“Billy McComiskey is the finest and most influential Button Accordion box player ever to emerge from the US. In that sense, Billy’s place within the transatlantic pantheon of Irish button accordionists is both high and secure, and Outside The Box will only strengthen that judgment.” – Earle Hitchner, The Wall Street Journal / Irish Echo.
Laura’s Byrne’s flute playing has been described as “effortless, powerful and engaging.” Highly regarded on both sides of the Atlantic, Laura is based in Baltimore, Maryland and is a two time recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council grant in solo performance.
Donna Long is former member of the internationally acclaimed Irish group Cherish the Ladies. The Smithsonian Institution asked Donna to represent Irish Music in the series, Piano Traditions celebrating 300 years of the piano.
Joanna Clare qualified to represent the United States in the 2022 All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Mullingar, where she will be competing in the O18 Fiddle, O18 Fiddle Slow Airs, and Newly Composed Tunes competitions.
Eileen Estes has thrilled audiences for years with her extraordinary voice, which effortlessly combines vocal power with subtle emotional expressiveness. Daughter of Nita (Conley) Korn, Celtic Thunder’s original lead singer, Eileen grew up immersed in the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland.