Irish Traditional Music: Influences from the West of Ireland

Philadelphia Ceili Group



Cal Scott and Kevin Burke.

The Philadelphia Ceili Group brought some of the finest Irish traditional artists to the Irish Center in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia in a music series entitled Irish Traditional Music: Influences from the West of Ireland. Concerts by groundbreaking Irish folk group De Danann, in their first Philadelphia appearance since 1987; virtuosic fiddler Kevin Burke and multi-instrumentalist Cal Scott; and singer Niahm Parsons and guitarist Graham Dunne, among others, focused on unique regional music from West Clare, Galway, Kerry, and Sligo counties. In addition to performing, project artists offered hands-on workshops and lectures. The last concert in the series served as the finale of the Philadelphia Traditional Irish Music and Dance Festival, a popular annual three-day event founded by the Philadelphia Ceili Group in 1975.