Celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year, The Green Fields of America was the first group on either side of the Atlantic to bring together Irish vocal, instrumental and dance traditions on the concert and festival stage. The group continues to feature some of the most celebrated names in Irish American music and dance in including National Heritage Award Recipients Mick Moloney on Banjo, Vocals and Octave Mandolin, and Billy McComiskey on Button Accordion. The group also includes: legendary singer/songwriter Robbie O’Connell, Riverdance and Sharon Shannon Band alum Athena Tergis on 5-string fiddle, World Irish Step Dance Champion Niall O’Leary, acclaimed concertina player and singer Brenda Castles, Pianist and flute player Brendan Dolan and the riveting vocals and fiddle of Liz Hanley.
An evening with The Green Fields of America is an unforgettable experience. They perform a brilliant repertoire of Reels, Jigs, Barndances, Slow airs, and Hornpipes and Set Dances accompanied by exciting, virtuoso Irish dancing from World Champion step dancers, as well as a variety of traditional and contemporary songs in Gaelic and English. These include love songs, humorous songs, patriotic songs, songs of emigration and settlement, Irish American songs from variety theater and vaudeville and the myriad other themes that have made the Irish oral literature and song tradition among the richest in the Western world. All this is linked by the urbane, informative witty commentary which the group is renowned for. They have the rare capacity to appeal to folk and Irish music devotees and to general audiences of any age.