Date: April 19, 2005
CONTACT: Scott Slemmons, scott.slemmons@ttu.edu

LUBBOCK – Texas Tech University will host the Caprock Celtic Spring Gathering, a special weekend of Celtic music, dance and drama on April 23-24.

A concert of Celtic music and Appalachian murder ballads (a subgenre of ballads focusing on murders, trials and executions) by Taos musicians Mason Brown and Chipper Thompson is set for Hemmle Recital Hall at Texas Tech's School of Music, 18th St. and Boston Ave., at 8 p.m. Saturday (April 23).

A reading of a new play by James McDermott, instructor of theater and dance, is scheduled for the Godbold Cultural Center, 2601 19th Street, at 2 p.m. Sunday (April 24). "The Romance of Erin" centers on a young woman named Erin who fantasizes herself into an Irish folk tale. The reading features incidental and transitional music from a Lubbock Celtic band called Last Night's Fun, which will perform a concert of traditional Irish songs and dance music at the center at 8 p.m.

Admission to all the events is free. The weekend-long event is presented by Texas Tech's Vernacular Music Center, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the School of Music, the Caprock Celtic Association and Jent's House of Music.


CONTACT: Christopher Smith, director, Vernacular Music Center, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2270, ext. 249, or e-mail christopher.smith@ttu.edu.