GWCC Ceili with Donna Long, piano; Peter Fitzgerald, banjo; Mikela Murphy, fiddle
HoCoPoLitSo Irish Evening of Music and Poetry
HoCoPoLitSo’s guest for its annual Irish Evening on February 8, 2019, is the award-winning poet Vona Groarke, recipient of the 2017 Hennessy Hall of Fame Award for Lifetime Achievement. Groarke’s reading will be followed by a concert of Irish music and championship step dancing. During intermission, complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be available. Irish coffee, specialty cocktails, and Guinness will be offered for sale beginning at 7 p.m. and during intermission. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Smith Theatre of the Horowitz Center for Visual and Performing Arts on the campus of Howard Community College
Traditional Irish Music Concert
Laura Byrne (flute & tin whistle), Jim Eagan (fiddle) and Donna Long (piano & fiddle) have been performing together for nearly two decades, spending many years performing as a trio at the iconic J. Patrick’s Pub in Baltimore’s Locust Point. Each has traveled the world entertaining audiences with performers such as Cherish the Ladies, Billy McComiskey, James Kelly, Brian and Rose Conway, John Whelan, and O’Malley’s March, to name a few. They will be joined by the talented rising-star Eileen Estes (vocals & guitar) who grew up immersed in the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland, Her extraordinary voice is both powerful and emotive. Dedicated to Irish traditional music, each member of this quartet grew up with extensive musical training, and a broad musical background. Together they create a unique and dynamic musical sound steeped in tradition that energizes and delights audiences.