Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

Celtic Junction Arts Center

Best Cultural Center in North America –IrishCentral, 2018

836 Prior Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55104

A 501(c)(3) organization

Larry Nugent and Patsy O'Brien in Concert, November 3

Concert 8pm, Advance tickets $15, $18 at the door

"One of Irish music’s recognized master musicians," (Irish Music Magazine), Larry will be delving deep into his repetoire for a night of tunes and songs that have established him as one of Ireland's finest exports of traditional Irish flute playing.

Hailing from Lack, County Fermanagh, Larry's playing is steeped in the musical traditions of that area, a place unique in Irelands musical history. Cultural traditions in this largely rural community evolved virtually untouched by outside influences. Larry's father Sean Nugent, an All-Ireland fiddle champion and leader of the Pride of Erin Ceili Band, was instrumental in cultivating and nurturing those traditions, and ultimately passing them down to artists like his son.

Larry has performed and recorded all over he world with such household names as The Chieftains, Shane McGowan, and Van Morrison. and his playing has been heard extensively on radio in both the US and Ireland including: A Prairie Home Companion, The Studs Terkel Show, and Ireland’s national radio network RTÉ.

 “Laurence Nugent is a traditional Irish musician who adds subtle traces of jazz, classical and world music to the old melodies. He manages to gently stretch the boundaries of Irish music without sacrificing the essential character of the tunes. Even when Nugent adds new twists to the old tunes, his playing always remains true to his Celtic roots."-Michael Simmons, Rhythm Magazine

Accompanying Larry on guitar will be Cork-born, award-winning musician Patsy O'Brien. Patsy has toured extensively with Eileen Ivers, Paddy Keenan, Cathie Ryan, Teada and numerous other ensembles. A Saint Paul resident and local favorite, Patsy O'Brien's driving and inspired guitar style compliments Larry's flute playing delightfully.