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All things Irish

The timing couldn’t be better. Our own KVMR Celtic Festival is bringing Irish music to us over the weekend at the fairgrounds.

At the same time a DVD is being released by WGBH Boston Video called “Absolutely Irish!” It was filmed at a live performance at New York City’s Irish Arts Center in the city’s famed Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood and features three generations of musicians playing much-beloved jigs, reels and airs. They then rock the hall with contemporary takes on favorite old tunes.

A special guest appearance shows two living legends – 80-year-old flute player Mike Rafferty and 85-year-old Irish dancer Jo McNamara – strutting their stuff.



For you who recognize names in the field, the lineup includes performances by whistle player Joanie Madden; fiddlers Liz Carroll, Eileen Ivers, and Athena Tergis; flute and banjo player Seamus Egan; guitarist John Doyle; singers Karan Casey, Robbie O’Connell, and Susan McKeown; piper Jerry O’Sullivan; concertina player Tim Collins; accordionist Billy McComiskey; and dancers Niall O’Leary and Darrah Carr.

Also on the DVD is footage of eight additional performances, also taped at the center. Call (800) 949-8670 or type “Absolutely Irish” into the search box in the upper left corner – under the WGBH shopping bag, shop.wgbh.org.


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