Performances

Keith and Tara 1What is a Folk Songs you Never Sang in Grade School (FSYNSIGS) performance?  It’s a duo show with fiddler and singer, Tara McGovern. I play guitar and sing.  It’s  a one or two hour concert/talk: about 80% music and 20% talk (though the ratio can be adapted to various situations.)  The music is the same kind of high quality, eclectic arrangements of traditional songs that Tara and I performed with the long-lived Irish Band, The Beggarmen.  The Cedar Rapids Gazette called us “Simply one of the best bands in the area,” and other critics praised us as well.

The talk  is gleaned from  essays I wrote for this project, available on the FSYNSIGS website and intended to provide a rich, humanities experience for audience members who may read the interactive essays before or after the show.  The essays are linked to web content to make the reading experience even richer.  For example, one essay is linked to video of different verions of the same song as performed by  Joan BaezMartin CarthyAlan StivellPentangleSteeleye Span,  Sarah BrightmanDonovan, BobDylan, and  Altan. At a FSYNSIGS show, you can hear Tara and I sing our version.

No two FSYSIGS shows will be exactly the same, and I’m constantly adding new songs, new arrangements and new essays to the collection.  If you’re interested in booking a Folk Songs You Never Sang in Grade School performance or have questions or comments about this project, please contact mePlease listen to our performances of two of our songs.

You can keep up with Folk Songs You never Sang in Grade School (FSYNSIGS) performances in the schedule below.  I’m a very active musician, so I also include my performances in other ensembles BGM IC Arts Festas well as my guitar workshops and solo gigs.

July, 2017

Folk Songs You Never Sang in Grade School with Tara McGovern, Saturday, July 22, Ca d’Zan House Concert Series, Cambridge, IL, 6:30 p.m. with potluck preceding

Keith Reins and Tara McGovern, Saturday, July 15, Market Music at the Iowa City Farmers’ Market, 9:00 a.m.

Folk Songs You Never Sang in Grade School with Tara McGovern CD RELEASE EVENT at Uptown Bill’s Coffee House in Iowa City, 7:00 p.m.

April, 2017

Keith Reins, Irish Guitar Workshop, Saturday, April 29, at Nerinx Hall High School (530 E. Lockwood, Webster Groves, MO), Saint Louis Tionol, all day

Keith Reins and Tara McGovern, Friday, April 28, at Focal Point concert hall, 2720 Sutton Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 7:00.  This concert is part of St. Louis Tionol, and Irish music festival.

March, 2017

Irish Music Primer, Thursday, March 9, Kirkwood Community  College Iowa City Campus, 11:00 a.m

February, 2017

Recording the CD: Folk Songs You Never Sang in Grade School, Saturday and Sunday, February 4 and 5.  We will finish up the CD!  It should be available by April 2017!

Folk Songs You Never Sang in Grade School with Tara McGovern, Friday, February 3, The Java House in downtown Iowa City. (This is an episode of Iowa Public Radio’s Java Blend program.  The show will be recorded live and broadcast at a later date.)

October, 2016

Keith Reins with Dennis Roseman (and the rest of Sweet Cacophony), Al Murphy, and Dave Moore, Saturday, October 29, presentation at the Folk Music Alliance Midwest Conference in Iowa City (Amos Dean Ballroom A of the Sheraton Hotel, noon-1:15pm)

The Beggarmen, Saturday, October 22, benefit for Peace Iowa at Uptown Bill’s Coffee House in Iowa City, 5:30 p.m.

Keith Reins and Tara McGovern, Sunday, October 16, private event. Looking for quality entertainment for your event?331242_2957648818974_1619779606_o (2)

Keith Reins and Guy Drollinger, Sunday, October 9, private event.

September, 2016

The Beggarmen, Friday, September 30, Rock the Block at New Bo Market, Cedar Rapids, IA, 4:30 p.m. CANCELLED DUE TO FLOOD.

The Beggarmen, Sunday, September 18, at Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids, IA, 1:00 p.m.

Keith Reins solo show, Saturday, September 17, privateKeith at the Mill 2 event. Looking for quality entertainment for your event?

 

The Beggarmen, Saturday, September 17, at the Celtic/Highland Games of the Quad Cities, Davenport, IA, 1:00 p.m.

August, 2016

Keith Reins, August 20, competing at the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann (All Ireland music competition), Ennis, Ireland.

Keith Reins and Frank Claudy, August 18, at the Cooley-Collins Traditional Music Festival Fundraiser, Gort, Ireland.

Friday Night Concert

The Beggarmen, Friday, August 5, at the downtown Ped Mall in Iowa City, Friday Night Concert Series,  6:00 pm.

July, 2016

The Beggarmen, July 26, private event. Looking for quality entertainment for your event?

ic-farmers-market-1The Beggarmen, July 23, at Market Music, the Iowa City Farmers’ Market, 9:00 a.m.

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The Big River Reel Time Band, June 18, at the Midsommar Music Festival, Bishop Hill, IL.

The Beggarmen, Thursday, June 9, at Music at the Village Green, West Branch, IA, 7:00 p.m.

May, 2016

Keith Reins and Tara McGovern, Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15, recording Folk Songs You Never Sang in Grade School at Dr CAW Recording Studio, Northbrook, IL.

Keith Reins and Frank Claudy, Saturday, May 7, competing at the Midwest Regional Fleadh (Irish music competition, Cincinnati, OH.

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Keith Reins with Brad Pouleson, Friday, April 15, at the Saint Louis Brewery (2100 Locust St., St. Louis, MO), Saint Louis Tionol, 7:30 p.m.

Keith Reins Irish Guitar Workshop, Saturday, April 16, at Nerinx Hall High School (530 E. Lockwood, Webster Groves, MO),  Saint Louis Tionol, 7:30 p.m.

Keith Reins, Thursday, April 7, recording Folk Songs You Never Sang in Grade School at Dr CAW Recording Studio, Northbrook, IL.

March, 2016

Keith Reins and Brad Pouleson, Tuesday, March 22, at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa City, 11:00 a.m.kirkwood

The Beggarmen, Saturday, March 19, at 2 Dogs Pub, Iowa City, IA, 8:00 p.m.

The Beggarmen, Thursday, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day Concert at Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, Coralville, IA.  7:00 p.m.

Keith Reins and Tara McGovern, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, March 12-14, recording Folk Songs You Never Sang in Grade School at Dr CAW Recording Studio, Northbrook, IL.

February, 2016

The Beggarmen, Saturday, February 6, The Hy Vee Market Grille, 5050 Edgewood Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA.

January, 2016

VACATION!

December, 2015

The Beggarmen, Saturday, December 22,  at Uptown Bill’s Coffee House in Iowa City, 7:00 p.m.

 

 

 

November, 2015

The Beggarmen, Sunday, November 8, Theatre Cedar Rapids benefit concert to support “Just Right For Me,” a theatre arts program for children with , 6:00 p.m.

October, 2015

Keith Reins and Tara McGovern, Sunday, September 11, private event. Looking for quality entertainment for your event?

September, 2015

The Beggarmen, Saturday, September 19, at the Celtic Highland Games of the Quad Cities, 1:00 p.m.

The Beggarmen, Sunday, September 20, at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City for the Iowa City Public Library’s Music is the Word event, Iowa City, IA, 1:00 p.m.

August, 2015

The Beggarmen, Saturday, August 29,  at  The Farmer’s Market in Iowa City, IA.  9:00 p.m.

The Big River Reeltime Band, August 29-30, at the Peoria Erin Feis in Peoria, IL.

The Beggarmen, Saturday, September 12, at the Seacrest Barn in Iowa City, IA.

November, 2014

The Beggarmen, Saturday, November 1,  at  The Lincoln Wine Bar in Mt. Vernon, IA. 7:30 p.m.

Folk Songs You  Never Sang in Grade School, Thursday, November 13 at Ballantyne Auditorium, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA.  11:15 a.m.

October, 2014

Keith Reins and Tara McGovern, October 5, private event.

Keith Reins and Tara McGovern with Irish poets, Joan McBreen and Noel Monahan, October 14, at Prairie Lights Book Store, Iowa City.

Keith Reins and Tara McGovern, Folk Songs You Never Sang in Grade School, Saturday, October 25, at The Carl Sandburg Birthplace Songbag Concert Series in Galesburg, IL.  7:00 p.m.

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September, 2014

The Beggarmen, Saturday, September 6, at The Anchor House Concert Series in Des Moines, IA.  7:00 p.m.

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The Big River Reeltime Band, August 23-24, at the Peoria  Erin Feis.

July, 2014

Friday Night ConcertThe Beggamen, Friday, July 11, at the downtown Ped Mall in Iowa City, Friday Night Concert Series,  6:00 pm.

Keith Reins and Tara McGovern, Folk Songs You Never Sang in Grade School, Saturday, July 12, at The Ritual Cafe in Des Moines, IA, 7:00 p.m.

The Beggarmen, Saturday, July 19, at The Granger House Museum in Marion, IA.  1:00 p.m.

June, 2014

Keith Reins and Tara McGovern, Sunday, June 29, private event. Looking for quality entertainment for your event?

May, 2014

The Big River Reeltime Band, Saturday, May 31, at The Carl Sandburg Birthplace Songbag Concert Series in Galesburg, IL.  7:00 p.m.

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April, 2014                                  tionolwebsite

Keith Reins with Tara McGovern, Friday, April 11, at the Saint Louis Brewery (2100 Locust St., St. Louis, MO), Saint Louis Tionol, 7:30 p.m.

Keith Reins Irish Guitar Workshop, Saturday, April 12, at Nerinx Hall High School (530 E. Lockwood, Webster Groves, MO),  Saint Louis Tionol, 7:30 p.m.

 The Beggarmen, Saturday, April 26,  at Old Brick in Iowa City, Celtic Fest by the Three Rivers Chapter of the Diocese of Iowa,  time TBA

March, 2014

The Beggarmen, Saturday, March 1, at Old Brick in Iowa City.  University of Iowa Irish Club fundraiser for Relay for Life , 7:15 p.m.

The Beggarmen, Sunday, March 2, at The Mill in Iowa City. Benefit for Mann School, time TBA

Big River Reeltime Band, Saturday, March 8, ceili (Irish Dance), Quad Cities Ceili Club

Folk Songs You Never Sang in Grade School, Monday, March 10, at Coe College in Cedar Rapids

Folk Songs You Never Sang in Grade School, Tuesday, March 11, at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa City

The Beggarmen, Friday, March 14, at 2 Dogs Pub in Iowa City, time TBA

The Beggarmen, Saturday, March 15, at the Englert in Iowa City, opening forDervish, time TBA

The Beggarmen, Monday, March 17, at Uptown Bill’s Coffee House in Iowa City, time TBA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s This?

Folk Songs You Never Sang in Grade School is one folk musician's effort to document, honor and share a collection of folk songs I love and my personal history with them through research, essays, and performance. Read the essays here and watch this site for future performances.

What’s New?

Tara McGovern and I, joined by uilleann piper Jon Cooper, have completed the album version of Folk Songs You Never Sang in Grade School. For a taste of the CD listen to "Let No Man Steal Your Thyme" and "I Ride an Old Paint" with "Midnight on the Water."

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I Ride an Old Paint/Midnight on the Water
Let No Man Steal Your Thyme