Seamus Egan Project
08jul8:00 pm10:30 pmSeamus Egan Project
It’s hard to think of an artist in traditional Irish music more influential than
It’s hard to think of an artist in traditional Irish music more influential than Seamus Egan. From his beginnings as a teen prodigy, to his groundbreaking solo work with Shanachie Records, to his founding of Irish-American powerhouse band Solas, to his current work as one of the leading composers and interpreters of the tradition, Egan has inspired multiple generations of musicians and helped define the sound of Irish music today.
As a multi-instrumentalist, he’s put his mark on the sound of the Irish flute, tenor banjo, guitar, mandolin, tin whistle, and low whistle, among others.
As a composer, he was behind the soundtrack for the award-winning film The Brothers McMullen, co-wrote Sarah McLachlan’s breakout hit, “I Will Remember You,” and has scored numerous documentaries and indie films since.
As a bandleader, Solas was the pre-eminent Irish-American band of their generation for decades, continuously renewing Irish music with fresh ideas.
As a performer, few others can make so many instruments or such wickedly complex ornaments seem so effortless. Music comes as naturally to Seamus Egan as breath, but his mastery of the tradition is only one facet of his plans to move the music forward.
He’ll be performing with Moira Smiley and Kyle Sanna.
Moira Smiley is a multi-instrumentalist on banjo, accordion, piano, and body percussion. Smiley’s music has been influenced by folk styles, shape-note singing, classical song, and jazz. She’s performed and collaborated with various artists including Billy Childs, Solas, Jayme Stone’s The Lomax Project and often tours with eclectic indie-pop group Tune-Yards.
Kyle Sanna has been active as a composer, producer, guitarist, and improviser in New York City since 2000. As a guitarist Kyle primarily performs improvised music and traditional Irish music. He has shared the stage or studio with many of today’s virtuosos, including multiple Grammy Award-winning artists Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile, as well as with some of the greatest living interpreters of the Irish tradition including Kevin Burke, Martin Hayes, and Seamus Egan, and with many members of New York’s improvised music scene.
Local vocalists Kara Mundy and Jennifer Scott will also be joining in.
Concert is live & streamed.
(Saturday) 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mel Lehan Hall at St. James
3214 West 10th Ave,