Members of the DC area’s premier youth traditional Irish ensemble, the Bog Band, did exceptionally well at the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Fleadh Cheoil in Parsippany, New Jersey. First and second place finishers at the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh, one of only two qualifying events in North America, earn the right to compete in the prestigious Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann, the “All-Ireland” music championships to be held in Drogheda, Ireland in August.
Twelve members of the Bog Band, ages ten to eighteen, qualified to compete in fiddle, flute, concertina, bodhran, duet, trio, ceili band, and dance competitions at the All-Ireland. The full list of Bog Band Fleadh medalists is below.
A Fleadh Cheoil is an Irish Sean-nós (Old-Style) music competition run by Comhaltas Ceoltíorí Éireann (CCE), the Dublin-based international non-profit organization charged with preserving and propagating traditional Irish musical arts.
All Bog Band members have benefited from participation in the CCE Potomac's Musical Arts and Dance (MAD) Week, held annually in July in Bethesda, MD. This year's faculty include Brian Conway, Mitch Fanning, Laura Byrne, Alex Boatright, and Eileen Estes, who teach the Bogs as well as many more world-renowned Irish music masters. Classes are available for all ages and abilities. Learn more and register for MAD Week here.
Fiddle: first Alice Bradley, second Arjun Ramachandran
Fiddle Slow Airs: first Alice Bradley, second Arjun Ramachandran, third Keira Noonan
Concertina: second Molly Grace Moss
Duets: 1st Keira Noonan and Arjun Ramachandran
Twelve to Fifteen
Fiddle: second Maddy Moss
Concert Flute Slow Airs: first Elora Paul-Martin
Trio: second Alice Bradley/Elora Paul-Martin/Alaya Zsebenyi
Rince ar an Sean Nós (dance): second Eibhleann Barbro Lynch
Fifteen to Eighteen
Fiddle Slow Airs: first Andrew Caden, second Jessica Zito, third Emily McFadden
Duets: second Andrew Caden and Kian McGeever of NY
Bodhran: second Darrow Sherman
Ceili Band: first St Aeden’s Ceili band from Pearl River, NY, Andrew Caden member
Fiddle: second Peri Leighty
Fiddle Slow Airs: third Peri Leighty
Competed with distinction: Claire O’Halloran, Zoe Zsebenyi