9/29/18 - John Whelan & Haley Richardson: Dynamic, Irish Style

John Whelan, a world renown Irish button accordion player, teams up with his mentee, Haley Richardson, an accomplished young fiddler. 

John Whelan has been a wonderful mentor to Haley. He recorded and produced her debut CD, Heart on a String. In March 2017, Haley released Music for Mercy, a compilation CD she organized and produced featuring donated tracks from many of the best Irish musicians under 21 years from around the world. All proceeds from this CD benefit the Mercy Centre in Bangkok, Thailand.

John Whelan, Seven-time all-Ireland champion John Whelan is one of the world’s best living Irish button accordion players. John was raised in the vibrant London Irish music scene of the 1970s, and learned his craft from such legends as Lucy Farr, Roger Sherlock, Paddy Taylor, Mick O Connor and Brendan Mulkaire. He moved to the USA in 1980 and has been inspiring Celtic musicians and fans ever since. Along with his All-Ireland Championships, he was twice awarded musician of the year from the Irish Music Association. He has over 15 CDs and has performed on Late Night with Conan Obrien. John Is also a sought-after composer and producer. His music has been featured on such TV shows as Sex in the City and History’s Mysteries and History Detective. Today John performs with the John Whelan Band and has recently teamed up with his old pal Brian Conway forming the group Gailfean, which also features Máirtin De Cógáin and Don Penzien. Gailfean has recently released a new CD.

Haley Richardson is a dynamic, young fiddler. Haley Richardson, began making her mark in the Irish music world at six years old when she won the All Ireland qualifier in the under 12 category. Over the past ten years, she has amassed a long list of accomplishments and performed at venues all over the United States, Ireland, United Kingdom, and Thailand. Haley, with her highly ornamented Sligo style perfected under the tutelage of fiddler Brian Conway, is the 2017 All Ireland U15 Fiddle slow air champion, 2015 Junior Fiddler of Dooney, and 2013 All Ireland U12 Champion in both fiddle and fiddle slow airs. Haley has performed with many of the most well-known names in Irish music including The Chieftains, Altan, Dervish, Mick Moloney, Pride of New York, Liz Carroll with Cherish the Ladies, Paddy Keenan, and is a regular member of Green Fields of American and The John Whelan Band. She has been the band fiddler in the Studio2Stage Irish dance production, That's Dancing, from 2014-2017. Haley was also featured in an article in Fiddler Magazine’s Fall 2015 issue.


Saturday, September 29, 2018 | 7:00 PM | $20.00
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