A Night of Irish Music at The Pit Stop
Three world class musicians come together to celebrate.
Who: Dylan Foley, Sean Earnest, and Dan Gurney - trio of fiddle, guitar and accordion
Where: The Pit Stop Workshop
When: Sunday, January 27th - Doors open at 7:00 pm
This evening The Pit Stop Workshop will host three-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, Dylan Foley, acoustic guitarist and bouzouki player, Sean Earnest and highly recognized accordion player, Dan Gurney.
Dylan Foley, 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.”
Foley has played on Jay Unger’s Dancing On the Air show on WAMC four times. Dylan has also performed with the John Whelan Band, Joanie Madden, Brian Conway, Mike McHale, Monsignor Charlie Coen, and Dan Gurney. These days, Dylan is very busy, attending SUNY New Paltz and performing and playing ceili’s and sessions in the NY area.
"One the finest Irish fiddlers of his generation." - Brian Conway
Sean Earnest has a sensitive yet eclectic accompaniment style that has taken him far from his native central Pennsylvania. He is among the most in-demand Celtic traditional music accompanists today and can be heard on stages up and down both coasts of the United States and all points in between.
Earnest spends most of his time in New York and the greater Northeast, where he can be heard playing and recording with some of the top talents of the genre. Having cut his musical teeth in the vibrant session scenes of Baltimore and New York, Earnest honed his guitar and bouzouki craft whilst studying abroad at the University of Limerick’s Irish World Academy of Music & Dance.
Friendships forged across the length and breadth of Ireland have lead to Earnest's highly successful 2009 tour with Irish supergroup Téada. For the last three years he has worked with the legendary McPeake family of Belfast in bringing their signature sound to American audiences.
Dan Gurney, born in upstate New York to artist parents, first picked up an accordion by chance in a toy store. He learned Irish music from Galway-born concertina player Father Charlie Coen. Over the years he has also been heavily influenced by Billy McComiskey, Jimmy Noonan, John Whelan, Joe Derrane, and John Nolan, among many others.
After graduating from Harvard University in 2009, he lived in Galway for a year playing with the likes of Dolores Keane, Johnny Ringo McDonagh, Mick Conneely, Ronan O'Flaherty, and Brian Mc Grath. He has appeared on Public Radio International, at the International Accordion Festival, and has won nine medals at various Fleadh Cheoil music competitions.
The Pit Stop Workshop, 114 Dukes County Ave., Oak Bluffs, (508)693-4219
Editor's Note: This article was adapted from a press release.