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Irish Musicians Seán Gavin and Colm Gannon Will Perform at MCTA

Frostburg State University’s Mountain City Traditional Arts will host acclaimed Irish musicians Seán Gavin and Colm Gannon on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. at 25 E. Main St. in Frostburg. The live entertainment is open to the public through general admission with a suggested donation of $15.

Gavin is one of the most highly regarded Irish musicians of his generation. A master uilleann piper and flute player, he is the first and only musician born outside Ireland to win the prestigious Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal. Among his many accomplishments, he was musical director for the PBS program, “I am Ireland,” and for the long-running Atlantic Steps. Gavin has toured with the groups Bua and Téada; both have gleaned top praise from Irish music critics. He is now back in his native Detroit where he continues to play, teach and promote traditional Irish music. His latest project is the Irish Music Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that encourages people of all ages to explore the ancestral music and songs of Ireland.

Gannon is a talented accordion player, having won All Ireland on button accordion in 1994. He’s toured extensively with some of Ireland’s top bands, including Riverdance, Dervish and DeDannan, and has developed a strong expertise on the history of Irish music, particularly that of Connemara. Born in Boston of Connemara parents, Gannon learned his music from his father and brother Sean. He has many recordings to his credit and is widely recognized as one of the young masters of the tradition.

MCTA is a program of FSU and a founding member of Maryland’s Folklife Network. It receives support from the Maryland Traditions Program of the State Arts Council.

For more information, call 301-687-8040.

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