The fourth and final performance of “A Springtime of Irish Music of Song” concert series is set for this weekend, Friday and Saturday, March 20-21.
Liam O’Maonlai, an accomplished Irish singer and musician, 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’Maonlai was raised in a traditional Irish-speaking home heavily influenced by the music and song tradition of West Kerry. He grew to become a master pianist and also exceled on guitar, tin whistle, harp and bodhran. He was a founding member and lead vocalist for one of Ireland’s most successful rock bands, the Hothouse Flowers, which released seven successful albums.
“A Springtime of Irish Music and Song” is part of the Traditional Music and Song of Ireland music course at UM taught by Eilis Keegan during the spring semester. Keegan is an accomplished musician, a champion Irish fiddler and a Fulbright Irish language teaching assistant at UM.
Tickets to the performance cost $15 for general admission or $10 for Friends of Irish Studies members and 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.
Also, time is running out to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a trip for two to Ireland. The drawing is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at St. Anthony’s Parish Life Center, located at 217 Tremont St. in Missoula. All proceeds support UM’s Irish Studies Program and promote Irish culture in Montana. Tickets can be purchased at Bert and Ernie’s and O’Malley’s in Helena; Cavanaugh’s County Celtic in Butte; and the Stone of Accord, the Thomas Meagher Bar and all Noon’s gas stations in Missoula. Tickets cost $5 each or $25 for a book of six.