Irish Arts Celebration

City of Gaithersburg Presents

Irish Arts Celebration

Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers, Kristin Ferragut, Monica Harwood, The Bog Band

Fri · March 15, 2019

7:30 pm

$12.00

Just in time for St. Patrick' Day, enjoy a performance of Irish music, dance,  poetry and art. The magical land of leprechauns and fairies comes to life through dramatic interpretation by storyteller, Kristin Ferragut. Monica Harwood performs contemporary arrangements of beloved Irish classics. Enjoy traditional music by the young musicians of The Bog Band. After the show, enjoy an Irish beer and an instructional Ceili (set dancing) class with the Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers and accompanied by live music. Ages 6+.

The Bog Band
The Bog Band
The Bog Band is a group of young musicians with a passion for traditional Irish music and dance. The group began some fifteen years ago at the Washington Waldorf School, where director Mitch Fanning taught violin. Most of the members are middle and high school students living in the Greater Washington D.C. area.

Over the years and even now, fiddles remain the focus, but the band has also featured a variety of other traditional Irish instruments including guitar, bouzouki, bodhran drum), flute, Uilleann pipes, tin whistle, banjo, button accordion and piano. Many members have competed and placed at a variety of local and regional traditional Irish music competitions. Some have competed in the “all-Ireland”Fleadh Cheoil nahÉireann.

The Bog Band has performed and earned great reviews at events and festivals throughout the Baltimore/Washington area including the Embassy of Ireland, Potomac Celtic Festival, The Folklore Society of Greater Washington, Smithsonian's Discovery Theatre, The DC Mayor's Awards Gala, Montgomery County Arts Council events, ShamRock Fest, Takoma Park Folk Festival, The Glen Echo Irish Festival, EuroNight, Kid’s Euro Fest, MetroPerforms!, The Washington Folk Festival, and at Glucksman Ireland House at NYU and many other private parties throughout the area. The Bog Band has also helped raise etns of thousands of dollars by concertizing for charities and public interest groups, most notably for Child Justice, a child-advocacy organization and The Father McKenna Center, a homeless shelter in DC.

The Bog Band has produced three CD'S: "Got Bog?", a studio album, "On Their Own Turf", a live session recording that captures the excitement and enthusiasm these musicians bring to their performances, and "Our Voyage with Brendan" which is a celebration of their work with legendary Irish fiddler Brendan Mulvihill. The Bog Band's latest project "Bog Band, The Next Generation" was released on March 12, 2018 at our concert in Rockville with the Institute of Musical Traditions.
Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers
The Ring of Kerry Irish Dancers (RKIDs) is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that focuses on promoting and preserving the cultural tradition of Irish dancing, music, literature, and art. We are located in the Washington DC and Maryland area. We mainly learn and perform Irish social, or folk, dances. These differ from Irish step dances in that they do not require high energy jumping nor wearing special shoes. More information about our organization is here.

There are two types of Irish social dances, set and ceili (pronounced kay-lee) ? with both accompanied by music. -The figure/ceili dances are almost entirely done using skip threes (or other step dance-style steps, e.g., the rising step in the Haymakers' Jig) and sevens with hands held high, while set dances use a variety of different types of steps. Patterned formations created by couples or individuals follow movements which characterize a particular type of dance. Originating in Ireland as a means of socializing at parties and ceilis, they often resemble square or contra dancing.

RKIDs' classes are held on Tuesday evenings at a public school in Gaithersburg, MD. Each class is divided into two sequential sections, one beginning after the other ends. When you enroll in a semester, you choose the appropriate section that fits your level of expertise. There are two semesters offered yearly: from September to mid-December and from January to mid-May.
Kristin Ferragut
Kristin Ferragut
Kristin Kowalski Ferragut has been a featured reader at DiVerse Gaithersburg Poetry and Words Out Loud and is a regular contributor to open mics. She participates in local poetry and prose writing workshops, in addition to reading, biking, hiking and teaching. Her work has appeared in Beltway Quarterly.
Monica Harwood
Monica Harwood
A native of Washington, Coloratura Soprano Monica Harwood graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Catholic University of America’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music. With an affinity for contemporary art music, she recently debuted the dramatic monodrama, Black Water, for D.C. audiences. Operatic highlights include the role of Zerbinetta in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos, Monica in Menotti's The Medium and Papagena in The Magic Flute.

Monica has repeatedly been selected as a prizewinner for the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Vocal Competition. Monica attended Salzburg College in Austria with the University of Miami Summer Music Festival, where she immersed herself in German language and song literature.

​Monica currently maintains a private piano and voice studio and works as the accompanist and music director for Poolesville Presbyterian Church.
The Bog Band
The Bog Band
The Bog Band is a group of young musicians with a passion for traditional Irish music and dance. The group began some fifteen years ago at the Washington Waldorf School, where director Mitch Fanning taught violin. Most of the members are middle and high school students living in the Greater Washington D.C. area.

Over the years and even now, fiddles remain the focus, but the band has also featured a variety of other traditional Irish instruments including guitar, bouzouki, bodhran drum), flute, Uilleann pipes, tin whistle, banjo, button accordion and piano. Many members have competed and placed at a variety of local and regional traditional Irish music competitions. Some have competed in the “all-Ireland”Fleadh Cheoil nahÉireann.

The Bog Band has performed and earned great reviews at events and festivals throughout the Baltimore/Washington area including the Embassy of Ireland, Potomac Celtic Festival, The Folklore Society of Greater Washington, Smithsonian's Discovery Theatre, The DC Mayor's Awards Gala, Montgomery County Arts Council events, ShamRock Fest, Takoma Park Folk Festival, The Glen Echo Irish Festival, EuroNight, Kid’s Euro Fest, MetroPerforms!, The Washington Folk Festival, and at Glucksman Ireland House at NYU and many other private parties throughout the area. The Bog Band has also helped raise etns of thousands of dollars by concertizing for charities and public interest groups, most notably for Child Justice, a child-advocacy organization and The Father McKenna Center, a homeless shelter in DC.

The Bog Band has produced three CD'S: "Got Bog?", a studio album, "On Their Own Turf", a live session recording that captures the excitement and enthusiasm these musicians bring to their performances, and "Our Voyage with Brendan" which is a celebration of their work with legendary Irish fiddler Brendan Mulvihill. The Bog Band's latest project "Bog Band, The Next Generation" was released on March 12, 2018 at our concert in Rockville with the Institute of Musical Traditions.
Venue Information:
Kentlands Mansion
320 Kent Square Road
Gaithersburg, MD, 20878