Solas will perform and chat about their new project Shamrock city (CD/Video) at eTown Live Radio Show Taping Sunday, March 10, 2013 – 7:00 pm. eTown Hall has their own venue now, located at 1535 Spruce Street Boulder, CO It is an intimate venue so get your tixs now! Additional guest will be Terry Allen. www.eTown.org or Contact: Zack Littlefield, 303-443-8696 #110
(Note: It was a great December for MMA fighter Cody “Donnybrook” Donovan – he won his first UFC fight in Australia, received a Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu, and was awarded fighter of the month – the article below is from January 2013 Celtic Connection, Pat McCullough)
Mixed Martial Artist Cody “Donnybrook” Donovan represented Denver well December 14th (it was Dec 13 in Denver) at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in Queensland, Australia. In his Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) debut, aired on FUEL TV, Cody caught Nick Penner with an overhand left to the head that dropped his opponent to the canvas. A few seconds and a barrage of punches later, Cody won by a TKO 4:35 minutes into Round 1. With the victory, the 205lb. Light Heavyweight, upped his record to 8-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC.
Although the fight only lasted one round, it took a busy few minutes and a couple of respectable “Welcome to the UFC” punches from Penner to sharpen Cody’s focus. “That uppercut was brutal,” laughed Cody as he recalled the action, “I mean he knocked me out cold, as I’m falling to the ground I hit my head on the floor and it woke me back up!” After a quick canvas level assessment and pep talk to himself, he pulled it together and went on to get the TKO win.
Cody was given only 9 days advance notice before the fight, but he was crazy happy to get it. The opportunity to fight at the UFC level was something that he hoped, trained, and fought for, but, as time went on, the 31 year old wondered if it just wasn’t in the cards. “I don’t know man, I was starting to lose hope – I’ve been fighting for so long – I know that I fight for the right reasons, I know that my skills are at a high level because of the guys I train with, but lot of it is luck and I thought, well maybe I’m just not going to get my opportunity.”
Cody wondered if he should transition into being a coach and help others with their training goals. He had an offer to a fight with a big name opponent in Denver, he would take that, and maybe a couple more fights and then decide. Then it all changed, he got “The Call”.
“I’m standing at the grocery store, when out of the blue my manager calls me and asked ‘Can you fight in 9 days?’ and I’m like sure, and he says, “Can you fight in Australia in 9 days?” And I’m like, with who? And he said ‘Are you sitting down?’ As Cody began shouting with anticipation his manager told him that he had been offered a contract for 4 UFC fights, with the first one in Australia in 9 days.
Two days later Cody was on a plane to San Francisco, than to New Zealand, and then to Australia were he trained for the week up to the fight.
The win in Australia and UFC contract still hasn’t totally sunk in yet for Cody.
He reflected on how he had to overcome a severe shoulder injury last year and that he “had a million reasons” why he should have quit, but he was compelled to continue.
He believed that some people had counted him out to make it to the next level. “There wasn’t a bunch of people holding out that this 31 year old who has been fighting for 8 years was going to get the call – so, I think the fact that I did, and I showed up.” He thought for a moment and added, “I think the fight was kind of a metaphor for my fight career – I went out and took a beating and pulled it together at the last minute and got the job done.”
Weeks before Australia, Cody was helping a buddy train for a fight, so in the process his level of fitness was descent to take on the challenge Down Under. He learned over the years that a fighter should maintain a certain level of fitness even if there is no fight on the calendar. “You can’t stay in great shape or your body will just fall apart, but you can maintain reasonable shape.”
Last summer Cody tried out for the Ultimate Fighter TV show.
“I did well with the interviews and everything, but they chose a different weight
class for the TV show, 185 middleweights. All the guys in my weight class, the light heavy weights, were sent home. One of the guys with the show grabbed me when I was walking out and said ‘Hey man you did a really good job today, stay in good shape. Don’t be surprised if they call you…if someone got hurt they could call you so stay ready.’”
Offering sincere appreciation to his trainers, fellow fighters, friends and family for their support, Cody added another variable to his recent success that he did not have in the past. “I’m just so happy – I’m just giving it all to God – I know that I tried to make this happen on my own for years and it didn’t happen – but when I made my decision to put my trust in other areas everything came together…I don’t force my religious views on people, but I think God had a lot to do with it, I just gave trust in that and kept training – I’m a firm believer that God’s plan was better than mine – it sure worked out good.”
Cody is planning on more good things to happen in 2013.
He is waiting for the next phone call from the UFC with date and place of his next fight. For the benefit of his Colorado fans he hopes that one of his fights is in Denver. As far as how soon the fight is scheduled, he laughed, “hopefully I get more than a 9 day notice, but if they called and asked me to fight next week, I’d find a way to do it.”
However, there is one date on his calendar that is already blocked off.
“I’m engaged and getting married this spring- my fingers are crossed that they don’t call and tell me that I’m fighting on June 1st!
Notes: Cody “Donnybrook” Donovan holds a Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu
He fights out of Grudge Training Center 303-432-8858 www.grudgetrainingcenter.com
He also trains and teaches BJJ, MMA and Kickboxing at Easton Brazillian Jiu Jitsu in Denver, and High Altitude Martial Arts in Aurora.
Get more insights on Cody and Google “Celtic Connection Celtic Warrior” article
Also find Cody at: www.UFC.com
“Crisp and intuitive…a fresh take on traditional tunes.”
– The Minor 7th
“New Time Ensemble is an eclectic mix of musical styles and
personalities, with Irish traditional music at its heart. Fresh and innovative!”
– Sandra Joyce, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance
New Time Ensemble has announced their upcoming concert in Colorado and Wyoming. Following successful tours of Europe, New England, and most recently the western United States, New Time Ensemble is returning to Denver for one show in February. In March they will be featured on the High Street Concert Series in Lyons and they will also headline the Céilí at the Roundhouse Irish Festival alongside Lúnasa, Goitse, and the Battlefield Band.
New Time Ensemble is comprised of flute, cello, guitar, and voice. Formed in western Ireland while the members pursued advanced music degrees at the University of Limerick, the group was founded by folk cellist and Utah native Liz Davis Maxfield and Denver flutist Leslie Anne Harrison.
Maxfield, who grew up in Orem, Utah, attended Berklee College of Music before receiving a Fulbright to study Irish traditional music and cello at the University of Limerick. While in Ireland, Maxfield founded New Time Ensemble and also wrote The Irish Cello Book: Traditional Tunes and Techniques, which will be published by Hal Leonard this winter. She is a featured artist on ten albums and has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan.
Harrison, a local of Denver, has performed around the world with such artists as the Metro Chamber Orchestra, the Combo Nuevo Orchestra, members of the Silk Road Project, and New York City’s Public Theater. She is a featured artist on multiple albums and has made guest appearances on numerous recording projects, one of which was nominated for a Drama Desk Award in 2009. Most recently, she was selected as a showcase performer for the 2012 Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference. Harrison also performs with Folk Ragoût and is on the music faculty at Swallow Hill and Laramie County College.
New Time Ensemble can be found online at www.NewTimeEnsemble.com and www.facebook.com/NewTimeEnsemble. For more information about New Time Ensemble, contact Leslie Anne Harrison at 303.618.0717 or info@NewTimeEnsemble.com.
Upcoming dates include:
Saturday, February 16th, 8:00 p.m. at Swallow Hill Music Association in Denver, CO. $10/$12. 303-777-1003. Saturday, March 16th, 8:00 p.m. at the High Street Concert Series in Lyons, CO. $15 Thursday, March 21st, 8:00 p.m. at the Céilí at the Roundhouse Irish Festival in Evanston, WY.
Join Heritage Irish Stepdancers March 9-10 at Broomfield Auditorium, CO., for Dance for the World, a fundraiser show for our World Championship team! You’ll get to see performances from all their World competitors, including their Regional Championship-winning dance drama. See a fun show and help the Heritage team! 720-747-9377.
The Denver Gaels (GAA Sports), The Irish Network (Business/social), and the new Denver Irish Club
gathered together for a holiday hooley at Delaney’s in downtown Denver for a great evening of dining, dancing, and camaraderie.
If you want to join in on the fun in 2013 contact the groups at:
DenverGaels.com, IrishNetworkCO.com, DenverIrishClub.org