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AN IRISH CHRISTMAS with THE HEDGE BAND
December 5 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm$25.00
The Band is Laura Byrne (Irish Flute), Pat Egan (vocals & guitar), Donna Long (Irish fiddle &piano) & Billy McComiksey (button accordion) four of Maryland’s
pre-eminent Irish traditional musicians. All perform, teach, & are recognized &respected in Maryland &far beyond its borders.
Donna Long has traveled the world playing the piano &fiddle &entertaining audiences with Cherish the Ladies. She continues to foster an impressive music studio in Baltimore, where she teaches both fiddle &piano.
Pat Egan is from County Tipperary Ireland. He spent years performing in Westport, Co. Mayo before moving to the U.S. to join the band Chulrua. Also known for his work on the great recording “Music at Matt Molloys,” Pat still tours internationally with Chulrua which includes highly esteemed musicians Paddy O’Brien, accordion and Patrick Ourceau, fiddle.
Laura Byrne is one of only a handful of musicians to successfully cross over to Irish traditional music from another discipline. She released an acclaimed duo recording in 2014 with New York-based Sligo style fiddler Rose Flanagan. In 1999, Laura was the winner of the U.S. Eastern Fleadh Championship in New York. Laura founded &directs The Baltimore Irish Traditions Fest &teaches Irish flute at Goucher College.
Billy McComiskey is one of only two American born musicians to win the senior All-Ireland Championship. Billy is credited along with Brendan Mulvihill &Andy O’Brien for bringing Irish traditional music to the Maryland/Virginia area by way of their trio The Irish Tradition. He is regarded as one of the world’s greatest button accordion players.
The musicians of the Hedge Band have performed independently of each other at countless festivals &venues around the world including the Kennedy Center, The White House, Lincoln Center, &many other great venues across the U.S. Mexico &Europe. Laura, Billy, &Pat are recipients of Maryland State Arts Council grants.
Tickets call Baldwin’s: 410-795-1041