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The Jolly Beggars
1794 Meetinghouse
New Salem, MA
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Saturday Jul 07, 2018 7:30 PM - Saturday Jul 07, 2018 10:00 PM | Free - $15.00


The Jolly Beggars
The Jolly Beggars bring the rich tradition of Celtic folk music and storytelling to modern day audiences.

Traditional Celtic Folk

Jeff Desrosier - vocals, mandolin, guitar
Matt Torcellini - percussion
Chris Vece - vocals, tin whistles, Irish flutes
Greg Wilfrid - vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin

Based out of Connecticut, their traditional songs and musical arrangements have exposed many to the joys of Celtic music. They tell traditional stories from Irish folklore and intersperse their musical arrangements with traditional reels and jigs. Characterized by their tight harmonies and use of guitars, mandolin, tin whistles, octave mandolin, mandola, tenor banjo, double bass, bodhran, spoons, and more, The Jolly Beggars have quickly built a solid following and continue to spread their music around the East Coast.

The band performs music that is largely Celtic in origin (Irish and Scottish), with some pieces coming from an extension of that music in other cultures.

Jeff DesRosier
Jeff grew up in Wethersfield, CT and has been listening to Celtic music since his earliest memories. Born into a family with a rich musical background, his musical skills were always encouraged by his parents, sister, and grandparents. Jeff has degrees from the Hartt School in Music Education and French horn performance; he currently teaches middle school band in Fairfield, Connecticut. Jeff performs exclusively on his C.F. Martin guitar and Eastman mandolin.

Matt Torcellini
Matt is from Hamden, CT. He is a classically-trained percussionist with a B.M. in Music Education and Percussion Performance from The Hartt School in West Hartford, CT. He subs with local orchestras and freelances teaching and performing throughout Connecticut. His percussion teachers include Ben Toth, Ted Piltzecker, Rogerio Boccato, John Amira, Joe Galeota, Shane Shanahan, and Anthony DeQuattro. He plays a Bucks Bodhran from Bucks County, PA, and spoons by Mom's Salad Utensils Unlimited, Ltd. His favorite ice cream is Rocky Road (to Dublin). Also, he despises referring to himself in the third person.

Christopher Vece
Christopher grew up in North Haven, CT and is currently living in East Hartford. Christopher did not come from a family of musical geniuses but one that always nurtured his love for music. He began playing trumpet in 4th grade and continued to do so through college. Along the way, many instruments were picked up and loved much more than the trumpet, including the penny whistle. Christopher has two degrees from the Hartt School in Music Education is is currently teaching music in Wallingford Public Schools. Christopher plays Burke tin whistles.

Greg Wilfrid
Greg currently lives in Collinsville, CT. Greg began taking piano lessons in kindergarten to follow in his sister's footsteps and eventually started studying jazz piano in middle school. While in high school, he taught himself guitar, bass, and drums, and currently holds a Bachelors and Masters of Music in Music Education from the Hartt School of Music. He teaches General Music, Choir, and Jazz Band at Toffolon Elementary in Plainville, CT and presents workshops at Music Education workshops at the collegiate, state, regional, and national levels. Greg plays a Seagull acoustic guitar, a Vega tenor banjo, and whichever instruments Jeff lets him touch.


1794 Meetinghouse (View)
26 South Main St
New Salem, MA 01355
United States


Music > Celtic
Music > Folk

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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