(Part 1) A Night at Poor David’s with String Theory and Ireland Harber

Recently while visiting a friend in Texas I had the pleasure of seeing Emmet Cahill, String Theory and Ireland Harber perform live at Poor David’s Pub in Dallas. This is a two-part blog series because there was so much talent it was just too big for one post.

For this series I was fortunate enough gain use of pictures from that night taken by the incredible Amanda Grace of Gilded Isle Photography! All images used in this series are hers.

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After a lovely Q&A/meet and greet with Emmet Cahill before the opening act, we sat down to watch the amazement that is String Theory! This band is made up of University of North Texas graduate Jesse Ramirez on guitar, and North Texas School of Irish Music student Nathan Kennedy on fiddle.

What first caught my eye was their perfect rhythm and synchronization, as both  played so naturally like that was the only thing their arms were made for. These lads are Celtic instrumental at its finest! As I sat there listening I wished this could be the soundtrack to me horseback ridding through Irish moorland (I have artsy dreams, okay?).

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I was most impressed by Kennedy’s fiddling. During each song he added so much emotion and narrative with his well-seasoned playing, then to my amazement I learned that Kennedy was only thirteen years old! This lad has talent beyond his years. I am completely proud to say that Kennedy was just recently in Ireland competing in the world championships of Irish music, the Fleadh Cheoil! Kennedy is the first Texas youth fiddler to qualify and compete in this championship!

For those of you lucky enough to live in the Dallas Fort-Worth Metroplex, stop by The Celt Irish Pub where String Theory frequent. These lads put on an incredible show!

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After Emmet Cahill did a few songs, Ireland Harber, another member of the North Texas School of Irish Music, came up on stage to sing. The whole room stilled as she told the beautifully mournful and truly Celtic ballad “The Last Rose of Summer” with a grace that many professional singers lack.

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At the end of her song, Cahill broke the room’s stillness with a proud “She’s ten” and proceeded to gush on her talent saying how it was, “The best performance of that song I’ve seen, and I’m not just saying that ’cause you’re here.” I have only seen this song performed that one time but I can most certainly say that it was breathtaking.

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For her last song Harber joined Cahill in “Go Lasse Go”. Her gorgeous harmonies alongside her sweet and truly Celtic voice, stole the hearts of all who listened. I was also extremely impressed by how relaxed Harber was onstage, even down to interacting with the audience. This lass will go places!

These people have been some of my favorite opening and guest artists, and I can’t wait until they have opening artists of their own.

Click here for part two of A Night at Poor David’s with Emmet Cahill

You can find:

String Theory on Facebook

Jesse Ramirez on Facebook and jesse-ramirez.com

Ireland Harber and Nathan Kennedy in their Irish Folk band Innisfall on Facebook.

North Texas School of Irish Music on Facebook and at schoolofirishmusic.org

Legit Photographer Amanda Grace on Facebook, Instagram @gildedisle and gildedisle.com

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Let’s Get Stevie Ray Vaughan in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

Ladies and Gentlemen, it has come to my attention that the legendary Stevie Ray Vaughan is qualified to be inducted the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. This year the Hall is letting fans vote for their favorite artist via online election. You can vote here.

Now out of all the candidates Vaughan is at the top of my list, because he’s too awesome not to be in the world-renown Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

Vaughan’s style is a grooving mix of Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll, drawing inspiration from artists such as Albert King, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, and Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell. His music is passionate and soul-stirring. It makes you anticipate each note, each chord, each stellar lick; making you eager to hear more, (It may also make you un-unashamedly play air guitar).

Take a listen:

Pride and Joy”  “Texas Flood

Vaughan grew up in Oak Cliff, Texas, a rather sketchy side of Dallas. He started music even though many did not support him. At a young age Vaughan got into alcohol and then drug use.

In 1979 he formed the band “Double Trouble”. The bandstevie and guitar consisted of  Vaughan, bassist Tommy Shannon, Chris Layton on drums, and Reese Wynans on keys. On September, 28, 1986, while on a European tour with his band, Vaughan fell sick with near-death dehydration, caused by his drug and alcohol use. He was put into medical care that night. One doctor told him that he wouldn’t live a month, after that he put himself in rehabilitation for four weeks, and achieved sobriety.

“Left to my own devices, I would have killed myself. But now I know that I want to stay alive and I want to stay as healthy as possible, and grow in that way,” said Vaughan about his addiction.

srvVaughan went on to play with artists such as, B.B. King, David Bowie, Jackson Browne, ZZ Top, Eric Clapton, and Jeff Beck, among many others. He released five albums, two of which, “Couldn’t Stand the Weather”(1984) and “Soul to Soul” (1985), made it onto the Billboard 200 list.

After twenty-five years of amazing music, Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash August, 27, 1990.

In the words of Reverend Barry Bailey, Vaughan’s AA sponsor, “We’re here to thank God for this man’s life. He was a genius, a superstar, a musician’s musician. He captured the hearts of thousands and thousands of people. I am thankful for the impact of this man’s influence on thousands of people in getting his own life together in the name of God.”

His music has, and is continuing to inspire numerous musicians. He was a great man and a great musician, and I think he deserves to be in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. So if you would please vote for Stevie. You do not need an email to vote, and can vote daily. The election ends December 9th so get ’em in while you can.

For more information on Stevie Ray Vaughan, you can go to his website or Facebook page. You can purchase his music at Amazon and ITunes.

Keep on Rockin’ and have happy Saturday!  ♪