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Concerts at Glucksman Ireland House

1 Washington Mews – entrance on Fifth Avenue just north of Washington Square.
For more information, call Ireland House at at (212) 998-3950 or visit
All concerts are on Friday nights, starting at 8:00 p.m.
Admission $15 - NYU students and Glucksman Ireland House members free.

Katie Linnane, Isaac Alderson and John Morrow
January 26: Katie Linnane, Isaac Alderson and John Morrow

Fiddler Katie Linnane hails from Pearl River in Rockland County, NY, where a crew of great teachers, including Willie Kelly and Katie's mother Kathy, has mentored hundreds of talented young musicians. Katie, who plays with effortless exuberance, is among the best of this golden generation. For her Blarney Star concert debut, Katie will team up wih Isaac Alderson - a Chicago-born All-Ireland champion on uilleann pipes, flute and tin whistle - and with John Morrow, a highly respected tenor banjo player from County Leitrim.

Dylan Foley and Josh Dukes
February 2: Dylan Foley and Josh Dukes
Four-time All-Ireland senior fiddle champion Dylan Foley lives in Highland, New York in the Hudson Valley. He credits flute player Mike McHale and concertina great Msgr. Charlie Coen as great influences, and received valuable instruction from New York Sligo-style fiddle maestro Brian Conway. But Dylan has gone on to perform and record in a virtuoso style all his own. One of his many musical partners is Washington, D.C.-area flute player Josh Dukes, who also plays guitar, bouzouki and bodhrán and is an All-Ireland champion accompanist in his own right. With Dylan, Josh recorded the well-received CD The New York Connection.

Bernadette Nic Gabhann
March 23: Bernadette Nic Gabhann
Fiddle player Bernadette Nic Gabhann is a member of a distinguished Irish-speaking County Meath musical family. Her father, fiddle great Antóin Mac Gabhann, originally from County Cavan, is a pillar of the traditional music community in Ireland and her sister Caitlin is a well-known concertina player and step dancer. A veteran of many a fleadh and festival, Bernadette has toured with Lord of the Dance and recorded with the trans-Atlantic group NicGaviskey and as a soloist on her recent CD Here to Play.

Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman
April 6: Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman
In the 1980's West Cork native Máire Ní Chathasaigh pioneered a modern traditional music style on the harp, introducing the dance music repertoire, rhythm and ornamentation associated with fiddle, pipes and flute to her instrument and helping to explode the stereotype of the Irish harpist as a gowned performer of semi-classical parlor music. She found a musical and life partner in the massively talented English guitarist Chris Newman. Together they have created a unique string duo sound that combines traditional melodic roots and a modern musical sensibility.
Alison Perkins and Nicolas Brown
May 4: Alison Perkins and Nicolas Brown
This Detroit-based fiddle and uilleann pipes duo have been building a great reputation for their tight duet playing, original repertoire and thorough mastery of Irish traditional style. Alison learned her music from the respected County Clare fiddle player Mick Gavin, a mentor to many Detroit-area Irish traditional musicians, and went on to tour with her family group Finvarra's Wren and with Galway singer/flute player Seán Keane. Nicolas, born in Illinois and raised in Ontario, is one of North America's finest exponents of the world's most sophisticated form of bagpipes. Together they recorded an outstanding 2016 recording, All Covered with Moss. This will be their New York concert debut.

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