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This exclusive evening, hosted by the Irish World Academy for Music & Dance, will showcase the beauty and depth of Irish history and culture through traditional music, song and dance. Special Guests include Dr. Sandra Joyce & Dr. Niall Keegan, with special performances by University of Limerick Alumni Erin Loughran, Carrie Erving, Ashley Davis, Nicholas Yenson and many more.

This Free event is a wonderful opportunity to experience the diversity of Irish traditions and culture, along with the possibility to discovery the wide range of opportunities the University of Limerick has to offer.

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Special Guests and Performers

Dr. Niall Keegan was born in the south east of England and began playing Irish traditional flute at an early age amongst the community of first and second generation musicians in and around London. In 1990 Niall began studying under Dr Mícheál Ó Súileabháin for a Masters degree which he completed in 1992 with the submission of a thesis entitled The Words of Traditional Flute Style. He is course director of the new Traditional Irish Music performance masters at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick and also teaches on the ethnomusicology program there.

Since moving to Ireland Niall has performed extensively throughout the country and abroad in a variety of contexts and venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, Project Arts Centre in Dublin, the University of Limerick Concert Hall, The National Concert Hall in Dublin, The Waterfront Hall in Belfast and the Galway Arts Centre. In 1992 he was invited to record at the Traditional Music Archive in Dublin with the bodhran player / percussionist Mel Mercier. Niall has performed Mícheál Ó Súileabháin’s concerto for flute and chamber orchestra, Oilean on several occasions in Ireland and Britain and as part of the jazz/trad fusion group Hiberno Jazz. He is featured on both the recording of the 1994 Eigse na Laoi, Across the Water and the television series A River of Sound made by Hummingbird Productions. Niall also features on the Realworld CD The Gathering. Niall’s solo recording, Don’t Touch the Elk, was released in June 1999 on his own independent label.

Niall is currently the Associate Director of the Irish World Academy and the Director of Undergraduate Studies, responsible for the BA Irish Music and Dance, BA Voice and Dance and Certificate in Music and Dance.


Carrie Erving: is a performing singer, composer, producer and teaching artist for Irish Arts Center, Lincoln Center and 92nd Street. She has taught traditional Irish singing at IAC for the past several years. Carrie developed her love of traditional American folk songs while studying voice at Ithaca College, and traveled to Ireland to earn a Master’s degree in Irish Traditional Song from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Her eclectic background in opera, rock, and folk music influences both her work with students and her current compositions. Carrie’s love of travel and music has led her to live in Ireland, Germany, New Mexico and New York. She currently lives in Brooklyn and performs with her band Ponyhof, and has worked with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and Will Butler of Arcade Fire. Her singing has been featured on BBC Radio and NPR’s Radiolab. Carrie will be releasing an EP of her own interpretations of traditional Irish songs in 2018.    


Nicholas Yenson : Nicholas Yenson is a graduate of the BA in Irish music and dance at the Irish World Academy. While still an undergraduate in Limerick, he made his professional debut with Ragús, choreographed by Michael Ryan. Later that year he joined the Riverdance corps, touring the US and Canada. Nicholas's other Irish dance credits include A Christmas Celtic Sojourn for PBS and concert appearances with Celtic Woman on their world tour, including at Radio City Music Hall and the West End's Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Nicholas studied acting at American Conservatory Theater and has worked at theaters across the U.S., including Arena Stage, McCarter Theatre, Shakespeare Theater Company, and Signature Theatre.


Ashley Davis: Born in Lawrence, Kansas, Ashley began performing live throughout the Midwest region at the age of 14. Four years later, she began her undergraduate study at Nashville's Belmont University, taking advantage of Belmont's renowned music program and studying literature from the Irish, British and Latin traditions, while also performing solo at many of Nashville's pubs and venues, including the legendary Bluebird Café. Pursuing a graduate degree from the Irish World Academy of Music & Dance (then known as the "World Music Centre") at the University of Limerick, Ashley then earned her Master's degree under the direction of Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin. In 2006, she journeyed to the Isle of Man, where she was an Artist in Residence, capturing and recording the native Manx language, as well as the melodies and stories of the island. Another of the singer-songwriter's unique musical adventures was a stint in Las Vegas, where she was chosen as the soloist for the Vegas premiere of Michael Flatley's "Lord of the Dance." Ashley spent one year with the show. In 2010, she was named one of the most influential Irish-Americans under the age of 40.

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