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October 29, 2013

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s Irish Studies Program and School of Music join with Humanities Montana, the Friends of Irish Studies and Culture Ireland to present “The Music and Song of Ireland” concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in UM’s Music Recital Hall. The concert is part of a five-concert series which aims to examine Irish music. Each concert in the series will be performed in Missoula and Butte.

This concert features Paidi Mharthain, Mac Gearailt and Meabh Ni Bheaglaoich. The musicians will play first in Missoula and again in Butte at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the Montana Tech Library Auditorium.

“The performers, while coming from families who have long been the hereditary custodians of Irish music and song, represent different streams of that rich tradition,” said Traolach O’Riordain, director of UM’s Irish Studies Program.

The Bheaglaoich family traditionally has provided music for the social life of the community of west Kerry, Ireland. Mharthain tells the history of his people, including those who came to Montana, and he is no stranger to a Montana audience. The Gearailt family tells the story of their people through song.

“In the Irish language you tell a song, not sing it, so the song you told had to contain a story,” O’Riordain said.

Tickets cost $20 for the general public; $15 for students and Friends of Irish Studies members; and children under 12 get in free. Tickets can be purchased online at and Tickets for the Missoula concert can be purchased at the UM Adams Center, The Source in the University Center, the UM School of Music, Southgate Mall and at Rockin Rudy’s. Tickets for the Butte concert can be purchased at the Butte-Silver Bow Archives, Cavanaugh’s County Celtic and Granite Mountain Bank.

For more information visit, call O’Riordain at 406-544-0311 or email




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Contact: Traolach O’Riordain, director, UM Irish Studies Program, 406-544-0311,