What to expect
If you’ve never been before, here’s generally what happens:
You arrive at St Andrew Church, parking in the lot at about 6:50pm, and head into the courtyard to be greeted by a kilt-wearing David Brewer, who is standing by the door to the sanctuary.
As you enter the door way, you’ll see a wee marquee sign announcing the nights featured musical guest, and next weeks guest.
A small table has flyers for upcoming area concerts, and an email signup to get the email news of Celtic Music Night.
A small box is there for you to place a small donation for the night, whatever you can spare in pledge to support keeping the event & artists going.
There are also Celtic music cds available, and complimentary shortbread and apple cider, but that’s for the intermission! More on that soon, but for now, go on into the Sanctuary and find a good seat.
At 7:05 David marches into the Sanctuary playing the bagpipes to the tune “Saint Andrew’s March”, which he composed as the theme song for Celtic Music Night.
After that, David makes a few short announcements, and introduces the nights featured guest. Be it a fiddler, harpist, singer, or any number of other possibilities, the guest performs about 50 minutes worth of music for you to enjoy, and often casually tells the audience about the songs as they go.
After the 50 minutes, David will ask the audience if anyone has questions for the guest – an exciting time for you to find out anything you want about the music, instruments, culture, or life of the artist!
After one last song, David processes out of the Sanctuary with the bagpipes once again, and you are free to venture back to the refreshment table, to visit with the artists and have a snack *outside of the Sanctuary*.
As the buzz of the intermission starts settling down, anyone with instruments starts pulling chairs into a circle back in the Sanctuary to have an open Celtic music jam session… open to all skill levels.
Everyone is welcome to stay, and either simply listen & enjoy, or if they’ve brought an instrument, respectfully join in the musical fun!
This lasts as long as it lasts–usually about an hour before people slowly trickle out to go home… remember to sign the email list on the way out, to stay informed of the next week’s guest! Thanks for coming!