The Tree House Concert Series is pleased to present an evening of high energy Irish traditional music with Randal Bays, fiddle, Felim Egan, button accordian and Kyle Alden, guitar and vocals. Doors 6:45pm, music at 8:00 pm. $15 donation requested at the door. Irish session to follow, so feel free to bring your instrument. And you can bring some food or drink to share if you want.
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Randal Bays is a self-taught US-born musician who’s been playing Irish fiddle for more than thirty years; he’s now widely known as a master of that complex, ancient art, with a special love for the traditional styles of Counties Clare and Galway. He’s “among the best Irish style fiddlers of his generation”, according to Fiddler Magazine. Randal has toured and recorded with many of the great Irish musicians of the day, including James Keane and Daithi Sproule (in the band Fingal), James Kelly, Martin Hayes, Michéal O’Domhnaill and many more. He also has a string of great independent recordings to his credit, including his recent release with his family band, “A Rake of Tunes.” Reviewer Bill Margeson on LiveIreland.com said: “This is Irish music the way it was born, what Irish music is all about… a wonderfully gifted family sitting together playing wonderful music… this is Irish music at its highest and deepest level.”
Randal is also famed as a fingerstyle guitarist. He recorded two seminal albums with Irish fiddler Martin Hayes in the early 90s (“Martin Hayes” and “Under the Moon”) and later contributed two tracks to the “Masters of the Irish Guitar” CD on Shanachie Records. In 2012 Randal finally released his first album of solo guitar work, “Oyster Light”.
Randal has performed all over the US, Europe and Canada, and is in great demand as a teacher of Irish fiddle. He co-founded and served for ten years as Artistic Director of the Friday Harbor Irish Music Week, and is now Artistic Director of the Cascadia Irish Music Week, bringing together students and teachers of traditional Irish music every summer in the Pacific Northwest. Randal lives in Olympia, Washington.
Award-winning singer/songwriter and folk musician Kyle Alden has appeared on stages throughout California, Colorado, the Pacific Northwest and Ireland. His third CD–Songs From Yeats’ Bee-Loud Glade–a collection of thirteen original folk songs inspired by poems of W. B. Yeats —received world-wide radio airplay and was on three “Best of 2011” lists among folk music DJs. As the 2012 grand prize winner of the Y-Tunes Song Contest for his settings of W.B. Yeats’ poetry, Kyle was honored to perform at the Hawks Well Theater in Sligo, Ireland in the summer of 2013. In March of 2015 he joined Mick Moloney and Athena Tergis in performing a selection of the Yeats songs at Symphony Space on Broadway in New York.
Recognized for his Irish traditional guitar accompaniment, Kyle has supported many top players in concert, including Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin Tommy Peoples, Paddy Keenan, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Liz Carroll, Athena Tergis, Andrew McNamara, Tony De Marco and Ann Kirrane, among others.