From soft fingerpicked ballads to hard-driving jigs and reels, Henri’s Notions creates a musical mix of traditional Celtic and American music as well as their own compositions that have a rhythm and voice reflective of their Southern heritage, which lends a pleasing familiarity to the music. The Notions draw from a broad palette of melodious sounds: the ardent sounds of fiddle, lilting flute, keen tin whistles, ringing mandolin and bouzouki, 5 string banjo, all played over the resonant tones and drive of the rhythm section, consisting of acoustic guitars, percussion, and driving bass.
Originally from Montgomery, AL, Jil Chambless now resides in Tuscaloosa and has played an active role in the Celtic music scene for more than 20 years. As singer and flute and whistle player, Jil has completed many recording projects and performed at Celtic festivals and concerts across the US as well as in Canada, Scotland, and Israel with the band Henri’s Notions, guitarist Scooter Muse, Scottish singer Ed Miller, Scottish fiddler John Taylor, the band Vulcan Eejits!, the Vogt Family Contra Band, and others. Jil brings to any audience a wonderful listening experience from haunting ballads and upbeat songs to toe-tapping tunes with a smooth delivery that never fails to bring both smiles and tears in every performance.
A long time guitar player, 1968 marked a big change in the music Scooter Muse had digested during the folk years. Bonnie and Clyde had a banjo on the soundtrack – Earl Scruggs’ Foggy Mt. Breakdown – and from that point on he never looked back.
Alabama Celtic Association
Umbrella organization for all of Alabama Celtic music, dance, and culture.
Alabama Academy of Irish Dance
The Alabama Academy of Irish Dance was founded in 2002 by Erin Scherer along with several Birmingham-area dancers with a passion for Irish dance and performing. AAID has developed several community outreach programs to benefit students in the school and the greater Alabama community. In July 2010, AAID announced the formation of its professional dance troupe.
Halfway to St. Patrick's Day
What started as Arthur's Day to celebrate the founder of Guinness is now a full-fledged Celtic celebration marking the halfway point to St. Patrick's Day. We offer event listings for Celtic music, dance, and culture for September 17th.
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