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Time: October 5, 2013 from 8pm to 9:30pm
Location: Center for the Arts
Street: Main Street
City/Town: Mackinac Island
Website or Map: http://www.mackinacartscounci…
Phone: (906) 984-4124
Event Type: live, performance, music, irish, traditional, dance
Organized By: Mackinac Arts Council
Latest Activity: Aug 26
Two prodigal Michigan traditional artists return home to share their adventures! ‘Life After Limerick’ presents the story of Michigan natives: Jessie Nieves and Nic Gareiss, who in 2009 and 2011 respectively, attended The Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick, a conservatory-style school that is rapidly developing a reputation as one of the foremost institutions of traditional music and dance training in the world. Now, having both graduated from UL, Jessie with a MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance and Nic with a MA in Ethnochoreology, the pair have returned to Michigan eager to share their experiences with the traditional music community that first fostered and inspired them.
‘Life After Limerick,’ a 90-minute, travelogue and concert-style performance tells the story of the educational voyage of these two young musician/dancer/scholars as encountered through this remarkable institution. Through tunes, songs, and dance steps, Jessie and Nic share their experience of living in Ireland: the joys, and occasional mishaps of acclimating to a new cultural environment and ultimately, the realization of just how deep the roots connections between Ireland and North America run.
Jessie Nievies, born and raised in Saline, Michigan, has been playing the fiddle for 16 years. A graduate of the Saline Fiddlers, she has shared the stage with Natalie MacMaster, and studied with living Irish fiddle legend Siobhan Peoples. Nic Gareiss (Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominee for Traditional Singer of the Year) has danced on national Irish television and on CMT, performed with the Chieftains, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, and studied under former Riverdance lead Colin Dunne.
For further information, please check out www.nicgareiss.com.