part-time faculty, irish studies
Flute player Jimmy Noonan hails from Cleveland, Ohio but has been a proud Boston resident since 1985. A two-time US Western champion on both the tin whistle and concert flute, Noonan has played Irish traditional music for over thirty-five years and has been teaching Irish music in the US and Canada for over fifteen years. He has taught at Boston College since 1996.
Jimmy has performed at many of the premier festivals in the United States including the Kent State Folk Festival, Washington Irish Festival, Wolftrap, Cleveland Irish Festival, Milwaukee Irish Fest, and the National Folk Festival. A teacher of Irish traditional music since 1980, he has participated in both The Gaelic Roots Festival at Boston College and the Catskills Irish Arts Week and is known as a popular leader of the best Irish music sessions to be found in and around New England.
Noonan has performed for Irish Presidents Mary McAleese and Michael D. Higgins, as well as for Taoiseach Enda Kenny. In 2005, he was elected to the Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann Hall of Fame Northeast Region. He has two recorded two albums: The Clare Connection (1993) and The Maple Leaf (2003).