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Tunes of Old East Galway: Summit, New Jersey, November 13, 2016

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In memory of the great Mike Raffery, the Summit, New Jersey Free Public Library will host Tunes of Old East Galway, a free workshop followed by a free concert, on November 13, 2016 at 2pm. With Lesl Harker, Irish flute and Jerry O’Sullivan, uilleann pipes. Session to follow if time permits!


Summit Free Public Library, 75 Maple Street, Summit, NJ 07901 Sunday, November 13th 2016 at 2pm.
General information (908) 273-0350
Flyer with more details

This program is made possible by The Summit Free Public Library and by a
2016 HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from  the
Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

New book: Picking Up the Flute, by John Elder

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My friend John Elder, a nature writer and former professor of English at Middlebury College in Vermont, has written a book about his experience taking up Irish flute in his 60s. He and his wife Rita played classical music together for years, but when they retired they decided to learn traditional Irish music; she picked up the concertina and he picked up the flute. The book covers much more than just the process of learning a new instrument and an unfamiliar genre of music; there are musings here on marriage, literature, nature, poetry, geology, and the coast of Connemara. Highly recommended!

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Boxwood 2016 registration now open

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Chris Norman has a pretty amazing lineup of instructors and performers for this year’s Boxwood flute festival and workshop in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia (24-30 July). Registration is now open.


Conor Byrne with Mick O’Brien and Ciara Ní Bhriaín

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Conor Byrne is a great flute player from Dublin; I remember seeing him a memorable concert there with Máire Breatnach one night in the late 1990s and being very taken with his tone and command of the flute. In this video, you can see him playing with Mick O’Brien (pipes and flute) and Mick’s daughter Ciara Ní Bhriaín (fiddle) from a concert a few years ago in Wexford.