Colcannon Christmas

December 10, 2016 • 7:30 p.m.
Durham Hall, Aley Hall, Casper College

Mick Bolger is becoming recognized as one of the leading interpreters of traditional Irish song. He sings in both English and his native Irish (Gaelic), with emotional directness and surprising depth. He plays the bodhran (the Irish goatskin drum) and his stories and humor keep audiences intrigued. Mick originally moved to the U.S. to pursue a degree in sculpture. You can find book reviews and recipes on Mick's blog.

Mike Fitzmaurice plays both guitar and acoustic bass. He earned a degree in painting before exploring music, running the gamut from bluegrass to blues to ballet orchestra. Mike's bass playing is unique, with the instrument often stepping up as an equal voice in the melodic texture - the "bass fiddle", as it were. He has composed several full-scale works for Colcannon and symphony, including "The Red Kite" and "Lusanna".

A fiddler of power and finesse, Jean Bolger began playing violin age six. She brings great control to her fiery playing and a firm delicacy to her subtle, nuanced accompaniments. Jean is a prolific composer, at one point writing a new tune every day for a year. She has also composed for orchestra and chorale.

Brian Mullins joined Colcannon as a guitarist and mandolin player in 1994. His inventive rhythmic accompaniments are a defining aspect of the group's sound. He has added mandocello, cittern, erhu (Chinese spike fiddle) and flute. A prolific composer, he has performed and recorded with innumerable projects. He also tours with a residency program, bringing world music to school children.

Cynthia Jaffe has been performing with the band since 2010. A multi-instrumentalist with classical roots, she hails from New York and lived in New England, Denmark, Amsterdam, and India, before settling in Colorado. She studied classical Indian music (flute and kanjira) at Wesleyan University's World Music Program and with master teachers in India. It was the Irish flute that captured her heart.

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