Fe. 16, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 11

Robbie O'Connell (left) and John Doyle will join fellow Irish music legend Mick Moloney and "Riverdance" fiddler Athena O╠Lochlainn in Gasson Hall this Sunday.

'An Afternoon of Irish Song' this Sunday

Three of the most popular and acclaimed performers of Irish traditional music bring their talents to Gasson 100 this Sunday, Feb. 19, with a focus on folk song.

Mick Moloney, Robbie O'Connell and John Doyle - who between them have released or appeared on several dozen albums - will be accompanied by Athena O'Lochlainn, a young fiddler who has drawn notice for her appearance in the international theatrical hit "Riverdance." The concert, "An Afternoon of Irish Song," will take place at 2 p.m. in Gasson 100.

"These three guys are absolute legends in the revival of Irish music," says Sullivan Family Artist in Residence and Irish Studies Music Programs Director Seamus Connolly.

"Whether on their own or with other musicians, Mick, Robbie and John have upheld the Irish tradition, but also introduced innovations that carry that tradition forward," says Connolly, who has had the good fortune to play with all three at one time or another.

Moloney and O'Connell have been frequent visitors to the BC campus. Moloney, the Burns Library Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies in the fall of 2004, is equally well known as a folklorist and author. O'Connell - who like Moloney was a performer-instructor at the Gaelic Roots festival hosted by BC for 10 years - has cultivated a reputation as a songwriter whose compositions fit snugly alongside the Irish song tradition.

Doyle was a founding member of the groundbreaking band Solas and is a highly sought-after accompanist, touring with such noteworthy performers as Liz Carroll and Eileen Ivers. In fact, Doyle's prowess in backing jigs and reels is so admired, notes Connolly, "it's easy to overlook the fact that he's a terrific singer."

A three-time Scottish fiddle national junior champion, O'Lochlainn has played with some of the most respected performers of Irish traditional music, and in recent years branched out to include other styles and genres. "Athena may not yet have developed the resume that the other three have," says Connolly, "but she's a fantastic fiddler who has great stage presence and knows how to relate to an audience. We're very happy to welcome her and John to Boston College for the first time.

"This is sure to be one of our most popular events, and people will hear a variety of contemporary and traditional songs - but all of them connected to the Irish experience."

Admission is $10. For more information, contact Liz Sullivan of the Irish Studies Program at ext.2-3938 or via e-mail at -Sean Smith

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