Band entertains Irish tradition
By SARAH NESTOR and KATIE RAND
Corned beef and cabbage were not on the menu last night, but Colcannon was served in Moreau Theater. Colcannon, an acoustic Celtic band, gave the third performance in Saint Mary's Shaheen Discovery Series Tuesday.
Colcannon, a five-member band, was started by Mick Bolger and named after the traditional Irish dish that includes kale and potatoes as its main ingredients. The band is based in Denver, Colo. where it began as a bar band in 1984.
"I started the band out of homesickness for Ireland. It started with just me and a couple of my buddies getting together, singing songs and drinking beer," Mick Bolger said Mick Bolger is the only original member of Colcannon, but for the past eight years it has also included Mike Fitzmaurice, Rod Garnett, Jean Harrison and Brian Mullins.
During the first half of the show, Colcannon performed a song called "Sister Josephine" about a man running from the police dressed as a nun and hiding in a convent for fifteen years. Bolger jokingly said he was nervous about singing this song at a school with a religious affiliation, but of course the audience responded with laughter and applause at such a ludicrous song.
The band next played an Irish love tune.
Colcannon performed a variety of both traditional Irish songs and original compilations, with jokes and stories interspersed throughout. Lively songs balanced out the slower ballads, leaving the audience constantly entertained and wondering what was next. Overall it was a great performance by a promising Irish band.
The final concert in the Shaheen Discovery Series Celtic Music Artists is the Baltimore Consort on Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in O'Laughlin Auditorium at St. Mary's. Tickets can be purchased at the Saint. Mary's box office.
All News Stories for Wednesday, October 10, 2001