The Folklore Society of Greater Washington

Furthering the understanding, investigation, appreciation, and performance of the traditional folk music and folklore of the American people.

FSGW Special Events
Paddy O'Brien & Nathan Gourley

Sunday Nov 15, 2015 at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Helbrecht/Johnston's (Alexandria,VA)

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

Venue Information for
Helbrecht/Johnston's
Driving Directions: Call 703-548-5784 for driving directions. The Helbrecht/Johnston's is in the DelRey section of Alexandria, not too far from US 1 and not too far from stations on the Metro Yellow Line.

For More Information Please Contact
FSGW Special Events Coordinator, Mike Livingston

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