Thursday, June 18, 2015

Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly, Legends of Sliabh Luachra tradition of instrumental Irish traditional music



Fiddler Matt Cranitch and accordionist Jackie Daly will return to Mountain City Traditional Arts, 25 East Main Street in Frostburg, on Thursday, July 23rd at 7:30 pm to present the Sliabh Luachra tradition of instrumental Irish music. This is event is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $15.
This unique music stems from northwest Cork and east Kerry and provides a distinctive style of performing and a source of inspiration for both musicians. They have toured together many times, releasing their first CD, The Living Stream, in 2010, as well as touring the US in 2011 during the Imagine Ireland tour.
Matt Cranitch, a native of Ireland, is a well known fiddler and teacher across the globe. He has won All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil titles, as well as The Fiddler of Dooney and Oireachtas Crotty Cup. He received a PhD from the University of Limerick for his study on the fiddle-playing tradition of the region. He was a consultant for the Geantra√≠ series on TG4, has been an adviser to the Arts Council Deis scheme for the traditional arts (2005–2013), and has served on the board of the Irish Traditional Music Archive (2007–2010). He received the Hall of Fame Award from University College Cork in 2003 and is still teaching there. He is the author of The Irish Fiddle Book, published in 1988 (in its fourth edition). He has made multiple albums including three with Sliabh Notes, in addition to √Čistigh Seal which consists entirely of slow airs. His most recent recording is The Living Stream with Jackie Daly.
Jackie Daly a native of Cork, has been described as arguably “the best accordion player in Ireland” by the New York Times. He was strongly influenced by Sliabh Luchra and has performed with many acclaimed musicians and groups owing to his versatility and desired talent, including previous MCTA performer Kevin Burke. He is also a highly valued teacher and received the TG4 Gradam Ceoil (National Music Award)in 2005, and the Kanturk Arts Festival Award in 2009.
Dedicated to the education, sales, documentation and perpetuation of the traditional arts in the mountain region, Mountain City Traditional Arts is a program of Frostburg State University, with support from FrostburgFirst, the Allegany Arts Council, and the Maryland Traditions Program of the State Arts Council. For more information contact mountaincitytradarts@gmail.com or call 301-687-8040.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Renowned Father-Son Duo to Perform Old-Time Music


French Canadian Trio coming this March!


Mountain City Traditional Arts to Host Scottish Country Dancing Performance




      As part of the Shamrock Shuffle, the city of Frostburg’s annual celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Frostburg State University’s Mountain City Traditional Arts will host a performance by the Potomac Highlands Scottish Country Dancers on Saturday, March 21, at 25 E. Main St. in Frostburg, Md. The dancers will perform two 20-minute shows at 2 and 3 p.m. and provide instruction to anyone who wants to participate. The event is free and open to the public.
        Scottish country dancing is a form of group dancing that was originally seen in royal courts during the Renaissance. The Potomac Highlands Scottish Dancers have been performing these group dances in the Appalachian region for years. They hold regular classes for all ages at the Appalachian Ballet Theatre in Cumberland, Md.
         Mountain City Traditional Arts is dedicated to the education, sales, documentation and perpetuation of traditional arts in the region. It is supported by FSU, FrostburgFirst, the Allegany Arts Council and the Maryland Traditions Program of the State Arts Council.
          For more information, email mountaincitytradarts@gmail.com or call 301-687-8040.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Spring Line-Up at MCTA



Get ready for fantastic spring with Mountain City Traditional Arts!

We will be continuing our Winters Farmers Markets February 7th and 21st. Don’t miss a chance for fresh local goods!

Thursday, February 26th @7pm: Caitlin Nic Gabhann and Ciaran O’Maonaigh

Award winning concertina player, dancer, and songwriter Caitlin Nic Gabhann collaborates with renowned fiddle player and documentary filmmaker Cairan O’Maonaigh for a night of traditional Irish concertina, fiddle, and dance.

Wednesday, March 25th @7pm: Le Bruit Court Dans La Ville

A night of French Canadian traditional music straight from Quebec starring fiddler Lisa Ornstein, guitarist/singer Andre Marchand, and singer/accordionist Normand Miron as the trio Le Bruit Court Dans La Ville.

Saturday, March 28th @3:30pm: Ken and Brad Kolodner

Well known hammered dulcimer player and fiddler Ken Kolodner of Baltimore teams up his son, clawhammer banjo star Brad Kolodner, for an evening of original Appalachian traditional music.

Friday, April 17th: Todd Burge

In a return to MCTA, Todd Burge, known as the “dean of West Virginia Songwriters,” employs stories of invented characters, scat singing, and lyrical humor to lighten the mood of some heavy subjects set to catchy tunes ranging from an alternative/punk rock sound to bluegrass.


All music events will have a suggested donation of $15

More Information to follow as each event approaches. Stay updated on our blog http://mountaincitytradart.blogspot.com/

Mountain City Traditional Arts
A Project of Folklore and Folklife Programming at Frostburg State University
Supported in part by the Maryland Traditions Program of the Maryland State Arts Council
25 East Main Street, Frostburg, MD
301-687-8040