The Way Traditional Music Was Meant to be Heard
The Southwest Ramblers
7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 30th, 2024
POSTPONED UNTIL FALL
We are pleased to offer a house concert with the exciting new band the “Southwest Ramblers.” The admission is $20.00 per person and open to adults and children ages 12 and older. To reserve and pay for a seat or seats, go to RESERVATION. Once you have paid for a seat, you will be sent the concert address and contact information. If there are no seats available, you can be added to a waiting list by completing a CONCERT WAITING LIST FORM. Due to limits in the number of seats available, you can only make reservations online. We will not accept reservations at the door. Attendees can arrive at 7 p.m. for drinks (BYOB) and snacks which they are encouraged to bring to share. If you have any questions, call (469) 215-1840 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Southwest Ramblers
If it’s rhythmic dance tunes with verve, reflective airs, contemplative songs, and humorous banter that you’re looking for, the Southwest Ramblers are your new favorites. Two from Cork City, Ireland and two from New Mexico — of all places — this rare combination of talent offers a unique evening’s experience. The quick contemporary Cork-style displays fidelity, precision, and nyah with a fresh take on the Irish tradition. Kennedy’s virtuosic button-box and Broadhead’s sophisticated fiddling backed by Turk’s inventive chord work and Forsyth’s tasteful rhythms and dulcet vocals provide an evening that ranges from joy, sorrow, and gratitude – then straight into a bit of dance-madness you’ll not soon forget!
A native of Cork City, Hughie Kennedy comes from a community steeped in the Irish tradition. A Munster Fleadh, Groupaí Cheoil medalist, he has toured the U.S. as part of “The Young Irelanders” group, and been a featured musician for both the Cork Folk Festival Button Box Showcase and the 2023 Ballydehob Trad Festival. Additionally he is a regular masterclass tutor at Galway’s annual Dinney Delaney Festival and the lead musician of the Cork City based band, Murphy’s Law. Most recently he has recorded in studio as part of The Southwest Ramblers.
Jason Turk, originally from Waterford and now residing in Cork City, graduated with a BA in music from University College Cork with 1st Class Honours, and has since earned both Gold and Silver medals from the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He has toured the U.S. as a member of “The Young Irelanders,” performs with Torcán, a contemporary trad band who have performed throughout Europe. He also runs his own music school that reaches out to numerous schools in the Cork City area as well as Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireann. A musician’s musician, Jason is also a multi-instrumentalist and has recently been interviewed and recorded as a musical representative for the newly designed keyboard called the Seaboard.
A two-time North American gold medalist in Irish fiddle, gold medalist in slow airs, and silver medalist in lilting, Grace Broadhead was awarded awarded the “Fiddler of London Diaspora Award in 2022. Originally from Sandia Park, NM, she now resides and teaches, and performs in Nashville, Tennessee. She has sat in with world renown players such as the Sharon Shannon band, The Old Blind Dogs, Gaelic Storm, and Lúnasa, while performing as an opener for internationally renown Clare style fiddler, Randal Bays. In 2022, Grace released a debut album with rising bouzouki player Ben Williamson entitled, Tipping the Scales.
Dain Forsyth has performed and taught bodhrán throughout the Southeast, placing first at the 2006 Southeastern Regional Irish Music Competition in Atlanta, Georgia. He performed and taught at the international bouzouki festival, ZoukFest, during the years of 2009 – 2011, and has provided accompaniment for Randal Bays, Roger, Landes, Liz Nolan, Drea Pressley, and John Skelton among others. He also has numerous studio recording credits that include tracks on Grace Broadhead and Ben Williamson’s debut album Tipping the Scales.
We have streamed live a number of our house concerts and instructor concerts at the O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat that are available for viewing for a small fee. Go to CONCERTS for a listing and learn how you can see and hear some wonderful musical performances by some great players.