John Blake, Mairead Hurley And Nathan Gourley In Concert

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John Blake, Mairead Hurley And Nathan Gourley In Concert
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John Blake
John Blake is a traditional Irish flute player, guitarist and pianist. An ex member of traditional group Téada, John has performed and recorded with the cream of Irish musicians including John Carty, Paddy Glackin, Noel Hill, Liam O’Flynn, Jesse Smith, Harry Bradley, Colm Gannon, The Kane Sisters and James Kelly. Brought up in London, John moved to Ireland in 1998 and developed a reputation as an accompanist of note, racking up several album credits. He joined traditional band ‘Téada‘ in 2001 and toured with them for 3 years, at which point he got off the road and settled into a job in Na Píobairí Uilleann (The Pipers Club) in Dublin. In 2003 John was runner up in the Irish Echo’s ‘Irish Traditional Musician Of The Year’ and in 2013 released his debut solo album ‘The Narrow Edge’.
Mairead Hurley
Mairead is an inspiring concertina player from Ballymote, Co. Sligo, Ireland. Growing up in a musical family, she won the 2006 All-Ireland Concertina Senior Championships title at the Fleadh Cheoil in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, cementing her status as one of the up and coming talents in Irish concertina playing. A regular at music festivals throughout Ireland, she is also in high demand for concertina workshops worldwide. She has played on a number of Irish television music shows including TG4’s ‘Geantraí’ and RTÉ’s flagship ‘The Late Late Show’ to promote the ‘Sligo Live’ festival. She has recently spent 2 years living and playing music in Australia, and has made her mark on the folk scene there, performing at major festivals including the National Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and Woodford folk festival.
Nathan Gourley
A former member of Chulrua, the Doon Ceili Band, the Two Tap Trio, and the Máirtín de Cógáin Project, fiddler and guitarist Nathan Gourley started playing music at age five. While living in Minnesota he had the opportunity to collaborate with such renowned players as Paddy O’Brien of Chulrua, Daithi Sproule of Altan, Brian Miller of Bua, and Norah Rendell of The Outside Track. Now a resident of Boston, Nathan was a finalist in the Seán Ó Riada fiddle competition in Ireland in 2014 and winner of Boston’s Fiddler of Dooney competition in 2013. Nathan can be seen playing at concerts, ceilis, sessions and festivals in Boston and throughout the United States and Ireland.

Ceili with Anne McCallum and local trad musicians to follow the concert.
$15 at the door, children under 12 free
Fish/chicken dinners available for purchase from 5pm to 8pm
cash bar, lighted, guarded parking
Phone 313 537-3489 for further information
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