Put a spring in your step
The Agawam Cultural Council Applause Series presents
Banish Misfortune and an Evening of Traditional Irish Music
(Agawam, Mass.) The Agawam Cultural Council’s Applause Series continues on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM when the sextet Banish Misfortune performs a program of traditional Irish music at the Agawam Senior Center. Instrumentation of the group includes fiddle, concertina, mandolin, accordion, flute, and guitar, with which they perform rousing sets of jigs, reels, hornpipes, waltzes, polkas and airs, as well as the occasional inspired song or accompanied Irish poem.
All of the group’s members hail from western Massachusetts, some having played together for decades. David Brule (fiddle), a published author fluent in Irish Gaelic as well as several other languages, brings his love of Irish poetry to the band. Sean Burke (mandolin, bouzouki), born in County Mayo, Ireland, roots the group’s sensibilities with his genuine approach to the music and remarkable repertoire of heartfelt songs. Tim Donoghue (concertina) is legendary among local Irish musicians, with a keen wit and wellspring of Irish songs tucked in his back pocket, from bawdy to beguiling. Kira Jewett is an acclaimed All-Ireland Fiddle Champion and an award-winning high school biology teacher. T.J. Ezold (flute, accordion, banjo, whistle), a Berklee College of Music grad and local flight instructor, sets the tunes aloft with his soaring musicianship. And David Meuser (guitar) instills his accompaniment with his lifelong affection for traditional Irish music and culture.
This event is sponsored by Bridgeport National Bindery.
The Agawam Senior Center is located at 954 Main Street in Agawam, Massachusetts and can be reached by phone at (413) 821-0604. This and all Applause Series events are free and open to the public.
Additional information on each of the Applause Series events is available at the Agawam Cultural Council web site, www.agawamcc.org.
The Agawam Cultural Council is an all-volunteer local partner of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and is funded, in part, by the MCC. The ACC is charged with bringing engaging, entertaining, and educational events and opportunities in the arts, humanities, and sciences, to children and adults from Agawam and the surrounding communities.