EXPERIENCE IRISH & AMERICAN TRADITIONAL MUSIC IN IT’S NATURAL HABITAT
There are few experiences as special as a traditional session. An informal gathering, where musicians come together to celebrate their shared love of the music, the session is the way the music has been enjoyed for generations. Féile Parkfield 2019 we will try to capture that magic, featuring sessions hosted by up and coming musicians from both sides of the pond. We encourage any musicians to bring along their instruments to participate in the celebration!
Blah Blah stringband
SAN FRANCISCO, USA | FIDDLE, GUITAR, & VOCALS
Old time musicians Audrey Knuth, Matt Takiff, and Connor Maguire make up the supergroup that is Blah Blah Stringband. Audience favorites at the debut Féile Parkfield, Blah Blah Stringband are guaranteed to get your feet stomping with their infectious energy and huge repertoire of traditional American music.
SAN DIEGO, USA | WOODEN FLUTE, TIN WHISTLE, & UILLEANN PIPES
Benjamin Jaber has been Principal Horn of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra since May 2008. As a soloist, Mr. Jaber received First Prize in the university division of the 2003 American Horn Competition and was the winner of the Aspen Music Festival's 2004 brass concerto competition. In his other life, Ben Jaber is also an accomplished performer of traditional Irish music and is completely self-taught on the Irish wooden flute, tin whistle and uilleann pipes. He has been active as a session player in Houston, Philadelphia, New York, New Orleans and Los Angeles. Mr. Jaber has been fortunate to get to play music with some of Irish music's biggest names along the way, including Paddy Keenan, Kevin Crawford, Mick Moloney, Isaac Alderson, Zac Leger, Eric Rigler, Eileen Ivers and most recently onstage with The Chieftains.
SAN FRANCISCO, USA | FIDDLE
Catherine John plays fiddle and was born and raised in Marin County. Her world travels led her to play traditional Irish music in Mexico and traditional Mexican music in Ireland, during which time she obtained a Masters degree in Community Music at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, and after which she went on to teach and lead workshops in the two traditional musics and create an original album of Irish-Mexican musical fusion,
Tradtional music from ireland to America
Traditional Irish music continues to thrive in Ireland as generation after generation have passed down songs, melodies, styles, and instruments. This tradition can also be felt in America's own traditional music. When the first Irish immigrants came to America, they brought these traditions with them, and over generations the music mixed with the traditional music of immigrants from around Europe and Africa, and Native Americans. The result is modern America's "Old Time" music, which later inspired Bluegrass music.