John Whelan & Haley Richardson–Friday, September 28
Seven-time all-Ireland champion John Whelan is one of the world’s best living Irish button accordion players. John was raised in the vibrant London Irish music scene of the 1970s, and learned his craft from legends Lucy Farr, Roger Sherlock, Paddy Taylor, Mick O’Connor and his teacher Brendan Mulkaire. John moved to the USA in 1980 and has been inspiring Celtic musicians and fans ever since. Along with his All-Ireland Championships, he was twice awarded musician of the year from the Irish Music Association. He’s recorded over 15 CDs and isn’t stopping yet.
Dynamic young fiddler Haley Richardson began making her mark in the Irish music world at six years old when she won the All Ireland qualifier in the under 12 category. Over the past ten years, she has amassed a long list of accomplishments and performed at venues all over the United States, Ireland, United Kingdom, and Thailand. Haley, with her highly ornamented Sligo style perfected under the tutelage of fiddler Brian Conway, is the 2017 All Ireland U15 Fiddle slow air champion, 2015 Junior Fiddler of Dooney, and 2013 All Ireland U12 Champion in both fiddle and fiddle slow airs. Haley has performed with many of the most well-known names in Irish music including The Chieftains, Altan, Dervish, Mick Moloney, Pride of New York, Liz Carroll & Cherish the Ladies, Paddy Keenan, and is a regular member of Green Fields of America and The John Whelan Band. She has been the band fiddler in the Studio2Stage Irish dance production That’s Dancing” and was featured in an article in Fiddler Magazine’s Fall 2015 issue. Here’s a video of Haley and John (he looks different from his 1985 picture, above. She wasn’t born then).
Musica Pacifica–Saturday, October 6
Baroque ensemble Musica Pacifica has made its mark on the early music scene here in the Bay Area and beyond. They’ve performed several times at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, as well as at other festivals and series around the country. Individually, the musicians who make up Musica Pacifica perform with Philharmonia Baroque, American Bach Soloists and many other prominent early music ensembles.
Musicians Judith Linsenberg, recorder; Ingrid Matthews, violin; Gretchen Claassen, cello/viola da gamba; Derek Tam, harpsichord and Peter Maund, percussion will treat us to a selection of Baroque Folk and Dance Music from Scotland, Ireland, and England–a program they call “Dancing in the Isles”. They’ll play their own arrangements of traditional Irish and Scottish folk tunes, a Purcell theater suite, Jacobean masque music, a hybrid Scottish Baroque trio sonata by Oswald, English country dance tunes, an English “division” on a folk tune, and Purcell’s famous “Three Parts upon a Ground.”
You can watch parts of “Dancing in the Isles” in a video from the 2010 Berkeley Early Music Festival here.
Join us for a rollicking, good time, 17th century style!
Upstate–Friday, October 12
Les Poules à Colin–Friday, October 19
April Verch & Joe Newberry–Sunday, October 28
Rob Reich Trio–Saturday, November 3
New World String Project–Friday, November 16
Hot Club of Baltimore–Saturday, December 1