Irish Night

Row On for Brendan

Join us for an evening of great music, food, prizes and community!

A concert, a tribute to Brendan Foley, and a fundraiser for the rowing team he loved.

Featuring internationally renown Téada , with special guest Seamus Begley

Doors open at 6:00 pm

February 23, 2019 7:00 pm
Central Catholic High School

4720 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA, 15213

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A traditional band with a truly worldwide reach, Téada has appeared as a frequent headliner at major music festivals throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, Russia, Israel and Australia. Highlights include a 30,000-capacity stadium concert in Brittany, along with performances at Penang World Music Festival in Malaysia, Edmonton Folk Festival in Canada, Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe, and Campeche International Festival in Mexico. In 2014 the band performed to 40,000 people during an extensive 7-week tour of Japan / Taiwan.  Continuing to grow in vision and popularity, Téada recently welcomed a sixth member to the line-up, legendary West Kerry singer and accordionist Séamus Begley, winner of 2013 TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year. The band recently released a smashing new album – Ainneoin na stoirme / In spite of the storm – on the Gael Linn label.  Founded by Sligo fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada, Téada first came together in 2001 to make an appearance on the innovative TG4 television series ‘Flosc’. One of Irish traditional music’s leading exponents, Téada is driven by a fascination for the timeless, expressive force of music inherited from previous generations of musicians. Irish Music Magazine describes the band as “at the cutting edge of the next generation of Irish musicians…with a fierce familiarity with the old ways.”   Séamus Begley : Singer, accordionist and storyteller, Séamus Begley comes from the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area) of Dingle, in Co. Kerry where he grew up speaking Irish and English fluently. Seamus is a member of the famous musical family from Baile na bPoc, Ballydavid and he has been both singing and playing from an early age.  “I’ve never in my life been as busy. At 66. My musical world took off at pension age. And when Oisín [Mac Diarmada] asked me to join Téada, I never thought that at 62 years of age I’d be joining a boyband. It’s been fantastic.” The Irish Times     www.teada.com

A traditional band with a truly worldwide reach, Téada has appeared as a frequent headliner at major music festivals throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, Russia, Israel and Australia. Highlights include a 30,000-capacity stadium concert in Brittany, along with performances at Penang World Music Festival in Malaysia, Edmonton Folk Festival in Canada, Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe, and Campeche International Festival in Mexico. In 2014 the band performed to 40,000 people during an extensive 7-week tour of Japan / Taiwan.

Continuing to grow in vision and popularity, Téada recently welcomed a sixth member to the line-up, legendary West Kerry singer and accordionist Séamus Begley, winner of 2013 TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year. The band recently released a smashing new album – Ainneoin na stoirme / In spite of the storm – on the Gael Linn label.

Founded by Sligo fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada, Téada first came together in 2001 to make an appearance on the innovative TG4 television series ‘Flosc’. One of Irish traditional music’s leading exponents, Téada is driven by a fascination for the timeless, expressive force of music inherited from previous generations of musicians. Irish Music Magazine describes the band as “at the cutting edge of the next generation of Irish musicians…with a fierce familiarity with the old ways.”

Séamus Begley: Singer, accordionist and storyteller, Séamus Begley comes from the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area) of Dingle, in Co. Kerry where he grew up speaking Irish and English fluently. Seamus is a member of the famous musical family from Baile na bPoc, Ballydavid and he has been both singing and playing from an early age. “I’ve never in my life been as busy. At 66. My musical world took off at pension age. And when Oisín [Mac Diarmada] asked me to join Téada, I never thought that at 62 years of age I’d be joining a boyband. It’s been fantastic.” The Irish Times

www.teada.com

Guaranteed Irish

Guaranteed Irish   have been performing Irish ballads and dance music for over 25 years. Their name refers to an Irish marketing effort similar to  'Made in America'  and reflects their respect and passion for the music. Paddy Folan, Bruce Foley and Jimmy Lamb combine button accordion, guitars, uilleann pipes, whistles and voices in their own distinctive and energetic way to make a sound that is true to the traditions of Irish music. Whether singing traditional ballads or interpreting modern folk/rock/pop songs, their vocal harmonies are tight and spirited. With an easy and collaborative charm the lads are equally at home in a small session or on stage in a pub, concert hall or festival. The group has recorded three CDs and has opened for the Irish Rovers and appeared in many festivals, concerts and dances in Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Annapolis, Rochester, Boston, and many towns in Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland. They create a uniquely personal sound combining the traditional and contemporary elements of Irish and American music.

Guaranteed Irish have been performing Irish ballads and dance music for over 25 years. Their name refers to an Irish marketing effort similar to 'Made in America' and reflects their respect and passion for the music. Paddy Folan, Bruce Foley and Jimmy Lamb combine button accordion, guitars, uilleann pipes, whistles and voices in their own distinctive and energetic way to make a sound that is true to the traditions of Irish music. Whether singing traditional ballads or interpreting modern folk/rock/pop songs, their vocal harmonies are tight and spirited. With an easy and collaborative charm the lads are equally at home in a small session or on stage in a pub, concert hall or festival. The group has recorded three CDs and has opened for the Irish Rovers and appeared in many festivals, concerts and dances in Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Annapolis, Rochester, Boston, and many towns in Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland. They create a uniquely personal sound combining the traditional and contemporary elements of Irish and American music.

Featuring Our Up and Coming Talent

Michael Kepler

Michael is a sophomore at Central Catholic High School and a member of the Central Catholic Crew team.  Michael began playing classical violin at the age of 4 because of his innate love of music.  He has studied with Ramona Coppage and is a violinist with the Westmoreland Youth Symphony Orchestra and with the Central Catholic String Ensemble.  His younger sister began Irish dancing when he was 10 years old which inspired him to learn Irish fiddling.  He began to study with Rose Flanagan, of New York.  He has subsequently won the 2014 North American Feis Commission Music Scholarship, the Shaffer Irish Music award in 2016 and 2017, accompanied the Murphy Roche Grupa Cheoil Group from Chicago and the Pearl River Ceili Band from New York.  He also enjoys playing the bodhran, a traditional Irish drum, and loves to join in with the Pittsburgh sessions when he is able.

Margaret Kepler

Margaret is currently in 8th grade at Mother of Sorrows School in Murrysville, PA and will enter Oakland Catholic next year.  Like a true little sister, Margaret followed her brother and began playing the violin when she was 2 years old.  She is under the tutelage of Ramona Coppage and a 1st violinist with the Westmoreland Youth Symphony Orchestra.  She slowly began to learn some Irish tunes though her dance and through her brother’s playing.  With her Irish dance she has achieved the status of a Champion level dancer, following her mother who was also a dancer.  Through her fiddle, under the direction of Rose Flanagan, of New York she became the 2016 All-Ireland champion for Irish Slow Airs in her age category.  She has also won the 2016 and 2017 Shaffer Irish Music Awards, the 2017 and 2018 Greater Cleveland Feis society music scholarship and has placed at the MidAtlantic Fleadh in both 2016 and 2018.  She has played with the Pearl River School of Irish Music Ceili Band.  She always enjoys joining the welcoming Pittsburgh sessions as well.

Kieran Flanagan

Kieran Flanagan is a 19 year old college Freshman, currently studying engineering at Manhattan College, from Pearl River New York. Kieran comes from a very musical family which includes his mom Rose and dad Mike both Irish musicians, and his older sisters Maeve and Bernadette, who play in the Irish band Girsa, and brother Liam. Kieran grew up in a household where Irish music was the norm. He started piano lessons at the age of ten under the tutelage of renowned pianist Brendan Dolan, son of the late famed Felix Dolan.
Kieran is the recipient of many North American title's in piano accompaniment under the tutelage of Brendan Dolan. In August 2016 Kieran won first place in the 15-18 age category at All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis, Co Clare. Just this past summer Kieran placed third in the senior accompaniment competition in Drogheda, Ireland. Kieran has played accompaniment for many Irish musicians including his Uncle Brian Conway and plays in various concerts and Ceili's in the NY area. Kieran also plays whistle and flute, taught to him by Margie Mulvihill in Pearl River.

Hollie Greenwood

Hollie Greenwood is a freshman at the Cleveland Institute of Music studying  double bass performance. Along with the bass, Hollie has played traditional Irish music for the past 7 years learning from New York fiddle player and music school director, Rose Flanagan. Hollie is a former member of the Atlanta Irish Music School and has played around the Metropolitan Atlanta area in several capacities. She also has a background in competing, holding medals from both the Midwest Fleadh and the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in fiddle dance tunes and slow airs. Hollie enjoys sessions and the community aspect of traditional folk music. She hopes to play wherever she goes, teach both bass and fiddle, and play in an orchestra in the future.

George Balderose

George Balderose—has been playing and teaching the bagpipes in Pittsburgh for more than 35 years and has studied with several of the world’s great piping masters in both Ireland and Scotland. He co-founded the Balmoral School of Piping in 1979 and serves as its executive director, producing the annual Balmoral Classic in November, which features the US Junior Solo Championship in Piping and Drumming. George is the Pipe Major and founding instructor of the Pittsburgh-based Balmoral Pipes and Drums and also directs the Balmoral instructional summer sessions at various locations. A New York Times reviewer described George as having a “virtuoso’s gift,” and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette identified him as “The Dean of Pittsburgh pipers.” He also performs with the ensemble Road to the Isles. His piping has been recorded on several CDs, including: A Celtic Christmas; The Way Home (with Road to the Isles); Garden of Daisies (with Road to the Isles); Bagpipe and Organ Music (with Ed Norman); Live at the Knitting Factory. www.PittsburghPiper.com

Irish Night is a production of Central Catholic High School Crew
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Central Catholic High School is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.