Happy Birthday, Katie!

Tonight: Kilt Night and Katie’s Birthday
Live Celtic music

Our good friend Katie has a birthday today! Happy days to you, Kate. We’ll be up at the pub to toast you this evening when you come in with the crew from the theater. What will you find here? Plenty! Kilts. Live Celtic music. Tasty pints. Loads of laughter. And, if Bill Watkins has any say in the matter–and could we stop him if we tried?–a randy joke.

So, hey: Happy birthday, love. You’re tops on our list. See you tonight. Cheers!


Bill Watkins, noted above, has his third book coming out in May. It’ll be released by Minneapolis-based Scarletta Press. The new memoir, The Once and Future Celt, completes the trilogy begun in A Celtic Childhood and continued in Scotland Is Not for the Squeamish.

Strong reviews have come in from all over (test readers, Irish studies professors, etc.). I saw another one the other night and need to collect that text from Bill to post here on the site. We’re pleased as punch for him.

In May we’ll hold a book launch party and reading here. In the meantime, we encourage you to check out the first two books. They are available for purchase here in the pub. Well done, Mr. Watkins!


* Take a quiz of the last week’s major stories on the BBC

* What’s thought to be the world’s oldest sound recording has finally been played. It’s inventor created a way to record sound on paper…but never a way to play it back! The recording comes from 1860–17 years ahead of Thomas Edison’s oldest known recording.

* The Beach Boys and the surf sound of the 1960s owe much to Ulster, it seems

* And a real-life Billy Elliot has pitted his parents against a prestigious ballet school’s outrageous fees. It’s more strangeness from Wales!

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