Irish instrumental virtuosos Kevin Crawford (flute and whistle) and Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes) perform in Charleston for the second time! Perhaps best known as members of the acclaimed Irish trad band Lunasa – called by the Irish Echo "the best Irish traditional instrumental band on the planet" – Crawford and Vallely have also been featured in the Broadway production of Riverdance, and have toured with artists such as John Doyle, Martin Hayes, Paddy O'Brien, Seamus Connolly, and Tom O'Brien.
May 28, 8pm and May 29, 3pm: Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting Street. Admission $16
The southeast's premier Celtic fiddle ensemble Na Fidleiri, directed by Mary Scott Taylor, presents a lively concert of Irish Jigs, Reels and Airs, as well as American Old-Time tunes. Guest artists Susan Conant (flute and whistle), John Holenko (guitar and mandolin) and Joseph Ensley (guitar) join the 20-plus fiddles of Na Fidleiri as they record live in concert their third compact disc. Na Fidleiri toured Ireland last July with the Taylor Festival Choir in a program entitled "From the Lowcountry to the Old Country" as part of the Irish Gathering. They were recently featured in the Savannah Irish Festival.
June 1, 4pm, and June 6, 8pm, Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting Street. Admission $16
Na Fidleiri and the Taylor Festival Choir present "From the Lowcountry to the Old Country," a concert of choral, vocal, and instrumental music reflecting the synergy between Celtic and American culture. These ensembles toured this concert through five Irish cities last summer as part of the Irish Gathering, including performances at the Titanic Center Concert Hall in Belfast, and at the mystical St, Kevin's Church in Glendalough Monastary, Co. Wicklow. Don't miss this exciting program, which will soon be featured in a one-hour ETV documentary
May 30, 8pm, Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting Street. Admission $16
The internationally renowned Taylor Festival Choir presents a concert entitled "Last Night of the Proms." Inspired by the famed concerts that close the BBC Proms concerts in London, England, each summer, the Taylor Festival Choir will perform a variety of British and American choral music, ranging from "war horse" Anglican anthems such as Parry's "I Was Glad" and Handel's Coronation anthem "Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened" to patriotic songs such as "Land of Hope and Glory" and America the Beautiful."
June 5, 8pm. Grace Episcopal Church, 98 Wentworth. Admission $16.
The Taylor Festival Choir also appears in the SPOTLIGHT: MEPKIN ABBEY CONCERTS as they present Cantatas #43 and #172 by J.S. Bach and movements from Perosi's Missa Secunda Pontificalis. The concert is offered as a special tribute to the late Bishop David B. Thompson. Led by Robert Taylor, the TFC and soloists will be joined by members of The Ensemble of St. Clare at Mepkin Abbey. This very special event includes a concert in the Abbey Church with its perfect, clarifying acoustics, followed by a reception under the shady oaks, overlooking the Cooper River. June 2 at 4pm. Mepkin Abbey, Moncks Corner (about an hour's drive from downtown Charleston). Admission: $36.