St. Patty’s Gigs!

The day of Padraig rapidly approacheth! It’s the one time of year we Irish musicians are in high demand, and boy do we look forward to it! This weekend is going to be non-stop fun.

On Saturday the 15th the Giant Leprechauns are performing at the Linen Building for A Celebration of Irish Culture! Here’s the press release write-up:
“Family-friendly concert celebrating St. Patrick’s Day to be held on Saturday, March 15

“The Giant Leprechauns” will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St. in Downtown Boise’s Linen District. $7 per person. All ages, full bar (I.D. required), Archie’s Food Truck. Plenty of free, off-street parking is available at the Linen Building.

Idaho’s premier Irish music group presents an evening of traditional Irish music, song, and dance. The Giant Leprechauns are regulars at Curtis Steiger’s Christmas Extravaganza and performed at Maureen O’Hara’s 93rd birthday celebration last year. With Dave Daley and Rachel Sulik on fiddles, Pat Harren on flute and whistle, Tim Sommer on guitar, and Michelle Estrada singing and playing drum (bodhran), the Giant Leprechauns play the same traditional Irish jigs and reels you would hear in pubs and concerts halls in Ireland. Their superb musical talents, coupled with their drive and energy, insures a high powered evening. This is an event that should not be missed for any fan of Irish music and culture. Start your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations early with us! You’ll not be disappointed.”
A Celebration of Irish Culture

Sunday the 16th we’ll be rocking the Ha’Penny with day-before-St.-Patrick’s fun! The session is sure to be packed with fantastic musicians in another family-friendly setting. No charge to get in here, so pop in any time between 7:30 and 9:30 and enjoy some pub chips and a pint!

Lastly, on the day of St. Pat’s (Monday the 17th) join us at Humpin’ Hannah’s for the greatest craic of all! We’ll be kicking off the show from 6:00 to 8:00, and at 8:30 our friends from Irish Dance Idaho will perform some high-energy Irish dance! The Boise Highlanders will amp up the scene after the dancers and Rocci Johnson herself will close the night with her rocking band.
No cover, and a $100 bar tab will be given to the Greenest Person there. Come on down and get your green on! Or is it the other way around?
Humpin Hannah’s

Maureen O’Hara: Partying in Style

Ms. O'Hara's 93rd Birthday!

You’ve all probably been wondering, “Where’s Rachel gone?” (Well, all two of you who are still following me, that is!) Let me explain: … no, there is too much. Let me sum up: It’s tough to keep your page updated when you’re getting married, traveling to horsemanship events, and prepping for two weeks outside of the US. Nonetheless, I promise the music has not fallen by the wayside! This website and my page will be undergoing some changes soon, but as anyone who’s ever needed a laundromat knows, change is good.

On to the exciting news! Maureen O’Hara, Irish actor and singer, is turning ninety-three on August the 17th and has organized quite the birthday fundraiser bash. Starting at 10 a.m. she’ll be at the Egyptian Theater for the showings of a few of her movies and a meet and greet, and at 6:00 her “birthday gala” will be held at the Boise Grove Hotel. The Giant Leprechauns will be playing at the start of the gala to kick it off and providing background music during the dinner, and later in the evening our friends from Irish Dance Idaho will showcase their energetic Irish steps and choreographies!

It’s a huge honor to play fiddle for Maureen’s celebration and net proceeds from the event will go to the Justice Alliance for Vulnerable Adults, an Idaho elder abuse foundation. Happy birthday, Ms. O’Hara!

Giant Leprechauns at the Grove Hotel
August 17th, 6 p.m. onward.

For more information on Maureen O’Hara’s event, check out her page!
Maureen O’Hara Birthday Celebration

Slow down, it’s a hoedown!


Short notice? Probably, but the Second Chance Square Dance at the Linen Building in downtown Boise is not something to be missed! The hoedown series has been going on for a while now thanks to the many people who come to enjoy live, local music and the-real-deal square dancing. The beauty of this style of dance is that you don’t even have to think, you just do what the caller tells you to do!

As many of you know, I’m pretty fond of dancing and therefore have always enjoyed coming to these hoedowns, but this time it’s going to be a bit more special for me. If you go to this hoedown on May 3, you’ll see little ol’ RDNaturally up on stage with Idyltime, helping provide the tunes for all those swingin’ dancers out there! Beth and Tate Mason of Coos County, OR, moved to Idaho a few years ago and recently joined up with the versatile Boisean fiddler, Dave Daley, and talented guitarist, Ava Honey, to create Idyltime. I’m looking forward to fiddling with these fantastic musicians, for sure. See you there!

Boise Events: Second Chance Square Dance at The Linen Building
1402 W. Grove St., Boise ID
Doors open at 7:00, Idyltime performs at 7:30, dancing starts at 8:00
$7 per person or $20 per family (up to six people)

Come be Clumsy!

The first annual Clumsy Fest is happening right here in Boise this Friday the 15th, featuring The Clumsy Lovers! Warming up the show will be the fantastic Irish group The Giant Leprechauns, including for her first time as a Leprechaun herself, Rachel Dunn! (Who, me? Shoot, surely looks like it!)

February 15-16, 2013 -- First Annual Clumsy Fest!The Clumsy Lovers have brought their mix of fiddle and banjo-fuelled, bluegrassified Celtic rock to North American audiences for over a decade. With more than 2500 performances under their belts, their high-energy shows have worn out dance floors and created a loyal following in 49 states and across their homeland of Canada. The San Antonio Express-News review says: “Their fusion of bluegrass and Celtic with a rock attitude is the soundtrack for a kinetic show that has helped the band become a favorite of the roots music crowd.”

I had the immense pleasure of dancing for the Giant Leprechauns at Curtis Stiger’s Xtreme Holiday Xtravaganza last December and have been fiddling with them at the Ha’Penny sessions for over five years. It was a real honor when Dave Daley asked me to become a Giant Leprechaun a few weeks ago! Also joining us will be Michelle Estrada with her incredible vocal talents. You will not want to miss this!

The music kicks off at 7:00 with an open jam followed by the Giant Leprechauns on stage at 8:00. It’s all happening at Humpin’ Hannah’s on Main St.! Get directions here: Directions to Hannah’s
I’m super excited for this show and can’t wait to see you there!

Check out the Clumsy Fest’s facebook page for extra info and updates:
First Annual Clumsy Fest Facebook Event