In addition to the performances listed below, Laura also leads two weekly sessions. Find out more by clicking here

Previous events

Dec4

Old Bay Ceili Band CD Launch

Acre 121, 1400 Irving Street, NW #109, Washington, DC

 Celebration of the Old Bay Ceili Band's debut recording: Crabs in the Skillet 
The Old Bay Céilí Band plays traditional Irish dance music. Inspired by the golden era of Irish-American dance halls, the Old Bay Céilí Band infuses that tradition with vibrant new energy. Comprised of some of the best traditional musicians from the Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC area, the band’s strong rhythmic pulse and soaring melody can lift dancers across the floor or bring audiences to their feet.

The band has performed across the United States and Ireland. In 2008 and 2009, the Old Bay Céilí Band competed in the senior céilí band competition at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann - the world competition of Irish traditional music. Equally at home playing for a local dance or lighting up a festival stage, the band has excited audiences at festivals around the country including the Dublin Irish Festival, the Maryland Irish festival and the Richmond Folk Festival.

Age limit: All ages

Nov27

GWCC Ceili

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Cherry Hill Park Conference Center, 9800 Cherry Hill Rd , College Park, MD

 

Age limit: All ages

Nov26

Irish Family Thanksgiving w/ Billy McComiskey, Donna Long, Laura Byrne & MORE!

Creative Alliance at the Patterson Theater, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD

 Raconteur, master button accordion player Billy McComiskey shows off how trad Irish music is passed down - with family and friends playing around the kitchen table. This kitchen is full of big talent! Billy, Sean and Mikey McComiskey on accordions with fellow son Patrick on whistles. Martin CcCann of Co. Tyrone on flute with step-dancing daughter Nora. Peter Fitzgerald (of J. Patricks fame) on banjo with wife Julia on fiddle. Bob Smith and son Austin on banjo and flute. With ringers Donna Long (Cherish the Ladies) on keys and Laura Byrne (Hedge Band) on flutes and the irrepressible Myron Bretholz on bodhran. A warm, rollicking celebration grounded in gratitude!
JOIN US FOR A CEILI IN THE MARQUEE LOUNGE TO FOLLOW!! Bring your instruments!

$20 ($15 members) Age limit: All ages

Nov18

Donna Long and Friends

The Cellar Stage at Faith Community United Methodist Church, 5315 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD

 A concert of traditional Irish Music featuring Laura Byrne, pianist and fiddler Donna Long, button accordionist Billy McComiskey, and Dan Issacson on bouzouki, pipes and flute. This is a great neighborhood series! Join us for what will be a night of great tunes and banter!

$20 Age limit: All ages

Nov12

J. Patrick's Irish Pub

J. Patrick's Irish Pub, 1371 Andre Street, Baltimore, MD

 Performing with fiddler Jim Eagan and Drew Vervan, guitar and vocals

Age limit: All ages

Nov11

J Patrick's

J. Patrick's Irish Pub, 1371 Andre Street, Baltimore, MD

 Performing with Donna Long, piano and special guest tba

Age limit: All ages

Oct14

Richmond Folk Festival with the Old Bay Ceili Band

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Downtown Richmond's riverfront, Richmond, VA

 

Age limit: All ages

Sep10

Four Mile Stone - Laura Byrne, Jim Eagan, fiddle and Donna Long, piano

J. Patrick's Irish Pub, 1371 Andre Street, Baltimore, MD

 

Age limit: All ages

Sep9

Four Mile Stone - Laura Byrne, Jim Eagan, fiddle and Donna Long, piano

J. Patrick's Irish Pub, 1371 Andre Street, Baltimore, MD

 

Age limit: All ages

Aug20

Laura Byrne, Jim Eagan, fiddle and Drew Vervan, guitar and vocals

The James Joyce Pub and Restaurant, 616 S. President St., Baltimore, MD

 

Age limit: 18+

Jul18

CCE Musical Arts and Dance Week (Mad week) workshops, concerts & more!

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Washington Waldorf School, 4800 Sangamore Road, Bethesda, MD

Are you mad for trad? Are you a violinist, a fiddler, a guitarist or a flutist wanting to explore and earn more about traditional Irish music? Are you an accomplished step dancer who wants a break from competition and are ready for the fun of sean-nos (old-style) dancing or set dancing? Want to learn traditional Irish button accordion, uilleann pipes, or whistle from one of the best traditional Irish instrumentalists and teachers? The O’Neill-Malcom Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCE), the local Washington metro branch of the Irish-based organization charged with promoting Irish culture, and Mitch Fanning (Director) are pleased to invite you to participate in CCE Musical Arts & Dance Week 2011.

Now in its sixth year, CCE MAD Week will again feature an exceptional faculty in all areas of study: Fiddle: Martin Hayes, Patrick Ourceau, Cleek Schrey, Bob Spates, Donna Long; Flute/Whistle: Kevin Crawford & Laura Byrne; Uilleann Pipes: Jerry O’Sullivan; Guitar: All-Ireland Champion Josh Dukes; Button Accordion: Sean McComiskey; Sean-Nos (old-style) Step Dancing: Shannon Dunne; Set Dancing: Marilyn Moore & Shannon Dunne; Bodhran: Myron Bretholz and Jesse Winch; Ceili Band: Jesse Winch. Please see Guest Artists and Staff! 

Age limit: All ages

Jun18

Concert with Billy McComiskey, Brendan Mulvihill, Laura Byrne, Donna Long and Brian Gaffney

Creative Alliance at the Patterson Theater, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD

 More info to be posted soon.

tbd Age limit: All ages

May6

Concert with Billy McComiskey, Donna Long and Laura Byrne

Glucksman Ireland House NYU, 1 Washington Mews, New York, NY

Age limit: All ages

Apr23

"Kelly's Basement" House concert

Albany, NY

Laura Byrne, flute, whistle and vocals performs with Pat Egan, guitar and vocals. Laura and Pat were the first to perform at the famed Kelly's Basement when the series first started several years ago and are pleased to be back!

tbd Age limit: All ages

Mar12

St. Peter's St. Patrick's Day Reception

St. Peter's Catholic Church, 313 2nd Street, S.E., Washington, DC

 with Billy McComiskey, accordion; Dave Abe, fiddle; Andy Thurston, guitar and Myron Bretholz, bodhran

Age limit: All ages

Mar5

Sunspot Concert at the Lyceum

The Lyceum in old town Alexandria, 201 S. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA

Sunspot Concerts hosts traditional Irish musicians Laura Byrne (flute, whistle, vocals) and Shannon Dunne (concertina, bodhran, piano, feet, vocals) with fiddler Jim Eagan for an evening of traditional music, dance and song. They explore the interplay between Irish and old-time music, as they seamlessly flow from one style to the other and back again.  

tbd Age limit: All ages

Feb24

Lecture / Demonstration at St. Mary's College

St. Mary's College Recital Hall, St. Mary's City, MD

 

Age limit: All ages

Feb19

Laura Byrne, Pat Egan and Rhys Jones at Delia Foley's

Delia Foley's , 1439 S. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD

 

Age limit: All ages

Feb18

Laura Byrne, Pat Egan and Rhys Jones at Delia Foley's

Delia Foley's , 1439 S. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD

 

Age limit: All ages

Feb9

Concert at Goucher College with Laura Byrne, Rhys Jones, Shannon Dunne and Sean Earnest

Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, MD

Goucher's Irish flute instructor Laura Byrne will perform with some of the Mid-Atlantic's best traditional Irish musicians Rhys Jones on fiddle, Shannon Dunne, sean nos dancing, concertina, bodhran and piano and Sean Earnest guitar and bouzouki. 

It may be in the middle of the day, but it's FREE folks, so scrape the ice off your cars, take a long lunch break and don't miss this rare opportunity to hear this foursome perform live.

free Age limit: All ages