A JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY IRISH & IRISH AMERICAN AFFAIRS
Winter 2020 / VOL. 20 ISSUE 1
The Irish Cultural and Heritage Center
Winter 2020 Music News
By: Martin Hintz
bodhrán and Shane on button accordion, along with guitarist and lead vocalist Aodán Coyne - initially played together during sessions in Ennis pubs. Their first album titled Socks in the Frying Pan was released in 2012. They made their touring debut in 2014 followed by the release of Return of the Giant Sock Monsters from Outer Space in 2015 and Without a Paddle in 2016. They released a live album, Raw & Ril, in 2019. Aodán also released a solo album, If Only We Knew, in late 2019.
Each of the band members was attracted to music early on. Fiachra was playing fiddle by age 3 and then added piano, mandolin, whistle, guitar, button accordion and banjo. Fiddle remains his first passion and he has won many competitions including the prestigious Ceol an Gheimhridh. He also earned a music teaching degree from Limerick’s Mary Immaculate College. Shane was experimenting with sounds on the piano as soon as he could walk, taking whistle lessons at age 6 and playing the accordion two years later. He was awarded Best Accordion Player- 2015 by the Irish Music Association.
Along with studying teaching, he earned a master’s degree in Irish traditional music from the University of Limerick. Aodán grew up in a musically rich family and began playing guitar as a teenager. Folk World said he is “capable … of joining the ranks of the great Irish vocalists.” He earned a B.A. in Applied Music at the Dundalk Institute of Technology, studied arts administration in Cork and biochemistry in Limerick.
Concert tickets are $20 in advance, $25 on concert day, $10 for students with ID and free for ages 12 and under. For more information and to order tickets online, go to or call the box office (414) 219-0010.
“They wrap traditional tunes in modern garments and spice them up with driving grooves.” -
Kick off an early St. Patrick’s Day with the sizzling Irish trio Socks in the Frying Pan at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center, 2133 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee on Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The award-winning band with the distinctive name hails from Ennis, Co. Clare, the universal hub of Irish traditional music. The trio blends tight three-part vocal harmonies, virtuoso musical ability and a witty stage presence to capture audiences around the world. They are Milwaukee Irish Fest favorites, performing most recently in August, 2019.
The Hayes brother - Fiachra on fiddle, banjo and
Known for her exquisite vocals, award winning singer Aoife Scott will perform at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center, 2133 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee on Saturday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Born into the legendary Irish music Black Family, Scott has enjoyed success as an established artist in her own right with a meteoric rise to the top of the traditional and folk music scene. Fragile and ethereal one minute and strong and vibrant the next, her beautiful voice explores the emotional depths of her lyrics. In concert, Scott is accompanied by some of Ireland’s best-known traditional musicians.
Scott was awarded Best Folk Act by The Irish Post Music Awards in 2018. Her single, “All Along the Wild Atlantic Way”, was named Song of the Year at the Irish Folk Music Awards in 2017. Her second album,“HomeBird” recorded in Nashville and Dublin, was released in January. Scott has performed at Milwaukee Irish Fest, most recently in 2019.
Concert tickets are $20 in advance, $25 on concert day, $10 for students with ID and free for ages 12 and under. For more information and to order tickets online, go to www.ichc.net or call the box office (414) 219-0010.
“This Irish singer stands out for her beautiful crystal clear warm coals. Stylistically she successfully bridges Irish trad, contemporary singer songwriter and pop.” - Folk World