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Annual Irish-American Crossroads Festival – A Celtic Appalachian Celebration
March 19, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
WEST COAST MUSICAL PREMIERE
Two Bay Area Performances Only
Crossroads is proud to present the West Coast Premier of a world-class musical performance in Berkeley and San Rafael for two nights only. This star-studded ensemble of international, national and local Irish and Appalachian musicians will explore the deep musical and cultural linkages between Ireland and Celtic Appalachia.
Praised as a “stunning crowd pleaser”, this ensemble performance has delighted sold-out audiences in New York City and Philadelphia many times over.
Acclaimed musician and ethnomusicologist, Mick Moloney, will perform with one of the longest-standing Irish-American musical groups, The Green Fields of America, including Athena Tergis on violin, Billy McComiskey on accordion, and Joey Abarta on uilleann pipes. The All-Ireland champion, Michele Mulcahy, on harp and concertina, as well as World Champion Irish dancer, Niall O’Leary, will also join this ensemble.
This remarkable evening also features internationally renowned “Old Time” artists, Eddie Bond (old time fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, autoharp & mandolin) from the Virginia Blue Ridge, Kirk Sutphin (old time fiddle, banjo & guitar) from the North Carolina hills and San Francisco’s own powerhouse guitarist, singer and ‘old time’ fiddler, Karen Celia Heil. Together, these nine artists will excavate and celebrate their shared musical lineage.
Join us as this celebrated ensemble – each artist a star in his/her own right — will perform for the first time on the West Coast and illuminate the pathways through which cultures and music have blended over centuries in the Blue Ridge Mountains and the North Carolina hills. This fertile crossover has produced some of America’s oldest musical forms, such as Bluegrass and “Old-Time” music, which endure to delight audiences until today.
Join us for an evening of the finest Irish music and dance today!