Billy McComiskey with Family and Friends | Irish Traditional Music and Dance from Maryland
Homegrown Concerts from the Library of Congress, Co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center
JUNE 28, 2016, Noon, No Tickets Required
Billy McComiskey is one of the nation’s leading players of Irish traditional music. He has won the All-Ireland championship on the button accordion, and is a veteran of bands such as The Irish Tradition, The Green Fields of America, and Trian, He is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and learned to play from Sean McGlynn, a master and proponent of the East Galway style that now characterizes the playing of many of the country’s finest Irish accordion players. He moved to the Washington, D.C. area in the mid-1970s, and eventually settled in Baltimore. In 1976, his band The Irish Tradition played at the party celebrating the creation of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. For AFC’s 40th Anniversary, Billy will perform with his children, Patrick, Sean, and Michael, who are now themselves among the leading traditional Irish musicians in our region. They will be joined by other family and friends for a unique concert of jigs, reels, airs, and other traditional music from the strong Irish American community of the Washington DC and Baltimore region.
A free noon concert series presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division of the Library of Congress. All concerts are held in the Coolidge Auditorium (located on the Ground Floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress) or the Whittall Pavilion (next to the Coolidge, on the Ground Floor, Jefferson Building). Presented in Partnership with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. NO TICKETS REQUIRED.