A couple great things this past week, was asked to perform with the great dance show “Atlantic Steps” for the month or March.
Super excited to be teaching and performing at The Minnesota and Northeast Tionol’s this year!
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A couple quotes about the Album:
“…one of the most dynamic of the young Irish trad musicians playing in America today.” -Brian O’Donovan, Host of A Celtic Sojourn, WGBH, Boston, Massachusetts
“In this impressive display of piping ability Joey Abarta demonstrates his commitment to the instrument and, more importantly, to the ways in which the pipes have been played by previous masters. In taking an engaged approach to the piping tradition, in lavishing attention on the great recorded heritage of the pipes and absorbing playing techniques, he arrives at his own unique style and proves that anyone anywhere, through his or her own efforts, can contribute to revitalising Irish musical traditions in creative and meaningful ways. I am very happy to recommend this CD as it represents the very admirable process of a musician finding meaning and modes of expression through closely engaging with those standards of expressive excellence established by our piping predecessors.” -Harry Bradley, Cork, Ireland
Joey Abarta’s debut solo recording Swimming Against the Falls (Snámh in Aghaidh Easa) is a collection of music performed solo on the uilleann pipes. It features twelve delightful tracks, comprising tunes he has collected over the years during his various travels, from his friends, and from recordings of past masters. Mick Moloney called Joey “a delight to be on stage with” and explains that “the enthusiasm and good humor in his personality is translated nicely into his musicianship which always sparkles with exuberance and flair”
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Look out for me at Terry O’Reilly’s Pub in Newton Center every Sunday evening. Come out for a lovely dinner, a well pulled pint of Guinness, and some great traditional music.