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Dave Fahy, Ronan O Flaherty and Pio Ryan in concert by midatlanticcce
February 20, 2014, 2:38 pm
Filed under: Concert, New York, NYC

Dave Fahy, Ronan O Flaherty and Pio Ryan in concert

Thursday, February 20, 10:00pm-1:00am, Tir Na N-Og on 33rd st and 8th ave, Manhattan

For one night only there is a concert featuring Dave Fahy (Guitar/Vocals), Ronan O Flaherty (Fiddle) and Pio Ryan (banjo) in Tir Na N-Og on 33rd st and 8th ave, Manhattan. Concert starts at 10pm until 1am. Dave Fahy and Pio Ryan are two stalwarts of the Irish music scene in New York and are delighted to welcome back current De Dannan member Ronan O Flaherty to New York.

Dave Fahy has become one of the more sought after Irish guitar players and singers on the New York music scene today. Originally from Galway, Dave is a self-taught guitar player who possesses a broad range of styles, from driving and percussive to sensitive and nuanced. His singing is influenced by the singing and songs of artists such as Christy Moore, Dick Gaughan or Shane Mac Gowan, but here again Dave has his own individual stamp, and the result is an arist with a fresh and exciting new sound.

Ronan is a graduate of the UL World Academy degree in Irish Traditional Music and completed all grades in Classical Violin through the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

He is also a multiple winner of All-Ireland medals on the fiddle. With over 20 years live performance and 8 years teaching experience on the fiddle, Ronan has been immersed in the best of Galway’s world famous Irish music tradition for most of his life and is committed to passing on the tradition to the next generation of players. Ronan has toured Ireland and the world extensively, teaching and playing Irish music in England, France,Germany, Italy, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. He is currently the fiddle player in legendary trad group De Danann, where his performance skills, confidence and ability to perform under pressure are constantly improving. When not touring Ronan plays regular sessions in Tigh Choili, Galway.

Tipperary born and bred Irish Tenor Banjoist Pio Ryan has been playing the NYC Irish Traditional circuit for seven years now. His deep rooted traditional style mixed with blues and bluegrass influences creates a unique twist with a sound that is both driven and refreshing. Pio learned his trade from his father John Ryan, a renowned whistle player from North Tipperary. After earning a degree in Professional Irish Music Performance, Pio officially transplanted to the US in 2005 finding a home at the Irish Arts Center. He originated the Irish Tenor Banjo and Mandolin programs, whose strong following continues to grow. Pio’s teaching credits also include faculty membership at two of the most prestigious workshops of Irish Music- The Catskills Irish Arts Week and The Swannanoa Gathering. When he’s not teaching, Pio remains very active on the Irish Traditional scene in the U.S and abroad. Venues include Webster Hall in NYC, Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas, Mulligan’s in Amsterdam, and The National Concert Hall in Dublin, as well as festivals like the Kansas City Irish Music Festival and Karlsruhe Festival in Germany. You’d be likely to meet Pio at one of the many weekly sessions around NYC sharing tunes and stories with friends and newcomers.

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