Irish Concert Series Kicks Off with Danny O’Mahony

February 03, 2015

MISSOULA – The first performance of “A Springtime of Irish Music of Song” concert series is set for this weekend, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6-7.

Danny O’Mahony, an accomplished button accordion player, will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Montana Tech Library Auditorium in Butte. On Saturday, his performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Montana’s Music Recital Hall in Missoula.

O’Mahony, a traditional Irish musician from Ballyduff in North County Kerry, grew up playing music with the older generations near his hometown. His musical style is expressive and deeply personal, reflecting his affinity with the music of past masters. Both imaginative and fearless in his interpretation, O’Mahony’s performance abilities have been acknowledged through winning Junior and Senior All-Ireland titles and graduating from Ireland’s University of Limerick with a master’s degree in performance.

“A Springtime of Irish Music and Song” is part of the Traditional Music and Song of Ireland music course at UM taught by Éilis Keegan during the spring semester. Keegan is an accomplished musician, a champion Irish fiddler and a Fulbright Irish language teaching assistant at UM.

The series includes three more performances at UM’s Music Recital Hall and the Montana Tech Library and Auditorium in Butte. All performances are from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

The remaining schedule follows:

Flute, Concertina and Song – Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin

  • Friday, Feb. 20, Montana Tech Library Auditorium – Butte
  • Saturday, Feb. 21, UM Music Recital Hall – Missoula

Fiddle – James Kelly

  • Friday, March 6, Montana Tech Library Auditorium – Butte
  • Saturday, March 7, UM Music Recital Hall – Missoula

Whistle, Bodhran and Song – Liam Ó Maonlaí

  • Friday, March 20, Montana Tech Library Auditorium – Butte
  • Saturday, March 21, UM Music Recital Hall – Missoula

Tickets to each performance cost $15 for general admission or $10 for Friends of Irish Studies members. A ticket to all four performances may be purchased for $45. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.friendsofirishstudies.com/, at Rockin’ Rudy’s in Missoula and at Cavanaugh’s County Celtic or Granite Mountain Bank in Butte.

For more information call Ó Ríordáin at 406-544-0311, or email traolach.oriordain@mso.umt.edu or friendsofirishstudies@gmail.com.

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Contact: Traolach Ó Ríordáin, director, UM Irish Studies Program, 406-544-0311, traolach.oriordain@mso.umt.edu.