Upcoming Dates

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

St. Andrew's Nicht
150 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
518-463-5996
Price: Private Party

The Society’s celebration of St. Andrew’s Nicht on November 30 begins with a gathering of members and guests at our building followed by a parade to the Fort Orange Club led by the pipes.  After dinner, harper and singer James Ruff will provide musical entertainment: Gaelic bardic song and ancient Scottish harp music!

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Retreat - Following the Spiral: Exploring Celtic Christian Heritage - (3 days: December 14-16)
12 Church Street
Bellows Falls, VT 05101
802-460-0110  
Price: Early-Bird Tuition & Meals: $200

Things Celtic seem to be appearing frequently in our culture – in music, art, jewelry, movies – as well as in spirituality. In fact, Celtic spiritual tradition is deeply embedded in our own Anglican Christianity. The ancient Celts prized deep connections with nature and the divine wisdom hidden within it – in the rocks, plants and animals that share our world, as well as in our souls and physical bodies. Due to current upheavals in our earth’s climate as well as in human society, a deep yearning for a different way seems to be emerging in many of us, which may find resonance in the wisdom of our Celtic Christian ancestors. In this introductory retreat, we will discuss what traits distinguish Celtic Christian spirituality, including images and ideas coming from earlier spiritual systems.  We will read and discuss selected writings from early Celtic Christian theologians that illuminate their thoughts and theology.  We will study and learn some prayers from the Carmina Gadelica, a collection of early Celtic prayers from the Hebrides, as well as some early Gaelic chants.  We will hear and discuss stories of the Celtic saints.  Through the beauty of prayer, chant, Celtic harp music and song, story, and time spent walking and praying in nature, we will seek to deepen our awareness of Christ's presence, within ourselves and in all that surrounds us.

 

James Ruff is a professional singer and harper specializing in music for voice and harp from Gaelic Scotland and Ireland.  A speaker of Scottish Gaelic and a member of the Episcopal Church since 2000, he has also been involved with the Ceile De (Culdee) Order – a Celtic Christian monastic order centered in Scotland – since 2005.  He has sung as soloist with many early music groups, opera companies and festivals throughout the US and in Europe, teaches Music: Voice at Vassar College, and was Director of Music  Christ the King Episcopal Church in Stone Ridge, NY from 2004-2015.

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

The Gaels’ Honour: Early Music for Voice and Harp from Gaelic Scotland and Ireland
325 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301-2591
603-229-4680

Pipe marches to stir the soul, noble laments that bring a tear to the eye, love songs to warm the heart, and stormy politics of 17th and 18th century Scotland and Ireland – James Ruff lends his voice to rare early Celtic music of the Gaelic world, sung in Scottish Gaelic and Irish, and accompanying himself on the wire-strung Clàrsach, whose bell-like tones rang through the great halls of the Gaelic clan chieftans.  Music of the great harpers:  O’Carolan, the Connellans’, Ruaraidh Dall, Denis Hempson, Hugh Higgins, and drawn from the Bunting, Neal, Forde and Straloch manuscripts. 

Past Dates

Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Remembering the Great War: Songs, Poetry, and Images of WWI - 8:00pm
124 Raymond Ave.
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
(845) 437-7319
Price: free and open to the public

A multi-media evening dedicated to the art of WWI with art song, popular song used to rally the forces, poetry of the period, and projections of posters, art, and photographs. Faculty performances by Miriam Charney and Michael Pisani, piano, Drew Minter, narrator, Rachel Rosales and Susan Botti, sopranos, James Ruff, tenor, and guest artists Mario Diaz-Moresco, baritone.

 

James Ruff will be performing the classic WW1 Gaelic song: An Eala Bhàn, with his own harp accompaniment.

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Celtic Service and Concert - 5:00pm
335 Longmeadow Street
Longmeadow, MA 01106
413.567.5901

Gaelic music for harp and voice interspersed in a lovely Celtic worship service, followed by a Gaelic Concert.

St. Andrew’s is home to the only ongoing Celtic worship experience in the greater Springfield area. We offer this service on at 5 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month (except July and August).

The hour-long worship experience features prayers and music from the British Isles, including materials from the Iona and Northumbria communities. Regardless of whether the prayers and songs are ancient or contemporary, each one reflects a Celtic spirit and many times will incorporate images from the natural world. Although the service is in English, we sprinkle in some Gaelic phrases and chants from time to time. The worship space is serene as participants are enveloped by candlelight. Holy Communion is celebrated and all are welcome to receive the gifts from God’s Table.

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Gaelic Concert - Evening TBA
2388 State Route (SR) 145
East Durham, NY 12423
(518) 634-2897

Gaelic Concert of music for voice, harp and more with Irish artists Noeleen Ní Cholla & Tim Flaherty!

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

Hooley on the Hudson! - 3:45pm
The Rondout - Trad Stage
Kingston, NY

Traditional Gaelic Music for Voice, Harp and more with artists from Ireland: Noeleen Ní Cholla & Tim Flaherty!

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Summer Evening Concert: The Harper Meets the Piper - 5:30pm
Ormond Road
Kilkenny
Ireland
087 282 0987
Price: 10 Euro

Of Love and Lamentation:  Gaelic music for harp and pipes expressing love and loss - with historical piper Ronan Browne!

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

The Guiding Star of Bridget: Celtic Saints and Heroes in Song - 2:00pm
15 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
617-536-3355
Price: $20

As part of the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe:

 

James Ruff leads you with voice and harp on a journey through rare medieval inspirational repertoire evoking both the early saints of Ireland and Scotland, and the great Gaelic heroes:  Fionn MacCumhaill, the mythical hunter-warrior of Irish Mythology, and his band of warriors, the Fianna.  This program will include chants from the Irish Offices of Bridget and Patrick as recorded in the 15th century MS 78 - Trinity College Dublin, as well as rare chants to Columba from the 14th century Scottish Inchcolm Antiphoner – some of the few remaining examples of Celtic medieval chant - all accompanied by the melting sound of the Clarsach.  He will treat you to traditional Scottish Gaelic lays recounting the fantastic exploits of the Fianna – Fionn MacCumhaill, Oisín, Oscar, Diarmaid, Coailte, Fraoch, as well as sea monsters, Vikings and more -  colorful examples of the Gaelic legends once so popular throughout the Gaelic-speaking world. 

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

The Gaels’ Honour: Early Music for Voice and Harp from Gaelic Scotland and Ireland - 7:30pm
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
413-538-2306

Pipe marches to stir the soul, noble laments that bring a tear to the eye, love songs to warm the heart, and stormy politics of 17th and 18th century Scotland and Ireland – James Ruff lends his voice to rare early Celtic music of the Gaelic world, sung in Scottish Gaelic and Irish, and accompanying himself on the wire-strung Clàrsach, whose bell-like tones rang through the great halls of the Gaelic clan chieftans.  Music of the great harpers:  O’Carolan, the Connellans’, Ruaraidh Dall, Denis Hempson, Hugh Higgins, and drawn from the Bunting, Neal, Forde and Straloch manuscripts. 

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

The Guiding Star of Bridget: Celtic Saints and Heroes in Song
12 Church Street
Bellows Falls, VT 05101
802-460-0110

James Ruff leads you with voice and harp on a journey through rare medieval inspirational repertoire evoking both the early saints of Ireland and Scotland, and the great Gaelic heroes:  Fionn MacCumhaill, the mythical hunter-warrior of Irish Mythology, and his band of warriors, the Fianna.  This program will include chants from the Irish Offices of Bridget and Patrick as recorded in the 15th century MS 78 - Trinity College Dublin, as well as rare chants to Columba from the 14th century Scottish Inchcolm Antiphoner – some of the few remaining examples of Celtic medieval chant - all accompanied by the melting sound of the Clarsach.  He will treat you to traditional Scottish Gaelic lays recounting the fantastic exploits of the Fianna – Fionn MacCumhaill, Oisín, Oscar, Diarmaid, Coailte, Fraoch, as well as sea monsters, Vikings and more -  colorful examples of the Gaelic legends once so popular throughout the Gaelic-speaking world. 

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Retreat - Following the Spiral: Exploring Celtic Christian Heritage - three days (January 27-29)
1615 Route 9W (or Broadway)
West Park, NY 12493
845.384.6660
Price: $275; $80 deposit

Things Celtic seem to be appearing frequently in our culture – in music, art, jewelry, movies – as well as in spirituality. In fact, Celtic spiritual tradition is deeply embedded in our own Anglican Christianity. The ancient Celts prized deep connections with nature and the divine wisdom hidden within it – in the rocks, plants and animals that share our world, as well as in our souls and physical bodies. Due to current upheavals in our earth’s climate as well as in human society, a deep yearning for a different way seems to be emerging in many of us, which may find resonance in the wisdom of our Celtic Christian ancestors. In this introductory retreat, we will discuss what traits distinguish Celtic Christian spirituality, including images and ideas coming from earlier spiritual systems.  We will read and discuss selected writings from early Celtic Christian theologians that illuminate their thoughts and theology.  We will study and learn some prayers from the Carmina Gadelica, a collection of early Celtic prayers from the Hebrides, as well as some early Gaelic chants.  We will hear and discuss stories of the Celtic saints.  Through the beauty of prayer, chant, Celtic harp music and song, story, and time spent walking and praying in nature, we will seek to deepen our awareness of Christ's presence, within ourselves and in all that surrounds us.

 

James Ruff is a professional singer and harper specializing in music for voice and harp from Gaelic Scotland and Ireland.  A speaker of Scottish Gaelic and a member of the Episcopal Church since 2000, he has also been involved with the Ceile De (Culdee) Order – a Celtic Christian monastic order centered in Scotland – since 2005.  He has sung as soloist with many early music groups, opera companies and festivals throughout the US and in Europe, teaches Music: Voice at Vassar College, and was Director of Music  Christ the King Episcopal Church in Stone Ridge, NY from 2004-2015.

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

The Play of Adam - 3:00pm
1011 South Wright Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820
Champaign, IL 61820
217-333-2620

St. John's on a clear spring day

 

This is the first fully staged production of the Old French Play of Adam in a lively new English translation. Adam—the oldest medieval drama in any language—begins in the Garden of Eden and ends with the expectation of Christmas, comically and poignantly updating the story of humanity's fall and redemption for a secular urban audience. A holiday play for all ages, the work is beautifully framed by the festive floral decorations of the season and accompanied by medieval music (Drew Minter, Peter Walker and James Ruff).

Friday, January 20th, 2017

The Play of Adam - 7:30pm
1011 South Wright Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820
Champaign, IL 61820
217-333-2620

St. John's on a clear spring day

 

This is the first fully staged production of the Old French Play of Adam in a lively new English translation. Adam—the oldest medieval drama in any language—begins in the Garden of Eden and ends with the expectation of Christmas, comically and poignantly updating the story of humanity's fall and redemption for a secular urban audience. A holiday play for all ages, the work is beautifully framed by the festive floral decorations of the season and accompanied by medieval music (Drew Minter, Peter Walker and James Ruff).

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

The Play of Adam - 7:30pm
1011 South Wright Street
Champaign, IL 61820
217-333-2620

St. John's on a clear spring day

 

This is the first fully staged production of the Old French Play of Adam in a lively new English translation. Adam—the oldest medieval drama in any language—begins in the Garden of Eden and ends with the expectation of Christmas, comically and poignantly updating the story of humanity's fall and redemption for a secular urban audience. A holiday play for all ages, the work is beautifully framed by the festive floral decorations of the season and accompanied by medieval music (Drew Minter, Peter Walker and James Ruff).

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

The Play of Adam - Shows at 1pm & 3pm
99 Margaret Corbin Drive - Fort Tryon Park
New York, NY 10040
212-923-3700
Price: $65 - include Museum admission during open hours

 Fuentidueña Chapel at The Met Cloisters

 

This is the first fully staged production of the Old French Play of Adam in a lively new English translation. Adam—the oldest medieval drama in any language—begins in the Garden of Eden and ends with the expectation of Christmas, comically and poignantly updating the story of humanity's fall and redemption for a secular urban audience. A holiday play for all ages, the work is beautifully framed by the festive floral decorations of the season and accompanied by medieval music (Drew Minter, Peter Walker and James Ruff).

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

The Play of Adam - Shows at 1pm, 3pm & 5pm
99 Margaret Corbin Drive - Fort Tryon Park
New York, NY 10040
212-923-3700
Price: $65 - include Museum admission during open hours

 Fuentidueña Chapel at The Met Cloisters

 

This is the first fully staged production of the Old French Play of Adam in a lively new English translation. Adam—the oldest medieval drama in any language—begins in the Garden of Eden and ends with the expectation of Christmas, comically and poignantly updating the story of humanity's fall and redemption for a secular urban audience. A holiday play for all ages, the work is beautifully framed by the festive floral decorations of the season and accompanied by medieval music (Drew Minter, Peter Walker and James Ruff).

Friday, November 4th, 2016

An Evening with Liam O' Maonlai and friends - 7:00pm
97 Broadway
Kingston, New York 12401
(845) 338-0333
Price: $30

I will be performing along with local Hudson Valley musicians for this wonderful evening of Irish music:

 

The Irish Cultural Center Hudson Valley is honored to welcome Irish musician Liam Ó Maonlaí back to Kingston on Friday, November 4th. Liam has been the charismatic front man for the internationally known band, The Hothouse Flowers, since their beginnings in the late 1980's. He has honed his craft for decades and has earned his place as one of the most beloved and respected music carriers in Ireland. In addition to his two solo albums, Rian and To Be Touched, Liam's recent projects include showcasing the songs of Van Morrison, Leonard Cohen, and David Bowie in Irish Gaelic, touring the world as musical director for the dance performance, Rian, playing vibrant live shows with The Flowers, and collaborating with jazz singer Cassandra Wilson later this November at the Irish Center in Manhattan. Liam is an unforgettable performer who conveys sheer mastery in authentic Gaelic styles, original ballads, and blues-inspired rock and roll. He is a gifted singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who delivers the ethos of Ireland and the universality of the human soul.

 

Ulster County AOH celtic piper Scott Benson will perform the ceremonial opening, and a number of local musicians will join Liam throughout the evening.

 

The evening’s performance will then begin at 7:30pm with music from Hudson Valley based Celtic group, the T McCann Band. The T McCann Band is an eclectic group of gentlemen musicians.  They are known for their lively stage shows and their song & tune catalog reflects a fresh take on traditional Celtic music. Throughout the evening, there will also be supporting performances by dancers from The D'amby Project, based in Red Hook, NY. Founded in 2012, The D'amby Project offers dance classes beginning with traditional Irish training, advancing to contemporary. The Great Room upstairs at the Arts Society of Kingston offers the perfect listening space to experience Liam and local guest performers. Expect a moving evening!

 

Before AND after the concert, we are excited to announce that dinner and drink specials will be available at Dermot Mahoney's Irish Pub, which is a few doors from the concert venue. In addition, during the intermission there will be a 50/50 and a raffle of wonderfu...l items from local businesses who are helping to sponsor the performance.

 

Light fare and refreshments will be provided.

 

Visit the ICCHV website and Facebook page for Liam’s other area performances at:

www.icchv.org

www.facebook.com/icchudsonvalley

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

The Gaels’ Honour: Early Music for Voice and Harp from Gaelic Scotland and Ireland - 8:00pm
124 Raymond Ave.
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
(845) 437-7319
Price: free and open to the public

Pipe marches to stir the soul, noble laments that bring a tear to the eye, love songs to warm the heart, and stormy politics of 17th and 18th century Scotland and Ireland – James Ruff lends his voice to rare early Celtic music of the Gaelic world, sung in Scottish Gaelic and Irish, and accompanying himself on the wire-strung Clàrsach, whose bell-like tones rang through the great halls of the Gaelic clan chieftans.  Music of the great harpers:  O’Carolan, the Connellans’, Ruaraidh Dall, Denis Hempson, Hugh Higgins, and drawn from the Bunting, Neal, Forde and Straloch manuscripts. 

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

Music on the "TRAD" Stage - Probably around 5pm
TR Gallo Memorial Park
Kingston, NY

 

The annual Hooley On The Hudson, Sunday September 4th of Labor Day weekend. A family friendly day-long event filled with music, dance food and crafts, celebrating the Irish!

Three separate stages with performances are located along the historic, scenic Rondout Waterfront in Kingston. Stroll through the festival and enjoy the craft, food and beverage vendors, and beautiful waterfront.

 

THE “Trad” STAGE (Traditional Music)

1:00      The T McCann Band

2:30      The Wild Swans

4:00      Toss The Feathers

Special appearances by:

Gaelic Vocalists: Joy Dunlop (from Scotland) & Noeleen Ní Cholla (from Ireland)

Tenor Harper: James Ruff

9:00      Festival Ends

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Welcome Concert for the Class of 2020 - 8:00pm
124 Raymond Ave.
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
(845) 437-7319
Price: free and open to the public

 

Presented by members of the music department faculty: Gail Archer, organ, Brian Mann, piano, Moran Katz, clarinet, Sophie Shao, cello, Anna Polonsky, piano, and James Ruff, tenor and wire harp.

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

O Harp of my Country: Early Music for Voice and Harp from Gaelic Scotland and Ireland - 2:00pm
79 Flint Road
Millbrook, NY 12545
845-677-8550

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Lughnasadh : A Celtic Summer Celebration - 7:00pm
97 Broadway
Kingston, NY 12401
(845) 338-0333
Price: $25 adults; $20 ICCHV memebers

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

2016 Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice - 4:30pm
St Ursula Pl
Phoenicia, NY 12464
845-802-5266
Price: $35

FOV_Grand Finale

 

An Crann Óg, Noeleen Ní Cholla, Joy Dunlop, Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde, James Ruff, the D’Amby Project and the Ulster County AOH Pipes and Drums Band will perform the grand finale for the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice at 4:30pm on August 7, a dynamic “Festive Celtic Celebration.”

This is a rare opportunity for the community and music enthusiasts of any genre to experience this ancient art form of Gaelic music and singing (and possibly a song or two in English), along with traditional dance – a joyous, uplifting and enlightening event for all to enjoy.

Currently in it’s 7th operating year, the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, considered a destination festival (“Opera News” – Metropolitan Opera), has an attendance average of 5000+ over the four days of the festival, with this year’s production hoping to be the largest yet.

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Celtic Summer Celebration - 7:00pm
3643 Main St
Stone Ridge, NY 12484
845-687-7023
Price: free and open to the public

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An evening concert with special performances featuring by known traditional music artists from Ireland and Scotland. This is a rare opportunity for the community and music enthusiasts of any genre to experience this ancient art form of Gaelic music and singing (and possibly a song or two in English), along with traditional dance.

Performers include, An Crann Óg (group of eight young musicians from Ireland), Noeleen Ní Cholla (vocalist from Ireland), Joy Dunlop (vocalist from Scotland), Doimnic Mac Giolla  Bhríde (Champion Traditional Gaelic vocalist from Ireland) and James Ruff (Tenor harpist and vocalist from the US).

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Celtic Concert - 8:00pm
2388 NY-145
East Durham, NY 12423
(518)-634-2897
Price: General Admission-$10, Dinner and Show-$30

An evening concert with special performances featuring by known traditional music artists from Ireland and Scotland. This is a rare opportunity for the community and music enthusiasts of any genre to experience this ancient art form of Gaelic music and singing (and possibly a song or two in English), along with traditional dance.

Performers include, An Crann Óg (group of eight young musicians from Ireland), Noeleen Ní Cholla (vocalist from Ireland), Joy Dunlop (vocalist from Scotland), and James Ruff (Tenor harpist and vocalist from Scotland).

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

Duanlied performs: The Sweet Sorrow: Early Music for Harps and Voices Heralding from the Celtic Isles - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
65 Jumel Terrace
New York, NY 10032
(212) 923-8008

Ensemble Duanlied

Drew Minter, countertenor & Gothic Harp

James Ruff, tenor & Early Gaelic Wire-Strung Harp

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Retreat - Following the Spiral: Exploring Celtic Christian Heritage - (3 days: May 20-22)
1615 Route 9W (or Broadway)
West Park, NY 12493
845.384.6660
Price: $275; $80 deposit

Things Celtic seem to be appearing frequently in our culture – in music, art, jewelry, movies – as well as in spirituality. In fact, Celtic spiritual tradition is deeply embedded in our own Anglican Christianity. The ancient Celts prized deep connections with nature and the divine wisdom hidden within it – in the rocks, plants and animals that share our world, as well as in our souls and physical bodies. Due to current upheavals in our earth’s climate as well as in human society, a deep yearning for a different way seems to be emerging in many of us, which may find resonance in the wisdom of our Celtic Christian ancestors. In this retreat, we will look at the writings of early Celtic Christian theologians as well as excerpts from the Carmina Gadelica, a collection of early Celtic prayers from the Hebrides. Through prayer, chant, Celtic harp music, Celtic song, story, and time spent walking and praying in nature, we will seek to deepen our awareness of Christ’s presence, within ourselves and in all that surrounds us.

James Ruff is a professional singer and harper specializing in music for voice and harp from Gaelic Scotland and Ireland.  A speaker of Scottish Gaelic and a member of the Episcopal Church since 2000, he has also been involved with the Ceile De (Culdee) Order – a Celtic Christian monastic order centered in Scotland – for ten years.  He has sung as soloist with many early music groups, opera companies and festivals throughout the US and in Europe, teaches Music: Voice at Vassar College, and has been Director of Music since 2004 at Christ the King Episcopal Church in Stone Ridge, NY. 

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

Duanlied performs: Early Celtic Music from Gaelic Scotland and Ireland - 2:00pm
3700 Main Street
Stone Ridge, NY 12484
845-687-7023

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

The Play of Daniel
Broadway and Wall Street
New York, NY 10001

January 2 & 3

James Ruff plays DANIEL in a fully-staged 12th-century music drama, presented by Gotham Early Music Scene (GEMS). Mary Anne Ballard, Music Director, and Drew Minter, Stage Director.

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Handel's Messiah - 7:30pm
164 Deer Hill Ave
Danbury, CT 06810

A staple on Danbury’s holiday season, this performance of Handel’s Messiah will combine the forces of the Danbury Concert Chorus and Danbury Symphony Orchestra to be conducted by our Music Director and Conductor, Christine Howlett.  James Ruff will be tenor soloist this year.

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

House Concert
An Afternoon of Irish Gaelic and Scottish Gaelic Music with Claire Nic Ruairi and James Ruff - 2:00pm
Bearsville, NY 12409

For information and reservation, please contact via bobdomhnallach@msn.com.  You will then receive an invitation to RSVP - seating is limited, so do not delay!  The street address of the house concert will be sent to those who successfully RSVP.

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

James Ruff: Living Room Concert at Creative Co-Op - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
402 Main Street - behind The Big Cheese
Rosendale, NY 12472
(845) 527-5672
Price: $10 - $15 suggested donation - covers dinner as well

James Ruff is a world pioneer in presenting early Gaelic vocal and harp music in as close to its original form as can be imagined. His fluent Gaelic singing and expert historical harping create a true sense of the evocative music a Gaelic chieftain must have enjoyed." Siobhan Armstrong, Chair - Historical Harp Society of Ireland

Arrive between 6:30 pm and 7:15 pm for Supper
Performance will begin by 7:30 pm (standard) 2 sets with break that may include the opportunity to perform with the musician.
Enjoy the intimate setting of Creative Co-op's space and learn more about each musician, their inspiration, and projects!

$10 - 15 suggested donation pp - covers supper and music, BYOB, options available for purchase as well

located just behind the Big Cheese
cbcofrosendale@gmail.com
(845) 527-5672

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Marbletown Community Center
Stone Ridge Library Hosts Irish Gaelic Singer Claire Nic Ruairi and Gaelic Singer and Harper James Ruff - 7:00pm
3564 Main Street
Stone Ridge, NY 12484
(845) 687-7023, ext. 108
Price: free and open to the public

Claire Nic Ruairi is an Irish traditional singer from Derry, Ireland. She is the singer in residence at 'an tSeanbheairic', Falcarragh, Donegal, having been awarded the prestigious Eamonn Ghrainne Scholarship. In 2013 Claire won First Prize in Irish language traditional singing at Fleadh Choeoil na hEireann, the largest traditional Irish music festival in existence which is held annually in various locations throughout Ireland.

In addition to performing in and organizing traditional music events, Claire is a member of several traditional Irish language choirs. An Irish and French teacher, she is currently on a career break from a full-time post to concentrate on her singing. She is currently touring the area and performing at a number of local venues.

Experienced in early music, concert and opera, tenor James Ruff has, since 2005 worked to master Scottish Gaelic language, traditional Gaelic Song, and the early Gaelic wire harp. He presents concerts highlighting the haunting beauty of the historic Gaelic music and poetry of Scotland and Ireland, playing the historic music of the harper bards. Music Director of Christ the King Episcopal Church in Stone Ridge, Mr. Ruff will perform with Claire Nic Ruairi for this special occasion.

Bob McDonald, Gaelic Irish language teacher and event promoter, thanked everyone for making the event a reality. "It will be a wonderful opportunity for us to provide a window for the audience through which they can experience a rarely presented cultural jewel of Gaeldom, songs and melodies of great antiquity and beauty. It will be readily apparent that one does not have to speak Gaelic to appreciate the breadth and depth of human emotion and spirit contained within the songs and music."

Claire Nic Ruairi is an Irish traditional singer from Derry, Ireland. She is the singer in residence at 'an tSeanbheairic', Falcarragh, Donegal, having been awarded the prestigious Eamonn Ghrainne Scholarship. In 2013 Claire won First Prize in Irish language traditional singing at Fleadh Choeoil na hEireann, the largest traditional Irish music festival in existence which is held annually in various locations throughout Ireland.

In addition to performing in and organizing traditional music events, Claire is a member of several traditional Irish language choirs. An Irish and French teacher, she is currently on a career break from a full-time post to concentrate on her singing. She is currently touring the area and performing at a number of local venues.

Experienced in early music, concert and opera, tenor James Ruff has, since 2005 worked to master Scottish Gaelic language, traditional Gaelic Song, and the early Gaelic wire harp. He presents concerts highlighting the haunting beauty of the historic Gaelic music and poetry of Scotland and Ireland, playing the historic music of the harper bards. Music Director of Christ the King Episcopal Church in Stone Ridge, Mr. Ruff will perform with Claire Nic Ruairi for this special occasion.

Bob McDonald, Gaelic Irish language teacher and event promoter, thanked everyone for making the event a reality. "It will be a wonderful opportunity for us to provide a window for the audience through which they can experience a rarely presented cultural jewel of Gaeldom, songs and melodies of great antiquity and beauty. It will be readily apparent that one does not have to speak Gaelic to appreciate the breadth and depth of human emotion and spirit contained within the songs and music."

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Christ the King Episcopal Church
An Evening of Irish and Scottish Music with Claire Nic Ruairí and James Ruff - 5:00pm
3021 Route 213 East
Stone Ridge, NY 12484
(845) 687-9414
Price: free will donation for musicians

Irish traditional singer, Claire Nic Ruairí, has won the traditional Gaelic singing competition at the largest traditional Irish music festival in existence, the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann which is held annually at various locations throughout Ireland.  You may hear Claire singing the beautiful Irish Gaelic song "Líontar dúinn an Crúiscín" at the beginning of this link: http://www.highlandradio.com/2015/07/09/ruaille-buaille-catchup-070715/.

 

Experienced in early music, concert and opera, tenor James Ruff has since 2005 worked to master Scottish Gaelic language, traditional Gaelic Song, and the early Gaelic wire harp.  He specializes in the "Classical music of the Gaelic world," searching the continuing stream of Gaelic traditional music for gems of the early bards and harpers.  He presents concerts highlighting the haunting beauty of the historic Gaelic music and poetry of Scotland and Ireland, playing the historic music of the harper bards, rendering the great pipe music on the harp, and accompanying himself singing the great Gaelic songs.  For more information and recordings, visit his website at:  www.jamesrufftenorharper.com.  

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

The Gaels' Honour: Music for Voice and Harp from Gaelic Scotland and Ireland - BEMF Fringe Concert - 3:00pm
15 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-3355
Price: $20, $5 discount - see details below

Pipe marches to stir the soul, noble laments that bring a tear to the eye, love songs to warm the heart, and stormy politics of 17th and 18th century Scotland and Ireland – James Ruff lends his voice to rare early Celtic music of the Gaelic world, sung in Scottish Gaelic and Irish, and accompanying himself on the wire-strung Clàrsach, whose bell-like tones rang through the great halls of the Gaelic clan chieftans.  Music of the great harpers:  O’Carolan, the Connellans’, Ruaraidh Dall, Denis Hempson, Hugh Higgins, and drawn from the Bunting, Neal, Forde and Straloch manuscripts.  

 

Discount of $5 for students, seniors, and holders of BEMF pass.  Use code BEMF at checkout.

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Christ the King Episcopal Church
Benefit: The Gaels' Honour - Music for Voice and Harp from Gaelic Scotland and Ireland - 4:00 pm
3021 Route 213 East
Stone Ridge, NY 12484
(845) 687-9414
Price: Donation to Disaster Relief in Nepal

Pipe marches to stir the soul, noble laments that bring a tear to the eye, love songs to warm the heart, and stormy politics of 17th and 18th century Scotland and Ireland – James Ruff lends his voice to rare early Celtic music of the Gaelic world, sung in Scottish Gaelic and Irish, and accompanying himself on the wire-strung Clàrsach, whose bell-like tones rang through the great halls of the Gaelic clan chieftans.  Music of the great harpers:  O’Carolan, the Connellans’, Ruaraidh Dall, Denis Hempson, Hugh Higgins, and drawn from the Bunting, Neal, Forde and Straloch manuscripts.  Concert to be repeated at Boston Early Music Festival Fringe on June 11th.

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

The Play of Daniel - 3pm & 6pm
New York, NY
Price: $75, $45, $25

December 27 & 28

A fully-staged 12th-century music drama, presented by Gotham Early Music Scene (GEMS). Mary Anne Ballard, Music Director, and Drew Minter, Stage Director.

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Handel's Messiah - 2:00pm
Kingston, NY
USA

James Ruff, tenor soloist
Hudson Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, Capella Festiva
Christine Howlett, conductor

This will be performed with the full orchestra, featuring more than 150 musicians and vocalists from Capella Festiva, under the direction of Christine Howlett, choral director/ conductor

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Am Bron Binn: The Sweet Sorrow
Stroudsburg, PA

Music for harps and voices from the Celtic lands
    Ensemble Duanlied
        Drew Minter, countertenor & gothic harps
        James Ruff, tenor and wire-strung harp

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

The French Muse - 3pm
Poughkeepsie, NY

James Ruff, tenor, and Miriam Charney, piano. A vocal recital featuring Gabriel Fauré’s sensuous song cycle to the poetry of Paul Verlaine: “La Bonne Chanson.” Selected songs by other early 20th-century composers such as Albert Roussel, Pierre Capdevielle, Reynaldo Hahn and Francis Poulenc further enhance the afternoon’s exploration of the French poetic and harmonic genius.

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Am Bron Binn: The Sweet Sorrow - 7:30pm
Bellows Falls, VT

Music for harps and voices from the Celtic lands
    Ensemble Duanlied
        Drew Minter, countertenor & gothic harps
        James Ruff, tenor and wire-strung harp

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

The Play of Daniel
New London, CT

Connecticut Early Music Festival
James Ruff plays Daniel
A Gotham Early Music Scene Production

Friday, June 21st, 2013

The Play of Daniel - 8pm
Rockport, MA

Rockport Chamber Music Festival
James Ruff plays Daniel
A Gotham Early Music Scene Production

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Of Love and Lamentation - BEMF Fringe Concert - 2:00pm
6 Chestnut Street
Boston, MA
USA
Price: $15

Love and loss through the eyes of the great clan poets:  Sìleas na Ceapaich, Mary MacLeod and more.  Sung in Scottish Gaelic and Irish, these rarely heard elegies and love songs naturally blend with the melting sound of the early Gaelic wire-harp.  Selected tunes of the great harper-bards (Ruaraidh Dall, Thomas Connellan, Turlough O’Carolan) evoke the haunting poeticism of the Gaelic world. 

Friday, January 11th, 2013

The Play of Daniel
New York, NY

James Ruff plays the title role in The Play of Daniel - January 11, 12, 13 & 18, 19, 20

A Gotham Early Music Scene Production

December 2013

Trinity Church - Wall Street
The Play of Daniel
New York, NY

Trinity Church - Wall Street, New York City
Twelfth Night Festival
James Ruff plays Daniel
A Gotham Early Music Scene Production

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  • 11/30/2017
    St. Andrew's Society of the City of Albany - Albany, NY
     
  • 12/14/2017
    Stone Church Center - Bellows Falls, VT
     
  • 11/02/2018
    St. Paul's School - Concord, NH
     

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