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Celtic Thunder at Baltimore’s Patterson Theater by midatlanticcce
March 7, 2012, 7:00 pm
Filed under: Baltimore, Concert

Celtic Thunder at Baltimore’s Patterson Theater

Baltimore, MD (March 6, 2012) – Celtic Thunder, one of the region’s most popular Irish folk music groups during the 1970s and 1980s, will reunite for a concert at Baltimore’s Patterson Theater on March 16.

Before they first appeared on the scene in 1977, the world of Irish music had never seen a group like Celtic Thunder. This was a unique band, combining harmony singing, great instrumental playing, original songs, even step-dancing and poetry in their performances. As the first group in generations to give musical expression to the Irish-American experience, they turned heads and won fans.

The band’s founders include brothers Jesse and Terry Winch, 1st-generation Irish-Americans from The Bronx, and flute player Linda Hickman, granddaughter of Irish immigrants. All three are still at the core of the band. They’re joined by singer Dominick Murray, another 1st-generation Irish-American, who became part of the line-up in 1981, and Brooklyn-born Irish-Italian fiddle virtuoso Tony Demarco, from that same potent moment in the band’s long history.

A powerful force on the Irish music scene since its founding, Celtic Thunder played its first gig in May 1977 at the Harp Pub in Baltimore, and went on to become one of the most influential traditional music groups in the U.S.  Called “a great Irish band” by the Village Voice and “one of the best Irish folk acts in America” by The Washington Post, Celtic Thunder has released three albums over the years. The band’s second CD, The Light of Other Days, which featured Terry Winch’s well-known song “When New York Was Irish,” won the prestigious INDIE award for Best Celtic Album.  In addition to touring Ireland and playing innumerable concerts, ceilis, and pubs in the U.S., Celtic Thunder also performed at the White House twice during the Clinton administration.

For this special reunion concert, original members Jesse Winch (bodhran, bouzouki), Terry Winch (button accordion), and Linda Hickman (flute) are joined by Dominick Murray, the band’s premier singer, and fiddle great Tony DeMarco to reconstitute the group’s line-up ca. 1982.
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Contact: Dominick Murray


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