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“Reclaiming the true spirit of the day through the best in Irish music, dance and comedy.”

The Line-Up for Sober St. Patrick's Day® 2014 in NYC:

 

MASTER OF CEREMONIES

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Cathy Maguire, Dundalk, Co. Louth
*NEW* Sing-along of great Irish songs!

An accomplished singer and performer, Cathy began her career as a child star in Ireland. Upon graduating with a BA Honors Degree in Ethnomusicology, she moved to Nashville, TN. A record deal with Celtic Collections resulted in the release of her critically acclaimed recording "Portrait" in 2010. This year, her TV show "Ireland in Song" was aired on PBS, and the album of the same name was nominated for an Irish Music Award for Best New Irish Album. Cathy has toured extensively, and she is currently in Nashville finishing a recording executively produced by the legendary Cowboy Clement.
www.cathymaguire.com 



*NEW* DIRECT FROM IRELAND:
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UCD Choral Scholars, Dublin

This is Ireland's leading collegiate choral ensemble. With a large repertoire ranging from art to popular music, and stretching from the medieval to the contemporary in style, this vocal ensemble gives many major concerts throughout the academic year, both nationally and internationally.
Eighteen high-achieving, gifted students are awarded a scholarship each September by a panel of professional musicians following a competitive selection process. Award recipients come from a range of academic disciplines, from Music to Medicine, Law, Agricultural Science, Commerce and Engineering.
www.ucdchoralscholars.ie



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Tulla Pipe Band, Co. Clare

For the first time in its 77 year history, the Tulla Pipe Band will be marching in the NYC parade ~ and then performing at the Sober St. Patrick's Day party immediately afterward! Recognized nationally and internationally as a highly acclaimed prestigious pipe band with huge connections to sporting and musical events, the Tulla Pipe Band is one of the few in Ireland to have survived since the 1930s. It is the last surviving pipe band in Co. Clare. The band was honored to lead the victorious Clare Hurling Team through the towns of Clare on their return journey from this years' All-Ireland Hurling Final (Sept. 2013). As part of their 125th Anniversary celebrations, the Co. Clare Association in New York has officially invited The Tulla Pipe Band to lead them up 5th Avenue in the annual NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade. Band Hall: The very top of the hill, Tulla.
www.tullaonline.com



 


*NEW* ALL STAR CÉILÍ DANCE BAND:
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John Whelan, 8 Time All-Ireland Button Accordion Champion

Eight time All-Ireland Champion Button Accordion Player, and leader of the John Whelan Band, John has dedicated most of his life to delivering the gift of music through his accordion. With more than a dozen recordings and numerous other productions and appearances, John has made himself one of the top artists in Celtic Music. His energetic music style and out-going personality make him a much sought-after performer and entertainer! John is currently an instructor with the Connecticut Academy of Irish Music.
www.johnwhelanmusic.com



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Brian Conway, 5 Time All-Ireland Champion Fiddle Player

Five time All-Ireland Champion Fiddle Player, New York born fiddler Brian Conway is a leading exponent of the highly ornamented Sligo fiddling style. "Someone whose talent should be sampled first-hand by far more people outside the Big Apple," writes Earl Hitchner of this Irish Echo Top Trad Artist. Brian's students are highly accomplished and have frequently placed in the prestigious annual All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil (music championships). Brian is in demand for concerts and workshops and regularly performs with the Pride of New York band.
www.brianconway.com



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Brendan Dolan, Keyboard

Brendan is a renowned musician who has been teaching Irish traditional music in the New York City area for many years. He holds a degree in Music from SUNY New Paltz and a Master's Degree in Irish Studies from NYU. Brendan currently teaches instrumental music to middle and upper school children at Avenues: the World School in Chelsea, NYC. He performs regularly with the Pride of New York band and Mick Moloney. Brendan is the son of Irish music legend Felix Dolan (RIP) and considers it an honor to continue his legacy of promoting the love of Irish music for future generations of musicians.



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Brendan Fahey, Céilí Drums

Brendan was raised in a home where Irish traditional music, particularly that of West Clare (Junior Crehan was an Uncle), was revered. He performs regularly with the Green Gates Céilí Band, as well as with Ceol na gCroí Céilí Band, which he founded, and is well-known by dancers for the energy he brings to the music. A multi-instrumentalist, Brendan is widely respected as an instructor, as well as for his knowledge of Irish traditional music and céilí bands. He is dedicated to passing on his love of and passion for "the spirit of our music" by nurturing the next generation of musicians.

 

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Ivan Goff, Flute & Uilleann Pipes

Originally from Dublin and now based in Brooklyn, Ivan plays the uilleann pipes and the Irish wooden flute. Apart from solo work, Ivan has dueted with many traditional musicians over the years including Míchéal Ó Raghallaigh and Cormac Breatnach and has toured with many bands including Dervish, Danú, Lúnasa, Téada, The Green Fields of America with Mick Moloney, and the Eileen Ivers Band. He is currently a member of recently-formed Ghost Trio with Iarla Ó Lionáird and Cleek Schrey. 
www.ivangoff.com

 


*NEW* PHENOMENAL STEP DANCERS

Donny Golden School of Irish Dance

The Donny Golden School is one of the premier Irish dancing schools in the world and has been for over 30 years. Donny Golden, is one of the most well-known and accomplished Irish dancers in America today. He has trained hundreds of dancers, and his school and its students have won many awards locally, regionally, nationally and worldwide. His dancers have competed throughout the world and performed for and appeared on many television shows and documentaries and in such acclaimed entertainment venues such as Town Hall, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Carnegie Hall, Radio City, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and the White House, and with performers such as Shania Twain, U2, The Chieftains, Cherish the Ladies, Frank Patterson, The New York Pops, Savion Glover and Bebe Neuwirth. The popularity of Irish dancing still continues to grow stronger with broad, global appeal, due in part to shows that have entertained worldwide such as Riverdance, Lord of the Dance and the highly acclaimed Dancing On Dangerous Ground. The Donny Golden School is the home of Jean Butler who has helped bring Irish dancing from the competition stage to the world stage.
Donny Golden instills a love of Irish dance in the many students that are drawn to this style of dance.

www.donnygoldenschool.com



*NEW* CHILDREN'S PROGRAM DOWNSTAIRS
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Marianne McShane, Seanachie (Storyteller)

Marianne comes from Bangor, County Down and is the current Mid Atlantic Region Storytelling Champion. As a child, she listened to her Granda tell stories around the hearth many an evening. Now living in the NYC area, Marianne has been a featured storyteller at festivals in Ireland and the United States. Her recitation of Celtic legends and myths has enchanted audiences of all ages. Marianne's professional career has also been spent telling stories to children. Formerly the Head of Children's Services at the Chappaqua (NY) Public Library, she is currently Librarian at Brunswick School in Greenwich, CT, where she engages children with her stories every day!
www.mariannemcshane.com

 

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Haley Richardson, All-Ireland Fiddle Champion

Haley, 11 years old, currently holds the titles of All Ireland Champion for the solo under 12 Fiddle and Slow Air Fiddle. Haley began playing violin at 3 years old and fell in love with Irish fiddling before her 5th birthday. She is a five time Mid-Atlantic Region Champion in the under 12 Irish Fiddle, winning her first title at 6 years old. Haley is a student of fiddling great Brian Conway and often performs in the southern NJ and Philadelphia area with the John Whelan Band and her brother Dylan.

 

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The Fee Sisters, Musicians & Dancers

Angela, Catriona and Máiréad Fee, 12 year old triplets, are the third generation of two families whose names are synonomous with Irish music and dance in New York City. Billy McComiskey, button accordion wiz, is their uncle, and aunt Bernadette Fee is a dynamic, energetic fiddler. The sisters' parents are dancers, and their father is also a musician. The Fee sisters began dancing at the age of 5 and are students of the Broesler School of Irish Dance. They started their music lessons at the age of 6 and are studentc of the Pearl River School of Music. The girls regularly qualify to compete in the prestigious All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil (music championships), and they currently hold the Mid Atlantic Region Championship in the under 12 Trio.

 

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Donie Carroll, Vocals & Guitar

Originally from County Cork, Donie Carroll is a stalwart with the Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra and a regular at the popular Lillie's Session. He began his career as a solo artist in the 1970s Cork folk scene with his good friend Jimmy Crowley. Later a member of Finnegan's Wake, he toured Europe extensively before coming to the U.S., where he's been a fixture on the New York Irish music scene since the 1990s. 
www.myspace.com/doniecarroll

 


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Malachy McCourt, Author, Actor & Raconteur

Author, broadcaster and raconteur, Malachy McCourt also enjoys a varied career as a humorist and actor – but definitely not a singer! He is instantly recognizable to his many friends in the Irish America community, and also credits "a great deal to my friend, Bill W."


"And, some surprise Celebrity Guests"

 


 


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