The goal of A St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn each year is to explore the impact of Irish traditional music, song, and dance around the world. This regularly brings us to Scotland and Wales, but often much further afield, to Cape Breton and Newfoundland, to Quebec, various parts of the US, and of course, back to Ireland itself where the music continues as a living, breathing and vibrant part of the culture. This year, once again, our line-up reflects that principle.
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Keith Murphy. A long-time resident of Vermont, Keith has deep musical roots in the Maritimes, Quebecois, New England, and Celtic music. He has been Music Director for A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn since 2012.
Singer Matthew Byrne will join us from his home in Newfoundland.
Nathan Gourley and Laura Feddersen are two of America’s most highly regarded young players of traditional Irish music. Their playing is steeped in lifelong study of the Irish tradition, and is at the same time colored by their American roots.
Joey Abarta is one of the most admired Uilleann Pipers in the world today.
Acclaimed Irish musicians each in their own right, Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh have joined forces to create one of traditional music’s most impressive duos. Their spirited music and dance is rooted in the tradition; brimming with soul and life.
Emma O’Sullivan is from Connemara, Co. Galway in the West of Ireland. An All-Ireland Champion in the sean-nos (old style) of traditional dance, she has toured the globe with many of the top names in traditional Irish music and has an online fame based on wonderful videos recorded in Galway and elsewhere in the West of Ireland. Emma will be accompanied on the box, by the renowned Johnny Og Connolly.
Rasa String Quartet was formed in 2019 at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA and consists of Irish-American violinist, Maura Shawn Scanlin, who is our connection to Rasa, and was also a member of the group who created our virtual Christmas Celtic Sojourn this past December. Japanese-American violinist, Kiyoshi Hayashi, Spanish-Vietnamese violist, Claudia Do Minh Ramos, and Korean-American cellist, Eunghee Cho, complete the quartet. The Rasa String Quartet is quickly emerging as one of New England’s finest young ensembles. In 2020, Brian commissioned Rasa to resurrect a mid-20th century Irish classical composition, Meath Pastoral, by Arthur Duff. This will be featured in this year's edition of the program.