Thursday, August 12, 2010

Those Manning Boys & Friends, Saturday, August 14th, Farnsworth Park, 7:00 PM

Those Manning Boys and Friends 2009 Concert in the Park

Those Manning Boys, Mike and Sean Manning make their sixth straight concert appearance this year. The two Altadena natives have been playing their traditional Irish music for eight years and have assembled quite a supporting cast of Irish traditional musicians and performers. This year returning for also the sixth straight year is the Aniar Academy of Irish dance. Formed in 1995 and run by Christine Byrne the school performs in shows and dance competions(Feis's) throughout the United States. Making his fifth appearance with the Boys is Liam Lewis, fiddle and mandolin player extraordinaire. Liam is writing and playing music, and will be attending the prestigious Berklee College of music in Boston this fall. Also joining the Boys again, another great discovery , Tim Drake, Altadena's very own Uillean piper and whistle player. Tim has been playing these "Irish Bagpipes" for many years, and also plays Irish whistle and flute. Together with newcomer Session guitarist, Jimmy Murphy, Liam and Tim delight crowds with their lively jigs and reels. Rounding out the talent is second year performer on Celtic harp, Barbara Schilling. Barbara has been playing harp for 12 plus years now and her haunting melodies and uplifiting style have delighted audiences at groups and parties of all types. More importantly, Barbara is part of the music therapy department at City of Hope in Duarte. The Boys have decided on a variety show format in order to highlight not only the diversity of traditional Irish music, but also the pure talent of the show's performers. See you there.

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