IRISH BAND BROG CRUA ON TOUR
Before the hum and buzz of electricity, music lit up the cottages of Ireland.
There was the poteen, the song sung and the pipes that rung out over the vale. And there was the dancing. With the din of industry, out went the peat fire, the gas light and on came the incandescent bulb: a spot light on the shame of it all. You couldn't dance in your own home but had to dance in the church hall, under the watchful eyes of Priest and Politician. Was it the money to be made or the morals to be monitored? Still the population grew and immigrated to America where, for a while, the tradition flourished. Let's hear again the music that was too gorgeous to be left behind, and see again the dancing that was part and parcel of it all.
Bróg Crua reunites Irish music, song, and dance in its original context - the house concert! They combine accordion, fiddle, and dance percussion, with a good dose of Irish humor. Félim Egan, Eric Killips and Maldon Meehan invite you into their "house" to rekindle that fire that was once ablaze in the cottages of Ireland. Bróg Crua will be on tour in Oregon and California in April and May 2013.
Mon. April 15 Eugene, OR
Tue April 16 Arcata, CA
Thurs. April 18 Mendocino, CA
Fri April 19 Sebastopol, CA
Sat April 20 Berkeley, CA
Tue April 23 LA, CA
Wed April 24 San Diego, CA
Sat. April 27 Cottage Grove, OR
Sun April 28 Newport, OR
Sat. May 4 Salem, OR
Sun. May 5 Portland, OR
Maldon Meehan (percussive dance): was born in Portland, OR and raised in Mendocino, CA. She began dancing with her father as a teenager. Maldon holds a BA from The Evergreen State College and a MA in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick, Ireland. She is a 2008 Regional Arts and Cultures grant recipient. As a sean-nós dancer Maldon has appeared on the nationally televised 2005 Oireachtas at the Cork Opera House in Cork City (TG4) as well as on Connemara Community Radio and Raidió na Gaeltachta (RTÉ). Maldon placed 3rd in the 2005 Comórtas Chóilín Sheáin Dharach, a sean-nós jig competition held annually in Connemara. In 2005 Maldon and Ronan Regan released an instructional DVD of sean-nós dance. maldonmeehan.com
Félim Egan (accordion/vocals): was born in 1972 in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway and raised in Cloghan, Co. Offaly (west Offaly). His father has a passion for music and encouraged him to play. He began lessons at the age of four with his father and then with a local Offaly fiddler Dan Cleary. He comes from a family of five children all well accomplished musicians. He has many musical influences which include Matt Molley, Tommy Peoples, Charlie Lennon and Frankie Gavin, to mention a few. In 1993 he moved to Portland, OR, where he played his first gigs with Robert Soper and Aidan Brennan and was a regular at Mikey Beglan's East Avenue Tavern session. He started composing tunes in the early 1990's. Félim Egan is a regular fixture in the Irish traditional music in Portland.
Erik Killops (fiddle): a Portland native, began playing fiddle at the age of 6. Starting initially with the Suzuki method and when he was in the 4th grade he began Irish fiddle lessons with Dan Compton. Growing up he was influenced by the playing of local musicians such as Kevin Burke, Johnny Cunningham, and Johnny Connolly, and bands such as Patrick Street and the Bothy Band. In 2006 Erik began studying Irish music at the University of Limerick. There he had weekly lessons with Siobhan Peoples and master classes with top notch fiddlers such as Tommy Peoples and Frankie Gavin. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in 2010 and moved back to Portland. Since then he has been performing regularly in pubs and bars around town.
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