March music lectures head to Emerald Isle

  • Joardan Tirrell-Wysocki Courtesy

  • Audrey Budington Courtesy

  • Liz and Dan Faiella play during the Fall Fiddle Festival Concert at Concord Community Music School in Concord on Oct. 13, 2018. Courtesy of Elizabeth Frantz

Concord Community Music School
Published: 3/1/2022 5:08:10 PM

Concord Community Music School’s Bach’s Lunch series continues next month, with a lecture, “Irish Pub Songs – A Saint Patrick’s Day Primer” by fiddler Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki on March 3. Then, on March 10, Tirrell-Wysocki is joined by fellow fiddle faculty members Liz Faiella and Audrey Budington, plus Music School alumnus Dan Faiella on guitar, for a concert, “Celtic Fiddle Flurry.”

Both programs take place at 12:10 p.m.

“Irish Pub Songs – A Saint Patrick’s Day Primer” will teach you the sing-alongs, the clap-alongs, and the audience participation you need to know before attending your St. Paddy’s Day parties this year. Tirrell-Wysocki will talk about some of the classics and we’ll lift an imaginary pint in toast as we sing them together. Sláinte!

Tirrell-Wysocki is an award-winning fiddler who grew up playing dances and concerts around New England. He was first recognized as part of New Hampshire’s culture at the age of 12, when he was the youngest member of the delegation representing the state at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. He has toured nationally with bands in various genres, performed across Ireland, and released multiple recordings of Celtic music that can be heard on radio stations around New England and in the British Isles.

He has also written soundtracks for audiobooks and television and appeared as a guest on over 75 albums. He performs around 200 shows each year with multiple groups, mostly with his own project, the Jordan TW Trio. In 2013, Tirrell-Wysocki was awarded the title of “Master Artist” by the NH State Council on the Arts, and named “Best Fiddler 2016” by NH Magazine. When not on the road, he teaches in Concord and cohosts the family-friendly Irish Night every Thursday at the legendary Stone Church Meeting House in Newmarket.

Tirrell-Wysocki will return the following week to perform with Liz Faiella, Audrey Budington, and Dan Faiella for “Celtic Fiddle Flurry.”

With spring and St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, join us for a concert of toe-tapping, uplifting fiddle tunes from the Celtic tradition, featuring a trio of award-winning fiddlers and CCMS faculty.

Bach’s Lunch programs are free and open to the public, and take place from 12:10pm to 12:50pm on the first and second Thursdays of each month, November through May, in the Music School’s Recital Hall, 23 Wall Street, downtown Concord. Registrants will be informed by email if the decision is made to make any Bach’s Lunch presentation virtual; please register online at tinyurl.com/bachs-lunch-2021 or call 603-228-1196.

Budington – a Music School alumna – received a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston where she was awarded a “full ride” scholarship and studied extensively with the likes of Darol Anger, Maeve Gilchrist, and Eugene Friesen. Audrey has amassed a performance resume like no other. She was selected by Grammy award-winning arranger and record producer Rob Lewis to play in a house band for the TV show pilot “Legendary.” She has shared the stage with such luminaries as Rosanne Cash and Esperanza Spalding, opened for Black Violin and was a guest artist for Darlingside. Budington holds a certificate in Suzuki Book 1 and enjoys teaching beginner violin as well as New England, Irish, and Scottish fiddle styles to students of all ages. She believes that music, as the most powerful language in the world, can bring anyone together.

Dan Faiella has been building a reputation throughout New England’s traditional music communities for his sensitive and innovative interpretations of traditional tunes and songs from the Celtic traditions. His harp- and banjo-inspired approach to fingerstyle guitar playing brings grace and energy to the music, and his skill as an accompanist for traditional melody players is increasingly in demand. He is also a Music School alumnus and studied with folk musician David Surette and classical guitarist David Newsam. He has performed with some of the Northeast’s premier fiddlers including Dan Foster, Alden Robinson, and Winifred Horan, among many others.

Liz Faiella received her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Dartmouth College. A Music School alumna, she performs Celtic and New England music with her brother, guitarist Dan Faiella, at premier New England folk venues including Club Passim, the Boston Celtic Music Festival, the New England Folk Festival, and the Acadia Trad Festival. She has shared the stage with celebrated New England folk musicians including David Surette, Dudley and Jacqueline Laufman, Matt and Shannon Heaton, and Grammy winner Dan Zanes, among others. In 2015, the NH State Council on the Arts selected her to conduct fieldwork on New Hampshire’s contra dancing history.

The Bach’s Lunch Series is sponsored by The Timothy and Abigail B. Walker Lecture Fund.

For more information, please call 603-228-1196 or visit ccmusicschool.org.




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