The Young Irelanders performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, in the sixth concert of the 35th Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts Series.
The program will take place at the First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills.
“Making old traditions new, the future of Ireland’s culture is clearly in safe hands with these world and Irish champions in music, song and dance,” says Eddie Cooke, president of the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts. “Every year the Irish Cultural Academy brings together eight of its ﬁnest performers, many with masters degrees in music, to make up this terriﬁc group. Truly an evening to see.”
The Young Irelanders is comprised of Laura Callaghan (banjo and vocals), Hugh Kennedy (accordion), Ian Kinsella (guitar and vocals), Barry Lyons (bodhra’n, guitar and vocals), Eoghan O’Ceannabhain (ﬂute, concertina and vocals), Jayne Pomplas (ﬁddle) and dancers Joe Duﬀy and and Ayla Reid, dancer.
The sound the band creates is an eclectic one, combining traditional Irish music, Celtic music, folk, jazz, country, pop and world music. The Young Irelanders have brought the traditions of Irish music, song, and dance to the Beijing Opera House, the Sydney Opera House, the Kremlin State Palace, the U.S. Capitol Building, and the Kennedy and Lincoln Centers. Following a four-month tour of North America, The Young Irelanders embarked on a two-month tour of China followed by several dates in Europe.