Saint Patrick’s Day Art and Music

Clover LeafSaint Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching and celebrations around the world are about to commence. March 17th will once again find people of all nationalities wearing green, eating Irish meals, enjoying parades, and raising their pint glasses in tribute to Saint Patrick.

For those who are unaware of Saint Patrick, www.st-patricks-day.com provides this very abridged biography:

Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. Saint Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. Most of what is known about him comes from his two works; the Confessio, a spiritual autobiography, and his Epistola, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish Christians. Saint Patrick described himself as a “most humble-minded man, pouring forth a continuous paean of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshiped idols and unclean things had become the people of God.”

It has always been said that everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day. The celebrations, however, could never be complete without joining together with friends and enjoying some traditionally styled Irish music.

Pulling Out The Stops CD CoverIn 2010, I was contacted by Dan Possumato, an internationally recognized button accordion musician specializing in Irish traditional music, and asked to create some artwork to incorporate into the cover of his latest album. I was sent several pictures of melodeons from his collection to use for reference images. I painted a few watercolor pieces from which the musician could choose a favorite and eventually one became licensed for integration into the cover of his album “Pulling Out the Stops.” The album is internationally available from several sources but Claddagh Records in Dublin, Ireland is its official label.

If you are looking to add a little extra flavor to your Saint Patrick’s Day celebration, there may still be time to order Dan Possumato’s “Pulling Out the Stops” CD. If, however, time is running out, digital downloadable versions of the album are available through CD Baby.

Enjoy a safe Saint Patrick’s Day, and find some traditional Irish music to add an extra dimension to your celebration.

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