2017-2018 Professional Concert Series
Brian Conway

The O'Neill-Malcom Branch of CCE, the sponsors of CCE MAD Week, and
the Irish Music Program at Washington Conservatory of Music present



BRIAN CONWAY, traditional Irish fiddle


Concert with Zan McLeod &
Workshops for Fiddle Students

Saturday, Nov 18, 2017
2:00 PM Traditional Irish Fiddle Workshop - Beginner

3:00 PM Traditional Irish Fiddle Workshop - Intermediate/Advanced
7:30 PM Concert


Washington Conservatory of Music at Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo, MD 20812
directions


Admission:
Workshops: $20;
Concert: $15 child, $20 adult - workshop participants receive $5 discount on concert admission
All tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, payable at the door by cash or check.


New York born fiddler Brian Conway is a leading exponent of the tastefully ornamented Sligo fiddling style made famous by the late Michael Coleman. The winner of two All- Ireland junior titles in 1973 and 1974 and the All-Ireland senior championship of 1986, Brian's early studies were with his father Jim of Plumbridge County Tyrone and with Limerick born fiddler/teacher Martin Mulvihill. However, it was the legendary fiddler and composer Martin Wynne who taught him the real secrets of the County Sligo style. Later, Brian met and befriended the great Andy McGann of New York a direct student of Michael Coleman, who further shaped his precision and skill on the instrument.

In 1979, Brian recorded a duet album, The Apple In Winter (Green Linnet) with fellow New York fiddler Tony Demarco. He released his debut solo CD, First through the Gate, on the Smithsonian-Folkways label in July 2002. This CD was voted the prestigious Album of the Year by the Irish Echo. Brian is also featured on the CD, My Love is in America, recorded at the Boston College Irish Fiddle Festival, and on the documentary "Shore to Shore" which highlights traditional Irish music in New York. He is considered one of the musical rocks of the New York area.

Brian remains faithful to the rich tradition handed down to him. The distinctness of his tone, the lift of his playing, and the deft ornamentation he brings to the tunes have placed him among the finest Irish fiddlers of any style, Sligo or otherwise. He has performed all over North America from San Francisco to New York and places in between such as Chicago, Milwaukee and Colorado. His talents have also been enthusiastically received throughout Ireland and the rest of Europe. His current CD, First through the Gate, exemplifies the versatility that characterizes his concert performances and festival appearances. He is also a noted instructor who has mentored many fine fiddle players, including several who have gone on to win All-Ireland championships.

In 2007, Brian released a CD titled A Tribute to Andy McGann on the prestigious Irish Label Cló Iar-Chonnachta. This CD pairs up Irish Music legends Joe Burke and Felix Dolan along with Brian in a CD which has received glowing accolades since it's release in the summer of 2007.

Brian followed this CD with a much anticipated new Solo CD titled "Consider the Source" in deference to the rich environment from which Brian learned his music. This CD was released in 2008 on the Cló Iar-Chonnachta Label. This CD features guest appearances by music greats Niamh Parsons, Dan Milner, Billy McComiskey, Joannie Madden, Felix Dolan, and Brendan Dolan. Earle Hitchner of the Irish Echo described this CD as "Easily one of the best releases this year".

For more information about Brian Conway, please visit his website: www.brianconway.com

Program


Audience members are invited to a post-concert Traditional Irish Session at the Irish Inn at Glen Echo next to the Washington Conservatory at Glen Echo Park on Tulane Road following the concert.

The Washington Conservatory is a nationally accredited community music school for students of all ages. The Conservatory presents a professional monthly concert series October through May at Westmoreland Church in Bethesda and other public concerts and events throughout the year at Glen Echo Park. The Conservatory welcomes both seasoned and novice classical concert-goers and encourages families to attend our concerts with their children. Thank you for your generosity and support.

Parking
Parking is in the large Glen Echo Park lot on Oxford Road. The Washington Conservatory of Music is located at the far end of the Arcade. Please allow 10 minutes for the pleasant walk across the park.

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