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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Congratulations to Irish Fiddler Seamus Connolly, Recipient of the NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award in Washington DC

 Seamus Connolly segment occurs at 1:28 - 1:44 on the video

Congratulations to Irish fiddle master Seamus Connolly, who was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in a special ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington DC on Wednesday, September 25, 2013.   Seamus was one of nine artists from around the United States to receive this year's award, which represents the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.

On Friday, September 27, Connolly joined the eight other folk art masters for a live concert at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University, where they performed individually.

Born and raised in County Clare, Seamus moved to the United States in 1976 and helped revitalize the New England region's traditional Irish music scene.  For the past two decades he was worked at Boston College, where he heads up the Gaelic Roots program.  In addition to his accomplishments as a performer and teacher, Connolly is also a noted composer and researcher.

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