Series

Many thanks to the City of Albuquerque and Old Town Events for inviting Singing Pilgrims to perform in their Old Town Summer Concert Series. We had a great crowd and a great time. Here are just a few photos (thanks to Shane Page) including one of the gentleman who danced to every fiddle tune!

Join the Journey

Greetings, Friends! This video has two purposes: (1) To invite our friends to “join us on the journey” to Ireland in 2018 and (2) as a practice video for our Ceilidh regulars.

“Join the Journey”
In 2018, SINGING PILGRIMS is hoping to return to the Emerald Isle and we would love to invite others to join us. Our Singing Pilgrims 2017 Promo Video focused on the three of us, Natasha, Bria and I. In this video we want you to see footage and photos of our traveling companions because that will give you an idea of what it is like to voyage with us! ☺ So…take a look at the video and then contact us if you would be seriously interested in traveling to Ireland with us in 2018. There will be a small number of seats available so let us know your interest ASAP. We are still in the planning stages so have no details, but are just gauging whether or not there is interest in putting together a Singing Pilgrims Ireland Tour. Let us know what you think!

“Ceilidh Practice Video”
For those of you that have been trying to learn this “Finale Set” of tunes for our Ceilidhs, here is a chance to practice along with us. The melodies and chords are pasted below and you can find this tune on itunes if you want to download it and practice. Have fun and see ya at the next Ceilidh!

Albuquerque Folk Festival

As one of a group of founders of The Albuquerque Folk Festival, this event and it’s message, is near and dear to my heart. It’s a participatory festival with an instrument check room so you can bring your instruments and store them when you’re not using them. There are workshops, and dances, and jams and sing-a-longs because the point of this festival is that EVERYBODY can experience the joy of making music! It’s also about community music–that we join together to share in the joy. We hope you’ll join us this Saturday, June 3rd, as we play some of our tunes at 10:30am on the Sandia Stage and then grab your instrument (or just bring your voice!) and play and sing with us in the “Jam with the Band” tent at 1:30pm. It’s all happening on the grounds of the Balloon Fiesta Museum here in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Hope to see you ALL there! Check out abqfolkfest.org for a line up of performers and lists of ALL the amazing activities happening all day.

Our Tennessee and Haiti Journeys Intersect

Good morning, friends! Here is the final batch of photos from our Tennessee journey. Many of you have heard us share through story and song (Orphan Girl, Orphan Train and many others) about the part of our journey that has led us to be involved with the work being done in Haiti. In these photos you will see some of the faces of those who have shared that part of the journey with us. Singing Pilgrims was honored to share our music at College Grove Baptist Church at a fund raising dinner for the team that will be headed to Mirebalais, Haiti in December. These folks have become so dear to us and we are grateful that our stories and songs intertwine with theirs. (Thanks again to Shane Page for the photos–except for Natasha’s “selfie” of course!)

New Friendships on the Journey

We are always blessed with new friendships on our journeys, and this one proved especially fruitful. We were happy to share our stage at The Smoky Mountain Highland Festival with Raven and Red and the Carolina Ceili Band. An unexpected joy was meeting the family band, The Celtic Martins and join in with them during their portion of the Saturday night Ceilidh and then again during their set on Sunday morning. That’s where we had the pleasure of meeting Colin Grant Adams as well. One of the biggest blessings, though, was meeting Chuck Cooper, festival photographer who hung out with us often throughout the weekend. Thanks to all who made the weekend so wonderful and we can’t wait until our paths cross again! Thanks again to Shane Page for these great shots!

Musician’s March Madness: NTIF

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For a Celtic band, there are fewer busier months in the year than March. Many festivals like having their programs right around Saint Patrick’s Day.

March of 2017 has been busier than usual for your favorite intrepid trio. Starting off our Musician’s March Madness this year, the three Musical Musketeers rode (or flew) off to fair Dallas for one of North America’s biggest Celtic festivals of the year: The North Texas Irish Festival.

Sprawling across Fair Park, NTIF holds a special place in our hearts. This year, Aunt Jeanne’s sister and brother-in-law graciously opened up their home to us again. It was so nice for Aunt Jeanne, Aunt Karen and I to finish our ten-hour drive with a warm, loving welcome. Due to work, Natasha had to fly in the next day. She was just in time for us to have a quick warm up before we headed down to the Campbell Center’s Double Tree Hotel. From there, we caught a shuttle that took us all the way to the fair grounds. After finding the first of our three stages this year, we had a few minutes to relax and do a short, experimental Facebook Live before the first performance of what was dubbed our “Musician’s March Madness.”

After a fun-filled evening with the friends and family who had come to see us, we stopped off in one of our favorite places at NTIF: the Instrument Check-In! If you have ever had to lug even a smaller instrument around a fairgrounds, you will appreciate how much I loved being able to keep my big, lumbering keyboard case in a guarded room all weekend! It saved me many hours of aching muscles.

The wonderful volunteers at the Instrument Check-In have become special friends to us over the past two years. Several of them recognized us from last year, and we made even more friends throughout the weekend. Several of them were even able to come see our last performance of the festival on Sunday! Many of them musicians themselves, they knew how to take very good care of us. They even shared their privately-stocked snack table every time we came in and out.

The following two days were filled with music, laughter, driving, videos, lessons on tweeting from the masterful Mama K (who we were thrilled was able to join us!), and I’m pretty sure there was sleep somewhere in there.

Another highlight of the weekend was getting to help lead worship at First United Methodist Church. The new pastor there is a good friend of Jeanne’s sister and brother-in-law. We had some time Sunday morning before we needed to be at NTIF, so we were able to have an encouraging morning of worship and fellowship and Pastor Jack and his wife joined us for lunch after the service. Having some Celtic ancestry, they have a special connection with the Celtic flavor of our music. It was very pleasant to be able to connect with the people there.

As we readied for the drive home to Albuquerque, New Mexico, (and Natasha got ready for her flight back), we all reminisced over the weekend and agreed it was a strong beginning to our Musician’s March Madness.

The Three Musical Musketeers are starting off on their next adventure!

—Bria

The Albuquerque Renaissance Faire

Singing Pilgrims is excited to be invited to perform at the 5th Annual Albuquerque Renaissance Faire on Saturday, April 29th at the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum. We’ll be playing on the “East Village” stage from 1:15pm – 2:15pm and then at the “Tilted Tankard Tavern” from 3pm – 3:30pm where you can enjoy food and libations from local vendors including St. Clair Winery, Quarter Celtic Brewery, Falcon Mead, Bosque Brewing, Broken Trail Spirits and Boxing Bear Brewing.

The event goes all day beginning at 10am and ending at 5pm and will have live entertainment, living history, Village Shopping, a free Children’s Realm, a Commoner’s Food Court, The Order of Epona group with live equestrian jousting battles (at 11am and 3pm), and plenty of opportunities to cheer on your favorite knights during the armored combat demonstrations.

Get your little knights, princes and princesses ready for battle with free face painting. They will also be able to join in with multiple performers including Wise Fool circus arts, crafts, and more! Test their might with Fight a Knight on the battle field. Fight a Knight will be held at noon and 4 p.m. Children’s activities are free.

All attendees are highly encouraged to bring your favorite four legged family members! Don’t leave them out of the fun and be sure to dress them up for the Faire Ware Show. The Pet Fashion Contest will be at 1:30 p.m. on the battle field. Sign up at the event.

A variety of food trucks will serve your favorites along with other concessions of traditional Renaissance themed food including turkey legs, corn on the cob, baked goods and more.

Hope to see you all there!

Prices:

General Admission Adult; ages 13+: $10
Children; ages 4 – 12: $5
Children; ages 3 and Under: Free
Tickets are available for purchase at Hold My Ticket and will be available at the door. Get yours today!Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome and encouraged to attend.The Albuquerque Renaissance Faire is a rain or shine event.