Great Island Fiddlers from Ireland with the CA School String Players

FLINT — The Flint School of Performing Arts and the Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra will host the Great Island Fiddlers in an exciting concert, April 20 at 7 p.m.

The Carman-Ainsworth School String Players will also be featured.

This performance will include several popular favorites as well as new pieces that local audiences may hear for the first time: Traditional Irish fiddle tunes, Borodin Symphony No. 2 and Lord of the Dance

The Great Island Fiddlers are traveling to the States as part of an exchange started in 2010 when members of the Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra toured Ireland. The traditional fiddle group comprises young musicians ages 12 to 17 and is based in the harbour town of Cobh. Formed in 2002 by violin teacher and traditional musician, Ciaran Deloughry, the group aims to give students of classical violin the opportunity to play traditional music. The group takes its name from Great Island in Cork Harbour where the town of Cobh is situated. Cobh is well known as the last stop the Titanic made prior to sinking on its maiden voyage in 1912.

The playing of the group is influenced by the Sliabh Luachra style of Cork and Kerry in the Southwest of Ireland, characterized by the lively rhythms of the set dances. Typical dances such as polkas and slides as well as jigs, reels and hornpipes are part of the group’s repertoire. Song airs contrast with the dance tunes. The group plays at school and community events and has toured to play at festivals in St Johns, Newfoundland (2004) and Kolbuszowa, Poland (2006).

This performance is free and open to the public. Details: Call 810-238-1350, ext. 3.

Flint Youth Symphony Orchestra Concert Series is sponsored by Merkley- Youth Charitable Trust. — G.G.

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