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Traditional Irish Music Performed for St. Patrick’s Day March 17

092903celtic_dl_1.jpgBOONE–Sunday’s Well, a traditional Irish music ensemble from Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music, celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a concert March 17.

The program begins at 7 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission, $3 for adults and $2 for children and senior citizens, will benefit the music school’s 2004 Study Abroad Program in Irish Traditional Music.

The group will perform a variety of reels, airs and jigs, including “The Curlew,” “Three Scones of Boxty,” “Si Mor,” “Humours of Ballyloughlin” and “Munster Buttermilk.”

Sunday’s Well was formed following a study abroad trip to Ireland led by ensemble members Scott Meister and Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham. “Two years ago, we took a group of students to Ireland. We had such a powerful experience on that trip, hearing the music and learning it from inside the culture, that we vowed to return and share that with more students,” Schneeloch-Bingham said.

Students attended traditional music classes at University College Cork in County Cork and received private instruction in their respective performance area, such as voice, fiddle, keyboard, flute, concertina, guitar, harp, or uillean pipes, in addition to pennywhistle which everyone studies. Students also learned about Irish dance, the history of Irish traditional music and Irish song.

Sunday’s Well members are Liz Rose, celtic harp, Michael Fleming, fiddle, Sarah Mann, fiddle, Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham, flute and pennywhistle, Scott Meister, bodhran and pennywhistle, and Gabe Fankhauser, guitar.

Meister and Schneeloch-Bingham will lead another study abroad trip to Ireland May 18-June 8. Contact Meister at (828) 262-6443 or e-mail meistersr@appstate.edu for more information.

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