Issue: July-September 2011
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A Bit of the Irish
A Special Place for Your Band

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Beyond the musical opportunites, you'll find tremendous sightseeing at places like St. Kevin's historic site, Glendalouch (Glen of the Two Lakes), Cashel, Galway, the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and even attendance at a Medieval feast next door to famed Bunratty Folk Park.

If you are looking for a special trip with one of the best values in the world for tourism (See the recent Money Magazine #1 rating of Ireland in that regard.), consider Ireland. While you can visit Ireland any time of year for great sightseeing and musical performance opportunities, it's tough to beat St. Patrick's Week when you can participate in both the Dublin parade on March 17 and the All-Band Parade in Limerick.

Scott and I both recommend that you contact John Cox through Atlantic Group Tours by emailing him at garrai@msn.com. Tell him we sent you. 

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Another way of showing just how much people love the Irish, check out the free, complete setting of the oldest Irish tune "Deirin De" from composer, Johan de Meij. Johan donated a score and complete set of parts for this special Irish issue. Download it today and program it on your next concert. It's superb.

By the way, that tune is part of Johan's "At Kitty O'Shea's that we commissioned for the 2010 American Band College here in Ashland, Oregon. A 16-minute work, it contains some of the best Irish music you'll ever hear. In fact, various parts of "Kitty" can be heard as a background for the videos accompanying this article. (Listen to the Premiere Recording.) Thank you, Johan, for adding
A Bit of the Irish!!

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MullingarThe La Reina Del Truébano • Banda de Gritas • Navia from Spain (left & in both videos), the Mullingar Town Band from Ireland (above & issue cover & video below) plus Scott McKee at the Cliffs of Moher in March 2011.

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