This 2017 edition of JSMHM's annual Celtic Christmas Concert has all the ingredients for the making of an outstanding evening of traditional holiday music from Ireland, Scotland and America! Our JSMHM audience from last year were introduced to the phenomenal playing of Finn Magill, a fiddler/violinist who straddles genres. By 16, he was a two-time finalist at the All-Ireland fiddle championships. In 2011 he produced a Fulbright-MtvU funded concept album about AIDS with Afro-vibes artist from Malawi Peter Mawanga. He currently leads his own quartet of Brazilian choro, O Finno, and is a founding member of Violino no Choro.
Finn will be joined by his good friend, Dave Curley, a multi-instrumentalist, singer and dancer from Corofin, Co. Galway. David has been making big waves in the Irish music scene in Ireland, Europe and the USA in the last number of years. After graduating from the University of Limerick's groundbreaking Irish Music and Dance program with a 1st class honors, Dave became a creative member of award-winning bands SLIDE and RUNA. He also regularly performs with Grammy Award winner Moya Brennan of Clannad. More recently, Dave has been performing with 'Instrumental Band of the Decade' The Brock McGuire Band.
Finn is from Asheville, and knows Mark Weems and Julee Glaub from their summers spent at the Swannanoa Gathering. Mark and Julee, who perform as "Little Windows", are no strangers to the JSMHM stages - having been a long-time friend of MHM founder Joe Shannon. Mark is a multi-instrumentalist, playing banjo, guitar, and dulcimer. Julee, who learned traditional Irish singing during her seven-year stay in Dublin, often sings solo or accompanies the duo on the Irish drum. The two focus on the art of the pure voice with tight harmonies and often sing a cappella. They will be sure to include songs from their Christmas CD - The Snowman's Waltz.