David Power and Willie Kelly in Concert
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Ward Irish Music Archives at the CelticMKE Center: 1532 N. Wauwatosa Ave, Milwaukee, WI
12:00pm door; 1:00pm show
$15 in advance until 4/22; $20 at the door
Join us for a special afternoon of Irish traditional music on uilleann pipes and fiddle at the historic Ward Irish Music Archives. Located on the second floor of the CelticMKE Center, the Archives provides an intimate, acoustic listening room for David Power and Willie Kelly.
David Power is one of Ireland’s foremost musicians on the uilleann pipes. Fiddler, Willie Kelly was born in the Bronx to a musical family from Ireland and is an extremely well-respected player and teacher. Together, they are embarking on a selective tour beginning in New York and on through the mid-western United States with their album Apples in Winter. The tour promises performances of pure quality; moving and deeply felt Irish traditional music at its best.
David Power, from Co. Waterford, Ireland, toured American performing arts centers with the Masters of Tradition for three consecutive years, appeared on Broadway in the Eugene O’Neill play A Touch of the Poet, starring Gabriel Byrne, and has performed with poets Dermot Bolger, Seamus Heaney, Kerry Hardie and others. He has three solo piping recordings: My Love is in America, Cuaichín Ghleann Neifín and The eighteen Moloney. He plays with Ciarán Somers in the group Pipers Union and in duet shows with Willie Kelly and with Martin Hayes.
Willie Kelly, based in New Jersey, has performed extensively with renowned Galway flute players, Mike Rafferty and Jack Coen, both National Heritage Fellowship award winners. He accompanied both Mike and Jack at their respective induction concerts and has played at the Smithsonian Festival of Folklife in D.C. In 2009, Willie released a highly acclaimed duet CD with Mike Rafferty called The New Broom. More recently he recorded with concertina player Dymphna O’Sullivan as a guest on the recordings Bean Cairdin and Enriched.
“…David Power brings a breathtaking freshness to the set, his fluid, fluent playing as light as a feather.” - Irish Times
“…Willie Kelly is a refreshing example of all that is good in Irish culture……” - CCE mid Atlantic Region
Afer the concert, David and Willie will teach uilleann pipes and Irish fiddle workshops. Register here!