BRENDAN MULVIHILL, ANGELINA CARBERRY and DAN BROUDER
Brendan Mulvihill‘s roots in Irish music run deep born to Irish parents in Northampton, England. His father, Martin Mulvihill, of County Limerick, Ireland, was a renowned fiddle player & teacher. Brendan first learned to play the fiddle from his father, in the Bronx at age 12. He went on to study with Pete Kelly of County Galway. In the 1970s Brendan traveled to Ireland & England playing throughout the country & building a repertoire of tunes. In 1972, he won the All Ireland Fiddle Championship. In 1975 Brendan returned to New York, where he soon began playing with accordion player Billy McComiskey & singer/guitarist Andy O’Brien. The three eventually made their way to Washington, DC/Baltimore, ostensibly for a week-long gig in The Dubliner pub as The Irish Tradition. The week turned into several years, & The Irish Tradition became a seminal influence in traditional music, helping to establish it as a permanent & integral part of Washington’s & Baltimore’s musical fabric.
Angelina Carberry was born in Manchester, England into a County Longford musical family steeped in traditional music. Starting on the tin whistle, she later moved on onto the banjo following in the footsteps of her father Peter and Grandfather Kevin Carberry. Angelina moved to Galway in the late 90’s where she recorded the highly acclaimed album ‘Memories from the Holla’ with her father Peter on Accordion and John Blake on guitar and piano. Over the years, Angelina has developed a highly personal style with unique rhythmical characteristics. Her unmistakable banjo sound is captured on her solo CD, An Traidisún Beo & Pluckin’Mad. She has taught master classes at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University Limerick, Scoil Eigse and the Willie Clancy Summer School and toured throughout Ireland, Europe, Japan, and North America that included appearances at major festivals.
Dan Brouder is a well-respected exponent of the West Limerick accordion style from Monagae, a parish on the outskirts of Newcastle West. He learned his music in the surrounding parishes of Ardagh, Carrigkerry & Glin on the Sliabbh Luachra boundary from accordion player Donal de Barra, Athea Co. Limerick & from flute players Francis O’Connor & Donal O’Sullivan who learned their music from Peadlin Aherne, fiddle player & Pajo Gleesen flute player from the 1930’s & 40’s & whose styles are strongly bedded in West Limerick roots. He continued to learn a lot of music by ear in sessions all over Ireland. He has performed with various musicians at a number of festivals throughout the world (U.S.A., China, Russia, Spain, France, U.K., Austria, Norway, Holland, Thailand, Germany, Brussels & Italy). Dan is a musician held in high regard among his peers for his musical integrity & the enjoyment he passes on through the music he plays & cherishes.