THE ROOTS CAFÉ SINGER-SONGWRITER SERIES PRESENTS:
AN EVENING OF CELTIC MUSIC WITH
MAC WALTER AND DOMINICK MURRAY
Mac Walter and Dominick Murray
perform their own songs in the round
with your singing host Geoffrey Himes
at An Die Musik Live
Sunday, March 8, at 5 pm
Mac Walter is best known as the dazzling guitarist behind such rootsy singers as Maryann Price (of Asleep at the Wheel), Deanna Bogart (of Cowboy Jazz) and Barbara Martin. But Walter has recently stepped forward as an impressive singer-songwriter in his own right with the solo CD, “Long, Long While.” The three-time Wammie Award winner spent eight years with Bogart and appeared on her albums for the Flying Fish, Blind Pig and Margaritaville labels. He now runs the Mac Walter Productions recording studio in Catonsville, where he has mixed albums by Roy Buchanan and Tom Principato. Walter has also formed a virtuoso guitar duo called the Cousins with his actual cousin, Texas picker John Cronin.
Irish-American musician and singer Dominick Murray has been called one of the most influential figures on the Irish music scene in the Baltimore/Washington area since settling here in 1979. Born in Detroit into a large Irish family (he has more than 100 first cousins in the U.S. and Ireland), Dominick grew up with a strong connection to Irish music, nurtured by his father, an immigrant from Co. Sligo, and his mother, whose parents hailed from the North. For 10 years, Dominick was both lead singer and rhythm guitarist with Celtic Thunder and featured prominently on the band's INDIE-Award-winning album, The Light of Other Days (Green Linnet). His driving rhythm guitar and harmony vocals can also be heard on recordings by Chris Norman & Ken Kolodner (of Helicon), Grace Griffith and Irish Fire (the trio of Murray, Griffith and fiddler Dave Abe).
Though he is best known as a music critic for the Washington Post, Baltimore City Paper, Nashville Scene, Jazz Times, No Depression, Paste and others, Geoffrey Himes is also a longtime singer-songwriter who has co-written songs with Fred Koller, Walter Egan, Sonia Rutstein, Billy Kemp, Stephen Wade, Jim Patton, Ed Pettersen, Paul Margolis, Josh Charles, Timothy Bracken, Andrew Grimm, Bob Kannenberg and others. This month Himes will premiere his new song, “The Stars Don’t Revolve Around You.” Himes will be accompanied by Willem Elsevier, the acclaimed violinist for the bands Love Riot and Milkshake.
AN DIE MUSIK:
An Die Musik is Baltimore’s finest listening room. With 84 armchairs, great acoustics, the city’s best piano and a lobby bar, this performance space above the venerable record store is as intimate as it is inviting. The street parking meters are free on Sundays; the venue offers discount coupons for the area’s ethnic restaurants, and the 5 pm start time keeps the afternoon free while allowing a good night's sleep before the work week. Here, at last, is a music experience designed for adults.
UPCOMING SHOWS IN THE ROOTS CAFÉ SINGER-SONGWRITER SERIES AT AN DIE MUSIK LIVE:
April 19: Phil Wiggins and George Kilby Jr.
May 30: “Singles and Hits: An Evening of Baseball Songs” with Sam Nitzberg, Matt Douglass, Michael J. Hays and more TBA