2018 FESTIVAL MUSICIANS
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 23RD &
FRIDAY THE 24TH
SATURDAY SHOW, THE 24TH
IRISH VARIETY MUSIC SHOW
THE BLACK BROTHERS BAND
The repertoire of the Brothers is very broad and includes old Dublin street songs, music hall songs and historical ballads, songs from the Irish, English and Scottish traditions, along with songs by contemporary writers. Shay and Michael are close harmony singers, with a special fondness for songs that include their audience in chorus, and many of the songs are narratives with stories. The performances include a lot of up tempo reels and jigs, along with some mighty fine dancing from their dancers, which brings an added excitement to every concert. With each show interspersed with stories, jokes and humorous childhood anecdotes, audiences invariably leave their concerts smiling broadly and humming new choruses.
Shay and Michael Black are now touring the U.S. regularly. The brothers have recently been joined by piano player, Eamonn Flynn. Cellist Myra Joy, who is an accomplished solo musicians in her own right. The band is rounded out by fiddle virtuoso Bobbi Nikles. These fine musicians are sure to bring energy and liveliness to the music of the Black Brothers which is further enhanced by the dancing of Ciara Duggan.
TODD DENMAN &
Todd Denman has been performing the uilleann pipes since 1982 and is recognized as an American master of the instrument. A rare form of bagpipe native to Ireland, the uilleann pipes are bellows inflated and have the largest musical and harmonic capacity of all bagpipes in the world. Todd’s recordings have reached Top-10 charts and received wide acclaim in both Ireland and America. His theatrical performances have sold out and he has been a California Arts Council Touring Artist for many seasons.
Todd’s tin whistle play is soul touching
“Todd Denman… is now recognized everywhere as a master of the uilleann pipes and whistle.”
Irish Music Magazine, Dublin, Ireland.
Maeve Mc Sweeney – Button Accordion, Flute and Tin Whistle
Maeve Mc Sweeney is from the village of Ballydehob in West Cork. Having spent summers attending sessions in the Sliabh Luachra area with family she developed a keen interest in traditional music. The button accordion is her main instrument on which she holds a previous All Ireland title. Maeve qualified as a teacher of Home Economics and Irish in 2009 and in 2010 she completed an MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance at the University of Limerick.
San Francisco based fiddler Bobbi Nikles is an acclaimed force in the Bay Area music scene. With projects ranging from creating the successful music camp Fiddlekids, to performing in a wide array of bands: Irish, Old-time, contradance and Jazz combos, her presence abounds. Her luscious fiddling and driving rhythm add fuel to every project she’s with: Wake the Dead, Melanie O’Reilly Aishling, Black Brothers Band and many more. She has been a contributor to Strings magazine with articles on bowing technique and instrument evaluation. A sought after teacher at camps, workshops and in her private studio, Bobbi’s creative and nurturing style naturally incorporates her depth of knowledge and her experience as a teacher for over 30 years.
Darcy Noonan started her violin career at age 7 in Berkeley, California. She studied classical music and supplemented it with weekly Irish dance classes. Years later she combined the two and began playing Irish fiddle. Darcy was lucky enough to have supportive parents with an extensive Irish music library and had many great artists to influence her including Frankie Gavin, Liz Carroll, Tommy Peoples and John Carty among many others. After high school she travelled around Ireland and found a second home in Galway City where she honed her music style and got to meet and play with many of her childhood idols. Now Darcy spends most of her time in the San Francisco Bay Area, performing, teaching violin and experimenting with new styles of music.
Erin Shrader (fiddle, voice, and guitar) has been propelling dancers around the floor and breaking hearts with an occasional well-chosen song since she was a teenager in western Washington. A Northwest fiddler in the truest sense, she plays several styles without an accent. Her first brush with Irish music came as a student of the great Irish sean nos singer Joe Heaney, who has been an enduring influence. Erin was a US Irish fiddle champion, performed occasionally with the driving French Canadian trio Matapat, the hard-shoe dance company Rhythm In Shoes, and the two-faced (old-time and New England) dance band Jekyll and Hyde. Erin was awarded an NEA fellowship to study dance fiddling in New Hampshire, earned a degree in medieval music performance from Indiana University, and toured with the early music/Celtic crossover group Ensemble Galilei. A trained bow maker, she now writes about the violin trade for Strings magazine and teaches at Lark Camp where she met Richard and Marla. (email@example.com)
Is an American singer, songwriter, fiddler and guitarist with a ‘singular voice’ (SF Chronicle) whose roots music crosses genres of Americana, Folk, Irish, Bluegrass & Rock. She writes powerful melodies with forceful, earthy lyrics that reflect her connection to the elements.
She celebrates the diversity of musical cultures from around the world through her singing, songwriting, fiddling, and guitar playing. She’s known for her contemporary interpretations of Irish, Balkan, and American folk music, and for her original songs, which reflect her many influences. Her ability to seamlessly blend different styles results in music that draws from the past but is refreshingly contemporary. Lucia’s fiddling is a powerful and emotional expression of her musical vision – a vision that demonstrates that she isn’t afraid to take chances. Her voice, crystal clear but with a hint of mystery, was described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “singular… embedded with soul and spirit.”
Rebecca Richman has been fiddling since she was old enough to hold the instrument (a long time). Now living in Santa Rosa, Rebecca has explored numerous styles of music, including some formal training at Mills College in Oakland. But her main emphasis has been on the music of Scotland
and Ireland. Several years ago, she immersed herself into the deep pool of traditional Appalachian fiddling. After several visits to that region, especially the famous fiddle camp in Cliff Top, West Virginia, she now brings a refr Her workshop will focus on some of these tunes and the techniques to play them.
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