Celtic Music from North Coast Favorites Brian Holleran, Brian Bigley, & Ruairi Hurley!
A varied program of traditional music played by JOURNEYWORK, comprising three of the Cleveland area's most skilled and in-demand Irish performers: Brian Holleran (flute and whistle), Brian Bigley (uilleann pipes and whistle), and Ruairí Hurley (guitar and vocals). The trio performs regularly in the setting of The Harp Irish pub on Cleveland's west side, and they will bring this infectious energy to their renditions of the lilting tunes and songs that tell the story of the Irish communities living on both sides of the Atlantic.
BRIAN BIGLEY comes from a musical family on the west side of Cleveland. Studying with Achill Island piper Michael Kilbane from the age of eight, Brian's sensitivity to the art of uilleann piping has developed into a high level of understanding. His interest in maintaining the best sound possible led Brian to study the art of pipe-making with Seth Gallagher in upstate New York and time spent with flute maker Patrick Olwell. He is currently making pipes in the style of the late Dave Williams and is an accomplished reed maker.
Brian is also a world-class Irish step dancer, having competed at the World Championships in Glasgow and Killarney. He has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe as a pipe, flute, and whistle player, as well as a dancer with "The Magic of Ireland" and "Tomaseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas" (tomaseenfoley.com). He has been featured as a guest artist with Apollo's Fire - The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, as well as with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra, performing in their "Symphonic Led Zeppelin" concerts at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2002) and the Masonic Auditorium (2007).
BRIAN HOLLERAN grew up in an Irish family in Jersey City, New Jersey. His interest in traditional Irish music was first piqued at the age of twelve after listening to the session recording "Music at Matt Molloy's," and later his father's trad vinyl collection. His mother found him initial tin whistle lessons with Maura Vesey and finally flute lessons with 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellow Mike Rafferty of Ballynakill, East County Galway. Mike taught Brian the bulk of his music and would become Brian's biggest influence and source of encouragement. In addition to many tunes, Mike also taught Brian about the many musicians who came out of East Galway and the distinctive traits of that regional style.
Brian was also influenced by Willie Kelly and Patrick Ourceau, two of the greatest exponents of traditional Irish fiddle playing in the United States.
Originally from Dublin, guitarist/vocalist RUAIRÍ HURLEY has been performing, recording, and collaborating within the Northeast Ohio traditional music scene for several years. He sings songs from the tradition in both the English and Irish language and has a particular interest in arranging traditional tunes for the guitar.