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Previous events


Annual Celtic -Christmas at West River Concert

Christ Episcoal Church, 220 Owensville Road, West River 20778

Dec. 2.2018 The 18th Annual Celtic -Christmas at West River Concert! One Show only at 3pm, followed by reception. Enjoy traditional favorites, sing alongs music from the ancient Celtic lands and more! Musicians are Maggie Sansone on hammered dulcimer, Andrea Hoag on fiddle; Laura Byrne on Irish flute, Sharon Knowles on Celtic harp and Irish singer Connie McKenna. "Sparkling musicianship…joyous and spirited" (Living Traditions, UK/ Scotland). Christ Episcoal Church, 220 Owensville Road, West River 20778.Parish Secretary: Petey Kitzmiller Tickets and informatioin: 410-867-0346.


Winnipeg Irish Fest

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Winnipeg, Canada

American musicians and singers Rose Flanagan (fiddle), Eamon O’Leary (guitar, bouzouki), Laura Byrne (flute) and Pauline Connelly (banjo)

Bluemont Summer Concert Series

Old Frederick County Courthouse (Winchester Civil War Museum) , 20 North Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA

Three preeminent traditional Irish musicians perform lively Irish dance tunes and soulful ballads. Originally from County Tipperary, singer and guitarist Pat Egan resides in Virginia and was a 2014 WAMMY (Washington Area Music Association) recipient for Best Traditional Singer. Award winning flutist Laura Byrne is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and one of a handful of classical musicians to successfully transition to traditional Irish music. Billy McComiskey is a recipient of the 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellowship. Billy, Laura and Pat are recipients of Maryland State Arts Council grants and have performed together and independently of each other both locally around the Mid-Atlantic, andat countless festivals and venues around the world, including the Kennedy Center, The White House, Lincoln Center, and many other great venues across North America and Europe.


Smithsonian Folklife Festival w/ Billy McComiskey & Mick Moloney

The Mall, National Mall between Seventh and Twelfth Streets, Washington, DC

Join the Smithsonian Folklife Festival for a concert of Irish music and dance from the Mid-Atlantic region with Mick Moloney and Billy McComiskey, two National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows.

Moloney has recorded and produced over forty albums of traditional music (including with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings) and acted as advisor for scores of festivals and concerts all over America. McComisky is a world-renowned accordion, or “box,” player and composer who was taught by the great Sean McGlynn, a master of the East Galway style of Irish traditional music.

This concert is part of the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, June 29-July 4 and July 6-9 on the National Mall between Seventh and Twelfth streets. This and other evening concerts take place on the Ralph Rinzler Stage.

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Baltimore Irish Trad Fest

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Baltimore, MD

The sixth annual Baltimore Irish Trad Fest will be held on April 7-9, 2017 and again we'll be gathering some of the world's finest traditional Irish musicians to teach workshops, perform and lead sessions. There will be an all-star concert on Saturday evening at the Creative Alliance, workshops on Saturday and Sunday, and sessions all weekend long! The 2017 line up includes James Kelly, fiddle; Daithi Sproule, guitar and songs; Kevin Crawford, flute; Kathleen Conneely, tin whistle; Billy McComiskey, button accordion; Donna Long, piano; Rose Flanagan and Dylan Foley, fiddle; Pat Egan, guitar and songs; Bob Smith, banjo/mandolin; Dan Isaacson, uilleann pipes, Alex Boatright, concertina; Aaron Olwell, flute; Myron Bretholz, bodhran, Josh Dukes, Kieran Jordan and Megan Downes, dance; Jim Eagan, fiddle and more!

Living Arts Concert with the Hedge Band

Church of the Resurrection, 3315 Greencastle Road, Burtonsville, MD

Concert featuring Laura Byrne, Sean McComiskey, Donna Long and Pat Egan with the Culkin School of Irish Dance. The Hedge Band was formed in 2005 by Laura Byrne, Donna Long, Pat Egan and Billy McComiskey, four of Maryland’s preeminent Irish traditional musicians. The musicians of the Hedge Band have performed independently at countless venues around the world including The Kennedy Center, The White House and Lincoln Center. They will be joined by dancers from the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance. A treat not to be missed!


Irish Trad Fest Fundraiser Concert and Celebration

Cellar Stage at Faith Community United Methodist Church of Hamilton, 5315 Harford Road , Baltimore, MD 21214

Join us for an entertaining evening of some of the Baltimore/Washington area’s finest Irish traditional music!

Featuring greats such as Billy McComiskey (button accordion), Matt Mulqueen (piano), Jim Eagan (fiddle), Laura Byrne (flute), Megan Downes (dance), Pat Egan, vocals and guitar, Donna Long, (piano), Myron Bretholz (bodhran), and MORE!

There will be a silent auction - items include tickets to popular Baltimore venues and restaurants.

T-shirts with this year's new Trad Fest design will be on sale. (These sell out quickly every year - buy one early.)

All proceeds will benefit the 6th annual Baltimore Irish Trad Fest to be held April 7-9. Bringing in some of the world’s most talented Irish traditional musicians and dancers from around North America and Ireland, the Baltimore Irish Trad Fest is an annual weekend of educational music and dance workshops, sessions and a concert held at various venues around the city of Baltimore. Class offerings include guitar, fiddle, flute, tin whistle, button accordion, piano, songs, banjo, bodhran and more.


CCE Iriish Folk Festival

Performing with Billy McComiskey and friends


Reston Multicultural Festival

With Billy Mccomiskey and friends


Lowell Folk Festival

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Lowell Folk Festival, Lowell, MA

There’s so much to see, eat, hear, do and discover at the Annual Lowell Folk Festival! The festival features five stages of traditional music, authentic crafts demonstrations, ethnic foods, art and children’s activities.


CCE Musical Arts and Dance Week

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Bethesda, MD