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Musicians

Prodigals
The Prodigals are one of the most successful bands to emerge from the East-Coast Irish scene. The band combines brilliant original lyrics and melody with a genuine passion for the traditional music of Ireland and a funky, anarchic energy that is pure New York. The melodic element is fronted by singer-accordionist Gregory Grene and singer-guitarist Eamon O'Tuama, who grew up in Cavan and Cork respectively. This is combined with the brilliant rhythm section of Andrew Harkin and Chris Nicolo. Chris' background is a hugely respected drummer in the competitive world of New York jazz; Andrew is a phenom bass-player whose distinctively pyrotechnical lines range from passionate rhythm to lead melody.
 
Eire Lingus
Never has there been an Irish band to hit the triangle area quite like Eire Lingus. They have taken us by storm as they entertain vast audiences with their rich blend of Celtic tunes dating back to the seventeen hundreds. Their brilliant arrangements and melodic tunes captivate audiences with any musical taste. They manage to entertain and delight as they invite their listeners to participate in the music. Eire Lingus will tantalize the senses with everything from sea shanties to rebel songs. Of course, there are the traditional Irish tunes that will live on forever. After hearing these talented lads, you may find yourself humming these tunes long after their performance. This band stands alone among all other Irish bands because of their unique ability to communicate their enthusiasm and excitement. The growing number of fans never miss an opportunity to hear this incredible music because it is guaranteed to lift the spirits!
 
Kevin Parnell
Kevin comes naturally to his gift for Irish music. Growing up in New York, the house was always filled with the songs of Ireland. Whenever there was a gathering of friends and neighbors his father would call for his three sons to “get the guitars out!” In the seventies, they took their music to the pubs of New York and the popular trio, The Parnell Brothers was born. The brothers eventually parted ways due to various careers, but Kevin never gave up his passion for Irish music. In 1984, Kevin put together a dynamic group of musicians called Parnell & Boru. For eighteen years, Parnell & Boru played for audiences from New York to California and across Canada. The groups recorded two popular albums, “Raise a Glass” and “Here be Dragons.” These recordings blend a wide variety of Irish music with all the common themes: drinking, death, rebellion, the sea, and occasionally love. Kevin’s strong baritone voice and his passion for the music create a unique listening experience. After a recent move to Raleigh, Kevin teamed with Ed Lavoie to form the current duo, Eire Lingus.
 
Edmund (Fitzgerald) Lavoie
Edmund hails from Boston, MA where he has been playing music since the mid-seventies. Ed’s professional music career started on the other side of the microphone as a sound mixer and recording engineer. A good ear and solid technical skills earned him a position at the renowned New England Conservatory of Music. Ed adds a little sizzle with his lead guitar work relying on his Ovation Legend acoustic guitar and an occasional appearance by a Strat or Les Paul just to keep things interesting. Ed’s strong backing vocals provide the perfect compliment to Kevin’s solid musical performance. Musical abilities aside, Ed is the only musician who can keep pace with Kevin when the Tullamore Dew starts flowing.
 
R.G. Absher and the Celtic Connection Unit
Absher grew up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Taylorsville, North Carolina. At age 9, he began playing the guitar and added the banjo at age 12. He and his sister first began playing and singing music in the local community and with other neighborhood youth during the early 1970's. Later in college, the brother/sister duo entered and won several musical competitions. His sister, Jeannie Farlow, continues performing today, primarily in the bluegrass gospel field with the Farlow Family of Trinity, North Carolina.The music of R.G. Absher blends the styles of Celtic Music, blues and Negro spirituals in today's bluegrass music, in a unique way that is appealing to everyone.
 
NCSU Pipes and Drums
The North Carolina State University Pipes and Drums is a non-profit Scottish bagpipe band associated with the North Carolina State University Music Department. Through local performances and appearances at highland games throughout the Southeast, this award winning band promotes NCSU and the Music Department. Organized in 1968, the band has evolved from an all student band to one made up of dedicated students, alumni, staff and community pipers and drummers.
 
Baile Daire
Baile Daire (BAL-iah DAR-rah) is an old Irish Gaelic term which means City of Oaks. Baile Daire, a Raleigh, NC based band has been presenting traditional Irish music on acoustic instruments since 1999.
 
City of Oaks Pipe Band
The City of Oaks Pipe Band has existed in several forms for about twenty years. We are a competition pipe band and have frequently played or competed in Scottish Games in the Southeastern US, such as those in Archdale, NC; Alexandria, VA; Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Gatlinburg, Norfolk, Red Springs, NC; Richmond, and Waxhaw, NC We have won a number of medals and trophies over the years. We have been an invited participant at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games for the last several years.