DANA LYN & KYLE SANNA (danalynkylesanna.com). A "through the looking glass" approach to Irish music.
Brooklyn-based fiddler/violinist Dana Lyn and guitarist Kyle Sanna bring their inventive arrangements and nuanced interpretations of traditional Irish music to the Alberta Street Pub. Hailed as “ground-breaking” by noted folklorist and NEA Award-recipient Mick Moloney and “bursting with creativity” by renowned fiddler Kevin Burke, Lyn and Sanna connect the dots between their experience as composers and improvisers and their deep admiration for traditional music. This concert will celebrate the release of their second album, “The Great Arc”.
DANA LYN (fiddle)
Dana Lyn has collaborated and performed with a wide range of artists including the Grammy Award-winning vocalist Susan McKeown, Tony-Award winning playwright Stew, Irish poet Louis de Paor, D'Angelo, the Brooklyn Rider, indie artists The Walkmen, Damien Rice and Will Oldham and noted actor-directors Vincent D'Onofrio and Ethan Hawke. She was also featured on 'The Raw Bar' and 'Geanntrai', two documentaries on traditional Irish music that aired on national television in Ireland. Upcoming releases include an album of traditional music arranged for string quintet, featuring the Apple Hill String Quartet, and her quintet Mother Octopus' sophomore release.
KYLE SANNA (guitar)
Kyle Sanna has collaborated with and performed alongside many of today’s greatest virtuosos (Edgar Meyer, Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Theodosii Spassov); with some of the greatest living interpreters of Irish music (Kevin Burke, Martin Hayes), and with many veterans of New York’s downtown experimental scene. Kyle Sanna’s arrangements have been performed by Germany’s SWR Orchestra, guitar icon Kaki King, Korean pop-superstar Rain, cellist Jan Vogler (for Sony Classical), Irish fiddler Martin Hayes (NPR’s Performance Today), and Yo-Yo Ma (2010 Grammy-winning release for Sony Classical, performance on The Colbert Report). As a composer, Kyle Sanna has received commissions from Beta Collide, Brooklyn Rider, The Knights, and flutist Alex Sopp. His work has been performed at the Oregon Bach Festival, Art Basel Miami Beach, and the International Symposium on Electronic Art.
JOHNNY B CONNOLLY & CASEY NEILL
In 2003, Casey Neill and Johnny B. Connolly embarked on a cross country US tour highlighting traditional songs and dance tunes alongside original material. They have performed duet shows rarely since and look forward to once again tackling a set of songs and instrumentals from Celtic and American traditions.
CASEY NEILL - guitar, vocals (caseyneill.org)
Casey Neill is a songwriter and guitarist who tours extensively in the US, Japan, and Europe. He performs solo and with his band The Norway Rats, as well as being a member of indie rock super group The Minus 5. Neill has a long history in the traditional folk world having worked with masters from Scots/Irish music such as Kevin Burke, Johnny Cunningham, and Martin Hayes. Irish band Solas recorded Casey's song "Lowground" on their CD's "Waiting for an Echo" and "Reunion".
JOHNNY B CONNOLLY - button accordion
Johnny Connolly was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. He began playing when he was eight and by age 15 he was a regular feature around his hometown, performing with musicians sometimes twice his age. Johnny’s dexterity on the accordion earned him a place with the established Celtic ensemble, Anam, at the age of seventeen. In 1996 Johnny seized an opportunity to bring his skills to America. In 2001 he signed with Green Linnet records and released his first album entitled "Bridgetown" named after his adopted hometown, Portland. While based in Portland, Johnny tours internationally, performing at festivals, concerts, and schools. Recently Johnny has been touring as a member of internationally acclaimed Irish band Solas and will be featured on their next CD 'All These Years'.