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2017 FESTIVAL MUSICIANS
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 24TH &
SATURDAY, & 25TH

FRIDAY SHOW, THE 24TH
MUSICIANS

DAVID J. WINTER – War Pipes &
Uilleann Pipes
David has appeared on stages throughout the western United States, including five world premiere productions in Los Angeles and in San Francisco. He has been a Highland Piper for over fifty years, but, having been told that the Uilleann Pipes require a lifetime to master, he waited to take them up until the age of sixty, in order to save time. David is a engaging orator and masterful storyteller.

KYLE ALDEN –

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Kyle is a California-based singer/songwriter and guitarist who performs in the U.S. and abroad. Internationally recognized for his folk music settings of the poetry of W.B. Yeats, Kyle was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2012 Y-Tunes Song Contest in Sligo, Ireland, Yeats’ hometown. He has performed the Yeats songs at the Hawkswell Theater, Sligo, and Symphony Space in New York.  www.kylealden.com

JOHNNY CAULFIELD & FRIENDS
John has been playing fiddle and mandolin in various bands all over Europe and the US for the past four decades. He plays with?friends every Sunday afternoon in Fairfax and with the San Francisco based group, “The Gasmen”. John is a highly?regarded?fiddle teacher and is recognized internationally as a master fiddle player.
HIS FRIENDS:
Michael Riemer
Luis Devereux
Rebecca Richman

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 dances, 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.

THE?SATURDAY SHOW, THE 25TH
MUSICIANS

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. Having received an NEA endowment as a young man in 1982, Todd studied in Ireland and performed in Europe, Ireland and across the US. His 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. Combining American clogging and Irish step dancing with original choreography, Todd Denman and Aniar perform a fully theatrical musical show, entitled Soulstice.
“Todd Denman… is now recognized everywhere as a master of the uilleann pipes and whistle.”
Irish Music Magazine, Dublin, Ireland.
Todd will be joined by acclaimed keyboard player, Eamonn Flynn and guitarist, John Ward.

LUCIA COMNES AND HER IRSH ROCKIN’ BAND

The Lucia Comnes Band is a five-piece folk powerhouse that combines influences from Rock, Blues, Irish Trad and Bluegrass to deliver upbeat Rockin’ Irish Folk music. Lead by San Francisco singer-songwriter-fiddler, Lucia Comnes, with a ‘singular voice (San Francisco Chronicle), the band boasts an irresistible rhythm section composed of drums and bass, some of the finest box accordion playing by Cork-native, Christy Leahy, all the while preserving that lovely string-band sound with Burke T on acoustic guitar and Lucia’s fiery fiddling. The band often features numerous other special guests. They have been a featured band for San Francisco’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities for the last 10 years bringing ‘a fresh and invigorating take on the Irish sound’ (SF Irish Herald).


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Lucia Comnes is an American fiddler-singer-songwriter from San Francisco, California, who has been greatly influenced and inspired by the Irish tradition over the years. Her impressive musical background includes playing/touring with Joan Baez, opening for Paul Brady and collaborating with Liam  Maonla, Colm Riain, Seamus Begley and Tada.

A storyteller at heart, Lucia writes powerful melodies with honest, earthy lyrics that reflect her connection to the elements. Her song, ‘No Hiding Place’, a swampy blues number that marries lines from Appalachian ballads to a Bo Diddley beat, was recognised by the Dallas Texas Songwriters Association as Best Song of the Year in 2014 which led to her recent recording project in Nashville, Tennessee.
Folk Radio UK calls Lucia’s most recent album, ‘Love, Hope & Tyranny’ (Delfina Records 2015) “a wonderful record that balances a real sophistication, with an authentic rootsy vibe that proves simply irresistible.?

“A real live scorcher!” – Mike Davies of Folking.com
“A singular voice embedded with soul and spirit.” – San Francisco Chronicle
“A fresh and invigorating take on the Irish sound.” – San Francisco Irish Herald
ARTIST WEBSITE:
http://www.luciacomnes.com/
LIVE VIDEOS:
https://youtu.be/anpm6hQWl-0https://youtu.be/kpEcxHNjtv0
https://youtu.be/s5jfKK7LgNw

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More PRESS at: http://www.luciacomnes.com/press/
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CONTACT INFO:
Lucia Comnes
+39 327 8610410
luciacomnes.com
Twitter: @LuciaComnes
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/luciacomnesmusic/

THE BAND MEMBERS

Accordion and vocals:
CHRISTY LEAHY grew up in Carraig na bhFear, Co. Cork in a musical household. He was taught by Bobby Gardiner and Noreen Kelleher before crafting out his own distinctive style of button accordion playing through years of playing for dances and in sessions. He also performs with the group North Cregg with whom he has recorded four albums and toured internationally. Christy has been hailed as one of the finest accordionists of his generation exuding the energetic dance rhythms of his native County Cork. His 2010 recording collaboration with Caoimh’n Vallely has been critically acclaimed and continues to enjoy much airplay across the US, Ireland and Europe. He recently was guest presenter on the Irish language TV music series Geanntrai as well being regularly played on radio programs across the globe.

Guitar, harmonica and vocals:
BURKE TRIESCHMANN is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, performing musician, composer, recording engineer, audio producer and host of the monthly Ivy Room Music Showcase and Open Mic in Albany, California. He has been playing and performing music at concerts, clubs, and recording sessions in the Bay Area for many years as a solo artist and in several bands, including the Lucia Comnes Band in which he sings and plays guitar and harmonica. His production company, Open Door Productions, provides sound design and audio production services for live performances, recording artists, video games, film, commercial releases, and other interactive media. Recent performances include The Great American Music Hall, Studio 55 in San Rafael, The Ivy Room, Cafe Du Nord, O’Reilly’s Pub, The Sleeping Lady, The Starry Plough, The Driftwood, The Sun Valley Brewery, SF Civic Center Plaza, Tupelo North Beach, and 19 Broadway. Visit his website www.opendoorprod.com for more information.

Bass:
MIKE ANDERSON is a veteran San Francisco Bay Area bassist. He cut his teeth in the mid to late 80’s playing in rock and punk bands at such legendary SF clubs as The Mabuhay Gardens, The Nightbreak and The Stone. In the 90’s Mike and his band, Big Blue Hearts, were signed to Geffen Records and went on to record their debut record with T-Bone Burnett. A U.S. tour opening for Joe Walsh and a month playing in Europe followed. Since then, Mike has recorded and toured with a who?s who of local artists and plays upwards of 100 local dates a year. He has been the primary bassist for the Lucia Comnes Band since 2014.

Drums:
GABRIEL HARRIS has been surrounded by music since birth and has passionately sought out the secrets of the drum since the 1980s when he met master drummer Babatunde Olatunji. His apprenticeship with Olatunji inspired travel to West and South Africa to discover traditional rhythms and melodies with master drummers and griots – or jeli, as they are called in Africa – Ibro Konate, Djelimodou “Pisto” Sylla, Lassana Kouyate, to name a few. In the 1990s Gabriel performed and recorded with innovative world fusion group Collage of i and co-founded the Naamu Groove Ensemble. In 2001 he founded Rhythm Village, producing, performing and leading workshops for a wide variety of audiences, from schools to international corporations such as PIXAR, Kaiser Permanente, CISCO Systems. He has performed with his mother Joan Baez, French born music sensation Marianne Aya Omac, Wangari Trio, The Grateful Dead, Carlos Santana, Mickey Hart, Indigo Girls, Don Cherry, Thelma Houston, Babatunde Olatunji, Pete Escovedo’s Latin Jazz Ensemble, among others. In addition to touring with his mother, Gabriel is currently working on recordings with Marianne Aya Omac and Burkina Faso’s Malima Kone and Les Harmonies.

2017 MUSICIANS
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH – “MUSIC AROUND THE TOWN

MARLA FIBISH is one of the leading exponents of mandolin in Irish music, bringing a musicality and excitement to the tradition that is seldom heard on the instrument.  Her dynamic playing is featured both on her CD with Three Mile Stone, and on The Morning Star, a duo CD with Jimmy Crowley, an all-instrumental project which features Irish music on an array of mandolin-family instruments mandolin, mandola, mandocello, bouzouki, and dordan. In addition to the mandolin, Marla plays mandola, tenor guitar and button accordion. She sings and writes music, and is known for her musical settings of works from a variety of poets. This work is featured in her current duo project Noctambule, with guitarist and husband Bruce Victor. An experienced and sought-after teacher, Marla teaches private students, and has been a staff instructor at many music camps, including The Mandolin Symposium, The Swannanoa Gathering, O?Flaherty Irish Music Retreat, Portal Irish Music Week and others.
www.marlafibish.com
www.noctambulemusic.com

BRUCE VICTOR is an eclectic and accomplished guitarist and composer, who plays several different guitars in several different tunings. In addition to Irish music, his interests span many additional genres — he has been labeled a ‘poly-stylist by one of the editors of Acoustic Guitar magazine. His current primary endeavor is Noctambule, his collaboration with Marla Fibish in which they create original musical settings of a broad array of poetry. In addition, he has played with The Sirens of San Francisco, The Triplicates, and as a solo performer. He was the founder of The Acoustic Vortex, a non-profit musical organization that produced house concerts, mentored youth performers, and performed benefit concerts for other non-profit organizations. He is also a practicing psychiatrist and was a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
www.noctambulemusic.com

PATRICE HAAN is a harper, singer, songwriter, composer and wordsmith, devoted to the healing presence of listening. Patrice has an ear for melody, a heart for feelings and a gift for lyrics which she combines into beautiful music, whether singing and playing her own songs or interpreting others’ creations. As well as playing therapeutic music with Healing Muses, a non-profit that provides music for healing in local hospitals, Patrice is increasingly being recognized for her songwriting and poetry. Her tunes are often described as “beautiful, gorgeous, poetic and evocative, healing our souls and our heartache with the palpable love and the poetry of the music.”Besides her intuitive and poetic harp compositions, Patrice is best known for her sultry and seductive vocal performances with Tony Marcus in the Oakland-based jazz ensemble Leftover Dreams. For more information about her four albums of music, visit www.PatriceHaan.com

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AUTUMN RHODES(flute, concertina, tin whistle, and uilleann pipes) was raised in a household full of Irish music. At the age of 12, while living in rural Indiana, she was given a tin whistle for a birthday present and took to it right away. She hasn’t looked back – she started performing professionally the next year and hasn’t stopped since. Throughout the years she’s toured throughout the United States with bands such as Soltr, M’ra, The Colleens, Purest Green, Edington, Barton, & Rhodes, The Bardic Apostles, Kennedy’s Kitchen, and The Wrenboys; she has played for various Irish dance groups including Siamsa, Celtic Fire, and Kaleidoscope, and has partnered up with piper Tim Hill, multi-instrumentalist Julie Henigan, sean-n’s dancer Maldon Meehan, harpist Susan Mashiyama, among others. She now lives in San Francisco where she teaches music and performs with several bands and individual performers.

BRUCE VICTOR is an eclectic and accomplished guitarist and composer, who plays several different guitars in several different tunings. In addition to Irish music, his interests span many additional genres — he has been labeled a ‘poly-stylist’ by one of the editors of Acoustic Guitar magazine. His current primary endeavor is Noctambule, his collaboration with Marla Fibish in which they create original musical settings of a broad array of poetry. In addition, he has played with The Sirens of San Francisco, The Triplicates, and as a solo performer. He was the founder of The Acoustic Vortex, a non-profit musical organization that produced house concerts, mentored youth performers, and performed benefit concerts for other non-profit organizations. He is also a practicing psychiatrist and was a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
www.noctambulemusic.com

DAVID J. WINTER has appeared on stages throughout the western United States, including five world premiere productions in Los Angeles and in San Francisco. At the Berkeley City Club in 2002 he was seen as King Magnus in W.I.T.?s production of Shaw’s The Apple Cart . On San Francisco Bay, aboard the windjammer C.A. Thayer, he played the lead role of Driscoll in the repeatedly extended run of Eugene O’Neill’s Four Plays of the Sea which won the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award. With his colleagues, ?Six White Writers Sitting Around with Their Clothes On he played seven different roles in their original show Buncha Buncha Grapes, which won the top prize Best of the Festival in the 1995 San Francisco Fringe Festival. As a director his credits include Master Harold and the Boys, The Dresser, and That Championship Season, among others. He has been a Highland Piper for over fifty years, but, having been told that the Uilleann Pipes require a lifetime to master, he waited to take them up until the age of sixty, in order to save time.

 

JOHN CAULFIELD began playing Irish Traditional music as a teenager growing up in Dundalk, County Louth (the wee county) in the mid 1960’s. His father and most of his uncles were fiddle players based in nearby county Monaghan.
He and his friend, Imor Byrne, put their shillings and pence together and bought a copy of O’Neill’s “1000 and one gems of Irish music” in 1969. They somehow learned 1002 tunes from it; there will be a recount one of these days.

 

KEITH DUBINSKY – Keith Dubinsky (tenor banjo) is a Bay Area architect and a regular at several local Irish traditional music sessions. Starting out as a mandolin student of Marla Fibish’s over a decade ago, he has recently embraced the tenor banjo and continued to deepen his knowledge of the tradition. He is grateful for the amazing Irish music community here in the Bay Area and for the many friends from Ireland he has made playing the music.

 

MARLA FIBISH is one of the leading exponents of mandolin in Irish music, bringing a musicality and excitement to the tradition that is seldom heard on the instrument. ?Her dynamic playing is featured?both on her CD with Three Mile Stone, and on?The Morning Star, a duo CD with Jimmy Crowley, an all-instrumental project which features Irish music on an array of mandolin-family instruments  mandolin, mandola, mandocello, bouzouki, and dordan. In addition to the mandolin, Marla plays mandola, tenor guitar and button accordion. She sings and writes music, and is known for her musical settings of works from a variety of poets. This work is featured in her current duo project Noctambule, with guitarist and husband Bruce Victor. An experienced and sought-after teacher, Marla teaches private students, and has been a staff instructor at many music camps, including The Mandolin Symposium, The Swannanoa Gathering, O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat, Portal Irish Music Week and others.
www.marlafibish.com
www.noctambulemusic.com

PATRICE HAAN is a harper, singer, songwriter, composer and wordsmith, devoted to the healing presence of listening. Patrice has an ear for melody, a heart for feelings and a gift for lyrics which she combines into beautiful music, whether singing and playing her own songs or interpreting others’ creations. As well as playing therapeutic music with Healing Muses, a non-profit that provides music for healing in local hospitals, Patrice is increasingly being recognized for her songwriting and poetry. Her tunes are often described as “beautiful, gorgeous, poetic and evocative, healing our souls and our heartache with the palpable love and the poetry of the music. “Besides her intuitive and poetic harp compositions, Patrice is best known for her sultry and seductive vocal performances with Tony Marcus in the Oakland-based jazz ensemble Leftover Dreams. For more information about her four albums of music, visit www.PatriceHaan.com.

ROSIN LAFFERTY – Born in Co Galway, Ireland, Roisin had her first music lesson at the age of 3! She quickly became competent on whistle and a variety of other instruments including flute and fiddle. ?Prior to the family relocation to California in 2007, Roisin had many tin whistle teachers, most notably the renowned Mary Bergin. ? A seasoned Fleadh Cheoil competitor, Roisin has enjoyed considerable music competition success on both sides of the Atlantic. Indeed she is still a valued member of ?Tigh na Coille, a highly acclaimed grouping of young musicians in Co Clare, who have been the recipients of the highest accolades at national level in Ireland. She rejoins this group/band every summer for the annual Fleadh Cheoil circuit through county, provincial and ultimately All-Ireland level. Roisin and her siblings recently completed the recording of their CD which is appropriately named “Reeling in the Redwoods..The Lafferty Family”. Currently a High School Junior, Roisin plans to return to Ireland for her College Education.

RORY MCNAMARA – Since the 1970’s, Rory has been performing his own personal blend of Irish and American music and song. From the night spots of Berlin and Hamburg, the folks and music clubs of the British Isles to the festivals and night clubs of the San Francisico Bay Area, audiences have returned time and time again to hear his heartfelt singing from a well chosen repertoire of songs.

Born near London of English and Irish parents, it could be said that Rory’s musical career began at the age of ten when he played second ukulele in the Hottentots, a school skiffle band. “Hotter than hottest Africa” was their motto?www.rorymcnamara.com

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