Contra Dance 

Saturday, February  4 at 8PM  at the Shepherdstown War Memorial Building

Join us for a lively evening of dance as caller, Brian Hamshar calls a fabulous array of contra dances to the music of Rambling House, with Joe DeZarn on fiddle, Marc Glickman on piano, and Tina Eck on flute, and Patrick Cavanaugh on mandolin.  We have a beginners workshop at 7:30PM, the dance starts at 8.  Potluck snacks at the break.  Please wear soft-soled shoes to protect the floor.  Admission is $12 adults, $8 members (you should join!), $5 for Shepherd Students with ID and children under 12.

Valentines Day Irish Concert with Oisin MacDiarmada, Seamus Begley and Samantha Harvey
Tuesday, February 14, 8 pm
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

Looking for something special to do with the one you love this Valentines Day?  Look no farther as we bring back 3 of our favorite performers from the Irish Christmas in America concert we did two years ago.

Expect sparks to fly when West Kerry accordionist and singer Séamus Begley joins forces with Sligo fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada. This duet of button accordion and fiddle might be a new collaboration, but both Séamus and Oisín have a distinguished past within Irish traditional music. Joined by Oisin’s wife, the lovely and talented Samantha Harvey, who adds piano and step dance to the performance and you have a winning combination

Begley is the quintessential Irish musician, an eager storyteller known for his sharp wit and famous for pumping out tune after tune at all night sessions with an energy that is sometimes alarming. Displaying a frisky spontaneity in his accordion-playing, he has toured extensively with performers such as Altan, Steve Cooney and Mary Black. TG4 has recently awarded Séamus the prestigious Traditional Singer of the Year award in recognition of his major contribution to Irish singing.

Fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada, founder of noted group Téada, has been described by The Irish Echo’s Earle Hitchner as “one of the most gifted and creative traditional fiddlers playing today”. He has appeared as guest soloist with the Southern Georgia Symphony Orchestra in the US and accompanied Irish President Mary McAleese on a State visit to Romania.

Begley and Mac Diarmada have teamed up in an exciting and intimate combination, exploring tunes and songs from West Kerry to Sligo. Having already released 2 duo albums – Le Chéile and An Irish Christmas Soundscape,  Séamus has recently also teamed up with Oisín in the band Téada.

Admission: $20 adults, $18 seniors, $15 SMD members, $10 students. Online tickets available from Brown Paper Tickets. For more information call Joanie at (304) 263-2531 or email updf@earthlink.net.

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