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Celebrating Ireland in Story and Song
Sunday, March 10, 2013
3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
Grand Hall (1st Floor)
Join us for a lively and authentic program embracing Irish history and culture in story and song.
Three well-known local musicians, Mary King, Phil Edmonds, and Dublin-bred Hughie Purcell bring Ireland to you!
Hughie Purcell has been playing music since he was 17, traveling throughout Europe and Ireland and landed in Boston in 1995. He plays acoustic guitar, fiddle, banjo and sings Irish songs of history, romanticism and humor; and with the occasional recitation, Hughie brings Ireland back to us all through his charisma and music.
Phil Edmonds, a native of Killaloe, Country Clare, Ireland, and who learned to play the tin whistle in a place where he says: "The backyard was the fields." When he was 14 years old, his family emigrated to America and settled in South Providence where he still lives. Along with his tin whistle, Phil plays button accordion with great warmth and spirit.
Both of Mary King's parents are from Ireland and she was raised in that culture, taking Irish step dance lessons by age 4 and listening to her mother sing the songs of Donegal where she was born. Mary keeps the tradition of Irish music alive with the Celtic harp and her fiddle.
The Celtic soul is alive and well in the stories and songs you will hear, and your ears and eyes will smile.
Parking: Discounted parking is available at the Providence Hilton Parking Garage: $3 for 3 hours. Bring your ticket with you for stamping at the Circulation Desk.