August 16-19, 2018

August 16-19, 2018

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The University of Limerick - Irish Fest Partnership - Kate Heneghan and McLaughlin

Kate Heneghan Milwaukee Irish Fest

Kate Heneghan, from Castlebar, Co, Mayo is currently in her third year studying for her BA in Irish Music and Dance in The University of Limerick. Her love for music was evident from an early age in both genres of traditional Irish and classical music. She has collected numerous high-achievers awards in both piano and harp in RIAM classical exams and has several All-Ireland medals at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann and Siansa Gael Linn.

Kate has toured internationally with GaelForce Dance, Celtic Angels, Peter Corry and Celtic Nights and has performed across the globe in Europe, America and Asia playing harp, violin, piano, guitar and singing. She is increasingly in demand as a tutor, regularly giving workshops and lectures on the merits of classical and traditional music. She has performed in some of the most prestigious venues in the world including The National Concert Hall, Dublin; Tempodrom, Berlin; Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt, Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam and the Performing Arts Centre Beijing. 

Kate comes from a strong traditional family, who are all multi-instrumentalists and/or singers. They perform and tour regularly together. Kate is a member of Ireland's award-winning country music band 'Hurricane Highway' who have just released their debut CD 'Exposed' in 2017 after their viral internet success. Kate is developing a reputation as a composer and has won many scholarships for newly-composed tunes and has had many of her compositions recorded professionally. Kate co-manages a traditional Irish music summer school 'Westport Scoil Cheoil' which is becoming one of Ireland's acclaimed traditional Irish summer schools. Kate joined the cast of Mise Eire this summer in its first year in production and has enjoyed many nights of music, song and dance with the cast in Co. Galway.

It is Kate’s first time attending the Milwaukee Irish Fest and she is so looking forward to tutoring at the Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School and performing with the students!


Edel Milwaukee Irish Fest

Edel McLaughlin comes from Burnfoot in Inishowen, County Donegal, in the West coast of Ireland.  She graduated with a first class honours in her BA and BMus degrees at University College Cork and became immersed in the vibrant music scene there. She was successful at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann many times in younger age groups, winning the Senior All Ireland titles in Piano Accordion and Tin Whistle Slow Airs in 2008, as well as the Piano title in 2013.

Her music has brought her to different parts of the world including the Shetland Islands (Scotland), San Francisco, Norway, Spain and Germany. She has recorded on albums with Edel Sullivan, Karl Nesbitt, Dinny Mc Laughlin, Josie Nugent and Brian Stafford, and has toured with the acclaimed female group Líadan. Edel enjoys composing her own tunes in her spare time and was winner of the UCC tune composition competition in 2005. Her tunes have been recorded commercially by Líadan and Karl Nesbitt. She enjoyed a short time working at the Irish Traditional Music Archive in Dublin in 2006. She is teaching Music in the Rosses Community School in Dungloe for the past nine years. Edel is currently completing her MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance at the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick. She is looking forward to taking part in the Milwaukee Irish fest this Summer.  


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