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SOLD OUT “A Taste of Clare” in association with Trad Week

February 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for ‘A Taste of Clare’, a special night of quality traditional Irish Music in the unique, intimate, accoustic setting of the American Irish Historical Society on Fifth Avenue. Hear the sound that has emanated from the firesides of Ireland from three of the most soulful, traditional Clare mucisians; Blackie O’Connell, Siobhan Peoples and Murty Ryan.

Ticket price includes drinks reception.



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Michael “Blackie” O’Connell – Uilleann Pipes
Michael is one of the most exciting uilleann pipers in Traditional Music. He was taught the uilleann pipes by the great Limerick piper Mickey Dunne. His influences are the playing of Paddy Keenan, who is a regular visitor to his home in Clare, Finbar Furey and the great Johnny Doran. He has been playing the pipes from a young age and is currently living, and playing, at the heart of Irish music in County Clare. He regularly tours Europe, the USA and the Far East but is also very much at home at his local bars in Ennis or Doolin. At concerts and sessions Michael O’Connell performs with gusto, and audiences are swept away by his exuberant and fast flowing piping style.

A regular guest of Na Píobairí Uilleann (uilleann pipes association), and the William Kennedy Piping Festival. He teaches and performs at the annual Catskills Irish Arts Week in New York, and the Doran Tionol, as well as being a full time tutor at the Irish World Academy of Music, University of Limerick.

He has also has toured extensively with various dance troupes in the USA, China, Taiwan and Dubai, including on Broadway and in Carnegie Hall. He has performed with Paddy Keenan, Finbar Furey and the Chieftains. He is an ambassador for Irish tourism as part of the current worldwide internet and TV campaign by Tourism Ireland. In 2010 he released the album; “We were drinking and kissing the ladies”, in collaboration with the renowned concertina player Hugh Healy to great critical acclaim. He has now followed this with the 2014 release of ‘Friars Green’ a duet album with Irish Music stalwart Cyril O’Donoghue. 2015 will see a number of new projects which will include collaboration with fiddle player Eoghan Neff (Anxo Lorenzo band) as well as some new working material for the ‘Blackie O’Connell Band’ following demand from two performances at the Doolin folk festival.

Siobhan Peoples -Fiddle

Siobhan’s musical history is a combination of Donegal, through her father, Tommy, and Clare, through her grandmother, Kitty Linnane who was the pianist with the original Kilfenora Ceili Band. Raised in Clare, she has been involved in music in the community from the age of 11. Discovering the expansive fiddle music of Donegal in her mid teens led her to take a different approach to the fiddle and become immersed in the vastly different style and repertoire of the county. She has been a tutor in the University of Limerick for the past 18 years and enjoys teaching and playing all over Ireland and Europe.

Murty Ryan – Button Accordian

Murty Ryan is a button accordian player from a small village in north Tipperary called Toor and now resides in Ennis Co. Clare. He comes from a musical family and his brother Noel was a one time member of the renowned group Danu. In 2002 Murty released a cd with Clare fiddle player Siobhan Peoples.They still enjoy a musical partnership which has taken them to many festivals both here and abroad. He is part of the vibrant music scene that exists in the town of Ennis and more recently has become one of the organisers of the Ennis Trad Festival.



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February 16, 2018
7:00 pm


American Irish Historical Society
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The American Irish Historical Society
The American Irish Historical Society is a cultural institution featuring a library and archive, public arts programming, and events space.
991 Fifth Avenue
New York
United States

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