Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann
O'Neill-Malcom Branch, Washington DC
Dublin-based Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCÉ) is the largest non-profit group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music and culture. Started in 1951, CCÉ now has branches all over the world. The O’Neill-Malcom Branch primarily serves the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Co-sponsored by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, the Institute of Musical Traditions, and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCE) O'Neill-Malcom Branch, this special 2015 Comhaltas concert tour of North American features the tops in Irish Traditional Entertainment, direct from Ireland.
Echoes of Erin, the 43rdth Annual Concert Tour of North America features 14 artists, many of whom are All-Ireland champions. This concert will illustrate the scope of the various art forms- all aspects of solo and group instrumental music, songs in the Irish language (as Gaeilge) and traditional ballads in English, various forms of traditional dancing and the art of storytelling and recitation.
Further details will are available at www.comhaltas.ie detailing information on the performers selected from all over Ireland. Performers include:
Orla Brannigan (champion Irish dancer, flute and whistle), Dic Béimis (Sean Nós dancing), Hannah Collins (multiple All-Ireland piano titles), Sorcha Costello (at the age of 11 won the U-12 All-Ireland fiddle competition), Joe Connaire (banjo and mandolin), Michael Curran (Senior All Ireland Button Accordion title), Conor Mallon (All-Ireland Champion on Uilleann Pipes), Clara Mannion (2013 All-Ireland U18 concertina), Mark Nestor (dancing), Éadaoin Ní Mhaicín (All-Ireland titles in fiddle, harp, piano, viola & lilting), Elle Marie O’ Dwyer (singing won All-Irelands), Cein Sweeney (Senior All-Ireland Flute Champion), Alannah Thornburgh (All-Ireland Fleadh prizes on harp, piano), Joe Arkins (singer), Aaron Brady (singer and percussionist)
Irish Folk Festival 2015:
The 20th annual edition of this wonderful festival was held in September in Fairfax, VA. It featured music and dance performances from some of t the finest Irish artists in the US and Ireland.