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Halloween & Celtic New Year at the Towne Crier Cafe Oct 31 2008
"The Pipes Are Calling Resistance Is Futile" 
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Dirty Linen Magazine
Hard Driving Powerful Celtic Roots Rock & Bagpipe Band. Beautiful Vocals. 5 Stars
Celtic Radio
A Gem! Melts the Walls between genres. A Musical Treasure IMRW Magazine
Compelling and Powerful, like a winding road with spectacular views

This Band's on Fire  Ale Street News
Energetic, passionate, creative and powerful Luxury Experience Magazine
The family band MacTalla Mor stands alone as the supreme example of AmeriCelt  Celtic Beat
 MacTalla Mor has it all   Hartford Advocate
Fun, Astonishing Always Terrific Champion Pipers Award Winning Gaelic Singers.
Rich Emotion Filled Vocals.  One of my Absolute Favorites. Highly Recommended!

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"Celtic Music for the Masses"
Sponsored with the help of NEA, NEFA, CCT Grant Funding
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Celtic Invasion! Earth Shaking Dance Making Ground
Breaking
Celtic Roots Music!
 
Dear Patty and Harry
 
From Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Montreal Canada, Central Park New York, and Grandfather Mountain North Carolina to The Clearwater Hudson River Revival and ABC, CBS, NBC and ESPN TV, MacTalla Mor Band is taking America by Storm! MacTalla Mor, Gaelic for Great Echo, is a hard driving powerful Celtic Roots Band whose dynamic rhythms pack festivals with Earth Shaking Dance Making Ground Breaking Celtic Roots Music. Bagpipes, Celtic drums, piano, organ, flute, whistles and Gaelic singing, this family band has it all, even a magician.  Their champion pipers and award winning musicians and singers make them a favorite at Festivals, Concerts and TV and Radio stations throughout North America. 
The shows feature songs from their New CD "The New Colossus" as well as favorites from their previous CDs "Piping Hot", "No Man's Land" and "Jacob's Ladder".. Their first three CDs received rave reviews and early buzz is that the new CD is their best to date. Come see why the Hartford Advocate calls their performance "Celtic Music for the Masses", The Ale Street News calls them "Compelling and Powerful" and Luxury Experience Magazine states "There is no Musical Limit or Boundary for this Family".
MacTalla Mor Celebrates Celtic Halloween at the world famous Towne Crier CafeJacob's Ladder!
     As part of their U.S. Tour Mactalla Mor Celtic Roots Band will perform a special Celtic Halloween Music&Magic Fest at 9 PM October 31st at the Towne Crier Cafe in Pawling NY.  
     The band will honor 2,000 years of the Celtic Halloween Tradition when they perform their high energy, innovative mix of traditional Celtic, Roots, Rock, Jazz, Blues, Latin, Reggae and Hip Hop.
 
Music Magic and Mor!
Fans who show up in costume will get discounts on band merchandise. In addition to the music MacTalla Mor Bassist MageErik will be kicking off the evening with his award winning Magic Act!
 
Advance tickets are $17.50 and available at www.townecrier.com.
For more information call 845 855-1300.WhoWhatWhereWhenLink
StoryLinkHalloween's Celtic History  
 
Upon that night, when fairies light
Beneath the moon's pale beams;
There, up the cove, to stray and rove,
Among the rocks and streams  
From the Poem "Halloween"  by Scottish Poet Robert Burns
 
MacTalla Mor Celtic Band Celebrates Halloween October 31 9 PM with a Special Celtic show at the Towne Crier Cafe (www.townecrier.com) in Pawling, NY.
 
         The Jack O'Lanterns, the costumes, and Halloween itself all come from the traditions of the Celtic world. 
            Two thousand years ago the Celtic peoples of Ireland, Scotland and what is today Northern France hailed November 1st as the New Year. The night before was known as Samhain (pronounced sow-in) and was celebrated with a harvest festival that featured large bonfires and elaborate costumes. Winter for the Celts was a time of hardship and sorrow and often death. Because Samhain festivities marked the beginning of the winter the festival focused on the dead. The Celts believed that on New Year's Eve the boundary between the living and the dead became blurred. The dead were said to wander freely that night and to confuse them, the living Celts would dress in ghoulish outfits so visiting spirits would not mistake them for one of their own.
            During the Roman period the ancient Celtic holiday was merged with two Roman holidays. Later, in the 800s Pope Boniface IV declared November 1 All Saints' Day in an effort to replace the existing Celtic celebration. October 31st became known as All-Hallows Eve (All-Hallows was a derivative of a Latin term for All Saints' Day).  Later still, in 1000 A.D. the Church declared November 2 All-Souls day to honor the dead.
            Over time October 31st, All-Hallows eve, became known as Halloween. The holiday evolved and spread to various parts of Europe, but many of its key elements -the dressing up, the association with the dead- remained unchanged.  
            In the 1800's the holiday began to be incorporated into American culture thanks to the flood of New Immigrants from Europe, most notably the millions of Irish who were fleeing the potatoe famine of 1846. 
            Celtic culture also gives us the Jack O' Lantern. According to Irish folklore a man called Stingy Jack (for his cheapness) was able to capture the devil through trickery. Before he let the devil go Jack made him promise not to claim his soul. When Jack died, due to the wickedness of his character, he was not allowed into heaven. He went to the gates of hell seeking entrance but true to his word the devil refused to claim his soul and sent him off into the night. Before Jack left hell the devil gave him a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a hollowed out turnip and is said to wander the earth ever since with his strange lantern. 
The Irish referred to this wandering ghost as Jack of the Lantern and later Jack O'lantern. The tale spread to Scotland and in both countries, Jack O'Lanterns would be made by carving scary faces into turnips and potatoes. Jack O'Lanterns were thought to ward off Jack and other evil spirits. When they immigrated to the new world the Scottish and Irish found that Pumpkins, which are native to America, were perfectly suited to Jack O'Lanterns, and the tradition of the Jack O'Lantern was brought across the pond. 
            MacTalla Mor Band Celebrates each Halloween with a Special Celtic event. This year the Pipes will definitely be calling when MacTalla Mor takes the stage at the Towne Crier Café and brings the ancient Celtic Traditions to life!
MacTalla Mor Band  MacTalla Mor Band Family
plays a high energy, innovative mix of traditional Celtic, Roots, Rock, Jazz, Blues, Latin, Reggae and Hip Hop.
It's a Family Affair! 
The band consists entirely of members of the Devlin-Ofgang family.  Jesse on the bagpipes, drums, whistle and guitar, his brother Levon on bagpipes and whistles, their sister Ilana on vocals, piano and organ, their mother Patty Devlin on Bodhran, a traditional Celtic drum, and brother Magician MageErik on Bass and vocals.
 
For Interviews and Booking contact Patty:                                                    203.746.3310  www.mactalla.com  email: mactalla@mactalla.com
 
About MacTalla Mór

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MacTalla Mór Band
To schedule interviews contact:
Patty Devlin Ofgang
phone: (203) 746-3310
MacTalla Mor Band Booking
Dr. Harry Ofgang
50 Park Avenue New York
phone: (203) 746-3310
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