2018 FESTIVAL MUSICIANS
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 24TH &
SATURDAY SHOW, THE 24TH
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.
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.
THE SATURDAY SHOW, THE 25TH
Todd will be joined by acclaimed keyboard player, Eamonn Flynn and guitarist, John Ward.