Featured Album July 7 at 8pm CDT.
Most Irish musicians grow up with the music, surrounded and encouraged by family and community, with teachers, peers and mentors to guide them on their way. I had no such luck. I was nearly thirty years old when I first heard this music.
After dancing to it for a few years, I decided I wanted to play it. With no guru, no method, no teacher, I had no choice but to immerse myself in it wherever I could find it, and hope for the best. Almost without exception, the local Irish music and dance community in Washington DC and Baltimore — shepherded then as now by Brendan Mulvihill and Billy McComiskey — welcomed me and encouraged me from the first day I showed up at a session.