Orla McCague: Irish Fiddle Player for 'A Springtime of Irish Music and Song'
Butte's concert is cancelled tonight (Friday, February 10) due to weather and hazardous driving conditions. We will reschedule for a date in April.
Orla McCague is a fiddle and piano player from County Monaghan, Ireland. Growing up in a community surrounded by traditional Irish music, Orla started playing fiddle at the age of 8 and has participated in many feiseanna and fleadhanna, in both solo and group competitions. Orla has won county medals and several regional instrumental awards, as well as receiving 2nd place in the All-Ireland piano accompaniment competition.
Orla studied music and Irish in Maynooth University, focusing on traditional fiddle as her first study, while also completing her Senior Certificate on piano. Having a background in both classical and traditional styles has greatly added to Orla’s abilities as a music co-ordinator and high-school department leader back in Ireland.
Orla is a well-travelled musician, having played at festivals in Poland, Sweden, Scotland and England before coming to the U.S. She enjoys teaching, playing at sessions, learning new tunes and singing on occasion!
Orla is delighted to be part of the traditional Irish music scene in Montana. She has become involved in music events way beyond her Fulbright commitments. Orla would especially like to thank John for the use of his fiddle, as her musical opportunities here in Montana would be minimal without it.
Please join us on Thursday, February 8th in Missoula, or Friday, February 9th in Butte. Concerts at the University of Montana Recital Hall in Missoula and the Montana Tech Library Auditorium in Butte.
Purchase tickets online here, or you can purchase tickets at:
Missoula: Rockin Rudy's
Butte: The Granite Mountain Bank & Cavanaugh's County Celtic
Music will open doors that a key could never open.