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Irish Music Concert: Journeywork (uillean pipes, wooden flute, whistle, & guitar)

April 8, 2017 8PM to 10PM

Standing Rock Cultural Arts'
"Around the World" Music Series
JOURNEYWORK: Traversing the Emerald Isle...and Beyond
Brian Holleran, flute and whistle
Brian Bigley, uillean pipes and whistle
Ruairí Hurley, guitar and voice
8:00 p.m., Saturday, April 8, 2016
North Water Street Gallery
300 N. Water Street, Suite H
Kent, Ohio
$10 suggested donation (or pay what you can)
preceded by 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring light food and drinks

The next concert in Standing Rock Cultural Arts' "Around the World" Music Series will be a varied program of traditional music played by JOURNEYWORK, comprising three of the Cleveland area's most skilled and in-demand Irish performers: Brian Holleran (flute and whistle), Brian Bigley (uillean pipes and whistle), and Ruairí Hurley (guitar and vocals). The trio performs regularly in the setting of The Harp Irish pub on Cleveland's west side, and they will bring this infectious energy to their renditions of the lilting tunes and songs that tell the story of the Irish communities living on both sides of the Atlantic.

A 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring complimentary snacks will precede the 8 p.m. program. A variety of beverages (including Irish brews) will be on hand for a nominal charge.

About the artists:

BRIAN BIGLEY comes from a musical family on the west side of Cleveland. Studying with Achill Island piper Michael Kilbane from the age of eight, Brian's sensitivity to the art of uilleann piping has developed into a high level of understanding. His interest in maintaining the best sound possible led Brian to study the art of pipe-making with Seth Gallagher in upstate New York and time spent with flute maker Patrick Olwell. He is currently making pipes in the style of the late Dave Williams and is an accomplished reed maker.

Brian is also a world-class Irish step dancer, having competed at the World Championships in Glasgow and Killarney. He has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe as a pipe, flute, and whistle player, as well as a dancer with "The Magic of Ireland" and "Tomaseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas" (tomaseenfoley.com). He has been featured as a guest artist with Apollo's Fire - The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, as well as with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra, performing in their "Symphonic Led Zeppelin" concerts at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2002) and the Masonic Auditorium (2007). He has also had the privilege of performing at Carnegie Hall in New York with the Chieftains as well as appearing on stage with legendary piper Paddy Keenan. The fall of 2007 included a tour with Orange County Irish rock band "The Fenians" as well as appearing at the Milwaukee Irish Fest with the Trinity Irish Dancers. In March of 2016 Brian was a featured dancer and musician with The Omaha Symphony's production of "Celtic Journey" (see celticjourney.org). Competitive accolades include taking first prize for senior piping at the Midwest Regional Fleadh Cheoil 2007.

Brian lives near Cleveland, Ohio with his fiddler wife Kristen and dancing children James and Kathleen.

BRIAN HOLLERAN grew up in an Irish family in Jersey City, New Jersey. His interest in traditional Irish music was first piqued at the age of twelve after listening to the session recording "Music at Matt Molloy's," and later his father's trad vinyl collection. His mother found him initial tin whistle lessons with Maura Vesey and finally flute lessons with 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellow Mike Rafferty of Ballynakill, East County Galway. Mike taught Brian the bulk of his music and would become Brian's biggest influence and source of encouragement. In addition to many tunes, Mike also taught Brian about the many musicians who came out of East Galway and the distinctive traits of that regional style. Brian was also influenced by Willie Kelly and Patrick Ourceau, two of the greatest exponents of traditional Irish fiddle playing in the United States. They shared a love and common respect for the music Mike played as well as the music of County Galway flutist Jack Coen who would also later influence Brian's playing. In addition to these four men, Brian has also found inspiration in recordings of Joe Cooley, Bobby Casey, and Matt Molloy. He has taught at the Chris Langan Weekend in Toronto and at Irish Week at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, West Virginia. He also performs and teaches with Patrick Ourceau every year at the Whit's End Flute and Fiddle Weekend in Orillia, Ontario.

Originally from Dublin, guitarist/vocalist RUAIRÍ HURLEY has been performing, recording, and collaborating within the Northeast Ohio traditional music scene for several years. He sings songs from the tradition in both the English and Irish language and has a particular interest in arranging traditional tunes for the guitar.

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CD by Brian Holleran and Brian Bigley:

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The North Water Street Gallery is conveniently located just a block north of the intersection of Main and Water Streets in Kent, Ohio, with free street parking on both sides of the street. Seating is limited, so arrive early for the best seats.


Established in 2015, the "Around the World" Music Series is a concert series presenting outstanding musicians from diverse cultures in an intimate setting.

Concerts are held approximately every other month in the new theater space of the North Water Street Gallery in downtown Kent, Ohio.

The series is an initiative of Standing Rock Cultural Arts, and is curated by ethnomusicologist David Badagnani.

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