Show MO(re) Folk: Irish Musicians Eimear Arkins and Eileen Gannon
In the coming days, we at MO Folk Arts will use this blog to shine a bit more light on the state’s folk and traditional artists who make a living at their craft. We plan to feature artists who have lost gigs as venue doors close, events are postponed indefinitely, and shops are shuttered.
With these posts, at a minimum, we hope our readers find their way to the artists’ websites/social media, to listen and look at some amazing folk and traditional arts. Perhaps, even, readers will be moved to make a purchase, recommend an artist to others for future opportunities, or share a positive review.
Thanks for turning your attention to Show MO(re) Folk.
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Who could imagine a St. Patrick’s Day in St. Louis without parades and music in the taverns? In these moments of “social distancing,” we worry about artists who have lost paying gigs–then delight to see their spirit and creativity in the face of uncertainty.
Big smiles this evening, as we spied a delightful Instagram story.
Eileen Gannon (harp) and Eimear Arkins (fiddle) play Irish tunes in Tower Grove Park on March 17, 2020.
By the way, Eileen is collaborating on a new CD of ancient Irish tunes; keep an eye open for that. Both artists have CDs available to sample via their websites and bandcamp.
Bonus video: Eimear taught a 2018 Traditional Arts Apprenticeship with apprentice Rowan Elliott. They performed with Rowan’s sister at the Museum of Art & Archaeology that same year. Visit our YouTube channel for an excerpt from their concert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXUoS-C_woY
Here’s to the lasses who can smile when everything goes dead wrong. (a traditional Irish blessing)