Craobh Rua at the Folk Project, Sunday April 3


In conjunction with Reel Music Unlimited, Folk Project presents the Northern Irish band Craobh Rua (pronounced Crave Roo-Ah) on April 3, at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship. 

A few years ago I was Special Concerts director at the Folk Project, in Morristown– I presented Liz Caroll and John Doyle, the Tannahill Weavers, Screaming Orphans, Mick Moloney and friends (including Athena Tergis, Robbie O’Connell, John Doyle), and Cherish the Ladies.  I’m happy to see that the group is continuing to present great Irish music!   Get tickets in advance online,  at the door, or at Ginty’s Irish Gifts.  After their concert in Morristown, they have a second appearance at The Kennedy Center! on April 5.  For further information, go to or call 973-887-1962.

Craobh Rua translates from Irish to Red Branch, and is a name well known in Celtic history from The Red Branch Knights of Ulster. Based in Belfast, this traditional Irish quartet is Brian Connolly (banjo, mandolin), Jim Rainey (guitar, vocals), Conor Caldwell (fiddle) and Aaron Hagan (uillean pipes, tin whistle).  Their latest album  is entitled IF IDA BEEN HERE,  IDA BEEN THERE. Craobh Rua has performed at the Millennium Stage Live Internet Broadcast concert series from The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. and the Smithsonian Concert Series, broadcast over Voice of America. The Band’s April tour is part of Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland’s year-long season of Irish arts in America in 2011. 

Deb Roeder Shaw of Reel Music, Unlimited, says:

They make me laugh & cry & want to dance!  I’ve had the opportunity to host other trad Irish bands in the past few years, but these lads move me the most to make this effort.  They’ve blessedly continued to bring their sweet music to our shores, and I’ve wanted to present them for decades!  I know what I need most of all at this crazy moment in our time is a pure, true example of the best of what this world has to offer.

The Folk Project is a non-profit 501C Corporation whose mission is to present high caliber folk music performances, dances and instructional workshops for the public and members; to encourage development of musicianship, performance, and dance skills in the Northern New Jersey area; and to provide interesting social and learning activities relating to traditional and participatory folk music and dance.

Reel Music Unlimited is another Morris County non-profit, educational organization that has been devoted to bringing world-class music to our area since 1984.

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