Here’s A Good One–Frankie Gavin House Concert

Spend a magical evening in May with a favorite Celtic music virtuoso Fiddler Frankie Gavin of Ireland

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House Concert Sunday, May 24, 2015 @ 7pm with DeDannann’s Frankie Gavin

Hosted by Bud Mahoney, 42 Weatherwood Drive, Shutesbury, MA
Sponsored by Celtic Crossings WMUA & WRSI/Louise Dunphy

$20.00 per person/ Pot Luck/BYOB/Cash @ door

Space limited so reservations required/ Email: celticcrossings@wmua.org or call 413 548 9860

Frankie Gavin was born in 1956 in Corrandulla, Co. Galway. He comes from a musical family: his father played fiddle, and, his mother and all of her family played also. He started playing the tin whistle at age four, making his first T.V. appearance three years later. At the age of ten years old Frankie began to play fiddle and at the age of seventeen he placed first in the All Ireland Fiddle Competition and in the All Ireland Flute Competition, both on the same day.

He has recorded 16 albums with De Dannan as well as a number of solo albums, and three collaborations: one a tribute to Joe Cooley entitled ‘Omos do Joe Cooley’ with Paul Brock; a fine collaboration with fellow De Dannan member Alec Finn; and one with Stephane Grapelli exploring the languages of jazz and traditional music. He has also guested with The Rolling Stones on their ‘Voodoo Lounge’ album, with Keith Richards on ‘Wingless Angels’ and with Earl Scruggs the great banjo man.

Exposure to American audiences began in 1976 when he played with De Danann at the American bicentennial celebrations in Washington DC, with artists such as Junior Crehan and Micho Russell. Frankie has also been invited to play for numerous State officials including President John F. Kennedy on historic visit to Ireland in 1962, French president Francois Mitterand and England’s Prince Charles. Of a special event in America, United States Ambassador to Ireland, Jean Kennedy Smith is reported to have commented that“The best all ’round performance of the entire week at Kennedy Center was by DeDannan.”

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Frankie Gavin will be Louise’s guest on LIVE WMUA Celtic Crossings May 17th 5-7 pm.

LVBIS members may recognize the following tune. Just one example of why this concert will be amazing!

July 23 House Concert–Conal O’Grada & Ciaran O’Mhaonaigh

 4549526The shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society presents a house concert in Monroe CT–Conal O’Grada (flute) and Ciaran O’Mhaonaigh (fiddle). Please see http://www.shamrockirishmusic.org/2014-concert-calendar.html for tickets and directions.

From the website:

TG4 young musician of the Year 2003, fiddle player Ciarán Ó Maonaigh hails from the Gaoth Dobhair gaeltacht in Co. Donegal. He was heavily influenced by his extended family when growing up including his teacher Francie Mooney, Altan members Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Frankie Kennedy, Derry fiddle player Dermot McLaughlin as well as the Donegal fiddle legend John Doherty amongst others. Ciarán’s first album Ceol a’Ghleanna The Music of the Glen (SPINCD1008) was released in 2004 and he has also Produced music documentary’s for TG4 including Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí and the acclaimed John Doherty ‘Ar Leirg na Gaoithe’, and in 2009 he presented, produced and directed an hour long documentary entitled ‘Francie Mooney Áit i Mo Chroí’. Ciarán is a member of the band Fidil along with Aidan O’Donnell and Damien McGeehan and they released 3 CD’s – ‘Fidil’ (FID001CD), released in June 2008, was described by Irish Music Magazine as “One of the most challanging and beautifully austere albums of the last fifty years”, ‘3’ was released in 2009 an received a 5 star review and CD of the week in The Irish Times, and in late 2011 ‘The Old Wheel of Fortune’ came out with Songlines magazine declaring it one of the finest albums to emerge from Ireland this decade.”

Born in Cork in 1961, Conal Ó Gráda has long been at the forefront of traditional Irish flute-playing and truly has one of its most distinctive sounds. A multiple All Ireland winner in his youth, Conal’s debut recording ‘The Top of Coom’ in 1990 is still regarded as a seminal recording of flute-playing. Conal takes the basic elements of traditional music and forges them into a personal style which, once heard is unforgettable. His fast, rhythmically precise flute-playing has an earthy raucous tone reminiscent of the saxophone and is driven by a spirit from the true heart of traditional music. His second solo recording ‘Cnoc Buí’ was released in 2008 to widespread critical acclaim.

Conal teaches flute privately in his native Cork and is also a regular teacher at summer schools worldwide, including The Willie Clancy Summer School, Catskills Irish Arts Week and Blas. He is a co-founder of the flute band ‘Banna Fliúit Loch a’Bhogaigh’ and is chairman of the traditional flute festival ‘Cruinniú na bhFliúit…the Flute Meeting’ which runs annually in Baile Bhúirne, Co. Cork. He is a member of the band The band Raw Bar Collective, with whom he released a new CD in February 2011 called ‘millhouse measure’s’. More recently, in 2012, Conal published a book on flute technique and styles called An Fheadóg Mhór.

 

Two Exciting Trad Irish Music Concerts in May

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Presented by the Shamrock Irish Music Society–two outstanding house concerts coming up–not to be missed!

Friday, May 9th–Kathleen Conneely (whistle) and Dylan Foley (fiddle)–$20

Monday, May 19th–Noel Hill (concertina)–$20

All of theses musicians are amazing–Noel Hill is legendary. If you can’t make both it’ll be a hard choice for you to make!

For more info, directions and to reserve a seat go to http://www.shamrockirishmusic.org/2014-concert-calendar.html

Tommy O’Sullivan House Concert, Friday, 2/21/2014

ImageCome to hear Tommy O’Sullivan sing & play in front of the fireplace at a house concert in Fairfield, CT at 8PM…the house concert is 15 minutes north of the Merritt Pkwy in bucolic Redding, CT…write to reserve and for exact location.

Acclaimed as “one of the great contemporary folk voices of Ireland”. Tommy O’Sullivan, “stellar guitarist”, has remained one of the hidden treasures of traditional Irish music for many years.

http://www.shamrockirishmusic.org/2014-concert-calendar.html for tickets and info

Emmett Gill and Jesse Smith in Concert!

The Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society in Fairfield CT presents Emmet Gill and Jesse Smith in concert!

ImageEmmett was born in London and was taught at the London Pipers Club at the Irish Centre in Camden, with great encouragement from his parents.  His solo cd, The Mountain Groves, was recorded in 2007 at his family home in Cloghbrack, Co. Galway by John Blake. This cd is available through Na Píobair​í Uilleann (www.pipers.ie).  Emmett has a great interest in Irish music from the 78 rpm era and with Gerry Clarke has produced three recordings of Irish music from the 1920’s to 40’s on the Oldtime Records label.
Their fourth release a collection of recordings of P.J. Conlon is due in late 2012.

Jesse comes from Baltimore MD. He learned his music from fiddle player Brendan Mulvihill and also from his mother Donna Long. He has a number of recordings. They include a solo album, The Tap Room Trio with Harry Bradley and John Blake, The Ewe with the Crooked Horn with Colm Gannon and John Blake, and the album Think before you think, with the band Danu.

http://www.shamrockirishmusic.org/id79.html

Use the contact for at the above link to reserve a spot and for more information.