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Mountains of Music Homecoming presents John Doyle Trio with Rose Conway Flanagan, Laura Byrne & Pat Egan

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Mountains of Music Homecoming presents John Doyle Trio with Rose Conway Flanagan, Laura Byrne & Pat Egan
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 7:00 PM
Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount, VA
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  • Ticket Price: $17.00 - $37.00
  • Door Time: 6:30 PM
  • Show Type: Folk
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From a musical family in Dublin, John’s influences include well known English folk singers Nic Jones, Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson, and The Watersons; Scottish singers Dick Gaughan and John Martin; and fellow Irishmen Paul Brady and Al O’Donnell as well as his father, Sean Doyle - probably the biggest influence of all. John went on the road as a pro at 16 with the group Chanting House which he formed with Susan McKeown and which eventually included such great players as Seamus Egan, Eileen Ivers, & Donogh Hennessy.  John went on to form the highly acclaimed super group, Solas, with Seamus Egan, John Williams, Karan Casey and Winifred Horan which took the folk and Celtic music worlds by storm, in no small part due to John’s powerhouse rhythmic guitar style and innovative arrangements. As a member of Solas, John performed to sold out audiences nationally and internationally as well as appearing on many national TV and radio programs: NBC’s The Today Show, various programs for National Public Radio and Public Radio International, A Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, E-Town and World Caf笠As part of that critically acclaimed group, he also received three NAIRD awards and a Grammy nomination for the band’s self-titled first recording.

After leaving Solas, John has gone on to perform and tour with other greats in the Folk, Celtic and Bluegrass worlds - Eileen Ivers, Tim O’Brien (John was included on Tim’s 2006 Grammy-award winning CD, Fiddler’s Green), Linda Thompson, Kate Rusby, Cathie Ryan, Cherish the Ladies, and many others. He has appeared on soundtracks for the feature film, The Brothers McMullan, Soldier, PBS’s Out of Ireland and also composed the music for the film Uncle Robert’s Footsteps and the play Down the Flats as well as performing on countless recordings as guitarist and/or singer for other notable artists such as Kate Rusby, Linda Thompson, Tim O’Brien, Alison Brown, Seamus Egan, Eileen Ivers, Mick Moloney, Cathal McConnell, Karan Casey and so many others (check out the discography page for a full list). John is a featured regular for many years in the hugely popular BBC Scotland "Transatlantic Sessions" regularly broadcast in Ireland and at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow having performed there with Americana greats Jerry Douglas, Tim O'Brien, Rodney Crowell, Sara Watkins, Kathy Mattea, and many others. 

Acclaimed fiddler Rose Conway Flanagan originally began taking lessons in Irish music with Martin Mulvihill while growing up in the Bronx. She then further developed her the distinctive Sligo style of fiddling with the help of fiddler Martin Wynne and her brother Brian Conway.  A founding member of the popular Celtic band Cherish the Ladies, Flanagan was recently inducted into the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Mid-Atlantic Region Hall of Fame.  Currently residing in Pearl River, New York, she is a teacher and mentor to many younger traditional musicians, which include several All-Ireland winners and medalists.  Flanagan also teaches at many leading music camps and workshops in the USA and Canada and in the British Isles. 
Rose recently released Forget Me Not, an album with the Baltimore, Maryland-based flute player Laura Byrne.  A mainstay in Maryland’s vibrant Irish music scene and highly regarded on both sides of the Atlantic for her mastery of the Irish traditional flute and whistle, Byrne is a two-time recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council grant in solo performance.  Her recordings include two solo albums, Tune for the Road (2005) and Lucky Day (2010), as well as an album with the Old Bay Ceili Band, Crabs in the Skillet (2011).  Byrne has performed and taught workshops throughout North America and in Ireland.
Originally from Ireland’s County Tipperary, singer and guitarist Pat Egan now resides in Virginia, but his professional career began when he moved to Westport, in Ireland’s County Mayo in the 1980s.  While there, he recorded with many different musicians and formed a long partnership with penny whistle player Olcan Masterson, with whom Egan toured Europe and the US, and recorded the album Westport Town.  In the early 1990s, he visited the US to play at the famed McGurk’s Pub in St. Louis, Missouri. Shortly after, he was invited back to the US by accordion player Paddy O’Brien to form the band Chulrua.  Egan developed an interest in old time music while living in St. Louis, recording with old time banjo player Dave Landreth on the album Chairs. Egan eventually moved east to Maryland in 2003. Egan has performed in a duo with singer and fiddler Alex Caton for more than a decade, and in 2011 they released the album Fiddle Tunes and Ballads.  Egan has offered workshops throughout the US and has toured across North America and Europe, and he has appeared on numerous television and radio programs in Ireland and the US.