BRIAN o'hAIRT, SEPT 16, 2018

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BRIAN o'hAIRT, SEPT 16, 2018

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Workshops to be held at Shannon’s House:

8th and Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington DC

  • $35 per workshop

  • $90 for 3 workshops

  • $135 for all 5 workshops plus lunch

  • $150 for all 5 workshops plus lunch plus the house concert on 9/20

11am-12:15pm Singing Workshop

12:15-1:30 Irish Language Workshop

1:30pm- 2:30 pm LUNCH BREAK (provided for all day students)

2:30-3:45 Concertina Workshop

4pm -5:15 pm Sean-nos Dance Workshop

5:30pm -6:30 pm History of Sean-nos Dance Talk

House concert & Session
7:30 pm 
Shenanigans Arts Space, 316 F Street NE, Washington DC 20002


About Brian:

Brian Ó hAirt learned old-style Irish step dancing in his teens and not long after was exposed to the sean-nós dancing tradition of Conamara in western Co. Galway by dancers Róisín Ní Mhainín and Seosamh Ó Neachtain.  This exposure inspired him to continue his burgeoning dedication to the Irish language (Gaeilge), and the sean-nós dancing and singing styles from that region.  While living there in 2003, he was a prize winner at Cruinniú na mBád's sean-nós dancing competition held outside of Winkle’s pub in Kinvara, Co. Galway. It was there he was introduced to Pádraic Ó hOibicín’s unique style of sean-nós dancing—one very much focused on both subtle humor and understated footwork and phrasing.  He has since worked with and been inspired by Pádraic's dancing, while further developing his own dance style which is informed not only by the steps of Róisín and Seosamh but also his peers and his own music making on button accordion and concertina.   

Brian tours and dances professionally with his award-winning ensemble Bua and with singing legend Len Graham.  He uses his nearly twenty years of experience in sean-nós dancing to lead workshops at many prestigious events across North America including the Old Songs Festival, M.A.D. Week, the Swannanoa Gathering, Philadelphia Céilí Group Festival, Goderich Celtic Roots Festival & College, Jackson Celtic Festival, Grand Canyon Celtic Arts Week, Winnipeg Irish Festival, Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, Saint Louis Tionól and more!  He continues to collaborate with musicians, singers, and dancers to bring sean-nós dancing to new platforms while also researching and presenting on various topics relating to this tradition.

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