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Irish Music in America
Monday, February 26 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm | add to Google Calendar
This program will take place in person in the Yeager Community Room located on the lower level of the Library.
Irish music has been around as long as almost any genre, and is as loved today as it was centuries ago. Spend some time with us as we explore and perform this glorious art. In the olde days in Ireland, instrumentals were written and performed on traditional instruments like the fiddle and the tin whistle. In recent times and with Irish culture making its mark in the new world, Irish American Folk Music was born. They now live in symbiosis, and this event will explore both. We’ll speak of the fascinating history of the art form, tell related personal stories, and perform some of this wonderful music.
Brian Conway is a master fiddler and author who is immersed in the traditional Irish tunes and was awarded the prestigious “All Ireland” championship. His reputation is international. Brian will open a window into traditional Irish music and its composers, and speak about and perform various tunes and styles.
Barry Wiesenfeld has performed on bass, flute and vocals in Irish concerts in both the U.S. and Ireland, and in venues as well-known as Carnegie Hall and The Garden State Arts Center. He has accompanied or shared stages with The Chieftains, Tommy Makem, Carl Corcoran, James Keane, and many others. Besides singing and playing bass, flute, and piano, Barry will relate some behind the scenes stories of his experiences in this musical world.
Sheila Noonan, singer/songwriter, was raised in a home filled with music, and that music is in her genes. She’s the daughter of renowned Irish accordionist, the late Paddy Noonan, and has been on stages both in the U.S. and internationally since she was a young girl. Sheila continues to entertain – with her own band, as a freelance vocalist, and now, joining her colleagues Barry and Brian in bringing Irish music and its history to new audiences.