The Young Irelanders at Hawks and Reed, March 20

The Young Irelanders

If you’re interested in top-notch Irish music, performed by some of the best young musicians that the tradition has to offer, I just found out about a concert that I think would be well worth attending.  On March 20th, at Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield, MA, The Young Irelanders will perform to the delight of all who attend. I caught this show last year, and it was brilliant.
From the Hawks and Reed event page:

To experience Ireland’s traditions in music, song, and dance presented by some of the most talented young performers in the world, this sensational act is an absolute must-see. The future of Ireland’s culture is undoubtedly in safe hands with The Young Irelanders.

Members of the Irish Cultural Academy have performed across six continents and for many heads of state, Presidents of Ireland, U.S. Presidents, and royalty including Prince Albert of Monaco. Members have also performed in many noted international venues such as Beijing Opera House, Sydney Opera House, Kremlin State Palace in Moscow, the U.S. Capitol Building, The Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center.

The Young Irelanders are:

Aimee Fitzpatrick – Vocals
Finnian O Connor- Pipes and Whistles
Cillian Mac Cabe- Guitar
Rosie Ferguson- Fiddle
Kevin Murphy- Accordion
Enda Rafferty – Guitar & Vocals
Joe Duffey – Dancer
Ayla Reid – Dancer

Please go to for more info and tickets!
A couple of teaser videos to whet your appetite–just what I could find quickly, mind you:
Finnian O’Connor:
Rosie Ferguson:
Joe Duffy:
Venue Information:
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
289 Main St
Greenfield, MA, 01301

2014 Greater Hartford Irish Music Festival–July 25-27

This weekend–the 2014 Greater Hartford Irish Music Festival takes place on the grounds of the Irish American Home Society in Glastonbury, CT.

From the website:

Cead mile failte…one hundred thousand welcomes to the 2014 Greater Hartford Irish Music Festival! We welcome you to the 31st edition of our festival held on the grounds of the Irish American Home Society in Glastonbury! Thirty-one years of fine music, dancing and celebration of our Irish heritage! The Festival Committee has been hard at work all year, listening to the feedback of festival goers and volunteers as we planned this year’s event. As a result we’ve brought back the carnival by Northeast Midways. And what’s a festival without great food options? We’ve expanded your culinary choices by adding several new food vendors. Back by popular demand on our Main Stage is the ever popular Savage Brothers Band appearing both Friday and Saturday evenings. On Saturday, catch the Men in Kilts contest on the Main Stage or enjoy a whiskey tasting in our Jameson Pavilion paired with a cigar from The SmokeEasy Cigar Parlor. Don’t forget to stop by the Celtic Café for a lovely cup of tea or an iced coffee! Visit the GAA booth and demonstrate your skills in the national sports of Ireland, Gaelic football and hurling. Learn a few Irish set dances at the Cultural Tent. There is truly something for everyone!

Go to for more info.