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Irish & Folk featuring John Whelan & Brian Conway

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Join host Jan Peters for cross-generational good times with an Irish Session and a concert featuring great artists & bands. 

The evening starts with an open Irish music session from 6 to 8 p.m., followed by the feature performance by the formidable duo of John Whelan and Brian Conway!

About John Whelan & Brian Conway
Both are established as legends in the traditional Irish music world for decades now and have been performing together for over 30 years.

Seven-time all-Ireland champion John Whelan is one of the world's best living Irish button accordion players. John was raised in the vibrant London Irish music scene of the 1970s, and learned his craft from such legends as Lucy Farr, Roger Sherlock, Paddy Taylor, Mick O Connor and his teacher Brendan Mulkaire. He moved to the USA in 1980 and has been inspiring Celtic musicians and fans ever since. John played Irish & Folk Mondays last summer with another Irish great, fiddler Dylan Foley, and also performed for us at the last Bellingham Folk Festival. Every time one hears John play you experience a great depth of a very special place where clearly he lives and breaths every day - where sheer prowess meets great joy. Don't miss the chance to take in his great energy and fantastic playing. More about John and his music here:

Irish-American fiddler Brian Conway performs with a skill, grace and force that are steeped in tradition but distinctively his own. Conway has won numerous All-Ireland fiddling competitions, including the prestigious All-Ireland senior championship and has been called one of the best fiddlers of his generation. New York born, he is a leading exponent of the highly ornamented Sligo fiddling style made famous by the late Michael Coleman and passed on to him by legendary Martin Wynne and fiddle great Andy McGann. Brian remains faithful to the rich tradition handed down to him the distinctness of his tone, the lift of his playing, and the deft ornamentation he brings to the tunes have placed him among the finest Irish fiddlers of any style, Sligo or otherwise. His talents have also been enthusiastically received all over North America and throughout Ireland and the rest of Europe. Brian has released a number of CDs that are classics in the tradition. In 1979 Brian released a duet album with fiddler Tony Demarco entitled Apples in winter. Brian has two solo CDS: First through the Gate was issued in 2002 and Consider the Source in 2008. Brian is also featured on a handful of other CDs including a Tribute to Andy McGann where he is paired with Joe Burke and Felix Dolan. Brians web page can be found at

Please listen to a sample of their music on Youtube: