Celtic holiday music with Laura MacKenzie

The community is welcome to free, holiday performances featuring traditional Irish and Scottish music beginning this weekend at select branches. Laura MacKenzie brings her Celtic holiday program, a celebration of Yuletide favorites, many with Celtic origins, presented on a unique array of wind-powered instruments like wooden flutes, whistles, concertina, various types of bagpipes, gemshorn and voice.

The following performances are presented by East Central Regional Library:

Refreshments will be provided by Friends of the Library groups at all branches.

This program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Siama’s Congo Roots: Music from the Heart of Africa

East Central Regional Library encourages community members of all ages to join Siama and his wife, Dallas, for songs and stories that bring Siama’s Congolese culture to life.

The program, Siama’s Congo Roots: Feel-good music from the Heart of Africa, engages both kids and adults to sing along to catchy songs in Kikongo, Lingala and Swahili and play fun hand percussion instruments. Along with learning about Siama’s rural childhood in DR Congo, hear Siama play guitar and mbira with Dallas singing harmony.

Mark your calendars for this one-of-a-kind program, funded with money from Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund:

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Creating Music with Computers at McGregor Public Library

 
East Central Regional Library invites students of all grade levels and adults to an entertaining performance starring George Maurer and his presentation, “Creating Music with Computers,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 20 at the McGregor Public Library.
 
Maurer is a performer, composer and producer, and he has toured the country to illustrate the impact on music in today’s culture while using today’s technology to enhance appreciation for the arts. Using his keyboard, microphone, and visual display, he shows how music is composed using computers and digital technology for albums, movie soundtracks, television shows, video games, and more.
 
This program is sponsored by East Central Regional Library and funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

New Music CDs

New music CDs have been added to the catalog. Click here to search for and place your holds on these popular artists.

 

Artist Title STREET DATE
TOP 40
Bowie, David Blackstar 8-Jan-16
Platten, Rachel Wildfire 1-Jan-16
Puth, Charlie Nine Track Mind 29-Jan-16
The Mrs. Enough 29-Jan-16
Various Artists 2016 Grammy Nominees 22-Jan-16
Country
Brothers Osborne Pawn Shop 15-Jan-16
Corcoran, Dianna In America 29-Jan-16
Green River Ordinance Fifteen 22-Jan-16
Williams, Hank, Jr It’s About Time 15-Jan-16
Randy Rogers Band Nothing Shines Like Neon 15-Jan-16

Marcia Ledin, Technical Services Manager

Searching for a Grammy

When I was working the desk in a library in another state I both loved and hated certain times that elicited an increased amount of the calls we frustrated librarians called pursuit of trivia. Many of the calls came from Grammy Awards Night parties (or even Super Bowl parties). Tonight if you’re watching the Grammys (like I am) I’ll bet you’re wondering about past winners.

The Grammy site has a nifty search utility where you can search for all the past winners. It’s at:

http://www.grammy.com/nominees/search

For instance, if you want to know all the Grammys that Whitney Houston won, just type her name into the name search box. Or you can bring up a list of all the awards given in a particular year, all the way back to 1958 when the best individual jazz performance was Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Duke Ellington Song Book.

So, if you’re just burning with curiosity about all the best winners of best polka album, just select the category “Polka” from the Genre drop-down list.

Barbara Misselt, Director