Friday, 25 May 2012

'Iron-clad Irish trad' in Colebrook, NH

Maeve Gilchrist, Anna Colliton, Cara Frankowicz and Nicole Rabata have been called North America's most powerful new traditional Irish music group. The Forge is ironclad Irish trad all the way, with its members hailing from both sides of the Atlantic. They are the next concert coming to the region through the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts. The Forge will be appearing at the Colebrook Country Club on Monday, May 28, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $12, or can be purchased in advance at Fiddleheads, 110 Main St., in Colebrook.

Gilchrist, who plays harp and sings, grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland. At 17, she was awarded a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she started to put down roots in the American roots music scene. Some of her performance highlights include the Celtic Connections Music Festival, the ICONS festival and the World Harp Festival.

Frankowicz is a nationally renowned fiddle player who is currently based in Boston. Originally from Pennsylvania, Frankowicz moved to Ireland when she was in her early 20s, cutting her teeth on the cream of the Galway music scene. She has performed all over the world and has played with such artists as the Chieftains and the Three Irish Tenors.

Irish flutist Rabata has toured America and Europe, including appearances at International Flute Festivals in Stockholm and Lund, Sweden, Temple Bar Trad Fest in Dublin, the Hebridean Celtic Festival in Scotland, the National Flute Conventions in New York City and San Diego, among others.

Colliton is one of America's leading exponents of the bodhrán, the traditional Irish frame drum. A Chicago native, she has numerous recording credits, recently including Cherish the Ladies' “A Star in the East” and Grainne Murphy's “Short Stories.”

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