Celebrate St. Paddy’s with Peg – Her Schedule at a Glance

You are cordially invited to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Peg at the following venues:

Thursday, March 14th

* Tip Off to St. Patrick’s Day Weekend with Irish Songs & Stories at Hibernia Irish Tavern, 9700 N. Rodney Parham Rd. in west Little Rock. Peg will perform traditional and original Irish and Irish-American songs from 7-9:00 p.m.

Friday, March 15th

* Watch KARK, Channel 4’s Noon show to see Peg promote the 14th Annual 2013 Rock to North Little Rock St. Patrick’s Day Parade. She will sing one of her original songs, “The Fiddler’s Feet” which describes what it is like to experience a traditional Irish music session.

* Peg will make a brief appearance at Catholic High School as part of the School’s custom to honor the Irish the Friday before St. Patrick’s Day. According to Brother Richard Sheien, a teacher at the school, “Each March we honor the Irish on the Friday before St. Patrick’s Day an play Irish music as the boys move between classes.” Loyd will perform a short program of Irish songs for the students and faculty of the school at 1:15 p.m.

* Peg will be one of several representatives of the Irish Cultural Society of Arkansas who will provide a display of Irish culture and program of Irish music and songs at Little Rock City Hall from 2-3:30 p.m. during a reception the City is holding for its employees.

Saturday, March 16th

* Peg is the featured singer/songwriter in the 14th Annual 2013 Rock to North Little Rock St. Patrick’s Day Parade performing from the Shamrock Lawncare float. The Parade will occur at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013 and begins at Third and Rock in downtown Little Rock, travels over Third Street and Sherman to River Market, crossing the Arkansas River via the Main Street Bridge into the Argenta Arts District ending at Fifth and Main in North Little Rock. The Parade is presented each year by the Irish Cultural Society of Arkansas. The presenting sponsor of the Parade this year is the North Little Rock Visitors Bureau. This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the Parade, visit www.IrishArkansas.org.

Sunday, March 17th

* Peg will be joined by Bill Beard, lead fiddler with the Arkansas Country Dance Society dance band, and will perform traditional Irish music during and following the annual St. Patrick’s Day Mass held at 9:00 a.m. at St. Edward Catholic Church, 801 Sherman in downtown Little Rock. Aspects of Irish culture including Irish language, music, songs and dance are incorporated into the Mass. Following the Mass a reception of Irish music and dancing will be held in the Church cafeteria. Irish soda bread, scones and tea will be served and a short program of Irish dance will be presented by the McCafferty School of Irish Dance and the O’Donovan School of Irish Dance. This event is free and open to the public.

* Dugan’s Irish Pub is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and that includes Peg Roach Loyd & Cory Winters performing traditional Irish music and songs from the inside stage from 4-6:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

* Wrapping up St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Peg Roach Loyd & Cory Winters will appear at Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar, 307 President Clinton Ave., from 7-8:30 p.m.

IMG_3327 For more information, visit www.CellaDawnMusic.com.

P.S. Peg’s newly designed website is coming soon so please check back in a few days for a completely new look!

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Been Too Busy to Write My Blog!

I’m getting closer to launching my new book The Path – Songs and Stories to Quiet the Mind, Calm the Heart & Inspire the Soul. (See new cover photo above!) You may have been wondering what the heck I’ve been doing this past two months since my first shipment of books arrived and I became the happy “mom” of my new delivery! I have been ever so silent on my blog! Well, here’s why:

For starters I’ve been booking, planning and rehearsing for St. Patrick’s Day related music gigs and have a full schedule of appearances across the next two weeks. My “March Music Madness” started this past weekend where I performed with my friend and musician/guitarist John Burleson at the North Texas Irish Festival in Dallas. We had a great time at the festival with song sessions, music sessions and time with friends old and new. 

This week, my schedule begins with hosting the Irish Song Session at Dugan’s Irish Pub on Thursday, March 7 from 7-9 p.m. and performing at the Historic Arkansas Museum for their new exhibit as part of 2nd Friday Art Night on Friday, March 8 from 5-8 p.m.

You may see my compete schedule of upcoming performances on my website, www.CellaDawnMusic.com.

Speaking of the website, I’ve been busy writing fresh content for my NEWLY designed website, (designed by the wonderfully skilled and creative Marcella Wiggins, my webmaster) which is about to debut SOON! By “SOON” we (and I do mean “we” as this is a team effort of Marcella and me) are shooting for the end of this coming weekend, March 10th (God willing and the creek don’t rise!).

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Next, I’ve also been working hard to promote the 14th Annual 2013 Rock to North Little Rock St. Patrick’s Day Parade that is happening on Saturday, March 16th at 1:00 p.m. The Parade starts at 3rd & Rock in Little Rock, travels through River Market, crosses the Main Street Bridge into the Argenta Historic District, ending at 5th and Main in North Little Rock. Our Parade permit allows us to go to 6th and Main so if you want to watch the parade in that last block, that’s cool with us! We love having spectators line the entire parade route from start to finish. I sure hope you come out and bring your kids, families and friends as the Parade Committee has worked extremely hard this year to make the Parade the best yet! For more information about the Parade, visit the Irish Cultural Society of Arkansas website: www.IrishArkansas.org.

Note: 2012 Parade Photo of Peg singing from the Shamrock Lawncare Float Courtesy of Jason Crader Photography

Next is the planning of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Mass on Sunday, March 17th at 9 am at St. Edward Catholic Church located at 9th and Sherman in downtown Little Rock. The Mass celebrates the Patron Saint of Ireland and includes various aspects of Irish culture – Irish language, songs, music and dancing. There is a reception in the church cafeteria after Mass with includes a short program of Irish dance from the McCafferty School of Irish Dance and the O’Donovan School of Irish Dance.

If you don’t think I have been busy enough to be neglectful of my blog, there have been a few other things I’m working on in addition to the above which I’ll talk about when the time comes.

For now, suffice to say that I’m gearing up for a fun and successful celebration of all things Irish across the month of March and I hope you will join me for some or all of it!

I’ll tell you more about the book launch AFTER St. Patrick’s Day!

Oh, and remember to wear your green!