Monday, July 27, 2009

Lowell Folk Festival - Niamh Ni Charra

Noami Arenberg, Brian O'Donovan, and Brad Paul all of WGBH, 89.7 FM introduced the groups as part of the live broadcast on Saturday.

The Lowell Folk Festival is one of the largest free festivals in the USA. So close to Franklin, only 45 minutes away, it is a good thing to do every year.

The festival operates from several concert and "dance stages". For the concert stage, the area is set up for sitting with some aisle space to dance in. For the dance stages, there is a full dance floor in front of the band to get into the music.

This year was typical in the diversity being showcased on the Boarding House Park Stage. The first group played traditional Irish music. Niamh Ni Charra, lead a group of fine musicians and a step dancer with some good hand-clapping foot stomping music.

The guitarist is intent.

The bodhran player is keeping with the music.

Niamh shows her wonderful smile in this moment with the concertina.

The set closes with the step dancer adding some percussion to the performance and ends up airborne a few times. I got lucky to catch one of those moments here.