“… one of the finest fiddlers in America and certainly the most genial among them…his feel and tone breathtaking… He pulls brilliant music from the fiddle…” — Daniel Neely/The Irish Echo
Dylan Foley, A 4-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, Dylan was a student of the great Rose Flanagan (the original fiddler in Cherish the Ladies) and counts Joanie Madden, Brian Conway, Mike McHale, and Monsignor Charlie Coen among his primary influences. He is a vibrant stylist whose playing has been called “impeccable and spirited.”
Dylan has performed at Lincoln Center, Joanie Madden’s Folk N’ Irish Cruise, Austin Celtic Festival, at Gracie Mansion for NYC Mayor Bloomberg, on Jay Unger’s Dancing On the Air show on WAMC, also Foley has been featured on Irish Television channels RTE and TG4’s fleadh programme. At age 12, Dylan made an appearance on the HBO special “The Music In Me”. With the the help of Irish Aid, In January 2013, Foley travelled with Dr. Mick Moloney (NYU Ethnomusicologist and Folklorist) to Vietnam in order to bring Irish music, song, dance and culture to those who were effected by Agent Orange and other Vietnam War atrocities. Dylan also performed with Mick Moloney, Joanie Madden, Bobby Hicks, Matt Molloy and Sharon Shannon.
He has also taught and performed at the Catskills Irish Arts Week, CCE MAD week and Elkins Irish Week. In March 2012, Foley released his debut solo album, “Hup!” featuring Brendan Dolan (piano) and Josh Dukes. Since then Foley has released 2 stellar albums with the award winning quartet 'The Yanks' (who were #1 on the bandcamp download charts). Dylan has most recently recorded a duo album with accorionist and CEO of Concert Window, Dan Gurney call 'Irish Music in the Hudson Valley' giving thanks to their mentors Fr. Charlie Coen and Mike McHale. Now, at the age of 23, Foley teaches privately, plays concerts and sessions around the greater NY area and abroad.
Eamon O’Leary – guitar, bouzouki, vocals
While growing up in Dublin, Eamon O’Leary developed an interest in Irish music through his friendship with Emer, Breda and John Mayock, a noted family of Irish traditional musicians from Co. Mayo. His first instrument was the guitar, which he started playing while in his teens. When he moved to New York City in 1991, he met guitarist John Doyle, fiddle player Patrick Ourceau and other New York based musicians, and has since become a fixture in the city’s thriving Irish music scene. He is one half of the duo The Murphy Beds alongside guitarist and singer Jefferson Hamer. Eamon is a highly respected accompanist as well as a talented singer-songwriter and interpreter of traditional Irish song.
Traditions Café and World Folk Art
300 5th Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98501
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