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Laura Byrne has modeled her playing on the music of the older generation of Irish flute players. After countless trips to Ireland and a close study of those old masters, she has developed a style that has been described as "effortless, powerful and engaging". Her mentors and influences are many and include the late great East Galway flute player Mike Rafferty, Roscommon fluter Catherine McEvoy and Matt Molloy of Chieftain’s fame. Laura has performed at countless festivals and concerts in the U.S., Canada and Ireland and is a three-time 1st place winner in solo flute, duets and slow airs at the North American Eastern Fleadh. In 2005 she released her first solo album, A Tune for the Road, which has consistently garnered excellent reviews; more recently her follow up CD, Lucky Day, was released to critical acclaim and the delight of traditional Irish music aficionados everywhere.
Rose Conway Flanagan is a traditional Irish fiddle player and teacher from Rockland County, NY, who began taking fiddle lessons from Martin Mulvihill while growing up in the Bronx. She further developed her style with the help of Sligo fiddle master Martin Wynne and her older brother, fiddler Brian Conway. Great New York fiddlers like Andy McGann and Paddy Reynolds were frequent visitors to the Conway household, which became the Bronx version of a "teach ceoil" (house of music) in the best Irish tradition. Rose currently has a thriving traditional Irish music school in her hometown of Pearl River, NY, where she is hard at work preparing the next generation of great traditional musicians, which already includes several young All-Ireland winners.
Eamon O' Leary grew up in Dublin and developed an interest in Irish music through his friendship with Emer, Breda and John Maycock, a noted family of traditional musicians from County Mayo. His first instrument was the guitar, which he started playing in his teens. Eamon has since come a long way, having toured extensively throughout Europe and North America, performing with many of Irish music's greatest musicians, including uilleann piper Paddy Keenan, Donegal fiddle giant Tommy Peoples and button-accordionist James Keane. Moving to New York over twenty years ago, he quickly became a vital part of that city's exciting Irish music scene.
Lets watch this slide show of some of our past performers ...
with help from Miss Leora (of the Coatesville Cultural Society), Todd (faithful archivist & sound guy), & new team member Debra, producethe Coatesville Traditional
Just about an hour's drive west of Philadelphia, the COATESVILLE TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SERIES hosts live concerts and workshops featuring the cream of the crop of Irish traditional musicians, in a historic old building on the town's main street. This cozy venue is also home to the Coatesville Cultural Society. In 2004 we approached the artistic director there with a plan to present an evening of jigs, reels and hornpipes by a group of area musicians. And so, local band 'The Morrigan' played fiddle, accordion, flute and guitar for an appreciative crowd of about 50 folks. Encouraged, we contacted an elder statesman of Irish music in America, Mike Rafferty, the revered octogenarian Galway flute player who emigrated to the states in 1949.
We arranged a small concert, this time featuring Mike on wooden flute and uilleann pipes, daughter Mary Rafferty on button-accordion and Dónal Clancy on guitar. It was a grand night of tunes and stories of growing up and learning to play music in Galway! So, with our confidence thus bolstered, ambitious plans were made and whaddya know? The COATESVILLE TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SERIES was born!