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Police Pipes and Drums of Bergen County 20th Anniversary Tattoo - September 23, 2012

The weekend was a great success. Hosted by the Police Pipes and Drums of Bergen County, their 20th Anniversary Celebration included bands from Chicago, Cleveland, NYPD, NJ and more. Plus the Gibson bus was there for tours.

Photos and videos to be posted shortly.

Raleigh NC - September 17, 2012

We had a wonderful time in Raleigh North Carolina and will post videos and photos soon. Our concert audience was very welcoming, and we loved the southern hospitality. Highlights for me were playing with two colleagues that I haven't seen for a long time,

1.-Clifford Badgely, the music director of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church who is a great pianist (one of the tunes we played was Coilsfield House, a beautiful Scottish air, that was a highlight).

2. My good friend, and co-producer on my fiddle cds - Jim Roberts, surprised me by showing up at the concert, and best of all he brought his drum.  The videos will be ready soon. It was a night to remember.

Besides the concert, Vita and I experienced a fantastic dinner made by our new friend Marsha, who was practicing for her finals at Culinary school. We think we should show up the week before every final!

This week is the Pipe band 20th Anniversary (Police Pipes and Drums of Bergen County). We're doing a concert, plus there are all sorts of events. bergen2012.com 

Denver show! - August 27, 2012

Last-minute Denver show booked and open to the public.

Friday September 7th 9 pm Katie Mullens Irish Restaurant and Bar katiemullens.com

We'll be joined by Mari, who sung with my band years ago in NYC and now lives in Colorado.

The place is in the 16th St. mall at 1550 Court Place, by the Sheraton Hotel.

We'd love to see you!

Cady is interviewed by GoGirlsMusic - August 5, 2012

I was interviewed for GoGirlsMusic and it really got me thinking about all I've been doing in music and what it means to me. Here is the link

 http://www.madalynsklar.com/2012/08/04/gogirls-interview-with-cady-finlayson/

Summer 2012 - June 15, 2012

This summer is a time of getting organized and planning the big projects of the year..because come September, it gets a little crazy. We are working out some last-minute summer shows... 

In September I'll be in North Carolina, Denver and New Jersey all in the first three weeks. The Bergen County Pipe Band is having their 20th anniversary (have I really played for them for more than 10 years??!) and it's a whole WEEKEND. If you want to party with cops, this is your chance. The actual show is at the Bergen Performing Arts Center bergenpac.com (Sat Sept. 22nd 7 pm)Tattoo_Advertisement_resized.jpeg

St. Patrick's Highlights: Photo slideshow - March 31, 2012

Vita on the Windsor Farm tractor - March 26, 2012

March 26th
We did the Robbinsville NJ Irish parade this weekend and were playing on a float pulled by the Windsor Farm tractor. So of course we had to take a moment and do a quick video......

St. Patrick's Month: NYC and beyond - March 19, 2012

We had the most fun shows this month. Parades, concerts and our first time playing for the Jameson pub crawl, complete with a party bus.

Countdown to St. Pat's! - February 15, 2012

Vita and I are going to be on a float for the Hamilton NJ Parade on March 10th....I ordered a long green wig just in case I get inspired to wear it!!

Band clips from APAP - January 19, 2012

Clips from our band showcase at the Arts Presenters Conference. There's Marina's beautiful voice, Lauren dancing those Irish reels, Cady moving like crazy as she's going for a beat on the stompbox, and Tim over there on the left with the bodhran. The one and only Vita...




Our new pencil drawing! - January 12, 2012

VIta and I are gearing up for PARADE SEASON. More on this, tba.
In the meantime, my favorite videographer (Brian Lynch) did a pencil drawing of one of the tunes we played for the Arts Presenters Conference (APAP), which was held at the HIlton Hotel. The piece we are playing is O'dowd's which is an Irish reel, but of course Vita adds his own take on it. Tim Alworth is playing the bodhran.

NYC shows and workshops - November 27, 2011

December 11th 2011 in New York City 6th Street Sundays Series
Audiences will have a chance to experience the "behind-the-scenes" part of the music - how we do what we do....
Vita and I will be doing workshops preceding the show.

WORKSHOPS 2 PM
1. Tips and Tricks of Irish fiddle (how to get that Irish lilt in your tunes) (all instruments welcome)
2. Spice up your guitar playing with Global Guitar styles (bring your guitars or listen)

SHOW 3 PM Cady Finlayson & Vita Tanga

325 E. 6th St. in New York CIty. http://sixthstreetsynagogue.org/special-events/6thstreetsundays/ $15 includes one drink, workshops and show.

STAY TUNED...
Cady will soon have an ANDROID APP for up-to-the-minute Irish fiddle news.
She will be partnering with a new company for some great events....
and Arts Presenter Conference shows in January....

Child of Giants Screening - November 20, 2011

Today I went to see a screening of the film, Child of Giants, which is a documentary about growing up with two famous parents (Dorothea Lange and Maynard Dixon). One of the tracks from my Harp and Shamrock CD is used in the film, during the photos Dorothea took of Ireland, so that was fun to see. The film is going to be shown in Ireland, so look out for that....
Just seeing all those photos of the dustbowl and the depression - and then the ones in Ireland, was a good reminder of how fortunate we are, and all this right before Thanksgiving.

The other news is that we have a December show in New York City that includes two workshops.
Tips and Tricks of Irish fiddle (how to give your tunes that Irish lilt)
&
Global Guitar Styles: Spice up your guitar playing with Global Guitar Styles
It's December 11th as part of the 6th Street Sundays Series.
2 pm workshops, 3 pm show and $15 includes workshop, show and one drink. All ages welcome.

http://sixthstreetsynagogue.org/special-events/6thstreetsundays/

NYPD Memorial Concert - September 11, 2011

One of my favorite concerts that I do is the NYPD Memorial Concert. As many of you know I play with the Police Pipes and Drums of Bergen County, and they often participate in the concert. It's hard to explain the incredible audiences and spirit that is in that concert, but this review tells the story well, with videos. My favorite part of the event is the mass bands marching up Times Square....

http://www.cliffviewpilot.com/good-life/55-in-tune/2780-911-memorial-concert-bergen-njsp-bands-rock-ronan-tynan-returns

Summer news 2011 - July 18, 2011

July 2011
This summer has been going very quickly and I've enjoyed all the concerts , both the ones I was playing and the ones I've been going to. I checked out the last part of the Frankie Gavin/De Dannan concert in my neighborhood, and that was amazing.
I'm also heading out to Virginia the end of this month to hear Dolly Parton, live in concert at Wolftrap. I can't wait!

Our June show at Caramoor was a summer highlight (a family show, captured in the video!).

Next in the news category, we'll be heading to the West Coast for a booking conference (Western Arts Alliance) the end of August and hoping to come away with some West Coast shows (I do miss the West Coast).

In September, it's time for the Town Hall NYPD Memorial show, (I'm playing with the Police Pipes and Drums of Bergen County). I love playing with the pipes and New York's Town Hall is a beautiful place to play. I hope the elevator is working this year. One year it wasn't and I was walking up 7 flights of stairs to our warm-up room wearing 3-inch heels. Yikes!

June news - June 14, 2011

If you missed this month's blog, we have a concert coming up at Caramoor (Caramoor.org) ,that is worth checking out. The place is gorgeous with all the gardens and what is especially fun about this show is that there are all sorts of activities for kids all having to do with the concert (art/trying instruments/looking at Irish dance dresses). The MC/organizer (Katie Kresek) will be introducing us and the instruments to the kids, and they will have a chance to ask questions.
This reminded me of when I went to play for a pre-school class around St. Patrick's Day. I brought some postcards of Ireland, that showed the green and one that had sheep in it. WHen it came to questions, one of the little ones raised her hand and asked. ..."How many sheep ARE there in Ireland?". They didn't cover that one in my media training!

We hope to have some major news for you soon. This is the calm before the storm!
-cady

Our first float appearance and the March Parades - March 13, 2011

Highlights of 2010/Upcoming in 2011 - December 1, 2010

Highlights of 2010

1. We now have a video that captures what we do - from a series of different shows across the country.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4C_TaiUbiw
2. The Electric Green CD came ou! and Marc Gunn of Celtic Mp3s listed it as one of the 14 favorites of 2010!
http://celticmp3s.com/2010/12/top-14-celtic-cds-of-2010/
3. Being interviewed on the "Backstage Gourmet with PJ Grimes"(Healthylife.net).

3. Getting my first tickets to hear the Chieftains live (the show's in 2011)

4. Going to Cleveland with the Pipe Band for the Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial and having coffee every morning with my Rock and Roll Hall of Fame mug.

5. Vita building some foot pedals (the world of percussion is opening up all sorts of possibilities.


Looking forward to in 2011
1. Attending and showcasing at the Arts Presenters Conference in January (Hilton Hotel, NYC)

2. Developing our Christmas show with music from 7 Celtic Nations.

3. Coming out with a new video series (it's a surprise!)

4. Writing 50 new tunes and placing them in film. and seeing the film "Child of Giants" that has tune set from my Harp and Shamrock cd in it.

5. Another West Coast tour!

Going through video footage of shows, and in the midst of all, A TORNADO in Brooklyn - September 20, 2010

Our first real tornado in Brooklyn - big trees down, a few streets like Vita's with roofs blown off the buildings....
I'm reminded of the power of nature and that life is precious and short, so a good time to live fully and experience it all.

Vita and I have been going through DVDs of live shows, putting something together for presenters that shows what we do. It was amazing to see the variety of where we've played - from beautiful venues, to outdoor festivals, to workshops, to moments in our travels where we just HAD to do a video (i.e. the Grand Canyon and The White House).
Tying it all together in a few minutes is another challenge, but it does make you think about what you'd like people to know about your music, your live show, and the audiences that are very much a part of all this.

We'll probably post it on my youtube channel when done (www.youtube.com/cadyfinlayson).

Cady

Back from the West Coast - August 9, 2010

Just back from the West Coast - the beautiful foggy Oregon beach in all its glory and a Seattle sunset over the mountains on the way to the airport. It made me want to miss my plane!

This is a busy month actually - Vita and I did an interview on the Backstage Gourmet show with PJ Grimes. It's a really cool show that features vegetarian recipes and global music. She also has a cookbook with recipes from musicians and others. I posted a photo of my Quinoa recipe on our photos page, and the link to the archived show so you can listen is http://healthylife.net/RadioShow/archiveBSG.htm
I also did another interview today for a website (not yet launched) about New York City musicians, geared towards the underground scene. So I'll keep you posted on that.

Last but not least, Electric Green is now available for purchase at CDbaby in a limited edition (this is the only place to get a physical copy of the cd, except for shows www.cdbaby.com/cd/finlaysontanga (Digital copies at itunes amazon.com mp3s rhapsody and more...)

August is always a time of figuring out plans for the year (September always feels like the start to me) and I'm hoping to come up with some exciting projects for the fall...I'll keep you posted.
Enjoy the rest of summer- It sure is going quickly! -Cady

Cady starts the "Music Success in Nine Weeks" blog challenge - July 9, 2010

Just a quick note to announce that today I started the "Music Success in Nine Weeks" blog challenge! It's on my blog at http://celticfiddle.blogspot.com but I'm posting it here.

Friday, July 09, 2010
Music Success in Nine Weeks: Irish fiddler starts the Ariel Publicity blog contest


Today I'm starting the "Music Success in Nine Weeks" Blog Challenge. The book is written by Ariel Hyatt, who is a Cyber PR expert (Arielpublicity.com) and the challenge is to complete each chapter in the book and blog about it (the winner receives a publicity campaign from her company).I decided to take the challenge because I knew having deadlines and making a public statement would get me to actually do everything in the book, which is really the point (if any of you like to sit on the couch eating chips and watching programs on healthy eating, you know what I mean).
So here goes...

Chapter one is all about Getting Mentally Prepared. Setting goals!
I've read just about all the literature out there on goal setting, so I'm familiar with the stats (writing them down means your 10x more likely to achieve them/give dates and write them as if they're already happening etc. ).

So today I started on my list of 6 focus areas (the book offers several suggestions) and I went to Staples to get a notebook and colored pens so I can write them in pretty colors and post them all over. That was the fun part, especially because Staples has finally added a deep purple (my favorite color) to their color palette. Somehow writing in purple gives me confidence that my goals are reachable!

I did get a little overwhelmed on the lifetime goals - thinking about what you'd like to do in your whole life really brings up some complicated questions (why are we here, what is my purpose in life? how long am I going to live?), but luckily there are also short-term goals to balance those. When I started making my lifetime list (play music in Africa, hear Dolly Parton in concert, to name a few), I realized that it does help you see if your daily actions are going anywhere near that direction.

As far as the short-term goals, one of the things as an artist that we all need to do is "build a fanbase" (How many times have we heard that!), and my other more personal goal is to balance the music business work with the being-an artist/creating-part so I'll just start by announcing two of my goals...To be done by August 6th)

1. It is August 6th 2010 and I have 1,000 contacts on my reverbnation page (those come from everywhere - facebook, twitter, myspace etc. )
and 100 subscribers to my Fanreach newsletter which goes out once a month. Here's my newsletter signup if you'd like to be a part of it!



2. It is August 6th 2010 and I have written 2 more tunes to be licensed and scheduled a recording session to record them.
There it is, DID IT! I now have two of my goals officially in the universe for everyone to see.

The last thing I wanted to say about Chapter One of the book is that you're supposed to write down 5 positive things you do every day and keep them in a notebook. Two of them need to be career related, but you can include other things like exercising, etc. Not sure if getting up in the morning counts...

The day has only just started, but my first success is that I started the contest and am feeling hopeful and inspired to navigate that complicated creature called the music business.

Cleveland Police Memorial/Our first review and Going to VA - May 27, 2010

Just back from Cleveland where I went with the pipe band (Police Pipes and Drums of Bergen County). It's a memorial weekend to commemorate the fallen officers and it's quite an event. Parade, Memorial Service, Pipe Tattoo, seeing old friends and best of all, playing the violn with all those pipers.
It's really hard to put into words what an event this is, so
I decided to do a video about my trip - it's being edited and bleeped in sections! ...more on this later....

Also Vita and I got our first review for Electric Green.
http://lucidculture.wordpress.com/2010/05/26/cd-review-cady-finlayson-vita-tanga-electric-green/
If you know anyone near Fairfax, VA, send them to our show!
June 12th 2pm CelebrateFairfax.com

Irish Coffee on "Spotlight: Music from Ireland" - May 15, 2010

The Spotlight: Music from Ireland includes a tune from the Irish Coffee CD
http://oliverdiplace.blogspot.com/
and...the pipe band finished their cd (10 years since the last one!).
They will be selling it in Cleveland at our show there, and hopefully will have it available online soon. www.policepipesanddrumsofbergencounty.com I played on about 5 tunes, and the most popular one that I did seems to be The Gael. The audience always likes that one.

More on the Cleveland trip later!

How to make an Irish Coffee and more - May 6, 2010

I was interviewed on "oneminutehowtos" on "How to make an Irish Coffee"
I made several coffees to get it exactly right, so if you'd like make one your self and have it come out perfectly,check out this one minute interview

http://oneminutehowto.com/Shows/Shows.asp?464
The other big news is that the Police Pipes and Drums of Bergen County just came out with a new cd. Momma elephants wait an awfully long time to give birth, and this cd felt like that, since it has been ten years since the last one. After listening to it for the first time last night, I can say that it's well worth the wait. I did several tracks on it and of course there are a lot of pipes! It's not online yet, but I'll keep you posted. They'll be selling them at live shows for sure.

I'm playing with the Pipe Band in Cleveland this month and have decided to do a video diary of the trip...so you can be along for the ride.
-cady

Electric Green is online! - March 1, 2010

It's here... Right in time for the big Irish music month.
if you're wondering what an Irish reel sounds like with a wah pedal, or how the bagpipes can blend with the fiddle...or what an Irish rebel song sounds like with a Rhumba...
check it out.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/electric-green/id353695970 It's also on amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Electric-Green/dp/B0037B9FSM/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie= and coming to Rhapsody, emusic, napster and more.

It's an EP (10 songs) and we can't wait for you to hear it.

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Here's our promo video for Electric Green from the youtube channel.
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