Irish Arts Celebration

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Ceili & Ceol!

Friday, March 15, 2019

7:30 - 9 PM
Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, enjoy Irish music, dance, poetry, and art with The Bog Band, Kristin Ferragut, and Monica Harwood. Following the performance, enjoy an Irish beer and take part in an instructional Ceili (set dancing) with the Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers. Cash bar; must have photo ID to purchase alcohol.

Tickets

$12 - SOLD OUT

Performer Information

Enjoy music by The Bog Band, a group of young musicians with a passion for traditional Irish music and dance. The group began some 15 years ago at the Washington Waldorf School, where director Mitch Fanning taught violin. Most of the members are middle and high school students living in the Greater Washington D.C. area. Over the years and even now, fiddles remain the focus, but the band has also featured a variety of other traditional Irish instruments including guitar, bouzouki, bodhrán drum, flute, Uilleann pipes, tin whistle, banjo, button accordion, and piano.

The magical land of leprechauns and fairies comes to life through dramatic interpretation by poet Kristin Ferragut.  A featured reader at DiVerse Gaithersburg Poetry and Words Out Loud, Ferragut is a regular contributor to open mics. She participates in local poetry and prose writing workshops, in addition to reading, biking, hiking and teaching. Her work has appeared in Beltway Quarterly.

Monica Harwood performs contemporary arrangements of beloved Irish classics. A native of Washington, Coloratura Soprano Harwood graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Catholic University of America’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music. With an affinity for contemporary art music, she recently debuted the dramatic monodrama, Black Water, for DC audiences. Harwood currently maintains a private piano and voice studio and works as the accompanist and music director for Poolesville Presbyterian Church.

The Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes and preserves the cultural traditions of Irish dance, music, literature, and art. Located in the Washington DC and Maryland area, its members mainly learn and perform Irish social, or folk, dances, which differ from the Irish step dances that require high-energy jumping and special shoes.