MIM Master Artists Concert, June 10
Music starts at 7:30pm. Tickets: $23 adult, $10 child.
Presented by the Center for Irish Music, the MIM Master Concert is the signature event of the Minnesota Irish Music weekend. The concert not only showcases each visiting musician’s artistry and repertoire, but offers a chance to hear both classic and unique musical pairings.
John Carty’s status as one of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians was cemented in 2003 when he was awarded TG4’s Traditional Musician of the Year. Born in London, Carty plays fiddle, flute and banjo. He was raised in the tradition by his father, a member of the famed Glenside Céilí Band in the 1960’s. His recordings include “Last Night's Fun” and "At Complete Ease," a seminal duet album with Brian Rooney. He collaborated with Sligo poet Ann Joyce to create “The Crimson Path,” a CD of original poetry with original music composed by John, and is a member of super group Patrick Street alongside legendary musicians Andy Irvine and Kevin Burke. He will soon release “Settle Out of Court”, a duet album with his daughter, Maggie.
Sligo native Colm O’Donnell is a true man of the land: a farmer, forester, shepherd and sheepdog trainer. He is renowned for his sweet, tuneful traditional singing, lilting, and lively flute and whistle playing. Colm has won a record number of All-Ireland Championships, was awarded “Best Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year” by Irish American News and is a founder member of the famous Sligo band The Border Collies. His recordings include "The Rocks of Bawn," an album of unaccompanied song and lilting described as "up there with the best", and "Farewell to Evening Dances," a collection of traditional song, flute and tin whistle.
James Kelly is one of the greatest Irish traditional fiddlers alive today. He learned from his father, renowned fiddle and concertina player John Kelly, and after years of practice, began his recording and touring career at age sixteen . That same year, he won first place in the prestigious "Fiddler of the Year" competition. Since that time, James has toured Europe, the US, Canada and South America, was awarded the "Gradam Ceoil TG4 2006 Irish Musician of the Year," and has been a member of several influential Irish groups, including Patrick Street and the legendary folk group Planxty. James is committed to handing down the tradition and is currently working on a teaching DVD for fiddle students, as well as compiling his 800+ compositions for publication.
Singer and accordion player Méabh Begley (Méabh Ní Bheaglaoich) was born in the Gaeltacht area of Corca Dhuibhne in County Kerry to a large family of Irish traditional music greats, including father Séamus, aunts Máire, Eibhlín and Jós, and uncle Breanndán. Méabh’s grounding is equally rich on the vocal and instrumental sides, with an emotive ornamental singing style and accordion playing rich in the slides, polkas and reels of West Kerry. She is committed to passing on the tradition and has taught at festivals around the world. She can be heard on the Children’s Christmas album “Amhrán is Fiche Don Nollaig" alongside Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Síle Denvir, and more recently on “Cuisle" with Matt Griffin.
Sean Gavin’s playing on the flute, whistle and uilleann pipes reflects his lifelong love for traditional Irish music. Growing up in Detroit, he was first encouraged by his father, County Clare-born fiddle player, Mick Gavin. Sean played a variety of instruments before settling on the flute and uilleann pipes. In 2016 Sean was awarded the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal in County Cork, a recognition given only to musicians of the highest standard and commitment to the tradition. His playing on both flute and pipes is remarkable for its deep roots in the past of the music combined with a vigor and creativity very much of the moment. Sean is a member of the critically acclaimed groups Bua (along with our own Brian Miller) and NicGaviskey.