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“An Evening of Irish Traditional Music” to be Held
11/15/2005

The Frostburg State University and the Allegany Arts Council will host “An Evening of Irish Traditional Music” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Frostburg Community Center, 27 Water Street.

Performers include FSU international exchange student Brid Dunne, of County Limerick, on fiddle; Frostburg resident Jeff Thomas on anglo concertina; and Tipperary man Pat Egan on guitar and vocals.

Dunne descends from a long line of talented musicians, including her father Mickey, widely regarded as one of Ireland’s finest pipers. She is an award-winning musician, who has built a solid reputation as a traditional Irish musician by hosting numerous Limerick music sessions and appearing on Irish radio and television.

In January, concertina player Thomas relocated to Frostburg from Asheville, N.C., where he was known as a leading figure in Asheville’s Irish music scene. He began playing more than 15 years ago and has grown into a powerful player, creating a strong following among Irish music aficionados in the Southeast.

Baltimore resident Egan grew up singing and playing in Country Tipperary. A current member of “Chulrua,” he developed his own powerfully emotive style of guitar accompaniment and vocal delivery. Egan served his apprenticeship with the Dublin groups “Old Bawn” and “De Min.” He also made extensive tours of the Unites States and has also performed in Sweden, Norway, Holland, Germany and Scotland.

The concert will present some of Ireland’s finest traditional music and songs. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students and free for 12 and under.

Prior to the evening event, from 2 to 4 p.m., each musician will offer instrument workshops on Irish music. Egan will present a workshop on guitar style and playing in standard tuning. Dunne’s fiddle workshop will concentrate on the distinctive melodic style of Irish traditional music. Thomas’ concertina instruction will emphasize the rich ornamentation that can be achieved on the anglo concertina. Each of the two-hour workshops requires a $25 registration fee.

For more information or to register to attend a workshop, call Dr. Kara Rogers Thomas, FSU Folklorist, at 301-687-3124 or e-mail krogersthomas@frostburg.edu.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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