A Friday, March 21st concert at 7:30 pm, is part of our residency presenting Katie McMahon with musicians performing Music of Ireland at Hamline’s Sundin Music Hall. In this concert the full line-up of musicians includes Katie (Voice & Irish Harp), McKnight award-winning musician Karen Mueller (Band Leader, Autoharp, Guitar & Bouzouki), AJ Srubas: (fiddle); Wolf Loescher: Bodhran
Jenny Russ: Backing Vocals and featuring the The Corda Mor Irish Dancers.
Other events, open to the public include a free social dance, or ceili, with live music and a dance caller on Sat. March 22 from 7 to 10 pm in Hamline’s Bush Center Ballroom, alecture-demonsytration on Irish tradiitonal music on Thursday, March 20 at 1:00 pm and an assembly program for children at noon.
The March 21st concert is at Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University, 1531 Hewitt Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104. Seats are by general admission, $12 for adults, $8 for students and $5 for all ACTC students , faculty and staff and will be available at the door and by phone through the Sundin Music Hall Box Office, 651-523-2459. or online at http://musicofireland.bpt.me/ Parking at Hamline is free (permit lots are free in the evening and weekend). For directions: http://www.hamline.edu/sundin/
Katie is probably best known for her exquisite soaring soprano solo in the original Riverdance single, which topped the charts in Ireland for three months. Her voice was described by the Irish Times as “poetry, perfection and purity”. Before her work in Riverdance, Katie, a born and bred Dubliner, trained in traditional Irish harp and singing with renowned traditional Irish harpist Máirín Ní Shé for five years. She also studied Italian and Drama Studies in Trinity College. During a break from her studies, Katie joined the vocal group Anuna and is a featured soloist on their first two CDs. Anuna specialized in ancient and traditional Irish music.