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    Joey Abarta, Paddy League and Jackie O'Riley with Nathan Gourley

    Presented by at Loring-Greenough House

    May 17, 2013


    Joey Abarta, Paddy League and Jackie O'Riley with Nathan Gourley

    notloB Parlour Concerts is proud to present for our 99th concert, Joey Abarta, Paddy League and Jackie O'Riley, with special guest Nathan Gourley! Traditional Irish music on the uilleann pipes, supported by Greek bouzuki and old style step.

    Friday, May 17
    Doors 7:30, Concert 8:00
    Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street, JP 02130
    Suggested donation $15-20+ plus $1 preservation fee
    Several of our recent Celtic concerts have sold out, make a reservation now to insure a seat -

    Joey Abarta has spent the last ten years of his life touring North America, Europe, and Asia, teaching and performing music on the uilleann pipes. A Los Angeles native, he first received instruction on the pipes from Dubliner Pat D’Arcy, a founding member of the Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club. His musical skills have been further honed by several visits to Ireland, a year-long stint working in Japan, and continuing relationships with master pipers. In August of 2009, Joey’s accomplished playing won him an All-Ireland championship, placing second worldwide at the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann. Currently based in Boston, Joey divides his attention between performance, teaching, and recording. In addition to performing solo, he tours with Mick Moloney and the group The Green Fields of America; while at home, he organizes the meetings of the Boston Pipers Club, teaches for Comhaltas’ Boston Music School, and organizes various traditional music concerts and events. His debut solo album is due out this June.

    Paddy League's intuitive accompaniment style — on bodhran, guitar, and bouzouki — provides irresistible rhythm and a distinctive traditional sound. With a life-long passion for both Irish and Greek traditional music, Paddy is a multi-instrumentalist who is also influenced by many of the world’s vernacular and art music traditions, from the Mediterranean to Brazil. He exhibits vitality and a natural touch on every instrument, and an exceptional ability to respond to often hidden nuances in a tune. His renderings of traditional songs, along with many of his own instrumental compositions, highlight his multi-faceted musicianship and bring great variety to his music. Paddy has performed extensively throughout North America, Brazil, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, and Europe, and been featured on over one hundred recordings.

    Jackie O'Riley began Irish set dancing as a teenager in the Boston area. She has gone on to study traditional step dancing and sean-nós dancing with Kieran Jordan and with a variety of teachers in workshop settings in the US and Ireland. She studied abroad at University College, Cork where she spent much time set dancing and learning traditional steps. This past summer she attended the Blás summer school at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. She has performed in "A Christmas Celtic Sojourn," “A Saint Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn,” “Celebrate!” at the JFK Library and Museum, and has choreographed and performed in the Boston Celtic Music Festival. She has been teaching non-competitive step dancing and Irish social dancing for the past two years.

    Fiddler Nathan Gourley hails from Madison, Wisconsin, where he grew up in a musical family that often traveled to folk and fiddle festivals across the country. Now based in the Twin Cities, Nathan puts his passion for Irish music into practice as a member of The Máirtín de Cógáin Project, The Doon Ceili Band, and O’Rourke’s Feast. He can also be found at the MSP airport en route to many yearly excursions to Ireland, New York, Chicago and other hotbeds of traditional Irish music.


    notloB Folk Concerts has produced not-for-profit concerts in the greater Boston area since 2007. The series is volunteer-run; 100% of the donations go to the musicians and production expenses. Sometimes there are shortfalls, so extra donations are gladly accepted. If you cannot afford the suggested amount, consider making arrangements in advance to volunteer. And please, no credit cards or checks, cash is appreciated.

    No still, video or sound recording is permitted without permission of the artist and the house.

    "In this era of pop-driven acoustic music, notloB is keeping the folk tradition alive." ~ Jack Hardy

    Upcoming: 6/2 - 6th anniversary open house -

    Loring-Greenough House

    12 South Street (Jamaica Plain)
    Boston, MA 02130

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    Admission Info:

    Suggested donation $15-20+ plus $1 preservation fee

    General Day and Time Info:

    doors 7:30

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