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Sunday May 30
2021 

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East Durham Irish Festival

The Artist Line-Up for US Memorial Weekend

SATURDAY MAY 29th


MICK MOLONEY

Mick Moloney is the author of Far From the Shamrock Shore: The Story of Irish American History Through Song released by Crown Publications in February of 2002 with an accompanying CD on Shanachie Records. He holds a Ph.D. in folklore and folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught ethnomusicology, folklore and Irish studies courses at the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, and Villanova Universities, and currently teaches at New York University in the Irish Studies program.

He has recorded and produced over forty albums of traditional music and acted as advisor for scores of festivals and concerts all over America. Mick also served as the artistic director for several major arts tours including The Green Fields of America, an ensemble of Irish musicians, singers and dancers which toured across the United States on several occasions.

He has hosted three nationally syndicated series of folk music on American Public Television; was a consultant, performer and interviewee on the Irish Television special “Bringing It All Back Home”; a participant, consultant and music arranger of the PBS documentary film “Out of Ireland”; and a performer on the PBS special “The Irish in America: Long Journey Home.” In 1999 he was awarded the National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts — the highest official honour a traditional artist can receive in the United States. Mick received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award from the President of Ireland in November of 2013.

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MARY COURTNEY

Mary Courtney was born and raised in Castlegregory, Co. Kerry into a large musical family. Both parents sang and played instruments, as did aunts and uncles on both sides.

She started singing at a young age, and learned many songs from her Mom. She now lives in NY, and performs throughout the US as a solo artist, and also with her band Morning Star. She has also guest appeared with Black ’47 as the female vocalist on Livin’ in America. Some of Mary’s memorable performances include singing the Irish national anthem for Martin McGuiness’s memorial mass in 2017 at St Patrick’s Cathedral, singing for JFK Jr’s memorial mass, and singing for Mychal Judge’s mass at Old St Patrick’s Cathedral.

She performed at The East Durham Memorial Day festivals and as a singing instructor at The Catskills Irish Arts Week, for Philadelphia Ceili Group, and The Hudson Valley Irish Festival for many years. She looks forward singing for this year’s virtual Memorial Day weekend sponsored by Irish Music Magazine.

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DAN GURNEY, CHRISTINA DOLPHIN & DYLAN FOLEY

Christina Dolphin is a flute and tin whistle player from Dublin. She has performed and taught music in Ireland and further afield for over a decade, holds several All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil honours, and has travelled extensively playing music. In 2015, she moved to New York for three years, where she taught tin whistle at the Irish Arts Center and performed as a substitute winds specialist on Broadway’s Come From Away. She is currently studying for a Professional Master’s degree in Education.

A 3-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, Dylan Foley was a student of the great Rose Flanagan (the original fiddler in Cherish the Ladies) and counts Joanie Madden, Brian Conway, Mike McHale, and Monsignor Charlie Coen among his primary influences. He is a vibrant stylist whose playing has been called “impeccable and spirited”. He has performed and taught at the Catskills Irish Arts Week, Elkins Irish Week, and runs a monthly session at the Dubliner Irish Pub.

Dan Gurney, born in upstate New York to artist parents, first picked up an accordion by chance in a toy store. He learned Irish music from Galway-born concertina player Father Charlie Coen. He has also been heavily influenced by Billy McComiskey, Jimmy Noonan, John Whelan, Joe Derrane, and John Nolan, among many others. After graduating from Harvard University in 2009, he lived in Galway for a year playing with musicians like Dolores Keane, Johnny Ringo McDonagh, Mick Conneely, Ronan O’Flaherty, and Brian Mc Grath.

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POOR MAN’S GAMBIT

Poor Man’s Gambit was formed in 2015 and hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. This trio has released 3 albums, completed two international tours, and has been noted as an increasingly popular Irish-American group.
Featuring Corey Purcell (button accordion, cittern, bodhran, vocals, and dance), Deirdre Lockman (fiddle, vocals), and Federico Betti (guitar, fiddle), PMG brings together three diverse musical backgrounds which complement the other’s musical styles both on stage and in the studio. With two multi-instrumentalists in the line-up, PMG has been noted for their ability to change instrumentation many times over the space of a performance, and offer several levels of musical depth to listening ears. The addition of Corey’s flashy footwork on the occasional reel adds an extra punch of energy to their shows.
The trio’s latest album Land of Sunshine showcases a carefully selected offering of spirited tunes balanced with an equal number of expressively performed songs. Most of the repertoire is rooted in Irish traditions, but some pulls from other provincial influences including England, Brittany, and Scotland, in addition to several original compositions also included in the collection.

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BILLOW WOOD

Based in Co. Mayo in the West of Ireland, much of the thrill in experiencing a Billow Wood performance transcends from the glorious harmonies and musicality witnessed on stage. Made up of multi-instrumentalists Brid O’Donnell, Ciara O’Donnell, Mark O’Donnell and Harry Lawlor, their high energy and shared camaraderie is contagious and leaves audiences in full spirits. By incorporating folk and trad with elements of pop, Billow Wood have created original songs and instrumentals that deliver a fantastic, fun vibe that still honours their celtic roots, appealing to all ages. Billow Wood are excited to showcase their music at this year’s East Durham Virtual Irish Festival.

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SINA THEIL

German born and Irish based singer-songwriter Sina Theil has always had a passion for music. Aged 7 she started playing piano and composed her first songs; picking up the guitar later on in life which has since turned into her main instrument. Sina left Germany for Spain where she recorded her first demos before finally arriving in Dublin, Ireland. Here she became a student at the prestigious Music College BIMM and funded her musical education through busking on the streets of Dublin.

So far, Sina has scored fourteen #1 singles in the Irish Country Download Charts and released two studio albums Under Cover and Reflections of a Celtic Heart as well as her new EP Leaving Nancy which includes her self-penned single Home is Where the Heart is.

At the latest prestigious Hot Country TV Awards, Sina won the “Hottest Act in Irish Country Music (female)” Award and her music has reached close to 10,500 radio plays on the Island of Ireland. She also presents a segment on the “Fresh Country” show on Spotlight TV and a weekly radio show on Carlow FM.

Sina is currently working on finalising the live album and DVD from her recent concert at the Town Hall Theatre Galway with special guest Billy Condon and writing her third studio album. She is endorsed by guitar manufacturer Black Sheep Guitars Thailand and Bullet Cable.

We hope you enjoy Sina’s music and follow her on social media (Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram) or check out her website at www.sinatheilmusic.com

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NA FIANNA

From the first to the fourth century, Ireland was protected from invasion by a band of warriors who were known as Na Fianna. These men were made up of members from many different tribes whose aim was to protect and preserve the Irish way of life, her culture, and her arts.

The band has evolved through the years and now comprises of brothers Ciarán and Hugh Finn, James O’Connor and Peter McMahon. These young men continue to transcend generational barriers with their unique interpretation of Ireland’s rich heritage through storytelling and song. They are professional, hard working, highly skilled musicians who stay true to themselves and their heritage. Loyalty to tradition and each other is their forte. This ethos, combined with their exceptional capacity to entertain, has been the catalyst for the continued rise of Na Fianna.

The songs they perform are original, traditional and contemporary, with a very exciting sound, to drive the masses of audiences they have played for into a fresh and new musical satisfaction. Festival Tours of Ireland, England, Norway, Germany, United States and Italy along with TV Appearances on RTE, Irish TV and TV3 have secured a broad fan base and media attention.

With three live albums under their belt, of The Stable Sessions and a studio album, UnEarthed, with their debut single, Toora Loora Lay, going to number 1 in the world charts along with the Unearthed Album reaching No1: In the Indie Charts. This music of Na Fianna will surely excite their fans, and the people lucky enough to discover this band, are in for a real treat.


SEÁN KEANE

The Distinctive Voice of Ireland: Seán Keane was born in a small village called Caherlistrane near Tuam, Co. Galway. He grew up in a family of singers and musicians and learned the Sean-nós style of singing from his mother and his aunts. Seán’s musical voice is unique and his songs encompass a mixture of traditional Irish folk music, blues, and country. While his roots are in old Ireland with the Keane family tradition of Sean-nós singing, his voice lends itself beautifully to many different genres and his skill on the flute, whistles and pipes with which he punctuates songs, make his work unforgettable.

Seán’s songs such as Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears, Galway to Graceland and Home Away From Home are enduringly popular as is his new material like Paint me a picture of IrelandNatures Little Symphony, and One More Hour. He has toured regularly with his band in Ireland, Austria, Germany, the US and Canada as well as appearing at major festivals world-wide and hopes to do so again soon. He continues to delight audiences all over the world with his weekly Facebook live performances and all of his recorded work.


MACA

Maċa are a youthful, energetic 3 piece group comprising of sisters: Saoirse on lead vocals and guitar, Naoise on fiddle, concertina and vocals and Ciara Carty on percussion, tin whistle and flute.

Since the release of their single Call on You has been met with great radio play, Maċa’s followers have excitedly awaited the arrival of their debut album SPIRAL. Guest starring guitar virtuoso, Shane Hennessy, helps to ring out the girls’ original sing-along lyrics and ebullient tunes. Naturally, being sisters, this lends to the girls’ powerful vocal harmony, featured throughout the album.

“It’s always nice to work with gifted musicians but these girls are gifted and have a zest for the music. In short, They Rock!” (Rónán Ó Snódaigh, KÍLA).

The girls are also Winners of TG4’s Réalta agus Gaolta, Ireland’s Most Talented Family 2018. Maċa have also played alongside many music legends such as ASLAN, Bagatelle, Sharon Shannon, Seán Keane, KÍLA, Eddi Reader amongst others.


TRAD ON THE PROM

Now in its seventeenth consecutive season, Trad on the Prom has for many years, and still is, “Ireland’s Number 1 music, song and dance experience”. Having received numerous prestigious awards Trad on the Prom features a world class cast of Musicians, Singers and Dancers…

Máirín Fahy (Featured soloist with Riverdance, The Chieftains and Reeltime), Ger Fahy (Composer Lord of the Dance-Dangerous Games) Chris Kelly (Reeltime), Padraig Rynne (Notify), and Yvonne Fahy (Multi-instrumentalist).

The world champion dancers have amassed an amazing 27 world titles and include Cathal and Fergal Keaney (Lead Dancers Lord of the Dance) Claire Greaney, Colm Conneely, Anne Marie Keaney, Aoife Ní Shé, Dara Kelly and Ronan O’ Connell (Cairde). Guest vocalists include Eurovision star Marc Roberts.

Since 2005 Trad on the Prom performs up to 60 shows in Galway annually from May to October. Along with performances in their native Galway, Trad on the Prom have also performed to worldwide audiences including Milwaukee Irish Fest, Volvo Ocean Race Boston, and the beautiful Portalen Theatre, Copenhagen to name but a few.

Due to current restrictions Trad on the Prom is unable to perform to a live audience, but we are delighted to be part of the East Durham Irish Festival Virtual 2021 hosted by Irish Music Magazine. All details on www.tradontheprom.com. The show caters for all nationalities and appeals to all age groups. Simply the BEST.


MEADHBH WALSH

My name is Meadhbh Walsh and I am a 19-year-old Irish folk ballad singer from a village called Meelin in North Cork. I have been singing all my life and have found great enjoyment in doing online concerts on Facebook since the pandemic started last year. I did my first ever live concert last year on Facebook in the summertime, when I had around 6000 followers. Since then, my following on Facebook has grown to nearly 60000 followers and counting. The people following come from all corners in the world, and we all have something in common… the love for Irish music. After many months of recording, I released my first ever album Off By Heart in February and have had a wonderful response. It is a 12-track album filled with Irish folk ballads I love to sing, off by heart! Lockdown has opened up my eyes to the appreciation of Irish music around the world and I am very grateful for that. In the future, I plan on completing my college studies while creating more music and continue to enjoy it as I go on. I will continue celebrating my Irish heritage through the art of music.


SCREAMING ORPHANS

Screaming Orphans, a genre-breaking, chart topping all sister band from Donegal, are known worldwide for their award-winning sound, combining their original pop songs with a unique take on traditional Irish music. The band have toured globally and recorded with the likes of Sinead O’Connor, Peter Gabriel, The Chieftains, Joni Mitchell and World music star Baaba Maal. Screaming Orphans have released 15 albums and have topped Billboard, iTunes Pop, Singer/Songwriter and World Music charts.

Screaming Orphans are a band that defies an easy musical style pigeonhole and their high energy masterful fusion of pop and folk will take you on an exhilarating musical journey.


CONNLA

Hailing from the cities of Armagh and Derry, Ciara McCafferty (vocals), Ciaran Carlin (Flute/Whistles), Paul Starrett (Guitar), Emer Mallon (Harp) and Conor Mallon (Uilleann Pipes/Whistles). Labelled as the Hottest New Group out of Northern Ireland, (Chicago Irish American News) Connla have been quickly making an impact on the folk/traditional scene.
Since the release of their EP in April 2015, and album River Waiting in July 2016 they have received fantastic reviews at home and internationally. They have already gathered a big following in the UK, Ireland, Europe and the USA. Songlines magazine made Connla their “must see act” for the tour of the UK and stated “A band this young shouldn’t be this good”. Their sensitive and innovative arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs and tunes, have helped them create a sound which is very identifiable as Connla.


CELTIC CROSS

Those who have been around Celtic music in the Northeast and in the NYC area are no strangers to this hardworking band that has been on top of the scene and on every stage since the early 90s. Celtic Cross keeps reinventing, updating and polishing one of the best festival, party and concert acts you will find in Celtic music today. This spirited 7-piece line-up includes the New Jersey born siblings Kathleen Fee on vocals, John Vesey on squeezebox and Ken Vesey on violin; Walter Ensor on vocals & guitar, Frankie McCormack on banjo & mandolin, Pat Dineen on bass & vocals and Ryan Cavan on drums.

Products of Irish parents, traditional Irish music roots, and American pop radio, Celtic Cross puts it all together in a very different way than what you will hear from most Celtic acts. The band’s music tells stories using the traditional on top of sassy pop, alt-country and funk playing. Celtic Cross are as long running an Irish music act as you will find… but as fresh and edgy as ever.

Celtic Cross is currently in the studio and in March 2021, released the Black 47 hit, 40 Shades of Blue. The band has four original CD’s, of critical acclaim which include, Saoirse’s Heart, Shores of America, Last Call & Part the First. In addition to their original tunes to choose from for their set lists, look out for unexpected use of popular covers, intertwined with traditional Irish tunes. No one does smashups like Celtic Cross live.


SHILELAGH LAW

Shilelagh Law has never been afraid to put their own spin on Irish music. Created in 1998, The Law cut their teeth playing small blue-collar pubs and bars in Yonkers and the Bronx. Their honest, high energy approach to traditional songs and tunes, coupled with their original songs that authentically captured the Irish-American experience, quickly earned them a loyal following. People were soon travelling for miles to catch one of their trademark four-hour marathon performances that went on until last call, and oftentimes later, as they snuck in a few more tunes outside the bar while loading the van.

Over twenty years and seven albums later, the venues have gotten bigger, but their energy and no-holds-barred approach has stayed the same. TV appearances, movie soundtracks, headlining festivals and even a commercial for Honda have brought their music to the masses, but at heart they’ll always be five guys from the neighbourhood, trying to squeeze in one last song before it’s time to go home.


SUNDAY MAY 30th

MICKEY COLEMAN & PRIDE OF MOYVANE

Tyrone born singer songwriter Mickey Coleman hails from Ardboe on the shores of beautiful Lough Neagh. He has written wonderful songs about people and events that have touched his life and is currently starting work on a recording of new songs. You may have seen and heard some of Mickey’s very popular Facebook concerts over the past year.

The Pride of Moyvane is a family band which takes its name from Margie Mulvihill’s beloved Moyvane, Co. Kerry and the name of a tune composed by her late teacher and cousin Martin Mulvihill. The band features Margie on the flute, her husband John Reynolds on the fiddle, son John Paul on the banjo and fiddle, daughters Erin (Mickey’s wife) on the fiddle, Bláithín on the accordion and Neidín singing and playing the tin whistle. Well known for driving tune sets that set dancers love, they also provide beautiful accompaniment to Mickey’s and Neidín’s singing. They have been regular performers on Joanie Madden’s Folk’n Irish Cruises and for many years have performed at the famed Catskills Irish Arts Week as well as the Memorial Day Catskills Irish Festival, Syracuse Irish Festival and many other events on the east coast of the US. The family was featured on the HBO documentary series The Music in Me.


THE CANNY BROTHERS BAND

In response to the scarcity of live Irish music in their local Brooklyn neighbourhood, a group of Irish-American musicians came together to form The Canny Brothers Band. From that simple concept the group has grown over the years to become one of the premier Irish bands on the New York City music scene. The band regularly plays festivals, parties, and pubs in the tri-state area, but especially enjoys playing East Durham Memorial Day Irish Festival in the Catskills and the Great Irish Fair in Coney Island. They have released three well-reviewed albums, including original material, that have gotten national radio airplay and international notice. The band’s mission is to keep Irish songs and culture alive – and to celebrate their Brooklyn roots.


ELLE MARIE O’DWYER

Elle Marie O’Dwyer is a traditional & folk singer from the village of Freemount in North Cork. Singing since a young age, Elle Marie has graced stages all over the country and worldwide. In her early years, she won multiple All Ireland titles in traditional singing. Since then, Elle Marie has 3 albums to her credit; the latest recording On a Day Like This in 2018.

In recent years, Elle Marie has shared the stage with Cherish the Ladies, Maura O’ Connell, the High Kings and Sean Keane to name a few. She cites Johnny McEvoy and Christie Hennessy amongst some of her greatest influences and inspirations.

A proud advocate of Irish culture and music, Elle Marie is a recipient of the “Gradam Seirbhíse” from Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann for her contribution to and promotion of Irish music and song.

Since the pandemic, Elle Marie has turned to social media to perform and her Facebook Lives prove very popular, reaching audiences as far away as South Africa and New Zealand. Her shows include a great mix of traditional, folk and country songs with both accompanied and acapella singing.


CONOR MCGINTY

Conor McGinty is a 26-year-old Singer/Songwriter from Derry City in The North of Ireland. Conor has been performing professionally for the last 8 years & has appeared on The X Factor UK & numerous TV & radio shows in Ireland including UTV Life with Pamela Ballantine and The BBC Stephen Nolan Show.

Conor released his debut Album A New Dawn November 1st 2019 which went straight in at #1 on the iTunes World Music Chart. Conor has gathered a great online following and has loyal fans from all corners of the globe. Prior to Covid-19 Conor was riding on a professional wave with his first album gaining fantastic reviews and 2 sold out solo concerts in Northern Ireland including a sold out show at The Millennium Forum in Derry with over 600 attendees. Conor prides himself on being Irish & through his songwriting and performing he hopes to represent Ireland on the world stage in the years to come with his voice.

Revival the new album from Conor McGinty is scheduled for release on all the usual music platforms and on Conor’s FB Music Page.


BackWest

Hailing from the heart of Galway City and proud to be known as Galway’s “Super group”, BackWest formed in late 2016 and in 2017 the band released their debut album entitled The Long Walk– labeled as “A debut on fire!” (IMM) – “Definitely one of the top albums of this or any year” (The Living Tradition). In 2019, the band released their second album entitled Heritage Hall. Produced by Maureen and Brendan Browne (founding members of the band), they have received an ASLR Celtic Music Award and have represented Ireland as cultural ambassadors on the International stage. The band has performed for Presidents and been “The hot topic” at many international festivals both in the US and in Europe.

All Ireland Champion sibling duet on fiddle and box are the lead instrumentalists of BackWest. This powerhouse duo is joined by world renowned artists such as Fabian Joyce, Shane McGowan, Seamie O’Dowd, Yvonne Fahy, Donnacha Gough and Steve Morrow but to name a few. The band is very well known for collaborating with various artists within many realms of the Celtic music world. Described as “The icing on the cake” with “razor-sharp precision” and “state-of-the-art-performance” this powerful melodic ensemble of fiddle and box is driven by the percussive nature of the accompaniment, which in turn delivers Irish traditional music and song to audiences in a highly unique fashion. Their performances are vibrant, energetic and yet foster the organic nature of their home traditions and heritages. It is without question that they leave their audiences with the warmth of wanting more. This band is one “not to miss!”


DAN McCABE

Coming from a long lineage of folk musicians Dan McCabe started out his career in live music at an early age playing in local pubs and venues at the age of 18. He went on to perform music on a full-time basis performing 5 nights a week in places like Temple Bar, Santa Ponca and all over Ireland.

Due to the covid 19 lockdown and lack of opportunity for live music performances, Dan started posting videos on social media platforms merely as a bit of fun and to escape the hardship and gloom of the pandemic. Little did he know that these recordings would be viewed over 10 million times online and would catch the attention of Senior producers at RTÉ.

During the summer of 2021 while working as a healthcare worker himself, Dan would feature on RTÉ the Sunday game performing a version of Luke Kelly’s Song for Ireland as a tribute to healthcare workers battling the covid 19 pandemic. This segment would quickly become viral and acted as a real catalyst in Dan’s success gaining him a massive online following and leading the way in Dan making appearances on RTÉ The Today Show and Tg4’s Realta Agustin Gaelta. The highlight of Dan’s career came on New Year’s Eve when he was invited to Áras an Uachtaráin by request of President Michael D Higgins. Dan performed The Parting Glass after the Presidential New Year’s Speech as a tribute to all the people who have sadly passed away from Covid 19.

Dan released his debut album Dan McCabe – Songs for Ireland (The Lockdown laments).


THE WHELAN MASTER SESSIONS

As we entered the later stages of a one-year pandemic I decided to try and do something that would help my peers and also give people an opportunity to hear them in a live setting thus The Whelan Master Sessions were born. I introduced the first session with Kevin Crawford and Haley Richardson who are great friends of mine and I knew they would take a chance with me on this endeavour.

Well, people reacted to it right away and we were off and running. 19 weeks and we are still going strong delighting both the artists who are compensated and the people who sign up for the $20 for two hours of playing with their heroes. That is what they are, folks, heroes for helping people get through this terrible pandemic. So here is a list of artists that have performed and will be with me to perform at the Catskills Memorial Day festival Concert. I ask you to remember them in the future.

Concert for the Catskills performers: John Whelan-Accordion; Kevin Crawford-Flute & Whistles; Michael McGoldrick-Flute, Whistles and Pipes; Catherine McEvoy-Flute; Liam Kelly-Flute and Whistles; Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh-Fiddle; Nia Byrne-Fiddle; Brian Conway-Fiddle; John McEvoy-Fiddle; Shannon Muenchow-Fiddle; Yvonne Casey-Fiddle; Tara Breen-Fiddle; Finn Magill-Fiddle; Bronagh Barnes-Fiddle; Patrick Mangan-Fiddle; Wendy MacIsaac-Fiddle; Jared Bogle-Fiddle; Joey Abarta-Pipes; Feargal Barnes-Cittern; John Doyle-Guitar; Pauline Conneely-Banjo; Angela Usher-Banjo.


THE NOBEL CALL & CHICAGO REEL (with Special Guests)

Performing at Martyrs, Chicago’s premiere venue for “live” music

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The Nobel Call & Chicago Reel (with Special Guests) brings two Chicago bands together in a traditional Irish mix of accordion, banjo, flute, whistle and song. This collaboration is not to be missed!

The Nobel Call: Paddy Homan, a gifted Irish tenor from Co. Cork. Paddy’s award-winning voice and quick humour have graced hundreds of stages with a variety of talented musicians recognized as the best in the business. Paddy crafts an authentic Irish experience. Laurence Nugent, a virtuoso of the flute and tin whistle from Co. Fermanagh. Laurence has performed worldwide and is known for his critically acclaimed CDs: Laurence Nugent, Two for Two, The Windy Gap and White Island.

Chicago Reel: Pauline Conneely, founder of Chicago Reel, is one of the finest banjo players in America. Born in Bedford, England to Irish immigrants from Connemara and Longford, and raised in Irish music, dance and culture, Pauline performs regularly at Irish festivals around the U.S. Ger Carey, a masterful accordion player from Kilmurry, Co. Clare, was raised in the Clare music tradition. Ger played with the award-winning St. Flannan’s Ceili Band and toured the U.S. with the famed Tulla Ceili Band.


SíFiddlers

The SíFiddlers are a stellar line up of 13 female Donegal fiddle players who came together in 2018 to perform an exclusive all female fiddler concert at the Donegal Earagail Arts Festival. Such was the success of the concert, band members Tara Ní Chonacháin and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh decided to develop the project further and in 2019 the band recorded their debut album which was released in the summer of 2021.

Band members hail from all corners of Donegal from Glencolmcille to Malin Head and everywhere in between. Their debut album takes you on a journey capturing the fiddle playing and repertoire of the county at its finest. The album encapsulates a timeframe of Donegal fiddle music that “is testament to the love that those women have for the unique tradition of their beloved homeplace” (Siobhán Peoples).

Band members comprise of: Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Bríd Harper, Liz Doherty, Roisin McGrory (Harrigan), Clare Friel, Melanie Houton, Theresa Kavanagh, Aisling Drost-Byrne, Tara Connaghan, Denise Boyle, Claire Gallagher, Clódagh Warnock and Eimear McColgan.


ANDY COONEY

Andy Cooney has nine Carnegie Hall sellouts under his belt and also filled The David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center with The New York Tenors. His outstanding voice, dynamic stage presence and versatility provide the ability to deliver a song directly to the hearts of his audience; Andy is surely one of the greatest singing sensations on the Irish Music scene today. Christened Irish America’s Favorite Son by The New York Times, it is a title he richly deserves. Andy has recorded 19 albums to date, including Bright Brand New Day with Phil Coulter and his Orchestra.

Cooney’s latest CD, Irish Country Skyline, was released in the summer of 2016 as a journey back to his Country music roots. This album received huge airplay all over Ireland and the UK with his hit singles On The Eighth Day and My Rose of Ballinrobe, both his own compositions. 2021 turned out to be an unusual year where the Coronavirus shut down the music industry. During 2021, Andy managed to release 4 new singles during the Coronavirus pandemic, Take Me Back To Dublin, We’re All In This Together with his son Ryan, Come Tennessee Me Tonight with Country Music legend Larry Gatlin and his latest single release in November 2021, The Waltz of the Angels. Andy Cooney is also known for his Cruise of Irish Stars which annually draws over 1,000 Irish and Irish Americans on a Caribbean Cruise enriched with the finest Irish entertainment including the great Ronan Tynan.

Andy’s music is available on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and wherever you stream your favourite artists.

Andy has just recently launched an Irish music Podcast called Andy Cooney’s New York Irish Music Hour. It comes out every 10 days at: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1673443

If you would like to make a Donation during the concert, Andy asks that you donate to Hope House Ministries, see https://www.hhm.org/


DEREK WARFIELD & THE YOUNG WOLFE TONES

A special group of Irish men and women have been responsible for preservation of the tradition of Irish ballad singing over the past 50 years. Derek Warfield is a distinguished name among them. Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones are bringing that musical tradition forward with a reverence for Ireland’s past and the energy and optimism of a new generation of Irish musicians. “We’re presenting an old tradition in a new package – and I’ve the same passion for it now as I had when it all started 50 years ago!”

East Durham: Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones are no strangers to East Durham and the many musical venues that are part of East Durham Irish Musical Culture. Year after year the band returns to The Blackthorne Resort, Gavins Country Inn, McGraths Irish Pub and of course East Durham Irish Festival to display their talents to the many audiences of all ages. East Durham can be described as The Young Wolfe Tones’ home away from home and they certainly always feel very much at home there both on and off stage.

Derek Warfield’s lifelong passion for engaging people in the music and story of Ireland is also very present in the other band members: “Communication with a live audience through music is what I believed to be of primary importance in performing with The Young Wolfe Tones. The experience has reinvigorated me and given the young players and singers the opportunity to display their skills and talents around the world. I believe that I am passing on an ancient Irish bardic tradition worthy of preservation to a younger generation.


THE NARROWBACKS

If Joe Strummer, Shane MacGowan and Bruce Springsteen survived a drinking session through the 5 boroughs of New York City, the hangover would be called The Narrowbacks.
The Narrowbacks have built a strong following throughout the East Coast and Midwest through a feverous tour schedule, captivating live show and countless late nights spent with fans and friends they’ve made along the way. The Narrowbacks have shared the stage with such bands as The Dropkick Murphys, Black 47, Rancid, Gogol Bordello, Anders Osbourne, Frank Turner and Flogging Molly. The band has been brewing on the East coast and developing their own unique style of ‘Celtic Rock’. Not to be stuck in that genre the band can rock out with any of the best players out there. Music writer Colleen Taylor of The Irish Echo says of the group, “Their music is literally and figuratively electric and it sounds best live… The Narrowbacks fill the need for a young Irish-America that knows how to rock.”


YOUNG DUBLINERS

The Young Dubliners (sometimes shortened to the Young Dubs) is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1988. Their style of music has come to be called Celtic Rock for the fusion of Irish traditional music with modern Rock and Roll. The Young Dubliners have released nine albums, starting in 1993 and have provided soundtracks for several movies and commercials. They have toured the United States and Europe since 1994, supporting the likes of Jethro Tull, John Hiatt, Chris Isaak, Jonny Lang, Great Big Sea and Collective Soul. The Young Dubs consistently play at all major venues and festivals and have had national TV audiences through performances on CBS Early Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live! Please go to www.youngdubliners.com for tour dates, pictures and lots more information on the band.

The Young Dubliners: Keith Roberts-Vocals / Acoustic guitar. Chas Waltz-Violin, Mandolin, Harmonica, vocals. Ethan Jones-Bass guitar / vocals. Justin Pecot-Lead guitar / acoustic guitar/ mandolin/ vocals. Dave Ingraham-Drums / percussion. “(The songs) range from stadium-friendly extravaganzas to more intimate but equally outspoken pub-sized opuses. Lead singer Keith Roberts’ powerhouse vocals front a maelstrom of fiddle vamps, howling guitars and frenzied drums. But even so, the hint of rueful melancholy that lies at the heart of traditional Celtic music survives, transformed yet triumphant.” -Amazon Music.


BALTIMORE SALUTE

Baltimore Salute takes its name from the reel by the legendary flute player Josie McDermott (RIP), which he composed in honour of the city of Baltimore, Maryland, after his visit there in 1984. The group is anchored by 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellow Billy McComiskey (button accordion), a resident of Baltimore since the early 1980’s. All of the other group members also live in or close to Baltimore: Laura Byrne (flute/whistle), Jim Eagan (fiddle), Maureen Berry (stepdancer), David McKindley-Ward (songs/guitar/mandolin/bouzouki), Josh Dukes (bouzouki/guitar/flute), and Myron Bretholz (bodhrán/bones).

Laura is the founder of the Baltimore Irish Arts Center, which has presented the Baltimore Irish Trad Fest since 2012. Maureen is the founder of the prizewinning Teelin School of Irish Dance. Jim and Josh are both alumnae of the acclaimed Old Bay Ceili Band, and played on the group’s 2011 CD, Crabs In The Skillet. David is renowned for his collaborations with Letitia Van Sant, Dylan Foley, Pat Egan, and many others. Myron has more than 60 albums to his credit, both as a session player and as a contributor of liner notes. The seven members of this ensemble are delighted to bring you the music, song, and dance of Baltimore Salute.


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