The Irish are coming |

The Irish are coming

Autumn Phillips

That rumbling is the sound of the local Celtic music scene growing. Since the fall, Yampa Valley Ceili Society leaders Gary Burman and Nora Parker have been inspired to learn more, teach more, dance more and play more.

Their burst of energy is about to benefit us all.

This past weekend, Burman went to a piping workshop with world-renowned Uillean piper Pat Sky. He spent the weekend learning more about the pipes and playing new tunes with 12 other Colorado pipers.

While Burman was learning new music, Parker was in Denver at the Bennett School of Irish Dance, brushing up on her dance technique for some upcoming competitions in Loveland and San Francisco.

Tonight, Burman and Parker will bring what they’ve learned to the Samhain (pronounced Sow-in) Ceili. Burman will play the Uillean pipes, Parker will play the Bodhran, and Bonnie Murray will play the fiddle.

The Samhain celebration is the traditional Celtic New Year. The annual party dates back to the times when farm families gathered after the harvest for food, music and dance. Anyone who attends tonight’s dance is welcome but not required to bring food to share. The Steamboat Springs Arts Council will have a cash bar.

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The Burman, Parker and Murray trio are something of a seed for what could become a regular Irish session in town. Burman encourages Irish musicians to bring their instruments and stay after the dance to play.

Samhain (pronounced Sow-in) Celebration

7 p.m. tonight

Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St.

$6 / $4 for children, seniors and students /children younger than 5 get in free