Irish Music Coverage

RECEIVED Wed., April 4, 2018

Dear Editor,
    There is a music scene which had its yearly culmination a couple weekends ago. Austin has several veteran performers involved in that scene, as well as venues (and Chronicle advertisers) where the music can be heard all year long. In many cities around the world there were parades and giant celebrations, but here in Austin it always coincides with SXSW, and it seems due to the Chronicle's singular focus on that event we get no mention at all.
    I'm referring to the Irish (Celtic) music scene and St. Patrick's Day. No mention that world-famous Chicago fiddler Liz Carroll was playing in town. Nothing about all the craic at both locations of BD Riley's. How about the fact that it was the last-ever St. Patrick's celebration at Fado, which closed down two days later. Opal Divine's put in an advert, but there was no discussion about their two shows. I know most Irish musicians don't expect much acknowledgement the year long, but we'd appreciate some recognition on the one day a year that's our day.
    I've been playing Irish music around here for 38+ years, and I met musicians like Ed Miller, Rich Brotherton, Serge Laine, Larry Rone, Doc Grauzer, and others way back in those old days. There's also the younger up and comers like award-winning fiddler Chris Buckley with the band Here & Now. We all ply our trade around here all year long, and Margaret Moser used to check in on us from time to time. How about some new writers showing us a little love?
Tom Delaney
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