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Flute Fest Livestream from Focal Point

November 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

St. Louis-based flute and whistle player Jennifer Kelly began playing in 1998 when her father, who hailed from a tiny village in West Clare, introduced her to traditional Irish music and dance. Jennifer holds several qualifications and group titles for the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil, and has travelled around the world performing around the US, Ireland, and Italy (as a part of the ensemble that represented Ireland at the World Expo in Milan in 2015 as a musician and dancer). Currently, Jennifer is an instructor with St. Louis Irish Arts. Along with participating in multiple sessions in the St. Louis area, she is a part of FABA-a newly formed all-female traditional Irish group- as well as a duo with her sister Shannon Kelly, cleverly named The Kelly Sisters.
Tommy Martin was born in Dublin, Ireland and currently lives in the United States. He took his first uilleann pipes lesson from Dublin piper Mick O’Brien, a cousin, in 1984 at the age of 12. By 1988 with the great help of Mick’s tuition and guidance he won first place at the Annual Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in the 15-18 age group uilleann pipes competition and again in 1991 in the senior competition.
His professional career started in 1996 when he took a job organizing and playing at Irish music nights in Irish pubs in Hong Kong. This led to more work in Asian cities such as Kuala Lumpur Jakarta Singapore and Tokyo over the following years.
Back in Europe Tommy’s talent and experience took him to perform in almost every mainland country. Performances have varied from solo uilleann pipes performances to playing with 5 piece folk bands and have been as diverse as being an uilleann pipes tutor in New Zealand to performing with “Riverdance” in New York to performing with the Chicago Virtuosi Symphony Orchestra. Tommy was teacher of the advanced uilleann pipes class in Na Piobairi Uilleann Dublin up until he moved to St Louis, Missouri in 2003. His first solo CD Uilleann Piper was released in 2000 and Tommy can be also heard on 12 other albums as a guest musician. Tommy’s second album, Shady Woods came out in December 2005. Tommy also toured as a guest with traditional band Teada. Tommy now lives in St. Louis, where he now teaches fiddle flute and uilleann pipes. He also makes tin whistles and uilleann pipes.
Dan Lowery is originally from Dallas, Texas and has been playing Irish music for over twenty years. After learning on the tinwhistle at a young age, he began playing the wooden flute and became heavily involved in the Dallas Irish music scene, joining local bands Idle Road, the Lone Star Ceili Band and theTIMES Band & Session Players. He soon went on to play and compete around Ireland and the U.S., leading him to win first place at the 2001 Midwest Fleadh Cheoil. A subsequent tour with Surreel, a band of up-and-coming American Irish musicians, prompted him to move to New York City in 2002, where he played professionally for over a decade. After numerous stints playing in house bands at famed Irish music bars John D. McGurk’s and Raglan Road, he now plays and tours regularly with the Colin Farrell Band, the Bronx Boys and Pappy with a Hatchet.

 

Details

Date:
November 19
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Website:
https://www.facebook.com/Focal-Point-Concerts-226762989619

Venue

Focal Point Concerts Facebook
2720 Sutton Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63143 United States
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