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Nov 22

Celtic Studies Artists-in-Residence: Capturing the Flavour of Ireland

David Wilson with Celtic Studies Artists-in-Residence musicians Martin Hayes on fiddle and Dennis Cahill on guitar | Photo:William C. Smith,  Irish Connections Canada

From October 11 to October 20, 2011 Martin and Dennis were based in the Celtic Studies Program at St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto and what an exciting time it has been to have them on campus. From visits to our Celtic Folklore and Music class and the Wednesday night session at Mullins Pub, to a wonderful talk and presentation to a packed crowd in Charbonnel Lounge, they kept us entertained and informed.   Martin, more talkative than Dennis, enthralled us with his discussions of traditional Irish music, regional variations, West Clare/East Clare, and much more.  We could have listened for another hour or more.  Saturday night brought more delight in the form of a concert in Alumni Hall, attended by about 200, with again much wonderful music and entertainment.   In between times, Martin and Dennis held afternoon workshops and discussions, informal drop-ins, for students and the general public alike.   We were sorry to see them leave, and hope we may be able to have them back some time in the future.  Our sincere thanks to The Ireland Fund of Canada whose contribution from the Day at the Races enables us to fund the Artist-in-Residence program

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