Minnesota Irish Music Weekend Master Concert, June 13
7:30pm. $20 Adult/$6 Youth before June 1, $23/$10 after June 1. Tickets are available for purchase on the CIM website or with registration for programs.
Presented by the Center for Irish Music, the MIM Master Concert is the signature event of the Minnesota Irish Music weekend.
Featuring our 2015 visiting artists:
- Joanie Madden - tin whistle
- Mick Mulcahy - accordion
- Louise Mulcahy - flute, uilleann pipes
- Michelle Mulcahy - harp, fiddle
- Bridget Fitzgerald - song
- Sean Clohessy - fiddle, piano
The concert will not only showcase each visiting musician’s artistry and repertoire, but offers a chance to hear both classic and unique musical pairings. Where else can you hear award-winning musical partners like the Mulcahy family paired with other Irish music luminaries?
Joanie Madden - Tin whistle
Joanie Madden is an award-winning whistle and flute player who has been the leader of Cherish the Ladies since its inception. Born in New York of Irish parents, she received her musical training early in life listening to her father and his friends play music at family gatherings and social events. Within a few short years she had won both the world Championship on the concert flute and whistle. During that time, Joanie also became the first American to win the coveted Senior All-Ireland Championship on the whistle. Joannie is the top selling whistle player in history having sold over 500,000 solo albums. In addition to the fifteen albums Joanie has recorded, arranged and produced for Cherish the Ladies, she has also released collaborative acclaimed albums with the group "Pride of New York" a duet album with her father Joe Madden, "A Galway Afternoon" and three highly successful solo albums; "A Whistle on the Wind", "Song of the Irish Whistle" and "Song of the Irish Whistle 2 in East Galway.
Mick Mulcahy - Accordion
Mick Mulcahy is originally from Brosna, Co. Kerry, and is a living legend in Irish accordion-playing. He possesses a rare repertoire of old tunes which he plays in a highly distinctive style, a style of personal touch which distinguishes the work of the true traditional musician. A member of the Brosna Ceili Band, who won the All-Ireland senior championship in 1972, Mick went on to release two seminal recordings of traditional music. As head of the musical Mulcahy Family, Mick released the CD The Mulcahy Family in 2000 with his daughters Louise and Michelle. He performs and teaches regularly at festivals worldwide, including: the Willie Clancy Summer School, Masters of Tradition Festival-Bantry, Tocan Traditional Irish Music Festival-France, Lorient Celtique Festival-Brittany, Camden Town Irish Music Festival-London, Gundagai Traditional Irish Music Festival-Australia.
Louise Mulcahy - Flute, Uilleann Pipes
Louise is the only musician ever in the history of Comhaltas Ceolteóirí Éireann to have won four All-Ireland titles on the same day. Louise first appeared a number of years ago on a compilation of young pipers entitled A New Dawn released by Na Píobairí Uilleann. In 2014, Louise’s first solo album, Tuning the Road was released with critical acclaim. Born in Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick, Louise is now a well-established performer and tutor on flute, uilleann pipes, and whistle. She has travelled extensively as both performer and teacher of the tradition, appearing at some of the biggest national and international music festivals throughout Asia, New Zealand, Australia, Europe, America and Canada. Louise has also performed at many Uilleann Piping events including The North East Coast Piping Tionól and The Chris Langan Piping Tionól in Toronto. She has appeared on numerous television and radio programs in Ireland and abroad and has also presented the traditional Irish Music series “Geantraí” for the Irish language television station TG4. She has been described as '…a gracious and brilliant talent.'
Michelle Mulcahy - Harp, Fiddle, Accordion, Concertina
Michelle is one of the most extraordinary and multi-talented musicians in the history of Irish music. In her early 20s, she has already won All-Ireland championships on the harp, accordion, and concertina. She is a regular performer and tutor worldwide and has toured extensively in Europe, the United States, Canada, China, Australia, and Vietnam. Michelle has three highly acclaimed albums recorded by American record label Shanachie and Irish record label Chlo-Iar Chonnachta. Michelle was awarded the prestigious TG4 Young Musician of the Year in 2006 and was also awarded Female Musician of the Year in 2005 at the Live-Ireland awards in the United States. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Irish at UCC. She progressed to postgraduate study at the University of Limerick, where she graduated with a first class degree in Ethnomusicology, and the following year with a first class degree in Music Education. She is currently pursuing her PhD studies in Arts Practice at the University of Limerick. Her 2012 solo harp album Suaimhneas was named one of the traditional albums of the year by the Irish Times.
Bridget Fitzgerald - Song
Bridget Fitzgerald, née Coyne, was born and raised in Lochan Beag, Inverin, in Connemara, an Irish-speaking area in County Galway, Ireland. She immigrated to the United States in 1964 and has lived in New England for many years. It is from her native region of Connemara that Bridget's singing style of sean-nós (old style) originates. Bridget is recognized as a Master sean-nós singer and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and the Southern New England Arts Council. Bridget was a founding member of the ground breaking band Cherish the Ladies, with whom she toured the US and Ireland. She also toured with the Women's Singing Traditions of New England and was a founding member of the very successful traditional Irish band Fourin a Feire. She currently sings with the Coyne Family Band. Her first solo CD Two Sides of a Coyne was released in 2014.
Seán Clohessy - Fiddle, Piano
Seán comes from the parish of Fedamore in Co. Limerick and has been playing fiddle and piano for over 20 years. Much of his early influences come from musicians in his native Limerick and the neighboring Co. Clare. He has spent time living and playing music in London where his music was heavily influenced by the Clare fiddle player Brendan Mulkere. Since then he has lived in New York and now Boston. His style incorporates elements of the rich musical traditions characteristic to these areas. He has won several All-Ireland titles and plays regularly throughout Boston and New York.