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Dublin Gulch-Sharing A Taste of Butte’s Music

Talk about the folklife and folklore of a place and you’ll soon be talking about its food and its sports--its literature and its music. Families from many countries and many cultures came to Butte to harvest copper in the “richest hill on earth"--very much including the Irish.  Montana’s widely known musical group, Dublin Gulch--named for a Butte landscape--began gathering and performing Butte Irish music many years ago. All the performers have other “day” jobs, but they get together often to refine and build their collection of distinctive songs and to perform for a wide range of audiences.

The group’s CD Any Day Above Ground is a Good One includes: As I Roved Out, Galway Races, Star of Munster/The Maid Behind the Bar/Cooley’s Reel, A Jug of Punch, The Irish Rover, Mountain Dew, An Feochan, Leavin’ Tipperary, Haul Away Joe, Si Beag Si Mohr/When the Boys Come Rollin’ Home, Off to California/Boys of Bluehill, Wild Colonial Boy, Black Velvet Band, Brennan on the Moor, Coppers & Brass/Langstern’s Pony, The Wild Rover, Risin’ of the Moon, Whiskey in the Jar.

For us, a combination of performers from Dublin Gulch (Tom Powers on vocals and bodhran, Mick Cavanaugh on guitar, whistles and vocals, Jim Schulz on vocals, guitar, mandolin and bouzouki, and John Joyner on fiddle, banjo and vocals) will share both these place-based songs--and the stories behind how they arrived in Butte and what they meant to that community.

Posted by Marcella Sherfy
on 10/01 at 12:24 PM
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