Irish traditional musician Paddy O’Brien will present the results of a year-long apprenticeship program on Friday, October 4 at Celtic Junction in Saint Paul. The concert takes place at 7:30 pm.
The event will celebrate his work with Center for Irish Music apprentices, who will play in the evening’s first set. The second musical set will feature O’Rourke’s Feast, which is an ensemble that O’Brien has played in since 2008. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children and seniors, and are available by calling 651-698-2258 or visiting his website.
The evening will also celebrate the digital release of the landmark Tune Collection, Volumes I and II, which features the first recordings of many in the vast repertoire of tunes that O’Brien is famous for. For the first time, the instructive songs he recorded are available for download, either singly or by volume. There are also instructional books available for the Tune Collection. He is currently at work on Volume III.
O’Brien has also recently released his first book, The Road from Castlebarnagh: Growing Up in Irish Music, about growing up in Ireland surrounded by family and music.
For more information on this concert and other events with Paddy O’Brien and his wife mystery novelist Erin Hart, see their websites.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.