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My summer in Maine, a great book & an incident in Ireland that changed the 20th Century

Like many South Florida Irish-Americans, I spent the summer in Maine, enjoying its soft Ireland-like weather, searching for sea glass on the beach and spending many quiet evenings reading. One of the great books that I read this summer was The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman, originally published in 1962 and winner of a Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction that year. This amazing history of the politics and persons responsible for the outbreak of World War I, and of the first few weeks of battle, so impressed President John F. Kennedy that he gave copies of the book to his friends as Christmas gifts.

The Guns of August was a revelation to me, surprised me by revealing how little I knew about “the war to end all wars”, and provided me with a fresh perspective on events that shaped the history of the 20th century. If you haven’t read this book, I strongly recommend it:

The Guns of August [Mass Market Paperback]

The Guns of August [Hardcover]

The Guns of August [Kindle Edition]

Of particular interest to me was a now little-known incident relating to northern Ireland that paralyzed Britain’s military decision-makers in 1914, and which emboldened Germany to launch its invasion of Belgium and France in August of that year. The Guns of August briefly mentions the so-called “Curragh Mutiny” incident that rocked Britain’s military and political structure to its foundations in the months before the start of World War I, and left the mighty British Empire unprepared and indecisive on the precipice of impending war in Europe.

In January 1913, after over 700 years of England’s colonial oppression of Ireland, a Liberal Party-controlled British Parliament voted to grant “Home Rule” to Ireland, including its own independent Irish Parliament. Conservative pro-British Unionists in the north of Ireland vehemently opposed “Home Rule” and the prospect of being governed by a liberal Irish Parliament in Dublin. The Ulster Unionists threatened armed rebellion to prevent Irish “Home Rule” in the north, formed their own provisional government at Belfast and established their own paramilitary force with an estimated 100,000 volunteers by 1914. Faced with the threat of armed opposition to the enforcement of the Home Rule Act, the British Government ordered its military to ready weapons and troops to respond to any armed rebellion in Ulster. In March 1914, the largely pro-Unionist British officer corps in Ireland balked at the prospect of fighting against “its own people” in Ulster, in what became known as the “Curragh Mutiny”. Britain’s Parliament and Government were shaken by the resignation of a large number of its senior Army officers and by the threat that its military might not obey the civilian Government.

Meanwhile, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany was contemplating the imminent invasion of France through Belgium. His decision would be based upon the likelihood of Britain’s not honoring its treaty obligation to defend neutral Belgium. The Kaiser’s close cousin was King George V of England and the mighty British Empire, and Kaiser Wilhelm was afraid of facing a British military response to any German invasion of Belgium. The political chaos and fractured military authority in England, created in large part by the “Curragh Mutiny”, lead the Kaiser to believe that England would either opt to stay out of any Continental war or, at the very least, delay any British military response long enough for Germany to launch a rapid and overwhelming invasion through Belgium and achieve a quick conquest of France. Upon this wishful and faulty assumption, the Kaiser plunged the world into the greatest and costliest war in human history to that time. World War I killed much of an entire generation, wasted Western Europe and, in its festering ruin, spawned nearly a century of world conflict. The “Curragh Mutiny” also resulted in nearly a century of unnecessary conflict and terror in northern Ireland.

Read more about the “Curragh Mutiny”: http://www.examiner.com/irish-american-culture-in-fort-lauderdale/my-summer-maine-a-great-book-an-incident-ireland

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Dame Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011)

The Lunney Family of Maine is saddened by the death of our distant cousin Elizabeth Taylor, the violet-eyed film goddess, whose life, fame and glamour made her one of the last of the old-fashioned Hollywood movie stars.

Dame Elizabeth Taylor died on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, of congestive heart failure at age 79, in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at Los Angeles. Elizabeth Taylor shared common Taylor family roots with Susan Martha (Taylor) Lunney, founding ancestor of the Lunney Family of Maine.

Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born in London on February 27, 1932, the daughter of Francis Taylor, an art dealer, and Sara (Sothern) Taylor, an American stage actress. At age 3, with extensive ballet training already behind her, Elizabeth Taylor danced for Britain’s Royal Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose at London’s Hippodrome. At age 4, she was given a wild field horse that she learned to ride expertly. At the onset of World War II, the Taylor’s came to the United States. Francis Taylor opened an art gallery in Beverly Hills and, in 1942, his 10-year-old daughter Elizabeth made her screen debut with a bit part in the comedy “There’s One Born Every Minute.” She was a bona fide star at age 12, a bride and a divorcee at 18, a superstar at 19, and a widow at 26.

She arrived in Hollywood when the studio system controlled every aspect of an actor’s life and image, but had more affairs and marriages than any publicist could ever explain away, and then lasted long enough not to owe anyone an explanation for anything. “I don’t entirely approve of some of the things I have done, or am, or have been. But I’m me. God knows, I’m me,” Taylor once said. She had a remarkable and exhausting personal and professional life, but was the film industry’s great survivor and iconic beauty, and among the first to reach the modern pinnacle of celebrity – being famous simply for being famous.

Dame Elizabeth Taylor also shared common Taylor ancestors with US Presidents James Madison, William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Harrison.

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Celtic, Irish, Folk-Rock and Traditional Music

A great music video featuring Donal Lunny & Coolfin:
 
  
 
for more good Irish music videos like this one, click on the link below:
 

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Josh Groban

 
Josh Groban’s new website opened yesterday:
 
Here are new music video’s of two of my favorite Josh Groban songs:
 
 

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RADIO IRISH visits O’Lunney’s Pub in New York City:

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“…to boldly go where no man has gone before!”

 

The latest STAR TREK movie is about to be released.  I’m definitely going to see it, and I hope that you take your kids and grandkids to see it too.  The original STAR TREK television series inspired a generation of young people to "boldly go where no man has gone before".  We can thank Gene Roddenberry, the creator of STAR TREK, for inspiring a modern mythology of cooperative exploration of the unknown that helped fuel the US Space Program and the invention of modern conveniences like the cellphone and the personal computer.
 
 
and then Click HERE.
 
Belief in the possibility of an infinite universe of boundless wonder, opportunity and adventure is what every young person needs to succeed on this world…and out there. 
 
 

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SunFest 2009

One of the world’s great music festivals begins next week on April 29th along the dramatic Flagler Drive waterfront in West Palm Beach, Florida.
 
 
I’ll be heading up there on Thursday night, April 30th, for a concert by one of my all-time favorite singer/songwriter/musician/performers, the legendary James Taylor.
 
 

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A Summer Flood of New Movie Releases

 

The global economy may be in dire straits, but movie studios are releasing a flood of new movies for the summer season. The summer movie season begins earlier and earlier each year. This year, it’s an April start:

APRIL 29

X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE – Hugh Jackman reprises the title role for a prequel charting the character’s formative experiences.

MAY 1

GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST – Matthew McConaughey plays a committed bachelor haunted by memories of past affairs in this romantic comedy with Jennifer Garner and Michael Douglas.

HANNAH MONTANA: THE MOVIE – As Hannah’s popularity soars, her alter ego Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus) gets a perspective from her father (Billy Ray Cyrus) on what’s really important in life.

HELEN – In Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy’s psychological thriller, a young loner (Annie Townsend) participates in a police reconstruction to help find a missing student.

IS ANYBODY THERE? – Irish director John Crowley’s drama set in the 1980s features Michael Caine as a magician reluctantly moving into a residence for the elderly.

MAY 8

BLUE EYELIDS/PARPADOS AZULES – Award-winning Mexican movie in which a shy, lonely woman (Cecilia Suárez) has to find a companion when she wins the raffle prize of a trip for two to a beach resort.

CHÉRI – A vain young man (Rupert Friend) falls for an older woman (Michelle Pfeiffer) in this Colette story set in 1920s Paris and directed by Stephen Frears.

CORALINE – In Henry Selick’s animated 3D movie of Neil Gaiman’s novel, a bored 11-year-old girl (Dakota Fanning) discovers an exciting alternative universe.

O’HORTEN – A retired train engineer gets a new lease of life in Bent Hamer’s quirky Norwegian comedy.

STAR TREK – JJ Abrams directs the prequel following the young crew of the USS Enterprise on its maiden voyage. With Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg and Eric Bana.

MAY 14

ANGELS & DEMONS – The Da Vinci Code was such a commercial success that Tom Hanks returns as symbologist Robert Langdon and reunites with director Ron Howard for another Dan Brown adaptation.

MAY 15

FIGHTING – Channing Tatum gets his fists up as a petty criminal recruited for underground bare-knuckle brawls by a con man (Terrence Howard).

SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK – Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a theatre director with ever-increasing intimations of his own mortality in the first feature directed by Being John Malkovich screenwriter Charlie Kaufman.

MAY 21

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2 – The security guard played by Ben Stiller encounters various historical characters at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.

MAY 22

AWAYDAYS – A chance encounter at an Echo and the Bunnyman gig in late 1970s Liverpool draws a bored young man (Nigel Bell) into a gang of violent football hooligans.

EVERLASTING MOMENTS – Jan Troell’s compelling Swedish marital drama is set among a struggling family in early 20th century Malmo.

THE MARK OF AN ANGEL/L’EMPREINTE DE L’ANGE – In this factually-based French psychological thriller, a divorced woman (Catherine Frot) suspects the daughter of a neighbour (Sandrine Bonnaire) is her own child.

TORMENTED – A bullied, asthmatic English schoolboy (Calvin Dean) returns from the dead to wreak vengeance on his oppressors.

MAY 27

DRAG ME TO HELL – In Sam Raimi’s horror-thriller, a bank official (Alison Lohman) is cursed when she refuses a loan to an elderly woman facing eviction. With Justin Long.

12 ROUNDS – Wrestler John Cena plays a detective whose girlfriend (Ashley Scott) is kidnapped by a criminal (Irish actor Aidan Gillen) in Renny Harlin’s thriller.

MAY 29

LA FILLE COUPÉE EN DEUX/A GIRL CUT IN TWO – Veteran director Claude Chabrol’s black-humoured drama is set in Lyon where an impetuous heir (Benoît Magimel) and a much older author (François Berléand) vie for a young TV weather forecaster (Ludivine Sagnier).

FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN – ulia Roberts, Ryan Reynolds, Emily Watson, Carrie-Anne Moss and Willem Dafoe feature in a drama hinged on the gathering of a family who happen to be dysfunctional.

FUGITIVE PIECES – A university lecturer (Stephen Dillane) struggles to come to terms with traumatic childhood experiences in Nazi-occupied Poland. Jeremy Podeswa directs.

JONAS BROTHERS: THE 3D CONCERT EXPERIENCE – Sibling stars Kevin, Joe and Nick are followed on and off the stage during their 2008 Burning Up tour.

MANAGEMENT – Jennifer Aniston plays an art dealer trying to shake off an amorous motel manager (Steve Zahn) and tempted to return to her yoghurt mogul ex-lover (Woody Harrelson).

OBSESSED – Life seems idyllic for a successful businessman (Idris Alba from The Wire ) and his wife (Beyoncé Knowles) until he hires a temp (Ali Larter from Heroes ) who stalks him.

SLEEP FURIOUSLY – Gideon Kopple’s documentary observes life in the Welsh hill-farming community where his refugee parents made their home.

JUNE 3

TERMINATOR: SALVATION – Christian Bale became notorious for his on-set tantrums when he took on the role of John Connor for the fourth film in the franchise, which is set in post-apocalypse 2018. Director McG ladles on the CGI effects.

JUNE 5

ANYTHING FOR HER/POUR ELLE – French drama featuring Diane Kruger as a woman jailed for a brutal murder and Vincent Lindon as her teacher husband who tries to free her.

LAST CHANCE HARVEY – In London for his daughter’s wedding, a jingles composer (Dustin Hoffman) falls for a prickly but lonely Englishwoman (Emma Thompson) in what has been described as "the Before Sunrise for the over-45 set".

LION’S DEN – Pablo Trapero’s Argentine drama features Martina Gusman as a pregnant student sent to a prison housing mothers and expectant mothers.

SUGAR – Writer-directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden follow Half Nelson with a film of a Dominican Republic pitcher (Algenis Pérez Soto) signed by an Iowa baseball team.

JUNE 12

BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE – A plucky teen vampire (Gianna Jun) goes undercover at a US military base in Tokyo to seek out and destroy a demon in disguise.

DOGHOUSE – "The battle of the sexes just got bloody …" is the tagline for this British picture of seven men spending a weekend at a country village that happens to be populated by homicidal women.

FIRED UP! – Comedy yarn in which two high school footballers (Nicholas D’Agosto from Heroes and Eric Christian Olsen from Brothers and Sisters) hatch a plan to spend the summer at a camp for cheerleaders.

THE HANGOVER – The groom goes missing on a Las Vegas stag weekend in this comedy with Bradley Cooper and Heather Graham. A sequel is planned.

THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT – The remake of Wes Craven’s 1972 debut movie features Tony Goldwyn and Monica Potter as a couple wreaking revenge on thugs who raped and shot their daughter.

LOOKING FOR ERIC – Ken Loach’s film, which originated in conversations with Eric Cantona, observes a football-loving Manchester postman (Steve Evets) dealing with his chaotic family and a broken heart.

JUNE 19

THE DEAD – John Huston’s superb 1987 film is based on a story in James Joyce’s Dubliners and reissued to coincide with Bloomsday. Anjelica Huston and Donal McCann head an outstanding cast.

GIGANTIC – A quirky picture of a mattress salesman (Paul Dano) who longs to adopt a Chinese baby and falls for the insecure daughter (Zooey Deschanel) of a bombastic customer (John Goodman).

KATYN – Veteran Polish director Andrzej Wajda addresses the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Poles in the Katyn forest in 1940.

MISS MARCH – Comedy with Zach Creggar as a student coming out of a four-year coma and finding that his school sweetheart is a Playboy model.

TELSTAR – Actor Nick Moran turns writer-director with a biopic featuring Con O’Neill as pioneering but emotionally troubled 1960s UK record producer Joe Meek. The cast includes Kevin Spacey, Ralf Little, James Corden and former Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins.

RED CLIFF – John Woo’s Chinese war epic is set in 208 AD. The second half follows later this year.

YEAR ONE – Harold Ramis ( Groundhog Day ) directs an Old Testament comedy pairing Jack Black and Michael Cera as hunters encountering Biblical figures.

JUNE 24

TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN – Shia LaBoeuf is back as Sam Witwicky, heroically battling to save humankind from the wicked forces of Decepticon.

JUNE 26

MY SISTER’S KEEPER – Cameron Diaz plays a lawyer defending herself when her teen daughter (Abigail Breslin) sues for emancipation from her parents.

THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE – Robin Wright Penn portrays a woman facing upheaval in her life after she turns 50 in Rebecca Miller’s film. With Keanu Reeves, Julianne Moore, Winona Ryder, Alan Arkin and Monica Bellucci.

RUDO Y CURSI – Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna are reunited eight years after Y Tu Mamá También as Mexican half-brothers working as banana pickers when they get a shot at realising their dreams of becoming professional footballers.

JULY 1

ICE AGE 3: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS – The hit computer-animated adventure series continues.

JULY 3

HORSEMEN – A widower forensics expert (Dennis Quaid) investigates perverse serial killings with a Biblical link to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

PUBLIC ENEMIES – Michael Mann’s gangster drama features Johnny Depp as John Dillinger, who was killed outside a Chicago cinema in 1934, with Marion Cotillard as his lover and Christian Bale as a dogged FBI agent.

JULY 10

BRUNO – The full title of the irreverent comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen as a gay Austrian fashion journalist is Bruno: Delicious Journeys Through America for the Purpose of Making Heterosexual Males Visibly Uncomfortable in the Presence of a Gay Foreigner in a Mesh T-Shirt .

FROZEN RIVER – Courtney Hunt’s drama received Oscar nominations this year for best actress (Melissa Leo) and best original screenplay. Leo and Misty Upham play impoverished single mothers who smuggle illegal immigrants into the US.

35 SHOTS OF RUM – French director Claire Denis is on mellow form with her tender, low-key picture observing the relationships between disparate neighbours in a suburban Paris apartment building.

JULY 17

ADVENTURELAND – In Superbad director Greg Mottola’s 1987-set serious comedy, family finance problems force a college graduate (Jesse Eisenberg) to take a lowly job at an amusement park.

COCO BEFORE CHANEL/COCO AVANT CHANEL – Anne Fontaine’s film follows the early life of Coco Chanel (played by Amélie star Audrey Tautou).

DOGGING: A LOVE STORY – A young Englishman (Luke Treadaway) goes looking for love in "an outrageous comic tale".

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE – Back to school at Hogwarts with the regular cast for the movie of the sixth and penultimate novel in JK Rowling’s series.

JOHNNY MAD DOG – Set in an unnamed African country (it was shot in Liberia), Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s contemporary war movie deals with child soldiers on a murderous rampage to overthrow the government.

WIDE OPEN SPACES – Ardal O’Hanlon and Ewan Bremner co-star as thirtysomething slackers working on a Famine theme park in a comedy shot on Kildare locations, written by Arthur Matthews ( Father Ted ) and directed by Tom Hall ( Bachelors Walk ).

JULY 24

THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123 – Tony Scott is at the helm for the remake of the cracking 1974 thriller which pits a New York subway dispatcher (Denzel Washington in the Walter Matthau role) against a train hijacker (John Travolta taking over from Robert Shaw).

JULY 31

BIRDWATCHERS/LA TERRA DEGLI UOMINI ROSSI – Director Marco Behis explores the plight of present-day Guarani Indians in an area of Brazil’s Amazonian jungle.

G-FORCE – Jerry Bruckheimer’s 3D production blends live action and animation as talking animal commandos prevent a billionaire megalomaniac (Bill Nighy) from taking over the world.

IMAGINE THAT – Eddie Murphy plays a financial executive whose career is going downhill until he enters his daughter’s imaginary world and finds solutions to his problems.

LAND OF THE LOST – This spin-off from a 1970s TV comedy-adventure series stars Will Ferrell as a has-been scientist sent back to a prehistoric era with his assistant (Anna Friel) and a survivalist (Danny McBride).

PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE: PART ONE – Jean-François Richet’s riveting French thriller is based on the autobiography of reckless gangster Jacques Mesrine, portrayed with chilling conviction by Vincent Cassel. Part two follows on August 14.

AUGUST 7

GI JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA – Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller, Dennis Quaid and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star in a hi-tech adventure of an elite military unit taking on the evil Cobra organisation led by a corrupt arms dealer (Christopher Eccleston).

THE PROPOSAL – Romantic comedy with Sandra Bullock as a publishing editor threatened with deportation to Canada and coercing her much out-upon assistant (Ryan Reynolds) into posing as her fiancé. Surely they won’t fall in love?

THEY CAME FROM UPSTAIRS – Young Americans courageously defend their holiday home from aliens.

AUGUST 12

BANDSLAM – A teen introvert (Gaelan Connell) moves to a new school where he befriends another outsider ( High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens) and is recruited for a battle of the bands competition.

AUGUST 14

PONYO ON THE CLIFF BY THE SEA – In the new fable from Japanese animation maestro Hayao Miyazaki ( Spirited Away ), a goldfish is drawn to the young boy who finds her. The voice cast includes Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon and Liam Neeson.

PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE: PART TWO – The concluding episode arrives two weeks after the first half.

SHORTS – Robert Rodriguez directs a fantasy set in a town of identical houses when a rainbow-coloured rock falls from the sky and grants wishes to anyone who uses it.

THE TIME TRAVELLER’S WIFE – The movie of Audrey Niffenegger’s best-seller features Rachel McAdams as the woman in love with a librarian (Eric Bana) whose rare gene anomaly causes him to live on a shifting timeline.

TULPAN – A prize winner at Cannes 2008, Sergei Dvortsevoy’s critically acclaimed Kazakh coming-of-age comedy charts a young nomadic shepherd’s eager attempts to woo a woman who rejects him because of his large ears.

THE UGLY TRUTH – Guess what happens when a TV reporter (Gerard Butler) tries to help his producer (Katherine Heigl) to find true love?

AUGUST 21

DANCE FLICK – Damon Wayans steps up to spoof the recent cycle of college dance-and-romance movies.

I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER – A geeky student (Paul Rust) publicly declares his love for a popular cheerleader (Hayden Panetierre). She unexpectedly responds.

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS – Quentin Tarantino’s wartime adventure set in Nazi-occupied France features Brad Pitt, Mike Myers, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, BJ Novak and Michael Fassbender.

AUGUST 28

BROKEN EMBRACES – Pedro Almodóvar reunites with his Volver star Penélope Cruz for a movie he says "touches on many genres", as a thriller and a "four-person love story" shot in film noir style.

FINAL DESTINATION: DEATH TRIP 3D – A teen’s premonition of a multiple racing car crash apparently saves the lives of his friends. Or does it?

FUNNY PEOPLE – Judd Apatow’s dark comedy stars Adam Sandler as a famous comedian who has a near-death experience. With Seth Rogen, Eric Bana, Jonah Hill and Leslie Mann.

A PERFECT GETAWAY – Milla Jovovich and Steve Zahn play a couple whose Hawaiian honeymoon is disrupted when they are stalked by killers.

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White House rocked on Thursday

 

The White House was really rocking on Thursday night.  If you didn’t see the PBS broadcast of "In Performance at the White House – Celebrating the Music of Steve Wonder", then you can watch the entire show on your computer at this link:

http://www.pbs.org/inperformanceatthewhitehouse/video.php

It was a great show: witty, urbane, sophisticated and flawlessly well-produced, but not at all pretentious.

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Cora Venus Lunny – A Classic

  Cora Venus Lunny

is an acclaimed young Irish violinist.

She is also the daughter of legendary Irish musician and composer Donal Lunny.

Born into a very musical family in Dublin, Cora Venus was given her first violin at the age of three, immediately showing a natural aptitude and love for the instrument. She was classically trained in the Suzuki Method.  A brief fling with movie acting failed to distract her, and a life in music became her goal.  From the age of thirteen she studied intensively with highly respected violinists around Europe, including Rimma Sushanskaya, Joji Hattori, Alexander Arenkov, Arkady Futer, Lara Lev and Vladimir Spivakov. Established as one of Ireland’s leading classical musicians since her teens, Cora Venus Lunny is active as a soloist, chamber musician, interpreter of contemporary classical music, improvising violinist and composer.  At age 16, Cora appeared in this television commercial for THE IRISH TIMES:

http://homepage.mac.com/hughchal/html/cred01_cora.html

In 2002, Cora was a guest musician on Sinead O’Connor’s album of traditional Irish songs, "Sean Nos Nua", her first excursion into the truly "non-classical" world.  This inspired her to improvise more and experiment with other genres of music.  A few months in Vienna among the classical establishment became an unintentional sabbatical, and confirmed for Cora that despite her love for classical music, she needed to broaden her musical horizons.  A jam with Nigel Kennedy in Dingle in 2002 (filmed for a Philip King documentary) resulted in his inviting her to Berlin with his band, to play some Polish folk music and a bit of Jimi Hendrix.  Soon after, Cora Venus accompanied Kennedy on a tour of Taiwan, Japan and New Zealand as second soloist, playing Vivaldi Double Concertos and the odd bit of Bartok.  Cora’s musical travels took her as far as Iceland and the Faeroe Islands, and in 2004, she made her first foray into film score composition for Sangrail, an as yet unfinished short.  In 2005, she made her debut as a violist in a performance of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Vladimir Spivakov and the Ulster Orchestra at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast. She has appeared in several Irish films, most recently Man About Dog and Speed Dating and the upcoming feature film 3CROSSES.  In recent years, she has toured Europe as a classical violinist as well as guesting on various albums, most recently the long-awaited 9, from Damien Rice. In 2007, she served on the international jury of the Sarasate Violin Competition in Pamplona, where she was a laureate in 2001.

       

She is currently working on her own solo recording projects of both classical and original material, and is now touring the United States during February and March 2009. 

Here is a list of her USA tour dates:

February 8, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Inishlacken – Charleston Civic Center Auditorium – Charleston, West Virginia

 

February 9, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Inishlacken – Paramount Theater – Charlottesville, Virginia

February 11, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Inishlacken – Grand Opera House – Wilmington, Delaware

February, 12 2009 at 8:00 PM – Inishlacken – Mayo Center for Performing Arts – Morristown, New Jersey

February 13, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Inishlacken – Proctors Theater – Schenectady, New York

February 14, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Dreams – Anderson Center for Performing Arts – Binghamton, New York

February 17, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Dreams – Bergen Performing Arts Center – Englewood, New Jersey

February 21, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Dreams – State Theater Regional Arts Center – New Brunswick, New Jersey

February 27, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Inishlacken – Foellinger Great Hall – Krannert Center – Champaign, Illinois

March 1, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Inishlacken –  Rosebud Theater – Effingham, Illinois

March 3, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Inishlacken – Lied Center for Performing Arts – Lincoln, Nebraska

March 5, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Inishlacken – St. Louis Cathedral – Saint Louis, Missouri

March 6, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Inishlacken – Music Hall – Kansas City, Missouri

March 8, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Inishlacken – Copley Symphony Hall – San Diego, California

March 12, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Inishlacken – Artemus Ham Concert Hall – Las Vegas, Nevada

March 14, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Inishlacken – Gallo Center for the Arts – Modesto, California

March 17, 2009 at 8:00 PM – Inishlacken – Segerstrom Concert Hall – OC Performing Arts Center – Orange County, California

For more information about Coral Venus Lunny, here are links to her websites:

http://www.audionetworks.ie/pdf/pdf_cora_venus_lunny.pdf

http://www.lunnymusic.com/2.html

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=29425507

 

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