We’re thrilled to have Haley Richardson (fiddle) and John Whelan (Irish button accordian) perform on September 23. Haley began making her mark in the Irish music world at six years old, when she won the All Ireland qualifier in the 12-and-under age category!
Since then Haley has amassed a long list of accomplishments and performed at venues all over the United States, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. In addition to being a dynamic solo performer, Haley has performed with many of the most well-known names in Irish music today including The Chieftains, Altan, Dervish, Mick Moloney, Pride of New York, Liz Carroll with Cherish the Ladies, John Whelan, Paddy Keenan, The Máirtín de Cógáin Project, and is a regular member of Green Fields of American and The John Whelan Band.
In March 2017, Haley released a CD she produced entitled Music for Mercy, a compilation CD featuring donated tracks from many of the best Irish musicians under 21 years old from around the world. All proceeds from the CD benefit the Mercy Centre in Bangkok, Thailand.
John Whelan has been a wonderful mentor to Haley. He recorded and produced Haley’s debut CD, Heart on a String, in March 2015. Haley also appeared on two tracks as part of Andy Lamy’s Mixed Flock on his CD, The New Blackthorn Stick.
Although John grew up near London in Dunstable, England, he was raised on the fiddle and pipe music of Ireland. Dunstable has a large Irish community, and his father, Denis, was from Ireland’s County Wexford. “Ours was a very traditional household,” John says. “My father didn’t have any major vices – his only addiction was to Irish music.”
At the age of 14, already a seasoned winner of numerous accordion championships, John recorded his first album, PRIDE OF WEXFORD. Named in honor of his father, PRIDE OF WEXFORD was no passing fancy – the album is still in print and selling steadily.
John’s artistry blossomed in America. He moved to the United States in 1980 and soon was performing with Riverdance fiddler Eileen Ivers in one of the most celebrated Irish duos of the decade. His solo album FROM THE HEART became a 1991 finalist in the Celtic/British Isles category of the National Association of Independent Record Distributors and Manufacturers (NAIRD) awards.
Read more about Haley on her website.
Upcoming in Feb 2019
Vashon’s Kat Eggleston has been particularly instrumental in bringing Celtic and traditional Irish musicians to our island, including the dynamic Open the Door for Three trio.
In February of 2019, thanks to Kat, the iconic Irish fiddler, Frankie Gavin (who was recently honored as Traditional Musician of the Year at the Gradam Ceoil Awards broadcast on Irish Television station TG4.) will perform at the Havurah. Over his distinguished career Frankie has performed all over the world and for four presidents at the White House.
Frankie is one of Ireland`s most iconic fiddle players. His name is immediately associated with the group De Dannan formed in the 1970s, and who are credited with breaking new ground in Irish traditional music through innovative choices of material and arrangements and a unique style of playing.
Throughout his musical career Frankie Gavin was fascinated and inspired by the music of those legendary Irish musicians who emigrated to America in the early part of the twentieth century. Giants such as James Morrison, Paddy Killoran and The Flanagan Brothers who left Waterford for New York in 1911. Seventy years later, in 1981, De Dannan released the album Star-Spangled Molly, which included the band’s hit version of the original Flanagan Brothers’ song My Irish Molly-O. The release reawakened massive Irish interest in the music of this bygone era.
Frankie has recorded and played every genre of music from rock and roll with the Rolling Stones to jazz with Stephane Grappelli. We are thrilled to bring him to the intimate setting of our building.
Don’t miss this incredible performance.