Jerry O’Sullivan, America’s premier uilleann piper, will join the P.V. O’Donnell Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann traditional music session and CD release party on Thursday, January 17, at St. Gabriel’s Church Hall, 26 Broadway, Milford, CT, 7:45 pm. All are welcome, admission is free, BYOB.
Jerry is a gifted ambassador of the Irish pipes, maintaining the historic traditions and melodies of the instrument while expanding its range into new genres of music and media. His mastery of the instrument, traditional knowledge, versatility, and dedication to education truly make him America’s premier uilleann piper. In addition to his own recordings and appearances worldwide, Jerry has appeared on more than 90 albums and has performed or recorded with The Boston Pops, Don Henley, Paul Winter, James Galway, Dolly Parton, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Eileen Ivers, and others.
On his latest album, “The Killasser Flute,” Jerry plays the flute and celebrates the music of the Killasser area, County Mayo, Ireland, where his grandparents lived. Daniel Neely of The Irish Echo wrote that the CD is a “thoughtful, wonderfully executed tribute to the music of O’Sullivan’s family’s ancestral home…The playing is absolutely lovely…” The CD will be available for purchase at the session Thursday night.
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann was founded in 1951 in Ireland to promote Irish traditional music, song, dance and language. Today there are 415 branches worldwide and over two million people attend Comhaltas functions each year. For information on the session, call 203-876-9973.