WUMB April Program Guide

A Feast of Winter Music on Celtic Twilight!

On Dec 3 we celebrate English folksinger/songwriter Kate Rusby, who turns 43 on Dec 4th. She is one of the best-known contemporary British singers, and has been described as a superstar of England’s acoustic scene. On Dec 10 we honor legendary piper Willie Clancy, born on Dec 24 in 1918 in Miltown, Malbay, County Clare. He recorded some influential 78 rpm records in the ’20s and ’30s, and remains a great source of pipe tunes for many musicians. The Willie Clancy Summer School of trad music was established in his honor in 1973. On Dec 17  we will remember Maggie Boyle, London-born Irish singer and flute and whistle player. Maggie was born on Dec 24, 1956. She started her career in John Renbourn’s Ship of Fools band and later performed as a solo artist as well as with Steve Tilston. She passed away Nov 6, 2014. On Dec 24 we will feature “Music for the Season: A Celtic Christmas.” The timeless carols, wassails, and tunes that for centuries have endured to celebrate the Christmas holiday. And finally on Dec 31 we showcase one of the finest box players in the US, Billy McComiskey, who was born in Brooklyn, NY on Dec 21, 1951. In his early days he was a student of Sean McGlynn, a master of the East Galway style of Irish trad. In the mid ’70s Billy was a part of the new Irish trad scene in Baltimore and DC with his band The New Tradition. In 2016 he received the NEA award, the National Heritage Fellowship for his contributions to Irish trad music.

~ Gail

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