Andrew MacNamara, Orla Harrington & Ged Foley

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March 2, 2012 - 8:00pm
Independent Media Center
202 South Broadway Avenue, Urbana, IL

Andrew MacNamara is a native of famously musical Tulla in East Clare. In his teens he played with Ireland's most renowned traditional dance band the Tulla Ceili Band and toured with them extensively in Ireland, England, and the USA. Later he teamed up with the group Skylark touring Ireland, Europe, and the USA regularly. In 1996 he formed his own band The Lahawns. Andrew plays his own individual style of traditional Irish music and has the knack of electrifying audiences. His solo performances and group collaborations are unique and listeners are never disappointed. In the past few years he has brought his inimitable magic to audiences in Europe, North America, Japan and Australia.

Orla Harrington has spent her formative years developing and nurturing two art-forms, traditional Irish music and dance. From session music and dance competition to entertainment and folk festivals, she went on to tour with Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance in 2004 and spent the following three years touring extensively with the show as a solo violinist and troop dancer. After returning home, and meeting with influential musician friends around Ennis and East Clare, Orla began concentrating on the more organic style of music she grew up with. Orla has traveled and performed with various other groups such as Rhythm of the Dance and the Merriman Ceili Band and performed at such international music festivals as Le Grand Bal de l'Europe in France, Hemlig Festival in Sweden and on Broadway with the traditional Irish performance group Style. After a lifetime of competing successfully as an Irish dancer on Munster, All-Ireland and World stages, Orla graduated as T.C.R.G (Teagascoir, Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha) at the World Ball, held at City West, April 23rd 2011 and is now a registered Irish dancing teacher with An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha.

Growing up in County Durham in the northeast of England, Ged (Gerard) absorbed the area's rich tradition of folk song and dance music. It was there that he learned to play mandolin and Northumbrian Smallpipes (the bellows-blown bagpipe native to that part of England), and began to develop his guitar style. At first he teamed up with singer-songwriter Jez Lowe and toured the British Folk scene. Several years with Scotland's Battlefield Band followed. He toured with them throughout Europe and North America before returning home to co-found The House Band with Chris Parkinson. This saw the start of a long period of recording and touring which has taken him all over the globe. Alongside his House Band duties, in 1994, Ged was asked to take over the guitarist's role in Irish super group Patrick Street with Kevin Burke, Andy Irvine and Jackie Daly. In 2001 he became the accompanist for the unique trio of fiddlers, The Celtic Fiddle Festival, now consisting of Kevin Burke, Christian Lemaitre, and Andre Brunet. The year 2002 saw another significant change in Ged's career when for two years he became Artistic Director of the Catskills Irish Arts Week based in East Durham NY. This is a week long teaching festival covering all aspects of Irish traditional music, dance and arts. In addition to his considerable instrumental acumen on both guitar and fiddle, Ged is also a fine singer and a well thought of Record Producer. His teaching credits include guitar at all of the major teaching festivals in the USA and fiddle at the acclaimed Feakle Festival in East Clare.

$20 adult; $10 student / senior
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