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Green Fields of America
The Green Fields of America is a famous touring group. They were formed in 1978 by musician and folklorist Mick Moloney. Since that time, the personnel has changed but the concept has remained constant over twenty years; to show in one major group some of Irish America’s finest musicians and dancers. Indeed, the group was the first on either side of the Atlantic to bring together Irish vocal, instrumental and dance traditions on the concert and festival stage. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts a record five times, the group has toured the United States constantly since the late 1970s.
An evening with The Green Fields of America is an unforgettable experience. They perform a brilliant repertoire of slow airs, jigs, reels, and hornpipes. This is accompanied by exciting, virtuoso Irish dancing from Champion step dancers. There will be a variety of traditional and contemporary songs. These include love songs, humorous songs, patriotic songs, songs of emigration and settlement and Irish-American songs from Variety Theatre and vaudeville.
There is also a myriad of other themes that have made the Irish oral literature and song tradition among the richest in the Western world. All this is linked by the urbane, informative and witty commentary which the group is renowned for. They have the rare capacity to appeal to folk and Irish music devotees and to general audiences of any age.
Sponsored by Anne Ueltchi