Canciones: Songs of San Antonio–July 28, 2017

Canciones-Songs_of_San_AntonioCanciones is a three part summer music series featuring the music of Texas with a South Texas and San Antonio perspective at Pearl Park.

The second part of this series will feature Canciones de San Antonio/Songs of San Antonio Singer songwriter showcase of the iconic songs of San Antonio. Set up in a guitar pull style with 5 individual artists taking turns singing and telling stories about the songs that have helped shape the musical landscape of San Antonio. Both original songs by singer/songwriters as well as classic San Antonio songs covered by performers Tish Hinojosa, Rosie Flores, Nina Diaz, Mike Ryan, and David Rodriguez.

The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, click here: Canciones: Songs of San Antonio

Mike Ryan y Los San Patricios Mar 17

Greetings friends and Slainte,

Every year, the band Mike Ryan Coyotes (MyCryin’Coyotes) morphs into an Irish Punk/Folk/Rock band for St. Patrick’s Day. Hence forth we will be performing under the name: Mike Ryan y Los San Patricios. This is an homage to both my Irish roots and to my San Antonio roots, and to the Mexican culture and the kind, warm people that took me in to their homes like an adopted, misfit child.
This musical performance hopes to show the universality between the sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters of Irish and European immigrants with all past, present and future immigrants that come to these shores. Maybe it will help to remind us that we ALL need a welcoming harbor during troubled times. Maybe we can strive to overcome our arrogance with compassion and to remember that we were all once newcomers to these Native indigenous lands.

The Irish diaspora share some interesting cultural and historical connections with the Mexican people. Besides the obvious Catholic ties, the San Patricios Battalion stands as a powerful example of people who have also lived with, but never surrendered to oppression. The Irish and the Mexican people curiously manage to keep a sense of humor in the face of dire situations, then sing and celebrate it.
The San Patricios were comprised of mostly Irish, but also German, Scottish, and Italian immigrants that were conscripted into the U.S army in hopes of escaping famine and poverty during the 1840’s and many deserted after receiving repeated brutal treatment from anglo officers that involved severe beatings with horsewhips and barbaric facial branding from red-hot cattle irons on young men’s faces. The conscripts were marched across the country and arrived in South Texas near el Rio Bravo (the Rio Grande) while the U.S planned a military invasion of Mexico. The homesick Irishmen heard the familiar rhythms from across the river, heard the laughter and the music, the celebrations of the old Saints. They noticed the beautiful dark haired, dark skinned women and must have questioned whether they had joined the wrong side. Most importantly, the Irish were keenly aware of what it was like to live under a bullying powerful colonial power. They witnessed the unjust provocation of war with Mexico by a stronger nation in search of territorial expansion.

We may not be able to say with certainty what drove each individual to desert the U.S. army and to form a battalion to fight with the Mexican people. But we do know that they fought with extreme bravery under the Irish green field and golden harp. They took the patron Saint of Ireland’s name and they are remembered every year in song and in celebration, in Mexico as well as Ireland, as the San Patricios Battalion.

Los San Patricios de Bexar is comprised of vocalist, guitarist: Mike Ryan (MyCryin’Coyotes, Coyote Dreams), mandolin and vocals: Mathew Matthew Rose (YesBodyElse, In and Outlaws), accordion: Nicolas Valdez(Los Nauhuatlatos), violin: Kim Hubbeling (Los Djangoleros), tin whistle, harmonica: Ken Fitch (MyCryin’Coyotes), Val Cronk (Blue Ringos, Coyotes), drums: Edward Mendoza (Villela).
We will be playing furious and grande traditional as well as original Irish songs, including songs from the Pogues, the Dubliners, Van Morrison, Christy Moore, the Waterboys and many more. Join us for some good craic, ceol, rebellious fun, frivolity, and stereotypical green cliche’ nonsense. Come dance, hop, sing and laugh with us…at us…and at yourselves.

For more information visit: mikeryancoyotes.com or contact the Brick in the Blue Star Arts Complex, Southtown, San Antonio, Texas.

Mike Ryan Coyotes to host Tom Waits tribute Dec. 6

Mike Ryan Coyotes and Cryin’ D.T. Buffkin & the Bad Breath will be performing a night of Tom Waits’ Songs in honor of Tom Waits’ birthday. Join us in celebrating the unique talents of Tom Waits Friday, December 6th which will also mark the NIGHTROCKER LIVE Music Venue four year anniversary.

 

This will be a huge undertaking for both bands, as they challenge their musical boundaries, push their …limitations, and debut objects rarely seen on a musical stage to recreate some of Tom Waits’ greatest hits. Song selections will span all 40 years of Tom Waits eclectic musical stylings including both his earlier more jazzy piano based songs and his later more avant-garde works.

 

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“I don’t like the stigma that comes with being called a poet– so I call what I’m doing an improvisational adventure or an inebriational travelogue, and all of a sudden it takes on a whole new form and meaning. If I’m tied down and have to call myself something, I prefer ‘storyteller’.” —Tom Waits