Ptarmigan is a Central Texas band that plays Celtic music. What is Celtic music? Its covers a variety of traditional music of the Celtic
countries - Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany (in France), Galicia (in
Spain) - and areas that have come under their influence, such as the US and the maritime provinces of Canada, as well as some newer music based on the traditions from these countries.
Specifically, Ptarmigan (pronounced tar-mi-gun) plays music based on the traditional tunes from Ireland and Scotland, a few tunes thrown in from Eastern Europe, and adds its own American flavor to this delightful mix. You may have seen them around-they play every Wednesday night at the Waterloo Ice House on 38th Street in Austin, and of course, they are much in demand in Central Texas around St. Patrick's Day.
The members of the band are (in alphabetical order): Dawn Biega, Charlie
Clikeman, Danny Rouch, Gordon Starrett, Sharon Starrett, and Jamie Stubblefield. Gordon started playing fiddle before the other band members were born, and his repertoire and skill on the fiddle reflect his vast experience. Sharon plays the penny whistle and
flute - the whistle gilts the top edge of the rollicking tunes and adds the haunting sweetness to the slow airs. Dawn's cello provides the foundation and sometimes takes the lead. Jamie, on guitar, adds drive to the fast tunes and harmony to the slow ones. Danny plays a little bit of everything (banjo, cittern, flute, penny whistle) and even sings. And Charlie, with his guitar and vocals, provides the glue that binds the whole thing together.
The band's namesake, the Ptarmigan bird, is a member of the grouse family that lives in alpine and arctic tundras throughout the northern hemisphere including the many places where Celtic music originated and thrives. The bird Ptarmigan adapts to its environment by changing color, from pure white in winter to a bright speckled color in summer, and thrives on conditions that are far too challenging for most other birds. Like their namesake, the band Ptarmigan is versatile, energetic, sociable, and loves to play music that is more than a little bit challenging.
Wimberley Concert Association is a not-for-profit organization that has presented music of many kinds to Wimberley audiences for over 25 years. Proceeds from their concerts benefit SWT Department of Music scholarships and Wimberley arts organizations.
Other WCA concerts in the near future include:
Free Welcome Back Concert, January 9, 2003 - 7:30 to 9:00 PM. Features The Spurs of the Moment and other talented local musicians.
Pianist Timothy Woolsey, February 13, 2003 - 7:30 to 9:00 PM. Dr. Woolsey returns for the 19th consecutive season to delight us with his talent, mastery, and selections. He also entrances us with the background narratives and music appreciation tips he shares.
Tickets are $5 each for adults. Children are admitted free with a supervising adult. Students are admitted free. So join them at Chapel in the Hills (14601 Ranch Road 12, across from the Dairy Queen) in Wimberley, Thursday December 12th, at
7:30 PM, and enjoy the toe-tappin' tunes from Ptarmigan!
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