March 15 – 19 on Pratt Street
Window displays of Irish History and Culture on Pratt Street (all month).
Monday, March 15 at 99 Pratt Street
4 – 5pm: Presentation by Claudine Langille on her career.
5 – 7pm: Music performed by Claudine Langille
Tuesday, March 16 at 99 Pratt Street
4 – 7pm: Saint Patrick’s Twilight Concerts, including: 4 – 5:30pm: Twilight Concert Eva Meier & Jon Warner 5:30 –7pm: Jim Bunting and Tony Morris
Wednesday, March 17 at 99 Pratt Street
4 – 7pm: A variety of Irish Traditional (trad) music from various players
Thursday, March 18 at 99 Pratt Street
4 – 5pm: Irish Language Workshop with Melissa Murray
5 – 7pm: Traditional (trad) Irish music (including songs in the Irish language) by Andrew Carey
Friday, March 19 at 99 Pratt Street
4 – 5pm: Stories, jokes and comments by Bill Wallach and Mike McGarry 5 – 7pm: The music of Bill Wallach
All presentations observe CDC guidelines, COVID restrictions and may be influenced by weather.
Sponsors and Participants (as of March 1)
- The Richard Garmany Fund through the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
- Hartford Marriott Hotel
- The Cathedral of Saint Joseph Knights of Columbus
Irish Historical and Cultural Displays
John Droney’s Display Boards
1916 Rising Garden of Remembrance The Book of Kells (800 AD)
New Grange (built before the pyramids) An Gorta Mór (Famine)
Ireland: Second Millennium Harp (National symbol of Ireland)
New Ross (Hartford’s Sister City) Various city scenes, country visuals Eviction set
Mid 20th Century Album Covers and Liner Notes
The Clancy Brothers The Wolf Tones The Chieftains
… And More
Claudine Langille, originally from Newington CT, is best know as a member of Touchstone, a Celtic/Appalachian fusion band that toured internationally in the 1980s, and won Indie awards for their two albums, The New Land and Jealousy.
Claudine plays mandolin, tenor banjo and guitar, and sings and writes songs. She currently lives in Vermont and plays with the ever popular Celtic band Gypsy Reel. She enjoys traveling and has played music along Lake Atitlan Guatemala, at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow Scotland, and at Celtic Colours Festival in Nova Scotia. She teaches at Connecticut Academy of Irish Music in Wethersfield, and privately.
“Claudine can really cook on mandolin and flat picked tenor banjo, and her lead and harmony vocals were a highlight.”-Boston Globe
Andrew Carey fell in love with Irish traditional music on hearing the Chieftains’ soundtrack for National Geographic’s documentary, The Ballad of the Irish Horse. A few years further down the line, he began attending Irish language classes on a porch in central Ohio and started playing session tunes on mandolin.
As a student in Cork City, he bought a second-hand bouzouki and never looked back. He has studied traditional singing with Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde and Róisín White, bouzouki with Gerry McKee (Nomos) and Seán Earnest (the Yanks), and the interface between the two with Jimmy Crowley (Stoker’s Lodge).
Today he lives in Newtown, Connecticut, where he seems to have become the most prominent local Irish-language singer-songwriter, poet, and storyteller. He also writes and performs in English.
EVA MEIER &
Eva Meier is a fiddle player with classical training who has studied music for most of her life. She has performed at Carnegie hall and around the northeastern United States. She has spent time living and playing in county Clare, Ireland, and was accepted into a masters program at the university of Limerick for traditional Irish music performance.
Jonathan Warner has been playing bagpipes and flutes for over 20 years, and used to make woodwind instruments professionally. He has appeared on local television and is a frequent host at traditional Irish sessions throughout Connecticut, Boston, and New York City.
Eva and Jonathan have been performing instrumental music together for years and have a wide shared repertoire of traditional Irish tunes.