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MIM: Nathan Gourley & Laura Fedderson, with Marty McHugh & Friends
June 12, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The 13th annual Minnesota Irish Music Weekend Saturday night concert features astounding Boston-based Irish fiddle duo, Nathan Gourley and Laura Fedderson with guitar and bouzouki player Brian Miller, plus a do-not-miss opening set by Martin McHugh and musical friends Laura MacKenzie, Dáithí Sproule and Mary Vanorny. This concert will be presented live, and broadcast virtually, from the Celtic Junction Arts Center Outdoor Stage.
This concert will stream for free from the Center for Irish Music website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel. A limited number of in-person tickets are available, and can be purchased from the Center for Irish Music here.
Martin McHugh & Friends (opening set)
Martin McHugh, master accordion player and well-loved keeper of Irish tunes,is recognized for his role in sustaining and fostering Irish music around St. Paul, Minnesota during the 1960s and 1970s and remains a strong and influential presence today. Originally from Castlerea, Co. Roscommon in Ireland, Martin has inspired and encouraged a great number of the musicians who make the Twin Cities such a lively Irish music scene. His music, musicianship and good humour have enlivened many a session, fueled many a player, stirred many a dancer’s foot, and gladdened many a heart.
Martin will be joined by musical friends Laura MacKenzie, Dáithí Sproule and Mary Vanorny for an opening set for this landmark live concert!
Nathan Gourley and Laura Fedderson with Brian Miller
“Life is All Checkered”, Nathan and Laura’s debut duo album (with Brian Miller) was on Trad Music’s list of top 5 albums in 2014. “Beautifully layered and rendered, it has a deep earthy sound that is both gritty and welcoming at the same time.” We are thrilled to welcome them to Minnesota to headline the 13th Annual Minnesota Irish Music Weekend Saturday night concert.
A stylish Irish-style fiddler, Nathan Gourley won Boston’s Fiddler of Dooney competition in 2013 and was a finalist in the 2014 Sean Ó Riada fiddle competition. With strong local connections, Gourley is a former member of Chulrua, the Doon Ceili Band, the Two Tap Trio, and the Máirtín de Cógáin Project. Nathan performs at countless concerts, ceilis, sessions and festivals in Boston and throughout the United States and Ireland.