Young Irelanders: A fusion of modern and traditional music

By on March 7, 2018

The Young Irelanders will perform in the sixth concert of the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts Series, Saturday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m., at the First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills.

“Making old traditions new, the future of Ireland’s culture is clearly in safe hands with these world and Irish champions in music, song and dance,” said Forum President Eddie Cooke.

“Every year the Irish Cultural Academy brings together eight of its finest performers, many with master’s degrees in music, to make up this terrific group.”

The Young Irelanders is comprised of Laura Callaghan on banjo and vocals, dancer Joe Duffy, Hugh Kennedy on accordion, Ian Kinsella on guitar and vocals and Barry Lyons on bodhra’n, guitar and vocals. Rounding out the group are Eoghan O’Ceannabhain on flute, concertina and vocals, Jayne Pomplas on fiddle and Ayla Reid, dancer.

The Young Irelanders was formed to merge the creative ideas and abilities of young performers in hopes of attracting more young people to the world of traditional Irish music, both at home in Ireland and throughout the world.

The band combines traditional Irish music, Celtic music, folk, jazz, country, pop and world music. Members of the Irish Cultural Academy have performed on six continents and for many heads of state, including the presidents of Ireland and The United States and Prince Albert of Monaco.

They have brought the traditions of Irish music, song, and dance to the Beijing Opera House, the Sydney Opera House, the Kremlin State Palace, the U.S. Capitol Building and the Kennedy and Lincoln Centers.

Following a four-month tour of North America, The Young Irelanders embarked on a two-month tour of China followed by several dates in Europe.

The performance is sponsored by Towne Bank of Currituck and Stan White Reality and Construction.

To purchase individual tickets, visit Individual tickets are $28 (for adults) and $15 (for students under age 17), including state sales tax.

On the evening of the performance, single tickets will be available at the box office window beginning at 6:30 p.m. At the box office, all forms of payment will be accepted.

The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts is a non-profit organization that brings an annual series of seven outstanding diverse concerts to the area and provides opportunities for youth to participate in the arts. All of the performances are partially underwritten by community businesses.

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