first_imgThe Alan Kelly Gang have teamed up with Scotland’s internationally acclaimed and mesmerizing songstress, Eddi Reader, (of Fairground Attraction fame) and Trashcan Sinatra’s guitarist and songwriter, John Douglas for a concert at An Grianan Theatre on Saturday 22nd September.And Donegal Daily has a pair of FREE tickets to see the show (see bottom of article for simple details.)The show is an unmissable experience, brimming with powerful instrumentals, alluring songs and magnetic harmonies. Scotland’s The Living Tradition magazine has described it as ‘an astonishing concert’. Since 2005 Alan has toured the world as part of the Eddi Reader Band and recorded on her last four albums.His friendship with Eddi first resulted in a beautiful collaboration on a song penned by John Douglas. The collaborative work ‘I Hung My Harp Upon The Willows’ appears on Alan’s 2009 album,After The Morning, which was named as one of the ‘top ten musical highs of 2009’ by the Irish Times who described it as a “humdinger of a collection”.In 2010, Alan and Eddi joined forces for three Irish festivals, The Cork Folk Festival, Sligo Live and The Galway Artsfestival. Each was a huge success, receiving glowing reviews and propelled the collaboration further onwards.In 2011 the Alan Kelly Gang teamed up with Eddi and John for the beautiful and evocative song, ‘Connemara‘,released on the Alan Kelly Gang’s album, Small Towns and Famous Nights. To book call An Grianan Theatre on 074 91 20777 or go online at angrianan.comBut to win the free tickets just tell us what ‘perfect’ band Eddi Reader topped the charts with? Email [email protected] with your name, phone number and answer and we’ll pick your name at random.WIN FREE TICKETS TO SEE EDDI READER AT AN GRIANAN was last modified: September 12th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:An griananEddi Reader and the Alan Kelly Gangfree ticketslast_img read more

Bumgarner to Astros? Report says Giants ‘engaged’ with Houston

first_imgJust when it was looking like Madison Bumgarner was sure to stay in San Francisco, another report says he could be leaving.Yahoo baseball writer Tim Brown reported Tuesday morning that the Giants and Astros were “engaged” in talks about a potential Bumgarner trade. But he also said it was not clear how serious the conversation was.The Giants are known to be open to trade discussions on a number of players — Bumgarner chief among them — but their hot July run has clouded whether they’ll …last_img

News Briefs from Hawaii, Massachusetts, and New York

first_imgMassachusetts wins energy efficiency titleMassachusetts once again sits atop a state-by-state energy scorecard released annually by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. California was a close second.It’s the fifth consecutive year the Bay State has finished the year at the top of the list, based on its commitment to energy efficiency under its Green Communities Act, the ACEEE said in a press release. Thanks to requirements for reduced greenhouse gas emissions, new efficiency measures for schools and a cap-and-trade program, California closed in on Massachusetts and ended up just a half-point behind.The rest of the top 10 included (in order) Vermont, Rhode Island, Oregon, Connecticut, Maryland, Washington, and New York, with Minnesota and Illinois tied for 10th. Twenty states rose in scorecard rankings, and 16 states fell.Savings from electricity efficiency programs in 2014 totaled 25.7 million megawatt hours, an increase of 5.8% over last year. Hawaii closes door on net meteringHawaiians who were hoping to take advantage of full retail net-metering with a new solar system have missed the boat.The state’s Public Utilities Commission has put a halt to new net-energy metering contracts, leaving in place existing deals for the life of their contracts but offering reduced rates for new photovoltaic (PV) systems, UtilityDive reports.Along with new reimbursement rates, the commission also approved new standards for interconnecting PV systems, plus a minimum monthly bill of $25 for residential solar customers. The commission said that the order was an “evolution” that would help to advance distributed generation in the state, but solar advocates were dismayed.“The PUC’s decision is neither fair nor justified,” Bryan Miller, a spokesman for the Alliance for Solar Choice, told Pacific Business News. “Contrary to a law passed by the Hawaii Legislature two years ago, the PUC failed to conduct a cost-benefit analysis to determine the value of solar on the grid. Instead, the PUC relied upon speculation by the utility and ended net metering without notice to consumers.”One co-op director said that the move was “like an earthquake in Hawaii solar.”Hawaii’s high electricity rates — more than 30 cents per kilowatt hour for homeowners this past July — plus falling prices for modules “have combined to transform the competitive landscape” facing the state’s utilities, the commission wrote. Net-metered systems have increased to more than 60 times the original cap set in 1996 legislation, and the program now runs at between 30% and 55% of the system’s peak load, depending on the individual utility.In place of net-energy metering, the commission adopted two new types of credits. A “grid-supply option” replaces retail rate credits with a tariff based on avoided costs — between 15 and 17 cents per kWh. The “self-supply option” is primarily for solar owners who don’t export the power they generate to the grid, UtilityDive said. Net-metering caps lifted in New YorkNew York’s Public Service Commission voted to lift temporarily the caps on the amount of net-metered solar energy permitted on all six of the state’s investor-owned utilities.The Orange and Rockland Utilities (ORU) had petitioned the commission earlier this year to suspend net-metering because it had applications for interconnections that exceeded the current 6% cap, RTO Insider reports. ORU had argued it should be allowed to stop interconnections, and it suggested solar customers sell electricity at the wholesale rate and buy electricity at the retail rate.The commission rejected the plan, and said that the ceiling would float upward to take in new solar customers while the panels studies the question of how much distributed generation is worth. That study should be finished by the end of 2016. Just last December, the commission doubled the statewide cap from 3% to 6%.“Utilities shall accept all interconnection applications and continue to interconnect net-metered generation without measuring the [distributed generation] capacity against an artificially set ceiling level,” the commission wrote.Governor Andrew Cuomo is making solar an energy priority. The NY-Sun program is a $1 billion effort to install 3 gigawatts of solar electricity by 2023. Also, Cuomo announced earlier this month a target for the state to install PV arrays on 150,000 additional homes and businesses in five years, according to PV Magazine.last_img read more