Brilliant Hooley at Celtic Broker – 2011

Brilliant Hooley at Celtic Broker
Michael Thompson, Denver Celtic Music Examiner
December 11, 2011

For the eleventh year in a row, Celtic Broker owner Scotty Jodoin hosted a customer appreciation party that made his customers appreciate him even more. Celtic Broker is an import business specializing in Irish merchandise, with a smattering of items from Scotland and Wales as well. Its owner is a native of county Mayo with a smooth tongue and a heart of gold, and his parties are legendary.

One of the enjoyable parts of this yearly event for many people is browsing all the great deals in Scotty’s store at the Denver Merchandise Mart. Primarily a wholesaler, Scotty does retail at certain special events, including this yearly gathering. He invites other vendors to come and spread their wares as well, including a tattoo artist who created a special custom design for his tenth anniversary last year, and added some nice designs on Scotty’s arm again this year, along with enhancing several other attendees.

Scotty always puts on the feedbag and this year was no exception, with some really special stew and potatoes from Chef Verg. Liquid hospitality was also in great abundance as usual, with some augmentation from John Elliott of Scruffy Murphy’s Irish Pub, who also had an educational display.

But the highlight of this day long celebration was the fine music provided by many of Scotty’s friends in the Denver Irish music community. Mulligan Stew started off with some pub favorites and high energy drum and bagpipe action, followed by Irish dance demonstrations from the Bennett School, and a competition among the dancers for the contents of the tip jar Scotty keeps out for just that purpose.

At noon, “Celtic Friends,” a vocal group organized by Rodger Hara, regaled the crowd with Christmas favorites. This was followed by some outstanding traditional music from Eric Olson on Uilleann pipes, accompanied by Michael Reshetnik on guitar and bozouki and Cara Jean on fiddle.

Many of the musicians stayed around to trade barbs and sing along with Lougheed, an amazing musical duet of Pam Gillmann and Mark Hill, both multi-instrumental icons in the Denver music scene. The group finished up with a stirring rendition of “Men of Erin” dedicated to Scotty and all his friends.

Great music, great people, great Irish business and a great host made everything as special as ever. Thanks Scotty.

Last minute note from Scotty. Our beloved Leprechaun passed away a few days before this year’s party. A gathering is planned.

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