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Connemara Stone Company / Blog

Konzert Bericht - Ein Blog von Udo.

7. Jul. 2015, 10:14 Sa., 4. Jul. – CSC concert in Steenkamphof

So muss ein Sommer-Open-Air sein:

Wetter heiß, Stimmung noch heißer, und die Band – heißer geht´s nicht…! Selbst die angekündigten Gewitter zogen es vor, uns die Laune nicht zu verderben und haben sich vorsichtshalber bis zum nächsten Tag Zeit gelassen.

Gerade „Back Home“ in Essen von der Tournee auf der englischen Insel, hatte Connemara Stone Company dieses Mal direkt zwei Vorbands zum Einheizen mitgebracht. DruGit und Saint Auder brachten das Publikum mit Coversongs und Alternative Rock auf Betriebstemperatur. Präsentiert wurde das Konzert diesmal vom Kleingartenverein KGV Reuenberg auf dem Steenkamphof. Völlig unauffällig, mitten in einem Wohngebiet gelegen, versteckt sich hinter ein paar Bäumen die Kleingartenanlage – wer sie nicht kennt, fährt garantiert vorbei…! An dieser Stelle auch ein großes Kompliment und Lob an die Organisatoren des KGV Reuenberg. Es hat an nichts gefehlt, Kühlmittel in Form von Bier, Sekt und Softdrinks war in ausreichender Menge auf Halde und für den kleinen Hunger zwischendurch gab´s ein Drei-Gänge-Menü: Grillwurst, Senf, Brötchen. Die Festwiese vor der Gartenanlage war ausreichend groß, um ein paar Hundert Konzertbesucher unterzubringen und unter Bäumen und Sonnenschirmen konnte man sich auf Bierzeltgarnituren von der Sonne ein wenig erholen.

Nachdem das zuletzt geplante Open-Air-Konzert im Cottage in Bottrop aus meteorologischen Gründen nach drinnen verlegt wurde, konnte hier unter freiem Himmel endlich wieder ordentlich Gas gegeben werden – und die sechs Jungs von Connemara Stone Company hatten mal so richtig Bock…! Sicherlich noch unter dem Einfluss der Eindrücke aus England, hatte die Band von Null auf Hundert in zwei Takten das Publikum mitgerissen! Ein Song nach dem anderen, alte bekannte Traditionals und Klassiker, abwechselnd mit neuen Titeln des aktuellen Albums „Back Home“ gemischt, konnte man selbst bei der herrschenden Hitze die Füße nicht stillhalten und musste einfach mitspringen! Es war einfach ansteckend, wie die Musiker ihre gute Laune an das Publikum weitergaben und so hat man sich gegenseitig gepusht und wie Sänger Dino Serci selbst begeistert betonte, war das Konzert einfach der Wahnsinn! Es hat allen einfach riesigen Spaß gemacht! Und Flötenkönig Michael Künzel - bekannt für sein Spiel mit zwei Flöten gleichzeitig - setzte noch einen drauf und bewies eindrucksvoll, dass man synchron zum Flötenspiel noch eine Zigarette rauchen kann! Respekt…! Bleibt mir nur noch zu sagen: Herzlichen Dank an Manager Keith Bailey und die Band für die Einladung, auch im Namen meiner Tochter Alexandra. Es war wieder einmal ganz großes Kino – thank you for the music…! Bis zum nächsten Mal!

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"Back Home" the new CD from CSC

„Back Home“ – The new CD from Connemara Stone Company (CSC). Have you ever heard a German Band playing Head banging Celtic Folk Rock music? No? Then check out the new CD from CSC and their version of Sleepy Maggie when the CD comes out.. “Back Home” the new CD from Connemara Stone Company will be released May the 30th this year. After their last live CD “Original”, CSC present their new studio CD and with it new exciting versions of various songs arranged by the Band and five new songs written by the Band. The CD presents a mix of songs and tunes in various styles of Celtic music. - Head bangers like “Sleepy Maggie” - Beautiful instrumentals like “Balivanich” - Pop / Folk like “Saorsa” - followed up by Celtic Folk Rock mixed with modern beats in the Instrumental “Uisge Beatha”. Really and truly something for everyone’s taste in Celtic music.

The Band members and their Jubilee Tour Celebration.

The Band members and their Jubilee Celebration – 20 Years CSC I was asked recently about the Band members and their Jubilee Celebration. Just a quick answer. They are all from Germany and basically live in Essen (Germany) and surrounding Towns. They all have full time jobs and play music on a semi-pro basis. This is also the reason we only play around 20 Gigs a year. We basically try to play twice a month except in Open Air season where it can be more sometimes. Sometimes we also go on Holiday with our families. Next year we will probably play a bit more depending on what is offered us. We are obviously really pleased that we are playing 3 Gigs in England for the first time as part of the “Celtic Dog Tour”. We hope to see you at one of the concerts. Best wishes. Keith & Connemara Stone Company

England Tour

As I think you probably already know, we are playing the Fylde Rock & Roots Festival next year on the 21st of June. (near Blackpool) http://www.frrfest.com/ We have decide to take go for a mini tour and therefore we will be in England as from the 15.06.2015. I (Keith) am checking out Venues etc at the moment, looking for interesting places to play. If you want to help with suggestions please do. Otherwise we will keep you posted on what's going on. Best wishes Keith & CSC.

Travel report - Our trip to Italy

Here is a short travel report about our Italy tour:

On the 14.03.2014 we played our first gig in Pordenone . For the organizers it was the first time that the event “Irlanda in Festa” took place in Pordenone and we were the only band playing on this first evening. All the event staff involved gave a lot of effort to make the event a success and took good care of us. The show itself was really nice, but in retrospect, only the preparation for what was to await us!

The next day we spent some time to look at the little town of Pordenone until we were picked up to be taken to Bologna. Once there, we were immediately extremely impressed. The hall in which we were due to play had the size of an aircraft hanger and easily fitted 5-6 thousand people. There we played relatively late (about 2:00 am.), The hall was still filled to the brim and the crowd were in a celebrating mood and showed no signs of stopping. They showed no signs of being tired at all. To see people in the crowd singing to our music, dancing and celebrating was an absolute experience! A sensational concert!

The next day we went to Padua and what awaited us there put everything previous in the shade! The venue itself blew us away with its sheer size. It was similar to the German Oktoberfest, only with an Irish theme. There were various halls, an outdoor area with stalls, catering and a small Fairground. There were thousands of visitors spread all over the place. Absolutely Breathtaking! That was also reflected in our brilliant backstage area, the Mega stage with giant video screens and the very professional care and help from the event team. The gig itself was fantastic! The hall we played held around 2-3 thousand people, and at the same time our performance was streamed on huge video screens spread over the whole event area. An estimated 15,000 people were in Padua listening and enjoying our music (according to the Organizers) To top it all our Gig was live streamed on the "Irlanda in Festa" internet page! What an event! An absolute highlight in the history of CSC!

After this unprecedented evening, we spent the next day exploring the charming old town of Padua. I think we all fell in love in this city full of tradition, impressive cathedrals, friendly people and its beautiful alleyways, streets and buildings in the old part of town. After a nice, relaxing day in Padua we traveled back to Bologna where we were due to play the final concert of our Italy tour. After performing our last concert which, due to the routine from the last 3 days was nice and laid back, we were more than satisfied with the tour and then spent a lovely evening with good Italian food, wine and Guinness . A successful conclusion to our Italy tour!

This tour has left a deep and lasting impression on us and I think the Festival organizers were more than happy. At the end of the day, one thing was clear: We want to experience more Festivals like this. P.S. – We can’t thank the Organizers enough for their professional work, looking after us, and very important, being simply wonderful, friendly people.

CSC - Tour Italy - 15.3 in Bologna

Here's the line-up in Italy for Saturday night / Sunday morning. I hope to have more Information on the other 3 Gigs posted soon.

Saturday 15 March

STAGE ESTRAGON

h.22.00 MODENA CITY RAMBLERS (Italia)

h.24.00 FUJIKO NIGHT con MINGO DJ

STAGE PALANORD

h.16.00 UMBERTO e DANIELA (stage di danza)

h.19.30 SBANDA BALLET (Italia)

h.21.45 CHRIS JAGGER (UK)

h.23.00 FATTY FARMERS (Spagna)

h.00.15 FANFARA TIRANA & TRANGLOBAL UNDERGROUND (Albania/UK)

h.01.45 CONNEMARA STONE COMPANY (Germania)

h.03.00 DJ PRAVDA (Russia)

20 Years CSC - 2015

Hi everyone. I (Keith) have started taking bookings for next year. 2015 - 20 Years Connemara Stone Company. If you would like us to play your Event or Venue please contact me. Best wishes. Keith - CSC.

CSC Italy Tour

We are pleased to announce that we will be playing a St. Patrick’s Day tour in Italy. From the 13 -17th of March we will be playing in 4-5 different cities. As the various Events are arranged by the same organizers and partly on the same day, we are waiting for the list of towns we will be playing. It seems fairly certain at the moment that we will be in Bologna and Padova. Otherwise there is talk of Rome and Genoa. So, all in all it’s quiet exciting. We will keep you up to date as soon as we receive further information. We would like to thank the “Cottage” and Fitzpatrick’s Irish Pub for their understanding and agreement in cancelling our 2 Gigs in Germany.

Es freut uns bekannt zu geben, das wir ein St. Patrick’s Day Tour Spielen werden in Italien. Von der 13 bis 17ter März werden wir in 4 bis 5 verschiedene Städte spielen. Da aller Veranstaltungen von demselben Firma organisiert wird, und teilweise am gleichen Tag stattfinden, steht noch nicht fest in welchen Städte wir zu Gast sind. Ziemlich sicher ist das wir in Bologna und Pedova Spielen. Gleichseitig ist von Rome und Genua der rede. Wir sind gespannt. Wir werden euch weiter Informieren so bald wir selbe Information bekommen. Wir möchten der Cottage, Bottrop und Fitzpatrick’s Irish Pub, Essen bedanken für Ihre Verständnis das wir unsere 2 Auftritte in Deutschland abgesagt haben.

CSC in Dortmund

Here's a write up about our Gig in Dortmund 21.08.2013

Einen gelungenen Auftakt gab es am Mittwoch mit der Connemara Stone Company – From Celtic to Rock. Die Band begeisterte ihr Publikum mit einer Mischung aus irischen Gassenhauern, eingängigen Eigenkompositionen und Coverversionen moderner irischer Folkrock-Songs, und das unabhängig vom Alter oder dem Musikgeschmack der Zuhörer. Mit ihren kraftvollen Arrangements und gefühlvollen Instrumentalparts sorgten die Musiker für ausgelassene Stimmung.

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