WGBH presents the ninth annual A St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan at two locations!
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Hanover Theatre, Worcester, MA
Friday, March 14, 7:30pm
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Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MA
Saturday, March 15, 8pm
Sunday, March 16, 3pm
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The Alan Kelly Gang
Fronted by Ireland's piano accordion maestro with three critically acclaimed masters of their craft in tow, the Alan Kelly Gang sits firmly at the cutting edge of the traditional and world music scene. Hailed by international critics for their consummate musicianship and powerful, emotive performance, they deliver a unique and diverse perspective to the Celtic repertoire, amalgamating a musical dialogue that spans the Celtic countries, all the while with Ireland sternly at its helm. With powerful instrumentals and vocals, strong dynamics, driving rhythms, and buoyant harmonies, their music will draw even the most fainthearted listener into the passion that they put into the music they play.
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Carlos Núñez is one of Galicia's most revered artists, undisputed as the tradition's greatest piper. He is also enormously popular across the rest of Spain and throughout Ireland, Britain, mainland Europe and Latin America. His records regularly attain gold and platinum status in Spain, while worldwide, he has sold more than a million albums. He is already known in Irish music thanks to his early "adoption" by The Chieftains (so close was his musical and personal connection he was dubbed "The Seventh Chieftain"). He played on many of the acclaimed Irish group's CDs including Treasure Island, The Long Black Veil, the Grammy-winning Santiago (inspired by Galician music), Mexican project San Patricio, and their latest release, Voice of Ages.
Carlos will be joined by his brother Xurxo on percussion, and Pancho Alvarez on Brazilian viola and fiddle, and guitar. Whenever he performs, expect some surprises.
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Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh
Three-time winner of the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil on concertina, Caitlín is a regular performer at festivals and in concert halls from North America all the way to Asia. She also is an accomplished dancer and in 2009, joined Riverdance as troupe dancer. Writing tunes since the age of 10, she teaches concertina annually at summer and winter schools in Ireland, Europe, and the US and has performed with the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet, Paddy Keenan, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Cherish The Ladies, The Kilfenora Ceili Band, and for presidents and royalty around the world. Her debut solo CD release, Caitlín was voted the 2012 "CD of the Year" award by tradconnect.com, as well as being labeled the "top Irish traditional album of 2012" by The Wall Street Journal.
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Ciarán Ó Maonaigh is a fiddle player from Gaoth Dobhair, County Donegal. A grandson of Proinsias Ó Maonaigh (a.k.a. Francie Mooney), and a nephew of Altan founder and lead singer Mairead ni Mhaonaigh. He was the 2003 TG4 Young Traditional Musician of the Year. He has been part of the award-winning group Fidil together with Aidan O'Donnell. His duo with Caitlin has been getting rave reviews and we are told their first CD is in the works. This will be their first performance in the US as a duo.
Keith Murphy, Music Director
Named music director for A St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn in 2012, Keith Murphy is a native of Newfoundland and a founding member of Nightingale, a trio which broke new ground in its sophisticated approach to traditional music. He is a mainstay of the Boston fiddle extravaganza, Childsplay, and has also worked extensively with Tony Barrand on the early 20th-century song repertoire of the Atwood family from Dover, Vermont. He also appears frequently with his wife, fiddler Becky Tracy.
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