> 2012 PCG Irish Festival - Saturday, Sept. 8


Saturday, September 8th was jam packed with things to do for the whole family. The day kicked off at 11:00 a.m. with the John Kelly Session and instrumental workshops at all levels for all ages offered by world class musicians. Additionally, there where workshops for singers, Irish language, genealogy, St. Brigid’s cross making and much more. Due to the generosity of our funders, we are able to offer workshops free this year to PCG members and students with admission to the Festival on Saturday. There was live music provided by local musicians and singers such as Brendan Callahan, John McGillian, Tom O’Malley, and Deb Shebish, and dance demonstrations by local dancer groups, activities for the kids including facepainting, and Irish fairy tales. Irish product vendors and food will was available throughout the day. Saturday’s 7:00 pm concert opened with Paddy Keenan, piper extraordinaire and featured Dé Danann, originally established in Galway in the mid 1970’s, the band has re-formed under the direction of founding members Alec Finn and Johnny “Ringo” McDonagh. Joining Finn and McDonagh where past members Eleanor Shanley, Mick Conneely, Derek Hickey and Brian McGrath. The concert was a fitting finale to the festival with a rockin’ night of Irish traditional music, and dance. It was great “craic!” (great fun to the non-Irish speakers!)

copyright - Erica Goldman 2012