2006-02-02 / Upcoming Events

Irish music topic of Winter Lecture Series

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Robbie O’Connell will offer a musical interpretation of “Americans’ Love Affair with Irish Music and its Impact on Ireland” at the Newport Art Museum’s Winter Lecture this Saturday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m.

O’Connell was born in Waterford, Ireland, and began to play the guitar and sing at age 13. He moved to America in the 1970s and has been performing ever since.

The Boston Globe described O’Connell as “a writer of timeless sounding, emotionally powerful and often hilarious songs.” O’Connell, who started performing with his famous uncles the Clancy Brothers, has recorded 14 albums. He has performed across the country, from Carnegie Hall to major Irish festivals and small bluegrass venues, as well as at international music festivals from Ireland to Uruguay.

Admission to each Winter Lecture is $5 for museum members, $10 for non-members, and includes both afternoon tea after the lecture and admission to the museum’s galleries.

This year’s Winter Lecture Series is supported by the Newport Collaborative and Spring Bull Studio.

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