Síneadh Fada: Traditional Irish Music and Dance

Dancer/musician Shannon Dunne and multi-instrumentalist Alex Boatright present engaging, interactive programs based on their love of traditional music and dance. Their diverse talents – old style percussive and social dance, traditional song, and Irish tunes on a myriad of instruments – are showcased through the story of their friendship and their adventures learning music in the days before YouTube.

Past performance highlights include Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater, Glen Echo Irish Festival, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, and Berkeley Springs Ice House. Both Shannon and Alex hold highest honor competition titles from Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, the international Irish music and dance organization.

Dancer/musician Shannon Dunne and her collaborators, including multi-instrumentalist Alex Boatright, present engaging, interactive programs based on their love of traditional music and dance. Their diverse talents – old style percussive and social dance, traditional song, and Irish tunes on a variety of instruments – are showcased through the story of their friendships and their adventures learning music in the days before YouTube. Past performance highlights include Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater, Glen Echo Irish Festival, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, and Berkeley Springs Ice House. Both Shannon and Alex hold highest honor competition titles from Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, the international Irish music and dance organization.

Shannon Dunne is an acclaimed sean-nos (old style) Irish dancer, concertina player, and singer. Her work with master dancers has given her intimate access to this tight-knit dance community and has afforded her a place among the top sean-nós dancers in North America. Shannon Dunne’s talents and abilities have been recognized by many arts organizations, including the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has also worked alongside cultural community organizations such as the O’Neill-Malcom Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann as a dance director and works continuously to positively shape the future of Irish dance in the Mid-Atlantic region. She has danced on stages across the globe with groups such as the Mick Moloney’s Celtic Appalachia, Kitchen Quartet, Christylez Bacon’s Washington Sound Museum, as well as record with musicians such as DC-based ensemble Lilt.  Her choreography has been featured by the Washington Revels and performed by various companies in the U.S. including the Kieran Jordan Dancers, the Maldon Meehan Dancers, and the Teelin Irish Dance Company.

Performances

Spórt: Traditional Irish Music and Dance

Dancer/musician Shannon Dunne and musical collaborators, including multi-instrumentalist Alex Boatright, present engaging, interactive performances showcasing traditional Irish music and dance. The artists introduce old style percussive and social dances, traditional “sing-along” songs, and Irish tunes on instruments like concertina, harp, and fiddle. Audiences learn what it means to be a traditional musician/dancer, and experience a wide array of instruments, singing, and dancing through the stories of how Shannon and her friends learned, and continue to learn, within the tradition.

Single $600/Back-to-back $750

Larger ensemble available – contact us for pricing and information.

Workshops

Spórt: Traditional Irish Music and Dance

Workshops – whether scheduled on their own, or as part of a series or residency – explore a variety of topics in music, dance, and performance skills and may be customized to supplement and enhance curriculum.

Please contact us for Workshop prices.

Additional travel fees apply.

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