How remarkable is our region for Irish step and sean-nos dancing? Take a look at this list of schools from our region, each of which will be represented: Boyle School, Culkin School, Duffy School, Maple Academy, O'Neill-James School, Shannon Dunne Dance.
Stay tuned... the roster is expanding!
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World-champion button accordion master Billy McComiskey returns to the festival, bringing with him a supporting cast of all-star players from the Baltimore Irish scene. Don’t miss your chance to hear the music of Ireland performed by an Irish traditional music artist recognized as among the greatest on the planet.
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The New Century American Irish-Arts Company shows are being hailed as the most exciting and artful Irish traditional music and dance performancessince Riverdance first visited the Wolftrap stage. They are elevating an already high art form. It simply doesn't get any better, anywhere.
New Century website: www.newcenturyirisharts.com
To the delight of in-the-know Irish traditional music lovers, Lilt will be performing at this year's festival. Lilt is the musical partnership of Tina Eck and Keith Carr. Their expert and artfully honed duets on flute, bouzouki, tin whistle, and banjo have earned them fans far, wide and deep. This summer, in addition to their performances on the festival circuit, Lilt has been in the studio fine-tuning a soon-to-be-released recording. Don't miss their performance of greatest hits, as well as jewels from the recording.
Lilt's website: www.liltirishmusic.com
The Flaming Shillelaghs -- perennial favorites in the summer Bluemont Concert series -- will make an appearance, with spirited tunes and beautiful singing (with Melissa Weaver Dunning, Jesse Winch, Joe DeZarn, Tina Eck).
Flaming Shillelaghs website: www.flamingshillelaghs.com
Grass-roots Irish singing at its best. The South Roscommon Singers (SoRo Singers), seasoned performers, share rare or little-heard folk gems with sublime expressiveness. The music is magnetic and moving, as it was in the time when music served as story-telling. Ballads from Galway and Roscommon, Offaly and Sligo, haunting and rousing, are on the song-list, and you'll be invited to sing along.
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann
O'Neill-Malcom Branch, Washington DC
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