Traditional Irish music coming to Weis Center for free performance

LEWISBURG — David Power, one of Ireland’s foremost uilleann pipers, will join beloved New Jersey fiddler Willie Kelly to bring traditional Irish music to Central PA when they perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Weis Center Atrium, 525 Weis Dr. The performance is free and tickets are not required.

There will be a free pre-performance talk with the artists on the same day as the performance at 1 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium.

Their collaborative new album “Apples in Winter” has received rave reviews.

David Power is an award-winning piper from County Waterford, Ireland, with a stellar career in concert performance and theatrical productions and is now teaching the next generation of players. He has 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,” “Cuaichin Ghleann Neifin” and “The eighteen Moloney.” He plays with Ciar’n Somers and Donal Clancy in the group Pipers Union and in duet shows with Willie Kelly and with Martin Hayes.

Willie Kelly, from New Jersey, plays fiddle in the stately East Clare style. He 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 Washington, 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 (2007) and Enriched (2014).

For more information about this free performance contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727.

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