in performance: alltech haitian harmony concert with the chieftains and friends

the chieftains: sean keane (absent from last night's concert), paddy moloney, kevin conneff and matt molloy.

the chieftains: sean keane (absent from last night's performance), paddy moloney, kevin conneff and matt molloy.

The rocky road from Dublin stretched far from the Singletary Center for the Arts last night. With Ireland’s foremost musical ambassadors, The Chieftains, as tour guides, it wound through Canada to pick up several intensely spirited Ottawa Valley stepdancers. It rolled through Nashville, offering obvious links between Celtic music’s animated past and the string music we today view as bluegrass. It dipped down to Haiti to welcome a wide-eyed children’s choir that discovered one of the most basic and joyous means of communication. Irish tenor Ronan Tynan climbed aboard, too. So did the remarkable Scots Gaelic vocalist Alyth McCormack. And by the time the party arrived back onstage, it had teamed up an entire pipe band and a team of Irish dancers, all from Lexington.

In the end, it was Alltech president Pearse Lyons’ party. Serving as emcee, the evening was designed as the centerpiece of the Alltech Fortnight Festival, the extensive parade of stylistically diverse concerts that have been running concurrently with the World Equestrian Games.

But Lyons’ involvement with last night’s show obviously went deeper even than the WEG. The 20-plus children making up the Haitian Harmony Choir were living symbols of his work at bringing sustainable commerce and education to an impoverished country further battered by last January’s horrific earthquake.

The choir entered at the end of the first set, sang a few songs in French and offered the unity anthem He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands with the levels of innocence and openness that only children can summon. But the most touching aspect of their performance had nothing to do with music. After being introduced by Lyons and joined by Tynan, several children broke through the language barrier and waved to the audience. The audience waved back. And the kids erupted with smiles that could have lit up the back row.

And The Chieftains? They were typically brilliant. Whittled down to a trio – founder/piper Paddy Moloney, percussionist/vocalist Kevin Conneff and flutist Matt Molloy – the group surrounded itself with a battalion of aptly billed “friends” and a global stew of music references.

They called upon Nashville guitarist Jeff White to toss Wabash Cannonball into the mix, enlisted the gorgeous McCormick to sing the stark Foggy Dew and weaved a set of reels for step dancers Jon and Nathan Pilatzske and Cara Butler as well as the local McTeggart Irish Dancers to sail brightly to. And with Moloney firing up the engine room on the uileann pipes (which he lovingly referred to at one point as “The Octopus”), The Chieftains also held very tightly to traditional roots.

Aided by Irish harpist Triona Marshall, the band served up a ballet-like version of Carolan’s Concerto that paid tribute to one of The Chieftains’ most lasting influences (the 17th century Irish harper Turlough O’Carolan) as well as one of its craftiest alumnis (the late harpist Derek Bell).

For pure physical drama, though, the showstopper had to be The March to Battle, a solemn processional from The Chieftains’ recent San Patricio album that enlisted the Kentucky United Pipes and Drums Band. Trust me, hearing a battery of bagpipes playing majestically within the Singletary walls hits one in the heart almost as solidly as it does in the chest. You can bet this one was heard last night all the way down in Port au Prince.

Guyana Goldfields Inc. Signs Memorandum of Understanding for the Mineral Agreement with the Government of Guyana; Mining License to be Issued Within 45 Days.

Economics Week October 21, 2011 Guyana Goldfields Inc. (TSX: GUY) (“GGI” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) for the Mineral Agreement (“MA”) and Mining License with the Government of Guyana for the 100% owned Aurora Gold Project located in Guyana, South America.

The MOU sets out the key terms of the MA, also known as a Fiscal or Stability Agreement, which is a comprehensive agreement that outlines the fiscal terms and conditions for the development and mining of the Aurora Gold Project. Significant among the terms of the MOU are:

o Mining royalty of 5% on gold sales at a price of gold of US $1,000/oz or lesso Mining royalty of 8% on gold sales at a price of gold over US $1,000/ozo Corporate income tax rate of 30%o A Mineral Agreement and Mining License and all relevant permits and approvals to be issued within 45 days of signing the MOU. site memorandum of understanding

The MA is the final step in obtaining the Mining License since the Company has already received its Environmental Permit in September 2010. The Mineral Agreement signals the commitment of the Government of Guyana and the Company to the development of the Aurora Gold Project. This watershed agreement is an important milestone for GGI as it will allow the advancement of the mine development project under a clear and stable fiscal and royalty regime.

Mr. Patrick Sheridan Jr., CEO states, “We are pleased to have concluded extensive negotiations with the Guyanese Government on the fiscal terms included in the Memorandum of Understanding for this historic Mineral Agreement and look forward to obtaining our Mining License in order to build and operate the Aurora Gold Project. We have agreed upon fair and reasonable terms for the future success of the Aurora mine.” This landmark agreement, which strikes a fair and reasonable balance of taxation and royalties for gold mining, reaffirms GGI’s view that Guyana is “open for business”. website memorandum of understanding

Honourable Sam Hinds, Prime Minister and Minister of Mines in Guyana states, “The Government welcomes and fully supports all investment, foreign and local, in the mining sector and are pleased that we have come to a fiscal agreement in order for the long-awaited development of the Aurora Project to begin. We look forward to working alongside GGI as they move towards production.” Up until now, Guyana Goldfields has conducted off-site infrastructure construction work in preparation for the development and construction of the Aurora Gold Project. Upon obtaining the Mining License, the Company plans to initiate the construction of the on-site infrastructures including a new camp, airstrip, river dyke and completing road access to the site, which will be followed by the construction of the mining facilities.

Guyana Goldfields will be hosting a conference call for anyone wishing to address questions to management regarding the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding for the Mineral Agreement and Mining License.

Conference Call Details:

Date of Call: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 Time of Call: 11:00am EST Conference ID: 15229257 Dial-In Numbers:

North America Toll-Free:

International: (888) 231-8191 For anyone not able to participate in the conference call, an audio webcast will be available for 90 days through the following link:

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