After qualifying for Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann 2011 at the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh Cheoil, held recently in Parsippany, New Jersey, the teenagers have decided to “busk” their way to Cavan.
The intrepid young players come from Queens, Long Island, Westchester County and Manhattan.
Rosie Cooper 17, Chloe Curley 11, Jake James 13, Seamus Finneran 13, Dylan James 11, William Cooper 15, and Kyle Curley 13 are up against the odds with the sky-high airline ticket prices.
While all are American born, their parents come from counties Westmeath, Leitrim, Wicklow, Fermanagh, Donegal, Cavan and Galway.
The talented traditional musicians are students of well known Antrim fiddle and piano teacher Niall Mulligan and Dublin accordian and bodhran teacher, Niall O’Leary.
All of the young musicians attended Scoil Eigse last year in Cavan town prior to the Fleadh. This is a week-long traditional music school run by Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann in conjunction with the Fleadh."