Irish Fiddlers Four: Andrew OBrien, Eimear Arkins, Kevin Buckley & Robert Ryan
Andrew OBrien, grew up in Dublin in a large musical family, hearing and playing with the cream of musicians in that very musical city. Although the necessity for work has limited his performances, Andrew still finds time to teach at the St Louis School for Irish Arts.
Eimear Arkins is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and dancer from Ruan in County Clare Ireland. She holds eleven solo All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil titles and has competed in all Ireland, European and World Dancing Championships. Eimear has toured extensively with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann on concert tours throughout Ireland, Britain, North America and Canada. She has represented Ireland in France as a performer at Rennes Expo and in Spain as a participant in La Noche Negra a cultural collaboration and exchange between the Mid-West of Ireland and the province of Asturias. For the past eight summers, Eimear has performed with the internationally renowned show Brú Ború and was part of the troupe that represented Ireland at World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China. In August 2015, Eimear traveled to World Expo 2015, in Milan with St. Louis Irish Arts where she promoted not only Irish culture but the expression of Irish culture worldwide.
Kevin Buckley started learning Irish fiddle tunes at the age of 9. In his formative years, he played all over the country with his music school, St. Louis Irish Arts and placed in a variety of music competitions (Fleadh Cheoil) both in the Midwest and in Ireland, where he lived for a year. During this time, Buckley also began to compose music (later released as Grace Basement) and broaden his range to include many types of folk music, blues, jazz, rock and pop. All the while sustaining his reputation as an accomplished traditional musician, Buckley has become a much sought after session musician and studio producer, incorporating his wide musical pallet into his trademark tasteful playing and unique improvising. Buckley has recently released an album with fellow fiddle player Ian Walsh, of McGurks Mondays fame, is planning a solo traditional fiddle recording for release next year, and has a new project of original material called Count Buckley. He is also an active recording engineer and co-founder of Eastern Watts Records. Kevin teaches Irish Fiddle and Irish Ensemble classes at The Folk School of St. Louis.
Robert Ryan is a traditional Irish fiddler from London, who grew up immersed in the thriving Irish musical community of that city. Robert was encouraged to learn the tin whistle from a young age, and took up the fiddle at the age of eight, learning from the great Clare fiddler Brendan Mulkere. He has recently moved to St. Louis, where he performs and teaches.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENT
Outdoor Concert Series:
We do not believe it is safe at this time to present concerts indoors in our friendly confines but now that the summer heat is diminishing, we have planned a wonderful series of small, outdoor concerts. We are taking special precautions to inhibit the spread of Covid-19 in accordance with the procedures recommended by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health. Heres how things will work:
-The concerts will be held on the parking lot at the rear of Focal Point. Access will be via the alley off of Marietta Ave., across from the Side Project Cellar.
-Tickets will be available ONLY in advance via Brown Paper Tickets (links to which are included below with the concert descriptions). No tickets will be sold at the door. Because the county limits gatherings to 50, only 40 tickets can be sold. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the musicians.
-Bring your own chairs, like you would for a concert in the park.
-Individuals and groups will set up their chairs at the direction of our volunteer ushers, who will assure that proper distancing is maintained. If you come with others and want to be seated as a group, you MUST purchase tickets under one name. Members of a group may set up their chairs in close proximity to others in the group, but the ushers will assure that a distance of 6 ft is maintained between your group and other groups or individuals.
-Masks must be worn when not seated.
-The Maya Café will not be open. Please feel free to bring your own beverages and snacks.
-Concerts will last approximately 90 minutes. There will be no intermission.
-There will be only limited restroom availability (so plan ahead ). One unisex, handicap accessible restroom inside our building will be accessible via the rear door opening onto the deck behind the building. Only one person may enter the building at a time.
-Tickets Will be sold until 3 hours before the show.
-Concerts will take place unless there is serious weather, so please dress accordingly and be prepared for weather. IE- you may want to bring an umbrella if there is light rain in the forecast.
-If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Focal Point at 314-328-4810.
Additionally, If you answer yes to any of the following, we ask that you stay at home:
1) In the last 2 weeks, have you cared for or had close contact with
someone diagnosed with COVID-19?
2) Do you have shortness of breath or difficulty breathing in a way
that is not normal for you?
3) Do you have a new or unexplained cough?
4) Have you felt feverish in the past 24 hours, had chills, repeated
shaking with chills, or had a temperature of 100.4 degrees or above?
5) In the last 2 weeks, have you had any of the symptoms below:
-New unexplained muscle pain
-New or unusual headache
-New sore throat
-New loss of taste or smell
-New gastrointestinal issues: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea?
Different from the usual Focal Point Experience? Well yes, but youll still hear some great music!
Focal Point Traditional Arts Center - Back Parking Lot (View)
2720 Sutton Blvd
St Louis, MO 63143
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: Yes!|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|