Teetotalers in the Tri-State
“An Irish dream team” Earle Hitchner (Wall Street Journal)
June 1, Fri: Connecticut: West Hartford, University of Hartford, Wilde Auditorium, presented by Celtic Airs/WWUH, www.hartford.edu/hartt.
June 2, Sat: Connecticut: Stratford, Stratford Theater, presented by Shamrock Traditional Music Society, www.shamrockirishmusic.org.
June 3, Sun: New York: New York City, Joe’s Pub, www.joespub.com.
THE TEETOTALLERS — an unprecedented new project by three of the best and busiest Irish musicians, Martin Hayes, Kevin Crawford, and John Doyle — make their first US tour this spring, ten East Coast dates winding up at Joe’s Pub in New York on Sunday, June 3rd.
“Irish music fans should be particularly excited about The Teetotalers mini-supergroup, since all three are great collaborative players,” says The Huffington Post.
The group combines fiddler Martin Hayes, Ireland’s Traditional Musician of the Year for 2008 (TG4 Gradam Ceoil awards); flute player Kevin Crawford, a member of acclaimed band Lúnasa; and singer and guitarist John Doyle, a founding member of Solas, recent Joan Baez bandleader, and a Grammy award nominee for 2009. Together they represent a breathtaking summit of talent, skill, and imagination.
Hayes, Crawford, and Doyle first performed together essentially on a whim at the 2010 Sebastopol Celtic Festival in California. The three were “tossed together” by the promoter, Hayes told the Huffington Post’s Marty Lipp, and “we had a great time.” The idea of touring came up and the three looked at each other, he recounted, and asked themselves why not?
Out of that informal, inspired encounter emerged the formidable new trio, which has performed in Ireland to early acclaim. The Teetotallers potent brand of Irish traditional music is meant to be drunk deeply and repeatedly. Expect the extraordinary.
Robbie O’Connell and Dan Milner in NYC and CT
Robbie O’Connell and Dan Milner sing together in New York City (May 4) and Wallingford, CT (May 5).
Robbie is perhaps best known for his work with The Clancy Brothers (his uncles), and Clancy-O’Connell-Clancy. He also writes songs of considerable poignancy and great humor. Dan has recorded 5 CDs with a host of notables, including 8 All-Ireland champions.
The Manhattan concert is at 9PM, Friday, May 4 at NYU Glucksman Ireland House, 1 Washington Mews (Fifth Avenue, 1/2 block north of Washington Square Park). Admission is $15.
The Connecticut event is at 8PM, Saturday, May 5 in Wallingford (15 miles north of New Haven). Reservations are required because seating is limited. Telephone: 203-679-0016, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission is $20.
Matt Mancuso & Patsy O’Brien
Friday, April 13 at 8pm
The Mattabesett Canoe Club, 80 Harbor Dr., Middletown
Suggested donation: $15 general, $8 students, $5 children 12 & under
Reservations preferred, please call Jody Cormack 860-983-7963
or email email@example.com
(come early for a fabulous dinner, on the riverfront!)
New York born Matt Mancuso is an extraordinary musician. His playing is spirited and exuberant, yet underpinned by deep technical mastery.
As a young child, Matt was introduced to Irish Music by his father Pete, a respected guitarist and record producer. Matt studied with the renowned musician and teacher Maureen Glynn and went on to compete in the prestigious All Ireland competitions. He placed second three years running. An extraordinary feat for an Italian – Irish American in what can be a very closed musical society. But there was no denying his talent or his fire.
As Matt grew his musical horizons broadened. He went on to add the love of Jazz to his firm grounding in traditional Irish music. He picked up the trumpet and immersed himself in the Jazz styles of the greats – Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, and Clifford Brown, among others. It was not long before he brought the same mastery to the trumpet as he had to the fiddle. And he continues to add instruments to his list, most recently the octave mandolin and guitar.
Matt Mancuso is a musician of great musical scope. His Irish and jazz influences make him a unique player in the world music scene. It accounts for why he was the star fiddle player in Lord of the Dance – performing to sell-out crowds throughout the world; a founding member of the rousing ensemble The Mickey Finns, and has taken star turns in tours with Irish super-group Grada. He has also brought all of this energy and talent to the Cathie Ryan Band, distinguishing himself not only as a musician but as the funniest musician Cathie has ever worked with. His next career could well be as a stand-up comedian!
Patsy O’Brien is an award winning songwriter with three critically acclaimed CDs to his credit. He is also fast becoming one of Irish music’s most respected guitar accompanists.
Born in Co Cork, Patsy began performing his genre-hopping, blues and jazz influenced originals in clubs throughout Ireland. He then took his music to the United States where his songs began to win awards and acclaim, including a feature on NPR’s All Songs Considered. But the pull of working with others was great and he began sitting in on sessions at St Louis’ famous session pub, McGurk’s. It was only a matter of time before word spread throughout the Irish music scene about Patsy’s guitar mastery. He has since worked with some of the most respected players in Irish Music including renowned fiddle player Eileen Ivers and piping legend Paddy Keenan.
Patsy’s guitar playing moves from driving rhythm to delicate and melodic finger picking. Of the range of emotion he draws from the guitar, The New Haven Advocate writes, “His music is stomping and ocean breezy – sure footed and fragile …” He has performed with The Cathie Ryan Band for the past two years and his interpretive skill and great wealth of talent shine out in Cathie’s concerts.
“Like a good wine, guitarist and singer/songwriter Patsy O’Brien has let his musicianship flourish…. throaty vocals, languid guitar.”—Irish Times
“Ireland’s best kept musical secret-CHECK HIM OUT!” – Irish Examiner
Matt and Patsy are touring to promote their new CD Road Work
History of Banjo in Irish Traditional Music
Lecture by Mick Moloney
Tuesday, March 6, 7:30, $10
Sacred Heart University
5151 Park Avenue
For more information, contact Dr. Gerald Reid at 203-371-7765 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pride of New York
“…At its essence, this quartet of singular talents is defined in spirit by the city of New York which gives the group its name.” – MusicScotland.com
Saturday, January 7th, 2012 @ 7:30 pm
Irish Music & Dance Weekend Nov 4-6
Online workshop registration for Irish Music & Dance Weekend Nov 4-6
We have just added online registration for the workshops at THIS WEEKEND’s (NOV 4 – 6) Irish Music and Dance Weekend AT SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY 5151 PARK AVE FAIRFIELD, CT CLICK THE BANNER BELOW
The program begins on Fri nite Nov 4 with a Super Ceili (dance) featuring an all star Ceile band…come to dance and or listen…tix for the dance are only $10…click the banner below for more info.
Sat. Nov 5 are the AM &PM workshops for beginners and seasoned players of the fiddle, whistle, flute, accordion, pipes, harp, banjo, mandolin, guitar, concertina, as well as, workshops on Ceile dancing and traditional Irish singing…ALL BEING HELD AT SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY 5151 PARK AVE FAIRFIELDclick the banner below to see who’s teaching and to register online
Sat at 7:30 PM an “All Star” concert, The Journey Continues celebrating CCE’s 60th Anniversary & the official naming of our CCE branch. Only $20/$10 students…click here to purchase tix for the Sat Nov 5 All Star” concert at AT SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY 5151 PARK AVE FAIRFIELD.
Sun Nov 6 from 10AM till 1PM there will be a closing Ceili AT SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY 5151 PARK AVE FAIRFIELD.
The Shamrock Traditional Music Society, The PV O’Donnell Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (CCE) and Sacred Heart University’s Irish Cultural Studies program present these three days of fun and learning.
The Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society, Inc. is an ALL VOLUNTEER IRS 501, (c), (3) not-for- profit educational organization.
According to The Irish Echo …”The Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society…must now be considered the premier, East Coast, not-for-profit organization presenting high-quality live Irish Traditional Music.”
All the best,
The Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society, Inc.
voice: 203 256 8453
Be certain to visit www.shamrockirishmusic.org for updates and info re Traditional Irish Music & Culture.
Echoes Of Erin Concert Tour of North America in Fairfield!
Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Fairfield, CT Sacred Heart University
Edgerton CTR for the Arts 5151 Park Av.
13 champion Irish musicians, dancers, singers and storytellers from Ireland in an exciting display of Irish traditional music entertainment! Don’t miss out!