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

MIM Artist Concert, June 16

Concert begins at 8pm. Prior to June 1st: Adults $20, CIM/GNIPC students and members $18, Youth 17 and under $10. June 1st and on: Adults $23, Youth 17 and under $12. Order advance tickets.  Please note that Beginner and Youth Program participants receive a voucher to the concert.

This activity is part of the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend presented by the Center for Irish Music which includes three days of Irish traditional music programming and workshops for adults and children. Guest artists performing at the concert and teaching during this educational weekend are:

Harry Bradley, Felix Dolan, Jesse Smith, Devin Shepherd, Eileen Gannon

Harry Bradley (uillean pipes, flute):  

Harry is a Belfast-born flutist who has come to be recognized as one of the most distinctive flute players in Ireland today.  His music has been inspired by the recording of traditional groups Planxty and the Bothy Band and well as the great players of the 1920s - particularly John McKenna, Tom Morrison and fiddler James Morrison.  To date Harry has recorded three critically acclaimed solo flute CDs; he has made duet recordings with fiddler Paul O'Shaughnessy and fluter Michael Clarkson, and a trio recording with Jesse Smith (fiddle) and John Blake (guitar/piano/flute) entitled "The Tap Room Trio"(Claddagh Records). He appeared as a guest musician on Altan's "The Blue Idol" and “Poison Glen” CDs and has toured as a member of the band. Harry is also a dedicated uilleann piper and has served as a member of the board of directors of Na Píobairí Uilleann, the society for uilleann pipers. He designed and initiated the NPU Heritage & Research Project, a training initiative based in the Na Píobairí Uilleann archive.

 Felix Dolan (piano):

Felix is a self-taught accordion, piano and flute player from the Bronx, NY. He was a founding member of the New York Ceili Band (with Larry Redican, Andy McGann, Paddy Reynolds, fiddles, Paddy O’Brien, accordion, Jack Coen and Mike Dorney, flutes, Jerry Wallace, piccolo).  In 1965 Felix accompanied fiddler, Andy McGann and accordionist, Joe Burke on one of the seminal albums of traditional Irish music, A Tribute to Michael Coleman. Felix has continued to record with such artists as Bobby Gardiner, Paddy Reynolds, Charlie Mulvihill and James Keane, Joe Derrane, Seamus Connolly, Martin Mulhaire and Jack Coen, Brian Conway, and most recently Catherine and John McEvoy.  Since the 1980s Felix has been a fixture at local and international concerts and festivals, touring with the American Masters of Celtic Music and performing twice at the White House. He was inducted into the Comhaltas Hall of Fame in 1997 where it was noted he is considered by many to be the best ceili band keyboard player ever.

 Jesse Smith (fiddle): 

Jesse is a Baltimore-born fiddler who grew up immersed in the thriving Irish music tradition of that city.   Jesse studied fiddle with renowned musician Brendan Mulvihill and drew inspiration from his musician parents (his mother Donna Long is a former member of Cherish the Ladies), and the great Sligo fiddle trinity: James Morrison, Paddy Killoran and Michael Coleman. In 1998, Jesse moved to Ireland to stay, where he made his mark as a fiddler touring with the great Irish band Danú , recording two CDs and consequently receiving an award from the BBC in 2001.  His well-received 2002 debut solo fiddle CD Jigs and Reels was among the top ten Irish traditional music CDs cited in America's largest Irish weekly, "The Irish Echo".  This was followed by a collaborative release (with flute player Harry Bradley and London guitarist/pianist John Blake) entitled The Tap Room Trio. His 2010 release, The Ewe With The Crooked Horn (2010), recorded with button-accordionist Colm Gannon and John Blake, received high praise.  He has appeared as a guest musician on albums by Harry Bradley, Cherish the Ladies, Colm Gannon, Alan Kelly, Sharon Shannon, Enda Scahill, Tim Dennehy and Donna Long and teaches at many of the Irish music summer and winter festivals including the Frankie Kennedy and the Willie Clancy schools.

 Devin Shepherd (fiddle):

Devin Shepherd is a fiddler from Chicago who began Suzuki violin lessons at age four, but fell in love with traditional Irish music at ten. His mother nurtured his interest, immersing him in the deep-rooted Irish music scene of his hometown, where he studied with Kathleen Keane and Liz Carroll and regularly attended sessions. As a young fiddler, Devin won first prize in the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil for nine consecutive years. More recently, his stylistic development has focused on recordings of legendary Irish fiddlers of the past, such as Bobby Casey, Michael Coleman, and John Doherty, as well as living legends James Kelly and Paddy Cronin. Since 2000, he has made his living teaching and performing Irish music throughout the U.S. and abroad. He is a member of the Chicago-based ensemble Chicago Reel and tours regularly with Irish Music Awards’ 2009 “Top Traditional Group” Bua. Devin has a degree in music composition from the Chicago College of Performing Arts.

Eileen Gannon (Irish harp): 

Eileen specializes in playing traditional Irish music on the Irish harp. Under the tutelage of Tracey Fleming, Eileen won several medals in International competitions including All-Ireland Senior Harp Champion in 2000. She was the first performer from the Midwest and only the third American to win this prestigious world title. Eileen has played with several groups over the years including Misla, an Irish group of St. Louis Irish Arts former students and teachers, The Banks Ceili Band, Grace Basement, the musicians of Bunratty Castle and John Whelan. When she is not performing, Eileen has been teaching at St. Louis Irish Arts for 16 years. Several of Eileen’s students have also won honors in All-Ireland competitions.  Eileen received a Bachelor’s degree in music performance from St. Louis University. In 2001, she received a master’s degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of Limerick. She also holds the TTCT teaching certificate awarded by Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eirreann.

This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.