Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Mid-Atlantic Region

Hall of Fame! by midatlanticcce
November 23, 2010, 7:57 am
Filed under: Hall of Fame

Mulvihill, Reynolds and Meade elected to Mid-Atlantic Hall!

Adapted from a recent email circulated by Rose Flanagan:

Just wanted everyone to know that Margie Mulvihill, John Reynolds and Don Meade are being inducted into the Hall of Fame for Comhaltas for our region!  This is a huge honor that credits the three of them for their outstanding devotion to the promotion of Irish Music. They’ve gone above and beyond in their dedication to keeping this tradition alive, now and into the next generation.

Margie started out as a student of Martin Mulvihill, which sparked a lifelong love of the music. Her outstanding musical ability was evident very early on.  She spent many years as an original member of the group Morning Star, with whom she toured and gigged extensively.  Over the years, she’s played with some of the biggest names in Irish music. Her genuine love of the music not only comes out in her playing, but in the love she has for teaching. Her students can attest to her dedication and her efforts to instill in them the same love for the music that she has. Margie is always the first person to step forward and help out in any situation in whatever capacity is necessary, musical or otherwise.  Margie’s dedication to her students is unsurpassed and they are very fortunate to have her as their teacher! Her enthusiasm is contagious and I’m sure that all her fellow musicians would agree that it’s a delight to be able to play music with her!

John stared out as a student of Pete Kelly and developed a love for the music at an early age. His fiddle playing is outstanding and is reminiscent of Sean McGuire. He too has played with some of the biggest names in Irish Music and his versatility in accompanying musicians is very highly regarded. He has been a great help to Margie and the other Pearl River Music teachers in putting together pieces for various groups. John’s personality is such that he doesn’t seek the limelight and it’s about time that his great contributions to Irish music and its promotion is acknowledged!

Don is fondly referred to (by me) as the ‘Encyclopedia of Irish Music.’ I’m sure that many others refer to him the same way. He is simply the go-to man when it comes to finding out the name or origin of a tune–his knowledge of Irish music is uncanny. He is also well known for hosting the Blarney Star concert series in NYC, which remains one of the best venues to hear the greatest names in Irish music in New York. He is highly regarded as a multi-instrumentalist and has also played with all the great musicians of our time. It is long overdue that Don is finally acknowledged for his wonderful contributions and promotion of Irish music.

Click here for information about this year’s Hall of Fame / Fleadh event


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