Celtic thunder is a talented group of Lads from Ireland and their band who bring music and song to the stage. You will find yourself close to tears with some of their songs such as Emmett singing Danny Boy and Ryan and Neal singing Hallelujah, laughing a belly laugh as their antics take you through songs which tickle your funny bone with songs by all six members like Black Velvet Band and Seven Drunken Nights (which was so funny that this guy who rarely laughs out loud did so unabashedly) and still there’s more. Songs such as Calendonia and a Place in the Choir will have you clapping your hands and stomping your feet. You will find them witty and friendly as well. When they come to a city near you, get a ticket and go have some fun. They certainly have inspired me as I write my 7th novel: Pure and Tarnished Hearts which is due out this summer. It is about a group of young people who have come to America during the famine era in Ireland . Here they find challenges and prejudice against them because they are immigrants and Catholics to boot. And yet they also discover new friends, opportunities from those already here to give them a chance. Their adventures, some of which threaten their very lives, also elevate them to stardom as they sing in the choir and on stage as well. From 19th Century New York City to Philadelphia, this tale will introduce you to James Shields, Aengus O’Flaherty and Meghan O’Grady as they come of age in a new land which is called America and discover that “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” is not easily attained as not “all men are created equal” in the eyes of some. And yet they persevere and strive to make it happen.
Here’s something about our experience at the Celtic Thunder show.
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Creating “Pure and Tarnished Hearts in America”
Wisconsin: The 19th Century briefly returned to Milwaukee as author Arthur Cola gathered his family to create photo images depicting the landing of Irish Immigrants in America circa 1850. Their task was to reproduce the look and feel of some of the most famous images from that period of Irish-American history. Off the author and his entourage went to Miller and Campbell Costume Co. of Milwaukee on First Street. By the time the 21st Century clothes were replaced by 19th Century ones the characters of his upcoming novel: Pure and Tarnished Hearts seemed to come to life. Arthur Colaianni V was transformed into James Richard Shields one of the heroes of the new novel which is a tale of Irish immigrants coming to America from the horrors of Ireland during the potato blight years. Connor Smith became Aengus O’Flaherty, the Aran Islands fisherman lad who fancied himself as a Celtic Warrior and the best mate of James. Meghan Timler took on the persona of Meghan O’Grady the heroine whose heart belonged to James but in secret as he announced his intention to become a priest. Riley Smith picked up his violin and became the fiddler Riley McCarthy, the lad from Mulberry Street in New York City who would become the catalyst in changing his impoverished mates into a 19th Century Singing troupe which would wow the city. Mack Timler buttoned his tweed suit coat and donned his cap and suddenly he was Mackain Kelly of Doolin, Ireland who befriends Michael Nagle whose love for Meghan would change his and Mack’s life as they pursue the lass to America. Olivia Colaianni experienced a personality change as she clothed herself in a period high society gown and effused the character of Olivia Seymour of New York City who is a socialite coming to understand the newcomers and their Catholic faith as not being a threat to the American way of life but rather an enhancement of what Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness really means for all people. Completing the photo shoot was Mark Timler who adjusted that white clerical collar and became Father Thomas O’Malley, friend, teacher, leader and priest to the James, Aengus and Meghan who watches over them as they arrive in America which was a very different nation than it is today. For they must face the anti-immigrant Secret Society of the Star Spangled Banner, a real group of the day which was an off shoot of the Nativist American Party known in today’s history books as the know-nothings.
Arranged on the studio stage of Main Stage, Milwaukee by photographer Ron Colaianni, who looked more like a Hollywood cinematographer as shadows were addressed and expressions ordered to be changed to reflect 19th century appearance. First came the group shot which will be magically changed to fit a scene at Independence Hall in Philadelphia were some of the action of the tale takes place by the book’s illustrator John Colaianni of Burlington, WI. Then came some silly shots to relax the faces after holding stoic expressions and finally the head shots which will be featured in the acknowledgement section of the new book.
“Pure and Tarhished Hearts in America” is a sequel to Arthur Cola’s sixth novel: Journey of Three Pure Hearts. All the novels of Arthur Cola may be found on Amazon and Kindle.
The author hopes to debut his latest work at Milwaukee’s Irish Fest in August of 2015. It will make its appearance at Irish Fest in Dublin Ohio in August, Irish Fest, Pittsburgh PA in September and at I.B.A.M./Chicago later in the fall along with his other legendary tales, historical fiction and Renaissance mystery novels.
I am sending out some book order forms so that readers may get signed copies in time for Christmas. If anyone is interested just email me and request that I send an order form to you. It will also have a summary of each of my six novels, so that you may choose the right one for that reader in your life whether they be mature, teens or youngsters. And don’t forget my story about the miracle of Christmas Love, just perfect for the holiday season (Stolen Christmas). email; email@example.com.
New novels for the holiday season.
Take a look at my new books.
“Stolen Christmas” (ISBN: 978-1-78299-439-8)
This tale blends a Romeo and Juliet theme with a David and Goliath theme as it presents a charming holiday story for the whole family.
“It’s the season celebrating the love born in Bethlehem long ago when in the heart of Chicago a young Pastor struggles to save his Church. Two cultures are about to collide as a Mexican-American girl and an Italian-American boy reveal their relationship. The innocence of a young boy is about to be tested as he comes to the aide of his Church by enacting a dastardly deed to save it from demolition on the day after Christmas. Amidst these emotions of aa dejected priest, lovelorn teens and a boy who still believes that Christmas is a time for miracles there enters a white bearded stranger. The mysterious gentleman, known as Mr. Nick, shows not only these charactgers but an entire city the power of faith and love.”
“Journey of Three Pure Hearts”
“Bro-Mance” and “Romance” in Victorian Era Ireland and America
Arthur Cola has woven a coming of age tale in “Journey of Three Pure Hearts.” This is Book One of “The Doonagore Theft Trilogy.” The tale takes three teens in famine devastated Ireland on a Journey to America. Experience their life adventure as their families seek to give them a future of hope in the land of golden opportunity. Join James Shields, Aengus O’Flaherty and Meghan O’Grady as their lives become entangled in a triangle of friendship which grows into something more as a vocation to the priesthood is tested, boys start to become men, prejudice presents itself in a violent manner and love binds friend to friend, man to woman and “brother” to “brother.”
In this time of immigration concerns, this tale presents events which took place in the 19 th Century but is quite relevant to what is taking place in the present day in our nation. “Journey of Three Pure Hearts” is Book One of what will be my Doonagore Theft Trilogy, which will come to completion in late 2015.
Both books may be ordered at http://www.feedaread.com/ and on http://www.kindledirect.com/arthurcola
You may learn more about them on my web site: Legendary Tales of Arthur Cola – Home
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“Stolen Christmas” is the newest tale. To be published this summer.