Lotus Blossoms Residency:  March 21-25, 2016

Seán Cleland is an Irish fiddle player, music teacher, producer, and executive director of the Irish Music School of Chicago.  Seán grew up on the North side of Chicago in an Irish-American household.  Both of Seán’s parents were teachers so it was natural for him to begin to teach Irish music in between touring in bands such as Baal Tinne, The Drovers, Bohola, and more. He has also taught at the world-famous Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, recorded 4 albums, and appeared in two major Hollywood films, contributing songs to the soundtracks.  Seán is an in-demand Irish musician playing at feisanna (traditional Gaelic arts and culture festivals) all across North America, Canada, and Ireland. Currently, Seán is focused on teaching and directing the Irish Music School of Chicago, a non-profit school for traditional Irish music, language, song, and dance which he founded in 2003.

The foundation of Irish traditional music is the pulse of its drum, the Bodhrán. . . and no other percussionist tills that ground better than Jackie Moran.  Born in Tipperary, ten-year-old Jackie and his family immigrated to Chicago where he began drumming with the best players in the Irish music scene. Jackie is preeminent in Chicago Irish music, a founding and driving force of bands such as The Drovers, Comas, and Bua. He is a fixture in the studio and in concert settings, accompanying great artists such as Liz Carroll, John Doyle, Martin Hayes, Paddy Keenan, and Jimmy Keane, as well as playing in four Hollywood films. Jackie’s talents have also led him to appear on stage with Riverdance, and to perform with the Trinity Irish Dance Company, which he helped to create.

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Wednesday, March 23

WFHB Firehouse Session, 4:00-4:20pm
Listen live at 91.3 FM or tune in later at wfhb.org

Mathers Museum of World Cultures, 7:00-8:00pm
Evening Concert/Demonstration
Free and Open to the Public

Thursday, March 24

American Legion Post 18, 5:30-6:30pm
Evening Concert/Demonstration
Free and Open to the Public, including veterans and military families


Audio Clip: “2 Jigs” by Seán Cleland (fiddle) Jackie Moran (bodhrán) Jesse Langen (guitar)

Seán Cleland

Jackie Moran