Tomorrow, May 17th at 2 PM IPR Studio One's Ben Kieffer will host a special hour of "Java Blend" with The Beggarmen.
Ben Kieffer will chat with the band to find out more about what it means to be an Irish folk band in Iowa City
In 2011 The Beggarmen celebrated their tenth year as one of the region’s best Irish music ensembles. Since their first performance at a small pub in Iowa, the band has gone on to headline at folk festivals and concert halls throughout the Midwest, greeting audiences with their unique style of Irish folk music. 2011 brought many new opportunities for the band. In February, members Tara McGovern and Keith Reins performed with the University of Northern Iowa Symphonic Band in a performance of Percy Grainger’s “Lincolnshire Posy.” In April and May The Beggarmen joined the University of Iowa’s Symphony Band led by Mark Heidel in a performance of “Minstrels of the Kells” by composer Dan Welcher. Also in May the University of Iowa’s theater program staged performance of “A Rogue’s Dance” written by Iowa Playwrights Workshop author Janet Schlapkohl with music composed and arranged by Beggarmen founding member Brad Pouleson. And in October, Iowa City's Riverside Theatre staged a production of "The Cripple of Inishmaan" by Martin McDonagh featuring the music of The Beggarmen.