By Richard Tew
The Miggins cook off, benefitting the Houston St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 11), will be held at Lucky’s Pub, located at 801 St. Emanuel in Houston’s East End Feb. 18 from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. It will feature lots of great entertainment on both in door and out door stages, ranging from Celtic music to Irish dancing, and will feature plenty of food and drink, all in a family-friendly environment. And the best part? The door fee remains the same affordable $10-per-person as last year!
The cook off is looking for more cook teams and venders, along with food judges. They also have two more spots for entertainers! Fees and applications are online where you can also view a full list of performers and a developing schedule. Check www.hsppc.org often for updates and contact information if you want to register a cook team, vend or perform!
A preliminary list of entertainers include (more being added and finalized):
Houston Celtic Choir
Murder the Stout
Cass-Barrington Irish Dancers
Opens at 12 p.m. and closes at 6 p.m.
We don’t know where the New Year will lead… let’s start the journey together!
SATURDAY, January 7 2017 from 6:30-8:30pm Constant Billy will welcome in the New Year with some great new music at EQ Heights! EQ has great food and coffee, and now serves beer and wine also. We’ll do our best to put a song in your heart to start your New Year right. As Albert Einstein said, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
What: Constant Billy welcomes in the New Year!
Where: EQ Heights, 1030 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77008 (713) 434-6923. Free parking in front and in back.
When: Saturday, January 7 2017 from 6:30pm-8:30pm.
How Much: No cover- we’ll pass the hat. Food and drink available at popular prices!
Monday, December 26th 2016 from 4-6pm Constant Billy and our good friends Wylde Meade celebrate Boxing Day at EQ Heights! In Britain and Ireland, the day after Christmas is a time to share gifts with companions and neighbors… to sing a song or two and maybe raise a glass with old friends. Wylde Meade and Constant Billy will be singing Wren songs, wassailing songs… music that is part of this very old tradition in a warm & comfy living-room setting: EQ Heights! EQ Heights is located at 1030 Heights Boulevard in Houston. They have great food and coffee, and now serve beer and wine also. Call (713) 434-6923 fo mo info. Come be a part of history with us!
WHAT: Constant Billy and Wylde Meade gather friends for Boxing Day.
WHEN: Monday December 26th from 4-6 pm.
WHERE: EQ Heights, 1030 Heights Boulevard in Houston, on the east side, just south of 11th Street in the Houston Heights.
COST: No cover charge- we’ll pass the hat. Free parking!
SATURDAY, December 3rd, 2015 from 6:30-8:30pm Constant Billy celebrates the Yuletide season at EQ Heights. We will feature some brilliant yuletide music that you never, ever hear in elevators or shopping malls! Yes, the Scary Welsh Song about hunting the Wren; the story of the astonishing Derby Ram; some rollicking wassail songs; the lovely Wexford Carol from Ireland and so much more! EQ has great food and coffee and now serves beer & wine also. Come share a warm winter evening with us!
What: Constant Billy performs music of the season in a special show!
Where: EQ Heights, 1030 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77008 (713) 434-6923.
When: Saturday, December 3rd from 6:30pm-8:30pm (note the early hours).
How Much: No cover charge- we’ll pass the hat. Free parking!
Becca (far left) picture with Richard Tew (owner) and some of our advanced dancers at the theater debut of a “Brave” production at Upstage Theater.
Tew Academy’s performance director and co-teacher, Becca Bryan, will be directing three numbers for the Harbour Playhouse’s Nutcracker production to run December 1-18. This is by special invitation from Harbour Playhouse. This will be the first time Irish dance has been mixed in the narrative of the Nutcracker in Texas.
Bryan, along with dancers from the Tew Academy will be directing and choreographing and dancing special choreography set to three different part of the classic play.
Catch them during Harbour’s theatrical run, December 1,2,3 and December 8,9 and 10 and December 15,16,17.
The shows start at 8 P.M. each night.
Harbour Playhouse is located at 3803 Highway 3 in Dickinson, TX.
Visit their website at http://www.harbourtheater.com for tickets and show information.
For information about joining or being considered for our performance teach, email Richard Tew at email@example.com.
Happy November from Constant Billy! Like us, when you think of November, these important celebrations come to mind:
Yes, it’s time once again to enjoy the Beauty and the Wonder that is Constant Billy, performing at everyone’s fave living room, EQ Heights! Will we have new songs for you? Maybe! Will there be a Special Guest performing with us? We’re not telling! Should you come out to be part of the fun? Definitely!
EQ has tasty pizzas, sandwiches & coffee, and now beer & wine also. Come join us THIS SATURDAY, and get a jump on World Kindness Day!
- What: Constant Billy celebrates All The Good Stuff.
- Where: EQ Heights, 1030 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77008 (713) 434-6923.
- When: Saturday, November 5th from 6:30pm-8:30pm (note the early hours).
- How Much: Free parking and no cover charge- we’ll pass the hat.
Thanks for supporting Our Music!
Emily Standish & Bill Galbraith
Coming home to Houston from North Carolina, Piper Jones band leader and Houston native, EJ Jones, is thrilled to perform this November at his home club, McGonigels Mucky Duck. This is the band's first time back at The Duck since their May CD release of Crossing the Sabine. Over the summer, members of the band went on immersive musical journeys spanning the U.S., France and Scotland. They’ll be unveiling two more albums this year that include music sparked from journeys abroad and weeks exploring new tunes at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Come catch the band in this wave of beautiful Celtic music delivered with passion and precision on the Highland Pipes, bouzouki, & drum!
Piper Jones is a Celtic band centered around beautifully in-tune and energetically played Highland bagpipes accompanied by the percussive chords of the bouzouki and drum. In addition to beautiful instrumentals and traditional tunes from Ireland, Scotland, & Appalachia, the group sings powerful harmonies and will lead the audience in traditional celtic dances. Come enjoy tunes to uplift and stir the Celtic Spirit!
Piper Jones Band at McGonigels Mucky Duck
Friday, November, 4 2016 - 9:30 PM at McGonigels Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk St., Houston
Join the Piper Jones Band for a stellar night of Celtic music at McGonigels Mucky Duck. Lift your spirits with tunes and songs from Scotland, Ireland, and Brittany to Appalachia. Piper Jones seeks to share abundant spirit, life-filled dance tunes, and song with those who know Celtic music well and with those who are hearing it for the first time.
Piper Jones Band: EJ Jones, bagpipes & Irish flute, Frances Cunningham, bouzouki, and guests
Tickets: $20 in advance, $22 day of. Available online at http://mcgonigels.com <http://mcgonigels.com/>
Piper Jones seeks to share abundant spirit, life-filled dance tunes, and song with those who know Celtic music well and with those who are hearing it for the first time. The band's Album The Wandering Stars has been played on The BBC Radio Scotland's program Pipeline, NPR's The Thistle and Shamrock, and has been enjoyed on the WNCW Celtic Winds program.
Piper EJ Jones has excelled as a performer of traditional Highland bagpipe music and as a folk musician, co-founding the renowned group Clandestine in 1991. In addition to Clandestine’s five albums, he has a solo album, The Willow, with Gerry O’Beirne and Rosie Shipley. EJ has recorded for artists such as Ed Miller, Robert Earl Keen, and others. In addition to performance, EJ teaches privately and at piping workshops and seminars across the US. EJ is ranked as a professional level competitive piper in the Eastern US Pipe Band Association and recently had the honor to represent the USA at the 2014 MacCrimmon Trophy piping competition at Festival Interceltique Lorient in Lorient, France.
Frances Cunningham bouzouki, lives in Nashville, TN and is a frequent member of the Mike Snider String Band, playing weekly on the Grand Ole Opry. Frances has enjoyed a long career performing nation-wide with a variety of musicians. Her first love is traditional Irish music, and she was the winner of the Midwest Fleadh in 2013 in both accompaniment and tenor banjo.
For more information about the Piper Jones Band, visit www.piperjones.com <http://www.piperjones.com/>
Saturday August 6th, 2016 from 6:30-8:30pm Constant Billy brings COOL music to the White Linen comfort of EQ Heights! The mighty Patrick Devlin of Blaggards fame says, “Constant Billy is without a doubt, the GREATEST CELTIC VOCAL GROUP IN TEXAS…and my favorite too!” One simply does not argue with Patrick!
EQ Heights, located at 1030 Heights Boulevard in Houston, has great food and coffee, and now serves beer and wine also. It’s a friendly place and a relaxing living room. No cover charge and free parking. Come sing a song or ten with us! THINK COOL-BE COOL!
WHAT: The Coolest Show in Town with Constant Billy!
WHEN: THIS Saturday, August 6th from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.
WHERE: EQ Heights, 1030 Heights Boulevard, on the east side, just south of 11th Street in the Houston Heights.
COST: No cover charge, (we’ll pass the hat), and parking is free. Food, coffee, tea and Adult Beverages available at Pretty Reasonable Prices. You will Come Out Ahead for sure.