Paddy O’Brien and Nathan Gourley • Sunday, November 15, 2015 • 7:00 PM
Traditional Irish Music House Concert at the Helbrecht/Johnston’s, Alexandria, VA
Please join accordion master Paddy O’Brien and fiddle player Nathan Gourley for a night of traditional Irish music.
Hailing from County Offaly in the Irish midlands, Paddy O’Brien is a master of the two-row button accordion and a serious collector; over a lifetime he has amassed a repertoire of more than 3,000 compositions. He shares that knowledge through the Paddy O’Brien Tune Collection, a series of recordings containing 1,500 tunes. His mastery of the two-row button accordion was also acknowledged through prestigious awards: in 2012, he received Ireland’s TG4 Gradam Ceoil Irish Traditional Composer of the Year Award, the highest international honor in Irish traditional music.
Fiddler and guitarist Nathan Gourley started playing music at age five. While living in Minnesota he had the opportunity to collaborate with such renowned players as Paddy O’Brien of Chulrua, Daithi Sproule of Altan, Brian Miller of Bua, and Norah Rendell of The Outside Track. He was a finalist in the Sean O Riada fiddle competition in 2014 and winner of Boston’s Fiddler of Dooney competition in 2013. Nathan can be seen playing at concerts, ceilis, sessions and festivals in Boston and throughout the United States and Ireland.
At the home of Karen Helbrecht and Gordon Johnston: In the Del Ray neighborhood in, Alexandria, VA. Please contact them to make sure there’s still room, reserve a place, and get travel directions to their house: 703-548-5784 or e-mail Karen Helbrecht and Gordon Johnston
Suggested donation of $15 - $20, with all proceeds to the performers.
Paddy O'Brien and Nathan Gourley