Past Events

Baltimore Banjo Showcase

posted Nov 12, 2013, 12:29 PM by Ellie Ferguson   [ updated Nov 12, 2013, 12:34 PM ]

Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 8pm: No other instrument is as hot as the banjo these days. For this showcase, masters of the instrument gathered with a full backup band for a night of top-notch bluegrass, Irish, and old-time music. Famed bluegrass banjo player Mike Munford awed with his impeccable timing, exquisite tone, and jaw-dropping technique. World-renowned hammered dulcimer player Ken Kolodner joined forces with his son Brad on the clawhammer banjo offering tight, musical arrangements of original and traditional Appalachian old-time music. County Meath native Peter Fitzgerald is known for his mastery of the Irish-style tenor banjo and his encyclopedic recall of songs. The showcase included famed bluegrass fiddler Jon Glik, Celtic guitarist Andy Thurston, and a wealth of talented musicians and vocalists.

Mid-winter Irish Music Benefit Concert

posted Oct 31, 2012, 1:43 PM by Ellie Ferguson   [ updated Nov 12, 2013, 12:33 PM ]

Presented by:

The Tanzanian Children’s Project

January 27, 2013

4:00 - 7:30 PM

Room 4 — Wilde Lake Interfaith Center

10431 Twin Rivers Road • Columbia, MD 21044

Ticket Price — $15.00 ($120/table of 10)


For sales and more information:



Phone: 301-490-4990

Subject to availability:  Tickets will also be sold at the door on the night of the concert. 

Complimentary Coffee and Dessert


Entertainment Provided By:

Dìleab Phrìseil

The Tanzania Ceili Band

With Special Guest Performer, Peter Fitzgerald

Proceeds will be used to purchase medical equipment and supplies for the Malowa Medical Dispensary in Tanzania.

Oct. 13, 2012: Irish Music at Stony Run Friends Meeting

posted Sep 7, 2012, 9:15 PM by Ellie Ferguson   [ updated Nov 12, 2013, 12:34 PM ]

Old Bay Ceili Band

posted Jul 5, 2012, 11:08 AM by Ellie Ferguson   [ updated Jul 9, 2012, 6:16 AM ]

Old Bay Ceili Band

The Old Bay Ceili Band music and dance party at the Creative Alliance in Baltimore!
Saturday, July 7 at 8pm

About the band:
The Old Bay Céilí Band plays traditional Irish dance music inspired by the golden era of Irish-American dance halls, infusing that tradition with vibrant new energy. With eight of the region’s most talented musicians, the band’s strong rhythmic pulse and soaring melody can spirit dancers across the floor or bring audiences to their feet. Tonight they do both! The first set is a concert, then we clear the floor to make room for dancing. With Sean McComiskey on button accordion, Jim Eagan on fiddle, Laura Byrne on flutes, and many more! Come ready to dance!

More information can be found on the Creative Alliance website:

(Note that this was not a J. Patrick's All-Stars sponsored event, but we highly recommend these talented musicians!)

October 7, 2011 - Masters of the Celtic Harp

posted Jan 27, 2011, 7:17 PM by Peter FitzGerald   [ updated Oct 13, 2011, 12:53 PM by Ellie Ferguson ]

We were pleased to host a concert featuring Masters of the Celtic Harp: Gráinne Hambly & William Jackson.

Gráinne comes from County Mayo in the west of Ireland, and is a music graduate of Queen's University Belfast. She began to play traditional Irish music on tin whistle at an early age, before turning to the concertina and later the harp. Over the past few years, Gráinne has toured extensively throughout Europe and the United States. She is also a qualified teacher of traditional Irish music and is in great demand at summer schools and festivals both in Ireland and abroad.

Internationally known harper and composer William Jackson has been a major force in Scottish Music for many years. As a founding member of the band Ossian (1976-1989) he was part of the revival of traditional music in Scotland in the 70's and 80's, and became known as an innovative composer, using a mix of traditional and classical musicians in such acclaimed works as The Wellpark Suite (1985), A Scottish Island (1998) and Duan Albanach 
(2003). Touring extensively in Europe and North America he gained a reputation as a fine performer of traditional music featuring the Scottish harp, and also as a teacher. William is also a trained Music Therapist (Guildhall) and has worked in that area since 1993 in both Scotland and the USA. Apart from his Scottish background William has also been influenced by Irish music in his compositions, as both his paternal grandparents were from Co Donegal, Ireland, and he spent a great deal of his childhood there.

Here's a taste:

More Photos Coming Soon...  |  Gráinne Hambly Bio  |  Buy CDs

Co-Sponsored by the Baltimore Folk Music Society

January 14, 2011 - Michael Cooney and Pat Egan in Concert

posted Dec 8, 2010, 4:04 PM by Ellie Ferguson   [ updated Jun 14, 2011, 8:41 AM ]

Michael Cooney and Pat Egan in Concert

J. Patrick's All-Stars was pleased to present an evening of traditional Irish music with two renowned musicians from County  

Tipperary.  We all enjoyed listening to Michael and Pat perform traditional tunes and stirring songs in an intimate setting.

Michael "Piper" Cooney is regarded as one of Ireland's foremost exponents on the uilleann pipes and whistle. From a well-known traditional music family in County Tipperary, he grew up in the heart of a revival of traditional music in Ireland. His own vibrant style has been influenced by listening to pipers and fiddlers from many generations. Michael's virtuosity and the timeless universal appeal of the pipes has put him in popular demand. He has toured extensively in Europe and America performing with many well-known musicians. He has enthralled audiences throughout his travels. His first CD, "A Stones Throw" released 2003, has met with much acclaim and he has recently released his second CD, "Just Piping" 2010 with great reviews.

Pat Egan is highly regarded as one of the leading singers/guitar players in 
traditional Irish music. His guitar backing displays a rare sensitivity and impeccable rhythm which manages to be tasteful yet driving and uplifting. Pat is equally admired for his smooth, lyrical vocals, honest delivery and repertoire of storied songs
Originally from County Tipperary, Pat now resides in Baltimore, Maryland. While growing up in his native County Tipperary, Patrick loved the music so much that he used to take his guitar on the back of a horse and cart to school every week to get lessons from his school teacher, Phil Kelly. 
He would also trudge across fields and farmland with his guitar just to get a song from local singer John Norton. Luckily, there were lots of singers and guitarists in his home parish and one of the first musicians he ever heard playing traditional Irish music was his neighbor – uilleann piper Michael Cooney with whom, along with Paddy O’Brien, he would later go on to form the band Chulrua.  

November 27, 2010 - Workshops with Jesse Smith

posted Nov 30, 2010, 8:06 PM by Ellie Ferguson   [ updated Jul 9, 2012, 6:22 AM ]

Jesse Smith Taught Tunes From "The Ewe With The Crooked Horn."

Fiddler Jesse Smith taught a day of Irish Traditional Music Workshops to musicians of all skill levels on all instruments. 
The workshop* focused on the new CD, described by Jesse as "old music from manuscript and legendary players as interpreted by Smith, Gannon and Blake."  In the workshops Jesse also talked about some of his favourite old players and some great books. 
We were very fortunate to have this opportunity to learn from a great player and teacher in an intimate setting.

Jesse taught the following tunes and handed out copies of sheet music to participants:
(Tracks: 1, 10, and 12). Purchase the CD here or on iTunes
1. McGreevy's and The Silvermines (Reels)
10. Mouse in the Cupboard and Lark on the Strand (Jigs)
12. The Ewe with the Crooked Horn and Pol Ha'Penny (Hornpipes) 

Thanks to all who attended the Baltimore concert and CD release on Wednesday, October 27th, 2010.

*Please note that the workshop was not an official BFMS event.

September 18, 2010 - Workshops with Tony DeMarco

posted Sep 18, 2010, 2:59 PM by Ellie Ferguson   [ updated Jun 14, 2011, 8:11 AM ]

Irish Traditional Music from New York 
Presented by Tony DeMarco
Fiddler Tony DeMarco taught a one-day Irish Traditional Music Workshop to musicians of all skill levels on all instruments. The workshop featured session tunes that are associated with New York and its many great musicians, past and present. We were very fortunate to have this opportunity to learn from one of New York's finest musicians!

Here's a list of what we learned! 
(More sheet music coming soon...)
Session #1: Basic settings of 
Larry Redigan's Mug (Jig in A minor)
Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine (Hornpipe in Adorian)
Alexander's (Hornpipe in D)

Session #2: Ornamentation, phrasing and bowing for
Andy McGann's (Jig in D)
Old Grey Goose (Jig in E minor)
Tatter Jack Walsh (Jig in D major vs minor)
The Butterfly (Hop Jig in E minor)
Boys of Ballisodare (Hop Jig in G)
The Poppy Leaf (Hornpipe)
Miss McLeod's (bowing on reel in G)

Tony first taught the basic melody of each tune.  He demonstrated the phrasing and ornamentation that makes Irish music so compelling.  This was especially beneficial for fiddlers, but it also proved valuable to players on other instruments.  It was great to hear how Tony develops his personal style while remaining true to the tune's heritage.

Check out Tony's CD The Sligo Indians on his website!

March 19, 2010 - Kevin Burke and Cal Scott

posted Jul 5, 2010, 4:08 PM by Ellie Ferguson   [ updated Jun 14, 2011, 8:35 AM ]

Kevin Burke (fiddle) and Cal Scott (guitar and vocal) presented a rousing evening of traditional Irish Music at Stony Run Friends Meeting House. The opening act featured local favorites Ken Kolodner and Jim Eagan. 

December 4, 2009 - Paddy O'Brien & Pat Egan

posted Jul 3, 2010, 9:12 PM by Ellie Ferguson   [ updated Jun 14, 2011, 8:37 AM ]

Paddy O'Brien (accordion) and Pat Egan (guitar and
song) presented a delightful evening of traditional Irish music on Friday, December 4th, 2009, at Stony Run Friends Meeting House. Peter FitzGerald (banjo) and Andrew Thurston (guitar) played a lovely short set to open the concert. 

Paddy O’Brien is regarded as the embodiment of the living Irish music tradition, one who understands and communicates the essence of Gaelic culture, going beyond technique to the spirit that drives the music. 

Pat Egan brings together a rare combination of sensitive guitar backing and impeccable rhythm with smooth, lyrical vocals to highlight a repertoire of storied songs. 

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