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Celebrating Ireland in Story and Song -- Phil Edmonds, Mary King, Hughie Purcell

with Phil Edmonds, Kevin Fallon & Mary King

Celebrating Ireland in Story and Song -- Phil Edmonds, Kevin Fallon, Mary King,

Celebrating Ireland in Story & Song is an all Irish program which embraces Irish history and culture in story and song.

Phil Edmonds, a native of Killaloe, Country Clare, Ireland, learned to play the tin whistle in a place where he says: "The backyard was the fields." When he was 14 years old, his family emigrated to America and settled in South Providence where he still lives. Along with his tin whistle, Phil plays button accordion with great warmth and spirit. In 2008, he wrote his first book, "Reconnecting with the Soul of Ireland' about his family, memories of growing up in Killaloe, roaming the fields and hills, and finding the new Ireland alongside the old.

Kevin Fallon hails from a big Irish Catholic family and learned little ditties at home. He started playing the guitar as a teenager and took up the fiddle in his late twenties. He has played and sung throughout New England and Europe with various bands and has worked with the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI in many productions, including A Christmas Carol. Kevin currently teaches fiddle, guitar and various string instruments and is a founding member of the Rhode Island Gobshites, a well loved eclectic music band with an Irish flair. Celebrating Ireland in Story & Song is delighted to have Kevin as part of their traveling troupe, as he brings a fine musicianship and a wonderful Irish sense of humor along with him.

Both of Mary King's parents are from Ireland and she was raised in that culture, taking Irish step dance lessons by age 4 and listening to her mother sing the songs of Donegal where she was born. She often visits her two aunts in Ireland, Bridget-Mary and Madge (now 97), who told her the stories of their youth — from "doing battle with the hay" to the monthly fairs that travelled the countryside bringing everything one might need, from pots and pans to the "dentist" who pulled out the tooth that was ailing you with pliers. They often spoke of the hard work of living solely off the land, where everyone worked on their small farm, including the children — all with great humor. Mary keeps the tradition of Irish music alive with the Celtic harp and her fiddle.

The Celtic soul is alive and well in the stories and songs you will hear, and your ears and eyes will smile.


Also available at school shows...

Mary, Kevin and Phil, what a wonderful addition to reading week and Tiverton's
music program. Folk tunes and folk tales to "Celebrate Ireland!" The students were
so engaged, singing, dancing and trying to guess which spectacular instrument you would
take out next to amaze them.  We so look forward to seeing you again in the future.

Sincerely,
Renee Bond, Music teacher
Tiverton Elementary Schools.

 

 

 

Mary King, Phil Edmonds, and Kevin Fallon at Uxbridge Free Public Library
March 6, 2017

Thank you for a wonderful evening of Irish Stories & Songs!
                                                                                                                   — Ann


 

Celebrating Ireland with Mary King, Phil Edmonds, and Mike McFischman
Jamestown Public Library Concert Series
March 2014

See Phil & Mary at the 2014 Roger Williams University Global Fest in Bristol, RI
CLICK HERE


"Local musicians keep Celtic traditions alive"

By Allyson Miller
Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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Thanks so much for a warm, funny and musically delightful concert last night.
Our audience of 110+ could not have been happier. It really did feel like a "celebration"
and a moving one, at that. The three of you must keep playing together!

My best to you,
Joyce May, Adult Services Librarian
East Providence Public Library, East Providence, RI

 


Dear Mary and friends, What a wonderful way to "christen" the new public space
here at the library -- Irish Stories & Song was a perfect performance!
And the little dancers added to the magic & fun.

— Louise Molton, Program Coordinator
Providence Public Library, Providence, RI


Thanks for the fabulous program. It was a show that appealed to creatures young and old,
real and mythical — seniors, children, leprechauns, fairies, and most exotic of all -- librarians!
Everybody had a tremendous time and got to experience Irish culture at its very best.
Thanks again to you and Phil for coming and presenting us with a true Celtic treat.

— Mark A. Malcom, Children's Librarian
Maynard Public Library, Maynard, MA


Mary... Thank you so much to you, Kevin and Phil for joining us at Party for the Planet!
You really helped make this a special day for many families and we really appreciate it!

— Nicole Potito, Special Events & Promotions Coordinator
Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence, RI


I cannot thank you enough for a wonderful musical and cultural experience today
at Holy Family Holy Name. Your genuine love of music and your heritage is most evident.
Your two buddies were delightful and very talented. I am most grateful that we had this
opportunity and that, through the generosity of the Edwards, you found your way to HFHN.
May you continue to be blest as you share your God-given talent with those around you!

— Cecilia M. Felix


For additional information or bookings, please contact Mary King
at 401-500-0234 or
MaryKingHarp@gmail.com

 

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Smithfield, RI (401) 500-0234 or
MaryKingHarp@gmail.com

Professional live Irish harp, Celtic harp, Irish fiddle, Celtic fiddle music for weddings and other special events in the greater Rhode Island area. Mary provides delightful entertainment for library programs, cocktail hours, corporate events, formal dinners, formal teas, art festivals, music festivals, senior center programs, nursing home programs, children's parties, and other events and private gatherings. Irish harp, Celtic harp, Irish fiddle, and Celtic fiddle lessons available. Mary is a member of the Sidewalk Stompers and Celebrating Ireland.

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