Miss Langford's / Fred Finn's / Merry Harriers
(from the new CD by Smith, Gavin & Blake)
Jesse Smith grew up in Baltimore, immersed in the Irish music tradition of that city. Both parents are musicians, and at an early age he began studying with renowned fiddler Brendan Mulvihill. He moved to Ireland in 1998 and has played traditional music there for almost twenty years, attaining an admirable level of competence, skill and artistic judgement. His fiddle playing is understated and tasteful. An interest in the Irish music of the 78rpm era is seen in his choice of material, and performances always include classics from the repertoires of the great County Sligo fiddle trinity: Michael Coleman, James Morrison and Paddy Killoran. He has recorded a number of fine CDs, including the solo fiddle release "Jigs And Reels", "The Rookery" with piper Emmett Gill and "Music Of The Lost Continent" with his concert mates tonight, Sean Gavin and John Blake. Here's a track from Jesse's solo fiddle album, with your man John on guitar:
Back in the Garden / Colonel Frazer
Dermot Grogan's Reel / Kiss The Bride In Bed
John Blake is a highly regarded Irish guitarist, pianist and flute player who has made a name for himself as a talented and versatile musician. His flute playing is subtle and imaginative, with echoes of the ancient style of North Connaught, where his family roots lie. An original member of the Irish band Teada, "Blakey" has played with the cream of Irish musicians including multi-instrumentalist John Carty, piper Liam O'Flynn, and the fiddling Kane sisters. Brought up in London, he moved to Ireland in 1998 and quickly developed a reputation as an accompanist of note, racking up numerous credits. He joined Teada in 2001 and toured with them for three years before giving up the road and settling into a job at Na Piobairi Uilleann (The Pipers' Club) in Dublin. He released a solo flute CD, "The Narrow Edge" in 2013 and has recently toured and recorded with the trio The Truckley Howl with wife Mairead Hurley on concertina and fiddler Nathan Gourley.
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will be a special house concert in nearby West Chester, Pa.
It will NOT be held at the Coatesville Cultural Society.