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The 2013-2014 Concert Series presents...

Niall & Cillian Vallely
with Alan Murray

Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day!
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Concert 7:30 pm
at Appalachian Brewing Company

Niall & Cillian Vallely with Alan Murray

More Niall & Cillian, plus guitarist John Doyle, with some fancy footwork at the end!

Niall Vallely has established himself as one of the most original and distinctive voices in Irish traditional music. A former and founding member of Cork-based band Nomos, he has been acclaimed throughout the world as one of Ireland's greatest concertina players. Over the past few years Niall has also been spending a lot of time writing new music. In 2007 he was commissioned by the BBC to compose music for a major TV series on the Flight of the Earls.

"It's seldom that instruments are reinvented by individual musicians. Larry Adler did it with a harmonica; so did Pierre Bensusan with his acoustic fingerstyle guitar. And now Niall Vallely has done it again with the humble concertina"Irish Times

Cillian Vallely is currently the uilleann pipes and low whistle player with the renowned Irish band Lúnasa, described as "The hottest Celtic band on the planet" by the Irish Voice. In recent years, Cillian has played and toured with Natalie Merchant, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Tim O'Brien and Riverdance in addition to recording as a guest on over 50 albums. With Lúnasa, he has played at The Hollywood Bowl, Glastonbury Festival, Womad Aledaide, and Edmonton Folk Festival in addition to multiple tours of Asia, Australia, the US and Europe.

"[Cillian] Vallely, whose family has played a seminal role in piping and Irish music in the north of Ireland for years, shows why he is one of the most respected pipers playing today"Irish Voice

Niall and Cillian Vallely learned their music the old-fashioned way — from their parents Brian and Eithne, who founded the Armagh Pipers' Club, a group that for over three decades has fostered the revival of traditional music in Ireland's north.

Alan Murray is a highly respected guitarist and singer who hails from Glasgow, Scotland. Alan has toured extensively across Ireland, Britain, Europe, Australia and the United States where he now calls home, building a reputation in New York City as one of the top Irish traditional guitarists. He has played with some of the best musicians on the New York Irish scene and was featured on top fiddle player Grainne Murphy's debut album Short Stories — described as "one of the best traditional Irish music releases of 2010".

Oxford Hall Gift Card Raffle

Stop by our raffle table for your chance to win a $25 gift card donated by our good friends at Oxford Hall Celtic Shop. We appreciate their support of the local arts community. If you haven't been there lately, stop by their beautiful new location — 233 Bridge Street in New Cumberland — for lunch at their lovely new tea shop!

Abbey Bar
Appalachian Brewing Company

50 N. Cameron St, Harrisburg, PA 17101
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Concert: 7:30pm

  • $22 General Admission

  • $18 SFMS Members

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  • $10 Students

    — to age 22
  • Age 21+ only

    — the ABC's rule for evening shows
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Funding Acknowledgments

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The Susquehanna Folk Music Society (SFMS) is supported by our members and many generous organizations.

Funding is provided by the Cultural Enrichment Fund and by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, administered locally by the Cultural Alliance of York County.

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