Traditional Irish music and dance around Baltimore, Maryland
Performers and Instructors 2017
This year we are pleased to again offer several workshops suitable for complete beginners. If you want to take up a new instrument or learn to dance, this is a great opportunity! The best classes for beginners are: Irish Music 101, Irish Traditional Songs, Irish Social Dance, Bodhran (Irish frame drum), and/or the Sunday Intro to Sean-nos Dance workshop. Many of the other advanced beginner - intermediate classes would be suitable for those who may not play Irish style but do play that particular instrument being offered. Contact us with any questions about classes..
Button Accordion - Billy McComsiskey
Fiddle (Advanced) - James Kelly
Fiddle (Intermediate) - Rose Flanagan
Fiddle (Advanced Beginner) - Dylan Foley
Flute (Intermediate/Advanced) - Kevin Crawford
Tin Whistle (Intermediate/Advanced) - Kathleen Conneely
Flute/Tin Whistle (Adv. Beginner-Intermediate)- Aaron Olwell
Tenor Banjo/Mandolin - Bob Smith
Concertina - Alex Boatright
Uilleann Pipes - Dan Isaacson
Guitar - Daithi Sproule
Piano (Intermediate/ Advanced) Donna Long
Bodhran - Myron Bretholz
Irish Old Style Dance (Intermediate/Advanced) - Kieran Jordan
Irish Social Dance (Beginner/Intermediate) - Megan Downes
Irish Music 101 - Josh Dukes
James Kelly, a native of Ireland, is one of the greatest Irish traditional fiddlers alive today. He learned his music from his father John Kelly, the renowned fiddle and concertina player from County Clare. After years of careful study and practice, James began his recording and touring career at age sixteen. That year he won first place in the prestigious "Fiddler of the Year" competition and recorded his first album, a duet with his brother John. Since that time, James has toured Europe, the US, Canada and South America, and was a member of several influential Irish groups, including "Patrick Street" and the legendary folk group "Planxty." He was a presenter of the "Pure Drop" series for Irish TV and has appeared several times with the Grammy award winning Irish group, "The Chieftains." In the US, James has performed several times on Garrison Keillor's national radio show, "A Prairie Home Companion." In recent years he received the prestigious "Florida Folk Heritage Award" as well as the "Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Folk Arts Award." James was the TG4 Irish traditional musician of the year, having been awarded the "Gradam Ceoil TG4 2006 Irish Musician of the Year" award in recognition of his outstanding musicianship and contributions to Irish music (TG4 is Ireland's Irish-language TV station). He has 18 albums to his credit and recently released his latest recording, "Melodic Journeys." He is currently working on a teaching DVD for fiddle students, as well as compiling his over 800 compositions for publication. He continues to tour with some of Irish music's leading accompanists.
"James is one of the most outstanding Irish musicians of this or any generation." --Dr. Mick Moloney, Musician and Folklorist, New York University
"As a virtuoso violinist and exponent of Irish Traditional Music, James ranks among the very best in Ireland today." --Tony MacMahon, Senior Producer, Radio Telefis Eireann
"James Kelly is widely recognized as one of Ireland's leading traditional fiddle players." --Dermot McLaughlin, Traditional Music Officer, Irish Arts Council
Dáithí Sproule, a native of Derry who has lived for many years in Minnesota, is one of Irish music’s most respected guitar accompanists, and one of the first guitarists to develop DADGAD tuning for Irish music. He is also a fine singer in English and Irish.
Dáithí started out his career in the influential group, Skara Brae, with Mícheál Ó Domhnaill and his sisters, Tríona and Maighread. A member of the internationally renowned Irish band Altan, Dáithí has performed and recorded with many great traditional Irish musicians, including James Kelly, Paddy O’Brien, Liz Carroll, Billy McComiskey, Tommy Peoples, Seamus and Manus McGuire, Randal Bays, James Keane, the Kane Sisters, and Dermy and Tara Diamond. He also performs and records with Minnesota-based musicians Laura MacKenzie, Peter Ostroushko, Jode and Kate Dowling, Dean Magraw, Norah Rendell and Brian Miller.
Dáithí released his first solo album in 1995, “A Heart Made of Glass”, with songs in English and Irish. In 2008 he released an instrumental guitar album, “The Crow In the Sun”, featuring thirteen original compositions. “Lost River, Vol. 1.” followed in 2011, with songs in English and Irish, arranged and accompanied on guitar, with a stellar line-up of guests.
Dáithí’s original compositions have been recorded by Skara Brae, the Bothy Band, Altan, Trian, Liz Carroll, Aoife Clancy, Loreena McKennitt, the RTE Concert Orchestra, 10,000 Maniacs, and others. His song, “The Death of Queen Jane”, was featured in the 2013 Coen brothers film, “Inside Llewyn Davis”.
In addition to performing and recording, Dáithí is a sought-after teacher and lecturer on subjects ranging from guitar styles, song accompaniment, and Irish traditional music to Irish language, literature and mythology. He has taught at University College Dublin, the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas, and is an instructor at the Center for Irish Music in St. Paul. He is a 2009 recipient of a Bush Artist Fellowship from the Minnesota-based Archibald Bush Foundation.
“One of the gentle architects of today’s Irish music sound” – The Thistle and Shamrock
“A seminal figure in Irish music” – The Rough Guide to Irish Music
“Pristine finger picking” – Jon Pareles, The New York Times
Born in Birmingham, England, Kevin Crawford’s early life was one long journey into Irish music and Co. Clare, to where he eventually moved while in his 20’s. He was a founding member of Moving Cloud, the Clare-based band who recorded such critically-acclaimed albums as Moving Cloud and Foxglove, and he has also recorded with Grianin, Raise the Rafters, Joe Derrane, Natalie Merchant, Susan McKeown and Sean Tyrrell. Kevin appears on the 1992 recording, The Maiden Voyage, recorded live at Peppers Bar, Feakle, Co. Clare, and appears on the 1994 recording, The Sanctuary Sessions, recorded live in Cruise’s Bar, Ennis, Co. Clare. Kevin now tours the world with Ireland’s cutting-edge traditional band, Lúnasa, called by some the “Bothy Band of the 21st Century,”with eight ground-breaking albums to their credit: Lúnasa, Otherworld, The Merry Sisters of Fate, Redwood, The Kinnity Sessions, Sé, The Story So Far and La Nua. His latest project is the Teetotallers, a supergroup trio that also features Martin Hayes and John Doyle. A virtuoso flute player, Kevin has also recorded several solo albums including The ‘D’ Flute Album, In Good Company (a recording featuring Kevin playing in duet with many of Ireland’s top fiddlers), On Common Ground (a duo recording with Lúnasa’s piper, Cillian Vallely), and his most recent, Carrying the Tune. www.lunasa.ie
Billy McComiskey, the 2011 recipient of The Irish Echo's Traditional Artist of the Year Award, has lived in Baltimore since 1980. In that time, he's helped put Irish Traditional Music on the map here in Maryland. In the mid 1970's, Billy, along with Brendan Mulvihill, Lou and Peggy Thompson, and Jesse and Terry Winch, helped to establish the still thriving Irish Music Scene in Washington DC. He then moved to Baltimore to marry his beautiful wife Annie and have a family.
And The Music followed him.
Baltimore is now considered one of the Great Cities in America for Irish Traditional Music, along with New York, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco. And this is largely due to Billy and the people with whom he chooses to perform here in Baltimore. Billy holds four All Ireland Championship titles, two (gold and silver medals) with Brendan Mulvihill for their superb duet playing, and two (silver and gold ) for his work as a soloist. Billy won the coveted All Ireland Championship for the Button Accordion in 1986. He is one of only two American box players to be so honored. His friend and student John Nolan is the first American to win this award. Billy is the second.
Billy plays in what he loosely describes as the East Galway Style of Irish accordion music. He is a protege of the late Sean McGlynn from Tynagh, Co. Galway. To this day he still plays Sean's rare 1940's vintage gray Paolo Soprani box.
Billy is a composer of tunes, a good few of which are played in Ireland and America alike. He's made quite a few recordings with some of the mightiest musicians playing Irish Music today. He's played and performed all over the United States, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, England and Scotland.
And he's taught, encouraged and influenced the young and promising players everywhere he's been.
Billy and Annie have three sons, Patrick, their eldest, who studied the whistle with the great Mary Bergin, and Sean and Michael, who are two of the finest young box players here in America today. Irish Echo article on Billy
Born in Bedford, England, to Irish parents from Galway and Longford, Kathleen began playing Irish music at age twelve, along with her siblings, Bernadette, Michael & Pauline. She took lessons from Co. Clare musician, Brendan Mulkere, a well- regarded teacher in and around London. Her father Michael was a fiddle, accordion and tin whistle player from Errislannan, Co. Galway, and the Conneely home was always filled with music from records and live sessions with many visiting musicians.
Over the years, Kathleen has lived in London, Dublin, Chicago & Boston, where there was always a lively traditional Irish music scene, which has helped to sustain her passion for the music. She has taught for Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann both in Dublin and Boston, at the Boston College Irish Studies program; Gaelic Roots, the Irish Arts Week in the Catskills, and the Swannanoa Gathering in Asheville, NC.
Currently residing in Boston, she lived in Rhode Island for over twelve years and in 2012 released her first solo CD, ‘The Coming of Spring’.
Rose Conway Flanagan is a traditional Irish fiddle teacher from Rockland County in New York who originally began music lessons as a child with Martin Mulvilhill while she was growing up in the Bronx. She further developed her Sligo style of playing with the help of Martin Wynne and her older brother Brian.
Great New York fiddlers like Andy McGann and Paddy Reynolds were also frequent visitors to the Conway household, which was the Bronx version of a "teach ceoil" (house of music) in the best Irish tradition.
Rose currently has a large music school in her hometown of Pearl River where she is hard at work preparing the next generation of great traditional musicians, which include several All-Ireland winners and medalists.
Rose has been an instructor at the Alaska fiddle camp, The Catskills Irish Arts week, The Swannanoa Celtic Gathering, and the O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat in the US, DeDanaan Dance Camp in Vancouver, and Scoile Eigse in Cavan. She has taught workshops at the Northeast Tional, CCE conventions, and in Nashville at the Fiddle and Pick. Rose also runs various sessions and plays with her group the Green Gates Ceili Band in the tri-state area.
Rose was featured on the original Cherish the Ladies album, which came out of a concert series designed to highlight the emergence of young women in Irish music and which spawned the popular band of the same name. She recently released a fiddle and flute duo CD with Baltimore flute player, Laura Byrne, called Forget Me Not which was met with great reviews.
Dylan Foley is 4-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, who has delighted audiences from Lincoln Center to the Austin Celtic Festival, and from the mayor’s Gracie Mansion in NYC to Irish Television channels RTE and TG4. In 2013, Foley traveled with Mick Moloney to Vietnam as part of Irish Aid, bringing Irish music and culture to those who were affected by the horrors of the Vietnam War. Dylan is in demand as a teacher and performer at the major Irish music summer camps on both sides of the Atlantic. He is a member of The Yanks, the hot trad band that has been called” the next Irish American dream team”. Dylan is committed to passing on the tradition, as it was graciously passed to him, by the incomparable Rose Flanagan and others. You can hear his passion for the music is in his lively and fluid playing.
"One the finest Irish fiddlers of his generation.” – Brian Conway
Baltimore based Dan Isaacson plays the uilleann pipes, concert flute, and the bouzouki. He began studying traditional Irish music in Boston, where he learned from some of the most esteemed musicians in the tradition. Incorporating their many dialects into his own playing, he developed a style that is tradition-steeped but thoroughly individual.
Music has been composed for Dan by Tommy Peoples and Billy McComiskey, two of his most influential mentors. He has produced and played on three recordings, appeared on NPR and Irish television, and has been performing in venues from small pubs to the Kennedy Center for the better part of 20 years.
Alex Reidinger Boatright, is a teacher and performer in the Washington DC Area. Alex’s
study of traditional music, music theory, and pedagogy has made her a sought after teacher with All-Ireland winning students.
Dedicated to the preservation of traditional Irish music in its purest form, Alex has a scholarly approach to teaching with a traditional style of playing. Alex previously studied harp and concertina with Grainne Hambly and fi ddle with Brian Conway and is currently a graduate student in music performance at the University of Maryland.
Bob Smith has long been a mainstay in Baltimore’s traditional Irish music scene, fronting local bands, playing ceilis, leading sessions and teaching tenor banjo and mandolin. In 1995 he won the senior banjo competition in the New York Fleadh for the Mid-Atlantic region and competed later that year in the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in Listowel.
Bob is a member of the Old Bay Ceili Band, a Baltimore / Washington-based performance and competition band which competed at the world championships in Tullamore in 2008 and 2009.
Donna Long was born in Los Angeles, California. When she was five years old, she began taking piano lessons with her father, Byron Long, a jazz/classical pianist who instilled in Donna a love for music. As a child, Donna was exposed to many different genres of music, including players from the old and new Jazz eras, Classical, Scottish, Indian, and African.
In 1978, she moved to the Baltimore/Washington, DC area and heard fiddler, Brendan Mulvihill playing Irish music. He inspired her to pick up the fiddle and gave her a solid foundation in style and playing. She then began to accompany him on the piano and now Donna is considered one of the finest pianists playing Irish music. Along with Brendan Mulvihill, she has recorded two duet albums, The Steeplechase and The Morning Dew.
Donna passed her music on to her son Jesse Smith and helped produce his first solo recording entitled The Hurricane. In addition to these recordings Donna can be heard as a guest artist on many recordings backing up other musicians and also on the motion picture soundtrack Out of Ireland .
A former member of the internationally acclaimed Irish groupCherish the Ladies , she has recorded five CDs with them. In the year 2000, the Smithsonian Institution asked Donna to represent Irish Music in the series, Piano Traditions celebrating 300 years of the piano. Donna was also commissioned by the Library of Congress in 2001 to write a composition for fiddle and piano. She wrote a slow air called Before the Snow Falls, and a reel to accompany the air called Pandora's Box. These tunes were performed by Cherish the Ladies and can be found in the Library of Congress.
Donna currently teaches Suzuki piano, Irish piano and Irish fiddle in the Baltimore/ Washington, DC area. Her first solo CD, Handprints, was released in June 2003. http://www.donnalongpiano.com/
Pat Egan is highly regarded as one of the leading singers/guitar players in traditional Irish music. His guitar backing displays a rare sensitivity and impeccable rhythm which manages to be tasteful yet driving and uplifting. Pat is equally admired for his smooth, lyrical vocals, honest delivery and repertoire of storied songs. Originally from County Tipperary, Pat now resides in Northern Virginia. While growing up in his native County Tipperary, Patrick loved the music so much that he used to take his guitar on the back of a horse and cart to school every week to get lessons from his school teacher, Phil Kelly. He would also trudge across fields and farmland with his guitar just to get a song from local singer John Norton. Luckily, there were lots of singers and guitarists in his home parish and one of the first musicians he ever heard playing traditional Irish music was his neighbor – uilleann piper Michael Cooney with whom, along with Paddy O’Brien, he would later go on to form the band Chulrua. He recorded a song on the famed Music at Matt Molloy’s while living in Westport, Co. Mayo. In 2007 Pat received a Maryland State Arts Council award as a Maryland Traditions Master Ballad Singer and recently released a recording entitled Fiddle Tunes and Ballads with Virginia fiddler Alex Caton in 2011.
Josh Dukes is an All-Ireland champion accompanist and a highly sought after music teacher in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. A multi-instrumentalist whose talents embrace the guitar, bouzouki, bodhran, flute, and tin whistle, Josh has established a reputation for providing sensitive, tasteful support for traditional Irish music.
As a young high school student, Josh studied the oboe, tenor/alto saxophone, drum set and baritone horn. Outside of the classroom, he learned the art of ancient rudimental drumming under the tutelage of Dominick Cuccia, a widely respected instructor/performer in the fife and drum community. In 1997, Josh enlisted in the Army and has since earned the rank of Master Sergeant , currently serving as one of three Drum Majors for the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, "The Official Escort to the President," the only military unit of its kind.
Josh continues to perform Irish music, having shared the stage with such renowned musicians including John Doyle, Paddy Keenan, Billy and Sean McComiskey, Brendan Mulvihill, Skip Healy, Zan McLeod, and Myron Bretholz, and he can be seen performing regularly with The Old Bay Ceili Band. Josh lives in Northern Virginia with his wife Judy and two daughters, Mya and Olivia.
A native and current resident of Baltimore, Maryland, Myron has lent his talents as a percussionist to more than fifty recordings of Irish, Scottish, and other folk music. Since the late 1980's, Myron has taught bodhran and rhythm bones at many workshops throughout the United States and Canada, including Boston College's Gaelic Roots, Gaelic College in Cape Breton, the O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat in Texas, and the Catskills Irish Arts Week in East Durham, New York. In March 2000, Myron was privileged to receive a Maryland State Arts Council grant for solo instrumental performance, and he was also honored to play at the White House on four occasions in the late 1990's and early 2000's. In addition, Myron's prodigious knowledge of the history and lore of Irish tunes has led to his being invited to contribute liner notes to a number of recordings over the past quarter century, and he is often called on to emcee at concerts and festivals as well. Myron received early inspiration and instruction in bodhran from Jesse Winch and in rhythm bones from Karen Seime Singleton, and also counts among his influences the playing of Robin Morton, Peadar Mercier, Jim Sutherland, and Johnny McDonagh. And although not a dancer himself, Myron also draws inspiration from Irish step dancers, and he reckons that the ideal percussionist should be able to do with his or her hands what dancers do with their feet. Myron's relaxed and humorous teaching style has made him an in-demand workshop leader and instructor, and he is always willing to encourage novice players.
Kieran Jordan, based in Boston, is an Irish dance performer, teacher, director and choreographer, with a professional freelance career spanning more than 20 years. Born in Philadelphia in an Irish American family, she started Irish step dancing when she was just five years old. With a style described as “playfully theatrical” (The Boston Globe) and “wonderfully expressive” (The Living Tradition), she has toured and performed internationally as a featured solo dancer, collaborating with some of today’s finest traditional Irish musicians. In 2001, she established a unique non-competitive Irish dance school for adults in the Boston area. Her classes and programs — called “a rare find” (Cambridge Chronicle) — won City Voter’s 2010 “Best Irish Dance Class in Boston” and have become a mainstay in the city’s arts and cultural scene.
Kieran has produced three DVDs on sean-nós and “old-style” Irish step dance traditions, and her workshops, recordings, and performance projects have played a major role in sharing old-style Irish dance forms to audiences throughout the US. Kieran teaches on the Irish Studies faculty at Boston College, and she has taught at the Willie Clancy Summer School (Ireland), Catskills Irish Arts Week (New York), Augusta Heritage Festival (West Virginia), Acadia Trad School (Maine), O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat (Texas), and more. She has directed and choreographed for stage productions including Atlantic Steps, Childsplay, the Revels, the WGBH Christmas Celtic Sojourn, and for her own company, Kieran Jordan Dance. Recognized as a leading artist and contributor in her field, she received a 2008 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship and a 2010 Traditional Arts Apprenticeship. She has a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Dance from the University of Limerick, Ireland, and a B.A. from Boston College. She also holds the TCRG certification for teaching Irish Dance.
Megan performs and choreographs old style Irish steps, sean nos, Canadian step traditions and American clogging and flatfooting. She trained in competitive stepdance with National Heritage Fellow Donny Golden, learned traditional Irish set pieces, old-time waltzes and vaudeville routines from Josephine McNamara and country sets from traveling master Connie Ryan. After graduating with a BA in Anthropology from Smith, Meganreturned to NYC to teach traditional dance, earned her TMRF certificate from the Irish Dancing Commission to teach ceili dance and directed the dance program at the Irish Arts Center for many years as a volunteer. She calls dances and teaches workshops, including 14 years at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing and at the Augusta Heritage Center at Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia. As a principal dancer with Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble for 16 years, Megan performed with the Turtleduhks at the Ulster-American Folk Park, in The Crossing with Tim O’Brien and with StepAfrika. A member of SAG-AFTRA and ASCAP, Megan is almost known for co-writing popular Uncle Earl song “Crayola” with Kristin Andreassen. Megan has toured or performed as a guest artist with Billy McComiskey, James Leva, Lunasa, the Duhks and Danny Knicely & The Furnace Mountain Band. A December 2008 review in The Washington Post remarks that "among the area's best Irish dancers...Megan Downes has hyper-flexible ankles; she taps the sides of her feet to the floor in shockingly rapid succession."
Aaron Olwell is a native of central Virginia who developed a deep love of many kinds of music before he had much say in the matter. He heard a wide range of traditional music growing up thanks to two parents that played avidly, and has early fond memories of playing in his father’s recorder ensemble at school. However, it was a 3 month trip to Ireland with his mother that truly set his trajectory as a lifelong musician. Aaron continued to travel to Ireland over the years to seek music and has been a teacher at the Swannanoa Gathering, Augusta Heritage Center and numerous other workshops. It is in part due to these diverse environments he eventually also developed a love for playing old-time and dixieland jazz. At 18 he joined his father’s business of flute making, and has been devoting himself largely to that ever since. Aaron enjoys the many challenges of teaching, especially beginners and helping people learn how to learn by ear.
Jim was born in Baltimore in 1979. He grew up in Baltimore’s renowned Irish traditional music scene. He fondly recalls being enchanted by the violin even at a very young age. Until the age of fifteen, Jim exclusively studied classical violin, both through Suzuki classes and at the Baltimore School for the Arts. Jim's roots in Irish tradition truly sprouted from Irish step dancing, which he began studying from that same early age. Jim qualified for the World Championships in Dublin in 1991. This exposure to the jigs, reels, and hornpipes while learning his steps was instrumental in developing his desire and ability to play Irish traditional fiddle. Even now, Jim will occasionally get up and perform a step at a concert or session. While in high school, Jim's interest in the dance music of his own Irish heritage became more pronounced. Jim was first exposed to the fiddling of Brendan Mulvihill while competing at a Feis at Glen Echo Park. They later met and his first lesson was arranged. From ages 15 to 18, Jim studied with Brendan Mulvihill. Brendan is a primary influence on Jim's playing, which is reflected in his musical style.
For the past twenty years, Jim has immersed himself in Irish traditional music. Jim's first trip to Ireland (1996), was to compete in the Fleadh Cheoil, the all Ireland music competition. Jim was awarded third place in the 15-18 age group category for fiddle. Soon thereafter, he began teaching privately. In 1997, Jim was invited to the Augusta Heritage workshops as an instructor where he continued to teach through 2005. In the late 1990s, Jim spent several years as a member of the John Whelan Band and toured Ireland, Europe, Canada, and the U.S. For the past fifteen years, Jim has been a member of O'Malley's March, led by former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley. In 2012 Jim was invited to play at the White House with the band. Jim is also a member of the Old Bay Ceili Band. Jim plays regularly in and around Baltimore with many of the other distinguished musicians that are in the area. He leads a weekly Irish Jam session and a monthly ceili at Liam Flynn's Alehouse on North Ave. He also plays monthly at Dougherty's Pub and at In Like Flynn Tavern, formerly J. Patrick's Pub.
Laura Byrne is highly regarded on both sides of the Atlantic for her mastery of the Irish traditional flute and whistle. Laura began studying flute at age 9 in her native Vermont, continued her studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore where she earned Bachelor’s degrees in both flute performance and music education in 1995. Though classically trained, she chose to devote her musical career to Irish traditional music, committing herself to the playing of the older generation of musicians through her many trips to Ireland and from close study of the emigrees to the United States. Laura has performed at countless festivals, ceilis and concerts in the U.S., Canada and Ireland including venues such as the Kennedy Center, Birchmere, several National Folk Festivals and the Catskills Irish Arts Week in East Durham, NY. She performs frequently with Baltimore greats Billy McComiskey, Donna Long and Jim Eagan. Laura was featured on the Eva Cassidy remix album Wonderful World (2004). In 2014 Laura was a featured performer with the English choir Libera at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC which was released as a DVD recording and broadcast worldwide. Laura has recorded two solo albums Tune for the Road (2005) and Lucky Day in (2010) which received great reviews, and were highly praised by Irish Music Magazine. She is a member of The Old Bay Ceili Band which released an album Crabs in the Skillet (2011). She most recently released a duo recording with New York based fiddler Rose Flanagan Forget Me Not (2014). Laura is a two time grant recipient of the Maryland Traditions Master Apprentice award - as a ballad singer apprentice in 2007, and then in 2011 as a Master of flute. She received the Individual Artist award in performance from the Maryland State Arts Council in both 2010 and 2011. Laura teaches Irish flute privately and at Goucher College in Towson, MD, and founded and directs the Baltimore Irish Arts Center. www.laurabyrne.com