Local Middle School Student is the Winner of the U12 Slow Air Competition at the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh

Pittsburgh Comhaltas is associated with the New York Regional Fleadh. The fleadh was held in Parsippany, NJ on May 5, 2017. Congratulations to Elizabeth Nist the Mid-Atlantic Champion in the U12 Slow Air Competition. Elizabeth Nist is an 11 year old home schooled 6th grader. She is a dancer for the Bell School of Irish Dance. She plays the violin, viola, and piano. She began learning violin at the age of 5 under the instruction of Margaux Matz Pizula, from the Pittsburgh Music Academy. She has had the pleasure of performing at Heinz Hall, Phipps Conservatory, and Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. She also studies under the instruction of Pablo Ardilas, from Pittsburgh Youth Concert Orchestra. Two years ago, she decided to expand her violin studies to learning fiddling techniques. She began studying under Sean Garee, from McPharlin Music School; and, more recently, Celtic techniques under Katie Grennan.

Songwriter Showcase

10 local songwriters will present a Showcase this Friday evening.   Tickets are $5.00. Friday, May 19th   8:00 – 10:30 pm Penn Hebron Garden Club   (“The Barn”) 237 Jefferson Rd. Penn Hills   (Behind Penn Hills Garden Center)   Presented by Howard Davidson Hosted by John Hayes

“Sive” A play by Ireland’s John B. Keane

Friends of the Pittsburgh Irish Community, PICT Classic Theatre has opened its production of “Sive”, a play by Ireland’s John B. Keane. “Being sold to an old, decrepit man for two hundred pounds is not every girl’s idea of a fairytale marriage, but for Sive, it’s the only way her family can find some relief from their poverty-stricken existence. Sive tells the old culture story of star-crossed lovers, set against the backdrop of the 50’s in County Kerry, Ireland where the cha…rming thatch-roofed cottage illustrate both the simplicity and the difficulty of everyday life.” PICT is extending a discount to the Irish Community for tickets to this play. Use discount code IRISH30SIVE for a $30 Adult ticket applicable to all performances of Sive. All performances will be held at the Union Project in Highland Park, 801 North Negley Avenue. Please consider attending one of the following special programming show events: • Saturday night, May 6, 8pm. A panel talk-back discussion will immediately follow Sunday, May 7th matinee of Sive. Director & cast to participate in an audience driven exchange. • Tuesday, May 9, immediately following the show: an Irish nightcap (Irish coffee and a few other treats). Mingle with the cast and director. • There will be a 30 minute pre-show lecture at 7:00 pm prior to each performance, given by director Alan Stanford, on the production, playwright and background relevant to the setting of Sive. The show begins at 8pm. • Tuesday, May 16: post-show lecture, moderated by the… Read More…

Fleadh – May 5, 2017

The following local Pittsburgh fiddle players participated in the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh on May 5, 2017 in Parsippany, NJ. Margaret Kepler, Michael Kepler, Elizabeth Nist, and Brianna Cobbey! Congratulations to all participants on a job well done! A special congratulations to Elizabeth Nist for winning the U12 Slow Air Competition. Elizabeth is taught by Katie Grennan and Sean Garee (Back row: Elizabeth and Michael   Front row: Brianna and Margaret)

Fleadh Update

Fleadh Entry Reminder! Do not forget to send your fleadh entry into Terry Raffery by the deadline for entry, April 3!  Entries received after that date will be assessed a $50 late fee. In addition, Duets, Trios, Grupai Cheoil, and Ceili Bands must submit their entries before the Fleadh and will not be permitted to submit their entry during the Fleadh weekend Visit nyfleadh.com for all your Mid-Atlantic Fleadh questions!

CCE Seisiún

Do you enjoy playing Irish Music and meeting local musicians that share the same passion for the Irish Culture!  Then come and join us for our monthly seisiúns at the Irish Centre of Pittsburgh!   All ages are welcome!  It is sure to be an evening of fun, food and friends! Next seisiún will be on April 21, 2017 7pm-8pm – Slow seisiún 8pm -??? – Regular seisiún