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Billy McComiskey Concert Online for St. Patrick’s Day!

Billy McComiskey performs traditional Irish music from Maryland as part of the American Folklife Center's Homegrown Concert Series, June 28, 2016. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Billy McComiskey performs traditional Irish music from Maryland as part of the American Folklife Center’s Homegrown Concert Series, June 28, 2016. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Last Summer I profiled Billy McComiskey, Irish-American button accordion player, National Heritage Fellow, and leader in the east coast Irish traditional music scene.  I promised to update our readers when the concert went online.  I cheated a little bit, since the concert has been up for a while…but I wanted to give Billy’s fans a St. Patrick’s Day treat.  So, for all of us at the American Folklife Center, happy St. Patrick’s Day. In the player below, please enjoy the Billy McComiskey Family Band.  (You can also view the concert on YouTube at this link.)

Watch the Billy McComiskey Family Band Concert in the Player Below!

 

 

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