MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s Irish Studies Program and School of Music join with Humanities Montana, the Friends of Irish Studies and Culture Ireland to present an Irish bouzouki concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct.17, in UM’s Music Recital Hall. The concert is part of a five-concert series which aims to examine Irish music. Each concert in the series will be performed in Missoula and Butte.
This concert features Roger Landes and celebrates the bouzouki in Irish music. He will play first in Missoula and again in Butte at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the Montana Tech Library Auditorium.
“Landes was chosen to perform because he represents many different ethnic groups that have succumbed to the allure of Irish music and have placed their own stamp upon it,” said Traolach O’Riordain, director of UM’s Irish Studies Program.
Landes began playing the bouzouki in 1981 and quickly set out to learn Irish tunes, playing tenor banjo, mandolin, bodhran and uilleann pipes. He also co-founded the popular Celtic band Scartaglen. When that group disbanded after a decade of playing together, he concentrated on exploring the melodic capabilities of the bouzouki. His critically acclaimed CD, “Dragon Reels,” is the result of his work mastering the intricacies of traditional Irish music.
Describing Landes’ contribution to Irish music in general and his playing the bouzouki in particular, Celtic Heritage Magazine wrote, “Not only is Landes helping to legitimize the instrument – he is taking it to a whole new level.”
Tickets cost $20 for the general public; $15 for students and Friends of Irish Studies members; and children under 12 get in free. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.umt.edu/griztix/ and http://www.friendsofirishstudies.com/. Tickets for the Missoula concert can be purchased at the UM Adams Center, The Source in the University Center, the UM School of Music, Southgate Mall and at Rockin Rudy’s. Tickets for the Butte concert can be purchased at the Butte-Silver Bow Archives, Cavanaugh’s County Celtic and Granite Mountain Bank.
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