The Kerry Boys will perform Irish ballads and
Celtic style originals at Ireland’s Great
Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University, 3011 Whitney Ave., at 5:30 p.m.
on Thursday, March 27.
Pierce Campbell, of Prospect, the
Connecticut state troubadour for 2007-2008, leads this popular Irish group,
which has been performing together for nearly 25 years, dazzling fans of all
ages from Maine to New York.
Joining Campbell on banjo is Paul Neri, of
Clinton, who has performed with bluegrass jazz and rock ensembles throughout
his 45-year career. With his groundbreaking trio Spacegrass, he has opened for
The New Grass Revival, performed on stage with Tony Trischka and played banjo
with Orchestra New England on “Rhapsody in Blue” conducted by Mitch
With four CDs to their credit, The Kerry
Boys have played throughout the Northeast at Irish festivals, libraries, town
concerts, arts organizations, schools, Irish pubs, clubs and fairs.
For tickets, which are $15 each, please
visit www.ighm.org or call
Great Hunger Museum is home to the
world's largest collection of visual art, artifacts and printed materials
relating to the Irish Famine. The museum preserves, builds and presents
its art collection in order to stimulate reflection, inspire imagination and
advance awareness of Ireland's Great Hunger and its long aftermath on both
sides of the Atlantic.
The collection focuses on the famine years from 1845-52,
when blight destroyed virtually all of Ireland's potato crops for consecutive
years. The crop destruction, coupled with British governmental indifference to
the plight of the Irish, who at the time were part of the United Kingdom,
resulted in the deaths of more than 1 million Irish men, women and children and
the emigration of more than 2 million to nations around the world. This tragedy
occurred even though there was more than adequate food in the country to feed
its starving populace. Exports of food and livestock from Ireland actually
increased during the years of the Great Hunger.
Works by noted
contemporary Irish artists are featured at the museum including internationally
known sculptors John Behan, Rowan Gillespie and Eamonn O'Doherty; as well as
contemporary visual artists, Robert Ballagh, Alanna O'Kelly Brian Maguire and
Hughie O'Donoghue. Featured paintings include several important 19th and 20th‐century works by artists such as James Brenan, Daniel
MacDonald, James Arthur O'Connor and Jack B. Yeats.
The museum is open
Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays and
Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays 1-5 p.m.
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