Archive for November 8th, 2007

An unexpected gift of Celtino entertainment

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

Many many years ago, I saw a folksinger named James Keelaghan at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, and enjoyed his performance. Although I can’t say I’ve bought his music, now and then I’ve come across him on CKUA radio online or the Folk/Roots music channel on our TV package, and his down-to-earth style continues to appeal to me.

So yesterday Janet volunteered to help Canadian Parents for French (CPF) with a fundraiser, helping some students run a coat-check at the local performing arts centre, where she bumped into Amy, a very involved CPF parent, who was attending a concert by James Keelaghan and Oscar Lopez, but whose sister and brother-in-law weren’t able to attend, and did Janet know of anyone who could use their tickets on short notice?

Thus within a half-hour we found ourselves at a concert.

It was a really fun evening. Lopez and Keelaghan (Compadres) make a rather unique pair. They call their music style Celtino, because of Keelaghan’s Irish roots combined with Lopez’s fiery Latino stylings. Definitely not top 40 stuff, and that’s just fine with me. They seem to really enjoy hanging out together, and even though some of their banter was kind of corny, it worked for me.

Janet needed to get up early so she left at the intermission, taking the van. I stayed through the second half, and after an encore number of “Spanish is the Loving Tongue”, caught a ride home with a friend, with time to catch the election results before bed.

A good evening.indeed. I’m grateful that the tickets didn’t go unused.