Irish Musical Artist to Share Tips, History in W.Va.

October 18, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Irish folklorists and musicians will share their skills and talent with West Virginians as part of the Road Scholar Program, which offers educational opportunities with teachers and artists from around the globe.

Mick Moloney, Athena Tergis and Billy McComiskey will perform at the Cedar Lakes Crafts Center on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. The concert will take place during a four-day teaching and learning visit at Cedar Lakes from Oct. 19-24. The workshop, entitled “The Shamrock Shore: Irish Culture and History at Home and Abroad,” will include discussions of modern Ireland, Irish singing styles, Ireland’s political history and Irish-American culture.

Moloney received the National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1999.  He is an author and has recorded and produced more than 50 albums of traditional music, has hosted three folk music programs on America Public Television, and currently teaches at New York University in the Irish studies program.

Tergis has lived in Ireland and played with groups such as the Sharon Shannon Band and also has toured with members of Bruce Springsteen’s band.  Her musical journey brought her to London and then on to New York where she starred in Riverdance on Broadway.

McComiskey won the Senior All-Ireland Championship for the button accordion in 1986. He went on to record with Moloney and Tergis the Green Fields of America.

To register for the $507 workshop, or to purchase $8 concert tickets, call 304-372-7860.

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