O’ROURKE’S FEAST, an Irish traditional music ensemble led by button accordion legend Paddy O’Brien, will celebrate the release of their debut CD at a concert on Friday, July 25, 7:30 pm at Celtic Junction, 836 Prior Avenue North in Saint Paul.
Admission for the concert is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and children under 12. The new O’Rourke’s Feast CD, on the New Folk Records label, will be available for purchase.
O’ROURKE’S FEAST is a lively seven-piece Irish traditional music ensemble, with repertoire that includes dance melodies like jigs and reels, but they also play older, sometimes long-neglected material from the Irish tradition, including hornpipes, clan marches, and some beautiful old slow airs and songs. The group also plays some original music, composed in traditional style. There is a long tradition of such folk ensembles in Ireland, including Ceoltoiri Chulann (forerunner of the Chieftains), and groups with whom Paddy O’Brien played years ago, Ceoltoiri Laighean and the Castle Ceili Band.