Irish Music Series

News Story: January 1, 2012

During the spring 2012 semester, Sacred Heart University's Center for Irish Cultural Studies is pleased to offer a series of three music/lecture presentations on Irish traditional music by three highly accomplished and internationally-known musicians.  The schedule is as follows:

"Rebel Songs and Why We Sing Them"
with Derek Warfield

Monday, February 6th, Schine Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Derek Warfield Irish Music Series Rebel Songs and Why We Sing ThemDerek Warfield is a singer, songwriter, mandolin player and a founding member of the Wolfe Tones, performing with the band for over 37 years. He has written and recorded over 60 songs and ballads and now tours with his new band, Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones.  Derek will focus on the musical song, story and literature of the Irish in the American Revolutionary Wars (1765-1815); the history of the Irish rebel song and ballad tradition and why people sing these songs; and Irish ballad culture and its place in Irish and American history. Derek will be joined by members of the Young Wolfe Tones to make his presentation truly memorable.

"History of the Banjo in Traditional Irish Music"
with Mick Moloney

Tuesday, March 6th, Schine Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Mick Moloney Irish Music Series History of the Banjo in Traditional Irish MusicMick Moloney combines the careers of folklorist, arts presenter and advocate, professional musician, and radio and television personality.  Born in Limerick, he was an important figure on the Dublin folk-song revival in the 1960s.  In the early 1970's he gained fame in the United States as a member of Irish group The Johnstons and has since performed and recorded with a variety of groups and individuals, including Eugene O'Donnell, Seamus Egan, Marie and Martin Reilly, the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. In 1999 he was awarded the National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts — the highest official honor a traditional artist can receive in the United States.  In this lecture Mick will perform and explore the history of the banjo in Irish music since its introduction to Ireland in the mid-nineteenth century.

"The Origins and Music of the Irish Union/Uilleann Pipes"
with Jerry O’Sullivan

Wednesday, April 18, Schine Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Jerry O'Sullivan Irish Music Series The Origins and Music of the Irish Union/Uilleann PipesThe Union Pipes, more popularly known in modern times as the Uilleann Pipes, are a unique musical instrument with a sweetness, expressiveness and complexity unparalled in the bagpipe world.  Jerry O'Sullivan has been a practitioner of this instrument since 1976, although he began listening to recordings of uilleann piping since early childhood.  Jerry is an accomplished performer, recording artist, teacher, and scholar of this instrument.  Some of Jerry's credits include working with Hollywood composer John Williams, The Eagles, Don Henley and Dolly Parton, amongst other artists.  In addition to recording three solo albums, Jerry has also been a guest musician on over 100 other recordings and was a featured soloist on Paul Winter's Grammy-winning album, A Celtic Solstice.  With live performance, this evening's lecture will explore the fascinating origins of this instrument and its evolution through the 18th through 20th centuries.  The influence and the music of the seminal uilleann piping quadrumvirate of the 20th century (Patrick J. Touhey, Leo Rowsome, Seamus Ennis and Willie Clancy) will be part of the presentation as well.
Tickets are $10 for each session and will be available at the door.  For more information about this music lecture series or to reserve tickets in advance, please contact Dr. Gerald Reid at 203-371-7765 or reidg@sacredheart.edu.