From The Hobby Paul Keating
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The St. Patrick’s season is tip-toeing towards us, and as usual I like to share some of the trad highlights coming our way that will mushroom when the calendar turns to March.
Getting a head start on his bandmates in Sliabh Notes, Corkonian fiddler Matt Cranitch (pictured above) is arriving stateside early to get a little fiddle tutelage in. Since he is one of the most popular teachers on the Catskills Irish Arts Week roster and author of a respected fiddle tutor book and an outstanding exponent of the Sliabh Luachra style of playing, one of his students, Phil Weir, organized a workshop in Middletown, New Jersey on Sunday, February 28 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Middletown Arts Center.
Mere brick and mortar is not enough to do justice to all the great memories of music and musicians who populate the Comhaltas Mid-Atlantic Regional Hall of Fame over the 20 years of its existence.
Rather, it is the yearly gathering of its faithful to a gala night that serves to recognize musicians whose lifelong efforts helped foster the love of traditional music in its realm from New York and New Jersey to Pennsylvania down to Virginia and Maryland.
Once again this historic occasion will take place at the Irish American Center in Mineola, Long Island, the hospitable home of so many of these annual soirees on Saturday, February 20, where three more honorees will be inducted into the venerable roster of traditional musicians on the night.