A CTIMS HOUSE CONCERT in West Chester, Pa!

<i>A CTIMS HOUSE CONCERT in West Chester, Pa!</i>
Smith, Gavin & Blake

Join us for a special evening featuring the finest of the Irish traditional music diaspora as Irish-Americans Jesse Smith from Baltimore on fiddle, Sean Gavin from Detroit on pipes, flute and tin-whistle, and London born multi-instrumentalist John Blake come together to share some of the music from their new CD!

Thursday, July 20, 2017; 7:30 pm

Phone: (484) 995-6817 / Email: ctims@verizon.net
$20 in advance • limited seating; reservations required

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

Sean Gavin's playing on the flute, whistle and uilleann pipes reflects his lifelong love for Irish traditional music. Growing up in Detroit, he was first encouraged to play by his father, Clare-born fiddler Mick Gavin. He tried a variety of instruments before finally settling on the flute at the age of eleven with the help of teacher Leo Mac Namara, another native of County Clare. Soon after that he began learning the uilleann pipes, studying with Al Purcell, himself once a student of the famed Dublin pipe maker and master piper Leo Rowsome. In more recent years Sean has been fortunate enough to have cultivated close friendships with Sligo-born flute legend Kevin Henry and others of the older generation of Irish musicians in Chicago, where he now lives. He enjoys teaching and performing throughout North America and Ireland and appears regularly with traditional bands Bua and Teada. Listen to this tasty bit of flute playing from Sean, with bodhran accompaniment:

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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* Our Thursday, July 20 event with Smith, Gavin & Blake
will be a special house concert in nearby West Chester, Pa.
It will NOT be held at the Coatesville Cultural Society.

On Thursday, July 20 ...

On Thursday, July 20 ...
house concert: west chester, pa.
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