Musical Instrument Museum's "Experience Ireland" Brings Irish Traditions to Phoenix in March
If your blood runs even a wee bit green, then the Musical Instrument Museum's "Experience Ireland" celebration is a must-see happening. The weekend event (March 16 and 17 -- of course) features a plethora of events, performances and activities celebrating St. Patrick's Day and that tiny Emerald Isle in the North Atlantic.
- Acclaimed "Fighting Irishmen" Exhibit Comes to ICC's McClelland Library
- Gallery Celtica Transforming into Roosevelt Gallery and Bier House
- Want to Go to Ennis, Ireland? Audition for UK-Based Reality TV Show, Twin Towns.
There will be plenty to see, do, and learn on this weekend, including live music, storytelling, dance, museum exhibits, and more. Tramor, featuring multi-instrumentalist John Good, with mandolin virtuoso Billy Parker, harpist John Piggott, and storyteller Liz Warren performs on Sunday. This quartet invokes subtle twists in its creation of traditional Celtic and Welsh music.
The clacking sounds and rhythmic movements of the Maguire Academy of Irish Dance can be seen and heard both afternoons. This local dance company will demonstrate Irish céilí and step dancing and teach willing souls how to dance a jig.
There also will be children and adult activities all day, including building and decorating a bodhran frame drum used in traditional Irish music. Children can also make special St. Patrick's Day badges. Museum curatorial assistant Clint Spell will offer an exhibit talk examining the connections between Irish and Irish American musical culture, including many of the instruments now found on in both countries such as flutes and whistles, concertinas, harps, bodhrans, and more.