[Below is a link to a recording of an interactive broadcast of Irish Christmas songs and stories, part of TheWildGeese.Irish Sibin series of discussions and performances focused on the Irish experience worldwide. This broadcast was recorded live Tuesday, December 16th, 2014. We are happy to feature it again.]
Mary Courtney grew up in a musical family in the parish of Castlegregory, near the sea in County Kerry, a likely beginning for this remarkable singer and guitarist. Whether accompanying herself, or holding the rhythm line with her trad band, Morning Star, she is a consummate musician.
Her music is an engaging collaboration of traditional Irish music and a progressive social conscience born of a political education in the United States. Her bodhrán (Irish hand-held drum) playing offers another dimension to her exceptional performance. Courtney has used her music to spread Irish culture and to educate her audience about the struggles of the Irish people. From rock ‘n’ roll to the ethereal strains of some ancient Celtic bard, Mary can sing anything, and sing it unforgettably.
Visit Mary's website at MaryCourtneyMusic.com.
Jim Hawkins grew up in the midlands of Ireland (County Westmeath) where he listened to great Irish storytellers like his own uncle, Jack Fallon. Jim taught literature in the classroom for 39 years. He has performed as a member of the Irish Arts Centre in New York City. Jim shares the history, culture, and traditions of Ireland through stories, poetry, and songs.
Visit Jim's website at JimHawkinsIrishStory.com.
What: A live interactive broadcast with Irish Christmas songs and stories
When: Tuesday, December 16th at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Where: Right here on this page