The Association of Irish and Celtic Festivals (AICF) is proud to host A Celebration of St. Brigid, with the support of the Irish Embassy, celebrating an Irish saint and a Celtic goddess with the music of a mix of famous Irish musicians.
St. Brigid is one of the patron saints of Ireland, although she is not as famous as her male counterpart, St. Patrick, but she has legends and tales of her own. the AICF, which is dedicated to bringing Irish culture to the United States via Irish and Celtic festivals, wanted to celebrate its importance and put its holiday, February 1, front and center.
Taking place tomorrow, February 1st at 8pm EST, the AICF will feature eight acts from around the world, featuring some of the finest female performers in Irish music and dance. From established artists to up-and-coming bands, this all-female celebration highlights an important element of Celtic culture.
You will be able to tune in to the virtual celebration of St. Brigid right here on IrishCentral, as well as on the Irish Central Facebook page Monday, February 1 at 8 p.m. EST.
Erin O’Rourke, of Indy Irish Fest and one of the board members of the AICF organisation, said: “After our success with our Irish Christmas concert and reaching new audiences through our programming, we wanted to continue our mission of education, and what better than through St. Brigid’s Day, and a celebration of the feminine spirit.
“We hope that by spotlighting this Irish patron saint, her holidays and her stories, we can entertain and educate the public with a program that celebrates her and some of the best Irish musicians and dancers around the world.”
This event would not be possible without the generous support of the Irish Embassy and their continued support of the AICF’s mission to bring Irish culture, through music, education, food and dance, to those not in Ireland in the hope that these traditions will never be lost.
Emer Rocke, Ireland’s Deputy Ambassador to the United States, had this to say about St Brigid’s: ‘From Annie Moore to Mother Jones, Georgia O’Keefe to Maureen O’Hara, Irish women and their daughters paved the way through all spheres of American life. During the week that this country’s first female Vice President took office, I am delighted to join friends of the AICF in announcing this celebration of remarkable female artists.
“Rooted in the Celtic festival of Imbolc, Brigid’s Day has an equally rich and significant history as St. female diplomats – are determined to do so should be just as widely celebrated.”
Irish American musicians Eileen Ivers and Joanie Madden are set to co-host the special event on February 1.
Eileen Ivers is a Grammy-winning and Emmy-nominated violinist. She has established herself as the preeminent representative of the Irish fiddle in the world today and said this about the event: “St. Brigid was a light in the darkest of times, a peacemaker, a woman who provided food and a haven for all. I am delighted to join other female artists in a live concert in honor of this beloved Irish saint.
“May the perpetual flame that St. Brigid lit so long ago, which still burns today in Kildare Town Market Square, live on in our hearts and shine through the gift of music and community. “
Joanie Madden, who is considered one of the greatest musicians and personalities in the history of Irish music in America, has been the leader and driving force behind the all-female Irish music and dance troupe Cherish the Ladies since its inception. in 1985.
Other performers in the AICF’s St. Brigid Celebration include:
Irish dancer from Virginia, Bullock rose to fame last year thanks to her fabulous TikTok videos, mixing hip hop and jig. 10 years later, she competed internationally and was offered a chance to dance with Riverdance after the pandemic ended.
Casey has long been one of the most innovative, provocative and imitated voices in Irish traditional and folk music. Her career spans twenty-five years, from her early days as a jazz performer at George’s Bistro in Dublin to her heady days in New York with the band Solas to her now well-established solo career and she has sold over half a million albums.
Cherish the ladies
The Grammy-nominated Irish-American supergroup was formed in New York in 1985 to celebrate the rise of women in what was a male-dominated Irish music scene and have since toured the world. These ladies create an evening that features a spectacular mix of virtuoso instrumental talent, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing. Their continued success as one of the best Celtic bands in the world is due to their ability to take the best of traditional Irish music and dance and present it in a hugely entertaining show.
Davis is an American singer-songwriter whose musical imagination invites the world into her eclectic sphere. Think Joni Mitchell meets contemporary Celtic and you’ll get something like Ashley Davis’ creative force while that blend may classify her work, Davis’ unique ability to capture and cross musical traditions ultimately transcends comparison.
The Friel sisters
Hailing from Glasgow with family roots firmly in the Donegal Gaeltacht (Derrynamansher), the Friel Sisters perform a tight blend of fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes interspersed with songs sung in unison, many from their family repertoire and local. Since the release of their debut album, they have performed at various venues and festivals across Europe, America and Asia and have appeared as guests on stage or toured with many well-known Irish artists. international.
Daughter of Limerick, singer-songwriter Emma Langford has won accolades, awards and rave reviews from County Mayo to Milwaukee. Lingering in this liminal space between folk, jazz and traditional Irish nuance, Langford drew comparisons to Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake and Janis Ian. Her stage presence and voice are truly unique, however – a bewitching mix, best experienced live.
Cassie and Maggie McDonald
Cassie and Maggie are sisters from Nova Scotia who have put their own 21st century stamp on this nation’s Celtic soundtrack. Passionate and innovative, their talent is matched only by the sheer joy they exude in performance. Alternating between Gaelic and English, traditional and contemporary, bewitching and electrifying, the duo is simply bewitching. The two have enchanted audiences around the world with their unparalleled unity of strings, vocals and fabulous percussive dance moves.
A Celebration of St. Brigid will air live Monday, February 1 at 8 p.m. EST right here on IrishCentral. For more information on this event, which will be broadcast live on Facebook and Youtube, please visit the Association of Irish & Celtic Festival’s website.