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McPEAKE 

           
October 25, 2014
           
Holy Trinity
2926 Beaver Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50310
Concert starts at 8 p.m.
Doors open at 7 p.m.

     
McPEAKE's Web Site


                  
To introduce our first performers we go back 100 years to Francis McPeake and his introduction to the Uilleann pipes from John O’Reilly, a blind piper from Dunmore, Co. Galway. Francis was one of the first musicians to play the pipes and sing. In 1948 he pens the lyrics for the song “Will Ye Go Lassie Go” written for the pipes and describing the lost of his first wife, Mary. This song has become a mainstay of Irish music and is covered by most musicians that have graced our stage. This group plays many festivals throughout the world and we feel honored to bring such Irish royalty to our stage on October 25th.

April Verch BIGGER Band 

 
 January 17, 2015
 
 
Holy Trinity
2926 Beaver Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50310
Concert starts at 8 p.m.
Doors open at 7 p.m.


April Verch's Web Site



On January 17 we present the April Verch big band. April hails from the Ottawa Valley in Canada, a region settled by hard-working loggers whose cultural roots created a melting pot of Franco-Celtic flavors. April Verch got her start in music by following her older sister into step dancing at age 3 and starting the fiddle at age 6. By age 13 she recorded her first album, and by the time she graduated from high school she had won the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship and released a pair of albums, followed by a year at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music and a win at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition.


The Outside Track

 
 February 21, 2015
 
 Holy Trinity
2926 Beaver Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50310
Concert starts at 8 p.m.
Doors open at 7 p.m.

 
The Outside Track's Web Site


February 21st we will host The Outside Track, a band winning both the Best Group in the Live Ireland awards as well as the TIR awards. Their music is a marriage of Celtic music, song, and dance and has been enthusiastically received around the world.  The band members hail from Scotland, Ireland, and Cape Breton blending the music of fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, whistle, step-dance and vocals with breathtaking vitality and lots of fun! Don’t miss this concert. It will have some of the best craic of the season.

Dervish

 
 March 14, 2015
 
Hoyt Sherman Place
1501 Woodland Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50309
Concert starts at 8 p.m.
Doors open at 7 p.m.

 
Dervish's Web Site


Our season ends on March 14 as we present Dervish at Hoyt Sherman Place. This group played for our audience in March 1998 and since then they have cemented their position as worldwide ambassadors of Irish music. They have recently traveled with the Taoiseach (Prime minister of Ireland) to perform for the Chinese government in a historic trade mission. They have represented our genre in over 40 countries throughout the world. Another remarkably feature is the longevity as last year they celebrated their 25th anniversary, and have they have the same personnel that last graced our stage in 1998. Don’t miss this performance as we present the best that Ireland has to offer.

 

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