A concert not to be missed ...

<i>A concert not to be missed ...</i>
Multi-instrumentalist John Carty
and his talented and lovely daughter
Maggie Kate Carty!

Sun., Oct. 9, 2016; 8pm
143 E. Lincoln Hwy., Coatesville, PA
$17 in advance • $20 at the door

John plays: Frieze Breeches & Old Tipperary

John Carty is undoubtedly one of the best known traditional musicians in Ireland today, and surely one of the finest exponents of the Roscommon-Sligo style of fiddling. He returns in October to our stage, this time joined by his daughter Maggie, herself an accomplished banjo player and traditional singer, as well as Francis Gaffney on guitar. This remarkable father/daughter team are naturals on stage and part of a living musical tradition that has been handed down through at least four Carty generations. Their combined talents create an unfaltering energy and excitement, while their joy at making music together and their sense of fun are palpable and infectious! As they perform together, the unspoken understanding (not to mention the pure devilment) in their music is evident to any audience!

John has been living in Roscommon for over 25 years now and has become one of the most sought after musicians in the country. Constantly innovative in his playing, scarcely a note goes by where he is not seeking some new and fresh perspective, while never wavering from the essence of the tune. His live shows capture virtuosic performances on fiddle and banjo with relentless energy and excitement. You're always bound to hear a lot of favorites from the Roscommon-Sligo traditional repertoire when John Carty plays for us, but you may well not have heard them played quite like this before. As we said up at the top, this is a concert not to be missed!

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How the Irish Music Series began:
In the old steel town of Coatesville, PA, about an hour's drive west of Philadelphia, the Coatesville Traditional Irish Music Series presents live concerts featuring the cream of the crop of Irish traditional musicians, in a historic building on the town's main street. That cozy venue is also home to the Coatesville Cultural Society. In 2004 we approached Bob Jones, the artistic director there, with a plan to present an evening of jigs, reels and hornpipes by a group of local Irish traditional music enthusiasts. Encouraged by the turnout for this little concert, we contacted an elder statesman of Irish music in America, Mike Rafferty, the late Galway flute master who emigrated to the states in 1949. Again we arranged a concert, this time with Mike playing the Irish wooden flute and the uilleann pipes, with his daughter Mary on button-accordion and Dónal Clancy playing guitar. Of couse it turned into a lovely evening of tunes, songs and reminiscences and the Coatesville Traditional Irish Music Series was off and running!

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