Coordinators Mary Taylor and Robert Taylor
Internationally renowned virtuoso uilleann piper and whistle player Cillian Vallely performs in Charleston for the first time! Cillian is best known as a member of the acclaimed band Lunasa, which has been called by the Irish Echo “the best Irish traditional instrumental band on the planet.” Cillian has also been featured in the Broadway production of Riverdance, and has toured with artists such as Paddy O’Brien, Seamus Connolly, and Tom O’Brien.
June 2 and 3, 8pm, Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting Street
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 Danny Mallon (percussion), Susan Conant (flute and whistle) and Bart Saylor (Bazooki and hammer dulcimer) join the 20-plus fiddles of Na Fidleiri as they record live in concert their third compact disc. Na Fidleiri tours Ireland in July with the Taylor Festival Choir in a program entitled “From the Lowcountry to the Old Country.”
May 30 and 31, 7pm, Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting Street
The renowned Na Fidleiri and the professional Taylor Festival Choir present “From the Lowcountry to the Old Country,” a concert of choral, vocal, and instrumental music reflecting the synergism between Celtic and American culture. This concert will be featured in five Irish cities in July, including invited performances at the US Embassy in Dublin, the Titanic Center Concert Hall in Belfast, and at the prestigious Willy Clancy Traditional Music Festival in Miltown Malbay, County Clare, Ireland.
June 4 and 8, 8pm Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting Street
The internationally renowned Taylor Festival Choir, led by founder Robert Taylor, presents a concert of music by Scottish composer James MacMillan, including settings of the Mass and the Miserere. Regarded as the greatest living Scottish composer and a former BBC Composer of the Year, James MacMillan’s compositions have been heard in virtually every major concert hall in the world, as well as in churches, where his sacred works are revered for their beauty and innovation. The Taylor Festival Choir will subsequently record the Mass for MSR Classics, and release it with the McGlynn Celtic Mass in 2014.
June 7, 4 p.m. Mepkin Abbey, 1098 Mepkin Abbey Road, Moncks Corner, SC