This will be Randal Bays' second concert in my home. Last time was more than 10 years ago, when he was touring with Roger Landes [bouzouki, guitar]. This time he's working his way to Texas to teach fiddle at the O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat the following weekend. Experiencing traditional music played in someone's home, the way it was meant to be heard, is a rare treat these days. It's an opportunity to meet and interact with the musicians and to hear them in an informal setting. Pure and simple, there will be no stage, no sound equipment, and not much separation between the artist and the audience; just Randal, his fiddle, and us. “I play Irish fiddle music and I've been at it for... well, some years. It's still my passion, one that I'm lucky to share with friends and fans around the world. I especially love the intimate setting of a good house concert... to my mind it's about the best way to experience music. My solo concerts are mostly Irish fiddle tunes, plus some fingerstyle guitar and a few little (mostly true) stories.” Randal Bays is a self-taught US-born musician who's been playing Irish fiddle for more than thirty years. He's now widely known as a master of that complex, ancient art, with a special love for the traditional styles of Counties Clare and Galway. He's "among the best Irish style fiddlers of his generation," according to Fiddler Magazine. Randal has performed all over the US, Europe and Canada, and is in great demand as a teacher of Irish fiddle. He is also famed as a fingerstyle guitarist. He recorded two seminal albums with Irish fiddler Martin Hayes in the early 90s. For lots more info, photos and videos go to http://www.randalbays.com or http://www.facebook.com/randal.bays. Seating is limited so reserve and purchase your tickets early. Call 501-663-2515, to let me know how many tickets you want. You can pick them up from me at the weekly Sunday afternoon Irish music sessions at Hibernia or send a check to Ellen Stern, P. O. Box 251175, LR AR 72225 [after which location details will be revealed].