As part of this year’s Culture Night on Friday 20th September – The Church of the Resurrection in Blarney is playing host to
The Atlantic Exchange
Featuring American piper and flautist Isaac Alderson & Anna Mitchell
The Church of Resurrection, Blarney
For more details contact – Conor O Sullivan
The event is entitled ‘The Atlantic Exchange’ due to the fact we have an American musician playing predominantly Irish music and an Irish musician playing music with a distinctly American sound.
Isaac Alderson was born and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. His first musical memories are of his father who played blues and jazz on a number of instruments. At age 12 Isaac first heard Irish traditional music and in particular the uillean pipes, the sound of which completely enthralled him. He immersed himself in the instrument and the music. Under the guidance of Fermanagh musician Laurence Nugent as well as pipers, Al Purcell, Paddy Cannady and Kieran O’ Hare, Isaac developed his skill on pipes, flute and whistle.
At age 18, Isaac moved to New York where he became an integral part of the city’s thriving Irish music scene and in 2002 he claimed three All-Ireland Senior titles on all of his main instruments. After completing college, Isaac soon became a full time musician. Over the years he has toured with Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, Celtic Crossroads as well as countless other musicians and bands. Most recently, Isaac can be seen playing with his new band “The Yanks” who are currently promoting their debut album “The Four Faced Liar” which was released earlier this year to great acclaim.
For this special Culture Night performance Alderson will be accompanied by accomplished, local musician Conor O’Sullivan.
Conor started playing music at age 14 and after just a few years could be found playing guitar and banjo at sessions throughout Cork city. At age 17, he performed a number of times with the great Cork band North Cregg in the absence of their banjo player, Paul Meehan. During the next few years Conor enjoyed a number of small tours to Germany, America and the UK after which he rediscovered his love for guitar and for playing songs. In 2010, Conor was a founding member of Deluce’s Patent, a 4 piece singing band, who after recording their debut album went on to play in Scotland, Russia and extensively at home in Ireland.
Conor has most recently been working with the band Fuinnimh and is the guitarist for Celtic Crossroads.
With a voice that evokes images of a bygone era of American Roots music, Anna speaks directly to the listener with a memorable and honest lyrical approach.
This has quickly established Anna in her hometown of Cork City, where she has already guested with fellow performers Mick Flannery, John Blek & the Rats, Two Time Polka & more.
Having recently recruited a band of rag-tag musicians, Anna is currently in the studio producing her debut recordings
“Anna Mitchell has an authentic expression of a way of life now past or about to disappear, that has seen her as a shining light in a 21st century Folk revival”
Ronan Leonard Evening Echo