MCTA: Irish Musicians John Blake and Ruairy McGorman

Musicians Blake and McGorman to Perform at Mountain City Traditional Arts

Irish musicians John Blake and Ruairy McGorman will perform traditional Irish music at Mountain City Traditional Arts, 25 E. Main St., Frostburg, on Sunday, June 29, at 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public (donations are appreciated).

The concert marks one of several East Coast stops to launch Blake’s first solo CD endeavor, “The Narrow Edge,” which the Irish Echo touts as “excellent, straightforward and thoughtful,” filled with “brilliant stylish flourishes that reveal [Blake’s] command of his instrument.”

Blake is a flute player, guitarist, pianist, producer and sound engineer. A former member of the traditional group Teada, he has performed and recorded with the cream of Irish musicians, including John Carty, Paddy Glackin, Noel Hill, Liam O’Flynn, Jesse Smith, Harry Bradley, Colm Gannon, The Kane Sisters and James Kelly. Brought up in London, Blake was tutored by famed teacher Brendan Mulkere. He moved to Ireland in 1998 and developed a reputation as an accompanist of note, racking up several album credits. He joined Teada in 2001 and toured with them for three years, after which he settled into a job in Na Píobairí Uilleann (The Pipers Club) in Dublin. These days Blake appears on many albums, and is to be found in his studio The Lions Den in Raheny, Dublin.

McGorman is a highly regarded bouzouki accompanist as well as a fine fiddle player.

For more information, contact MCTA at 301-687-8040 or

Dedicated to the education, sales, documentation and perpetuation of traditional arts in the mountain region, MCTA is a program of FSU with support from the Allegany Arts Council, FrostburgFirst: A Main Street Community, the FSU Foundation and the Maryland Traditions Program of the Maryland State Arts Council.

Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 3:00pm

Mountain City Traditional Arts
25 East Main Street, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg

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