Cindy Funk

Host - The Dear Green Place

Cindy Funk has been a lover of folk music of all kinds for so long, she can barely remember when she got hooked.  But it's a good bet that it was WYSO that is responsible! In the 1980's, Cindy hosted a Celtic music show on WYSO called "Shamrocks, Heather and Roses" until 1987.  In the meantime, she was busy performing in the folk group Sweetwater, that played all around the Midwest.  Then, in 2005, Cindy reappeared on WYSO's airwaves with her new show - "The Dear Green Place" - like the earlier show, filled with the traditional and contemporary Celtic music that she loves so much.

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Hailing from a musical family, Gerry O'Connor found his calling as a fiddlerm, dancer and luthier performing with the Irish Rovers and as a solo artist.  O'Connor will visit the Miami Valley for a concert as well as workshops and lessons, and spoke with Dear Green Place host Cindy Funk ahead of his arrival.

Emmet Cahill

Tenor Emmet Cahill began performing at a young age and has gained international fame as part of Celtic Thunder and as a solo performing.  Ahead of his performance at the Dublin Irish Festival, the Dear Green Place host Cindy Funk spoke with Cahill by phone about his work with Celtic Thunder and his solo performances, his latest travels and more.

The Dublin Irish Festival is August 2 - 4 in Dublin, Ohio.  Learn more at: https://dublinirishfestival.org/


Acclaimed Celtic band Lunasa will celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Dayton with a show at Victoria Theater.  Ahead of the performance, Lunasa's Kevin Crawford (flutes/whistles, bodhran) spoke with Dear Green Place host Cindy Funk.

Lunasa will perform at Victoria Theater in Dayton on Thursday, March 14.  Tickets and more information at: www.ticketcenterstage.com

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We Banjo 3 will bring their blend of Irish, Bluegrass and Old Time music, affenctionately known as Celtgrass, to Southwest, Ohio as part of the band's Roots to Rise Tour.  Singer David Howley spoke with Dear Green Place host Cindy Funk for a preview of their local show.

We Banjo 3 will perform at the Ludlow Garage in Cincinnati on January 23 and Springfield's Kuss Auditorium on January 25. Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/webanjo3/

Folk musician Rory Makem will perform in Dayton in July.

Acclaimed musician Rory Makem is preparing for a solo performance at the Dayton Celtic Festival.  Ahead of his visit to the Miami Valley, Makem spoke with Dear Green Place host Cindy Funk about his life in music.

Rory Makem will perform as part of the 2018 Dayton Celtic Festival, July 27 - 29 at RiverScape MetroPark. Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/DaytonCelticFestival/

Colleen Raney
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Portland-based vocalist Colleen Raney will visit the Miami Valley in early December. Ahead of her performance at Stivers School for the Arts, Raney spoke with Dear Green Place host Cindy Funk about growing up in a musical home, two new releases slated for 2018, and the continued growth of Celtic music in popular culture.

Scottish singer Julie Fowlis visited the WYSO studios ahead of her performance at Clark State Performing Arts Center. She spoke with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota and Dear Green Place host Cindy Funk about singing in Gaelic, her upcoming album Alterum, and more.

The Irish Rovers
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The Irish Rovers will bring original and traditional Celtic music to Dayton for a pre-St. Patrick's Day show at Victoria Theatre.  Dear Green Place host Cindy Funk spoke with the band's George Miller about the band's storied history and latest developments.

The Irish Rovers will perform at the Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton on Thursday, March 16th at 7:30pm.  Tickets available at ticketcenterstage.com

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Acclaimed Irish singer Cathie Ryan will return to the Miami Valley with her band for a holiday performance at the historic Plaza Theatre in Miamisburg.  Ahead of her visit, Ryan spoke with WYSO's Cindy Funk about Irish and American holiday traditions, songs of the season and more.

Cathie Ryan will perform The Winter's Heart on Wednesday, December 14th at the historic Plaza Theatre in Miamisburg.  More details and tickets available here: https://sunnyskies.ticketleap.com/cathie-ryan/

Mai Hernon came by traditional Irish music in her home town whereas her husband Mick McEvilly got to know the genre by listening to the radio.  The duo visited the WYSO studios for a live set on The Dear Green Place and chatted with host Cindy Funk about their musical journey.