The Irish Ceilidhe Club of Rhode Island
The Trad Stops Here.
Over the years, we have been thrilled to offer intimate evenings with some of the best names in traditional music. Our Pub and Hall have been the setting for performances by Kevin Burke, Frankie Gavin, Niamh Parsons, Brian Conway and Felix Dolan, Sean Tyrrell, Andy Irvine, John Carty, Joey Abarta, The Murphy Beds, Grainne Hambly and Billy Jackson, and many others. Our smaller spaces can often be 'just the thing' for the first concert in a tour, or the show that fits in beautifully between larger cities. Concerts are added throughout the season as space in the schedule permits, so be sure to "like" our Facebook page for the latest event details.
In addition to our concert evenings, Pub Nights bring out our favorite local talent on many a Friday. Get the current round of info- sign up for our e mail list, or check out the latest newsletter here. We promise a warm welcome and a fabulous time!
Upcoming Concerts! Doors open 7 pm, music begins 7:30 pm.
Discounted tickets for Ceilidhe Club members. Tickets usually are available at the door only,
and seating is limited.
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Join us Friday, September 23 for a truly brilliant evening as Kathleen Conneely, John Coyne and Sean Clohessy bring great traditional music back into the Hall for a concert. The Pub will open at 6 pm and the doors open at 7. Music begins 7:30 pm.
Kathleen Conneely - Whistle
Born in Bedford, England, to Irish parents from Galway and Longford, Kathleen Conneely began playing Irish music at age twelve, along with her siblings, Bernadette, Michael & Pauline. She studied with Brendan Mulkere (Co. Clare), a well-regarded teacher in London. Her father Michael is a fiddle, accordion, and tin whistle player from Errislannan, Co. Galway, and their home was always filled with music from records and live sessions with visiting musicians.
Kathleen has lived in London, Dublin, Chicago, Rhode Island & Boston, and she has taught for Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann in Dublin and Boston, at the Boston College Irish Studies program, Gaelic Roots, Catskills Irish Arts Week, Swannanoa Gathering, and at various traditional music festivals throughout the U.S.
In 2012, she released her first solo CD, ‘The Coming of Spring’, and has just released a new CD, ‘All Jokes Aside’, (2022) with fellow musicians and friends: Sean Clohessy and John Coyne.
Kathleen is a former Rhode Island resident, during which she was longtime member of the Club.
Seán Clohessy - fiddle
Seán Clohessy comes from Co Limerick and was raised in a musical family that includes his brother Cathal and sisters, Catherine and Maureen. He has been playing fiddle since his early teens, with much of his early influences coming from musicians in his native Limerick and the neighboring Co. Clare.
He spent time living and playing music in London where his music was heavily influenced by the Clare fiddle player, Brendan Mulkere. For the past several years he’s been based in Boston where he has been a key contributor in both performance and teaching. His collaboration with Sean McComiskey and Kieran Jordan in their CD entitled 'Cover the Buckle: A Collection of Irish Set Dances for Listening and Dancing' was widely acclaimed, and he has recently released an album of music, 'All Jokes Aside', with his long-time musical collaborators and friends – Kathleen Conneely and John Coyne.
John Coyne - bouzouki, song
Originally from Limerick, Ireland, John Coyne is a Boston-based bouzouki player and singer. His natural setting is playing sessions at the Druid with many of the local musicians, especially whistle player Kathleen Conneely and fiddle player Sean Clohessy. John’s family also plays Irish music with his wife Lisa on flute and concertina, daughter Josie on fiddle, and son Rory on accordion and melodeon.
John has toured across the US with fiddle and guitar player Randal Bays. He plays with Rory and Sean Clohessy as the Treaty Trio. John has performed at many festivals including Celticfest, North Texas Irish Festival, and others, often performing with friends Larre Reeves and Joey Abarta. In addition to the recording, ‘All Jokes Aside’ with Kathleen Conneely and Sean Clohessy, John has a duet recording ‘Coyne and Reeves’, performed on ‘Live at the Druid’ recording, and produced the live recording ‘From Tulla to Boston: Live at the Burren’.
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