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Robbie O’Connell, was born in Waterford, Ireland and grew up in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary, where his parents had a small hotel. He began to play guitar and sing at age thirteen and soon became a regular performer at the hotel’s weekly folk concerts. In 1977, he joined the Clancy Brothers with whom he recorded 3 albums, and two years later he moved to Franklin, Massachusetts.
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Opening the evening will be Ceól Milis, an exciting group of Traditional Irish musicians who are members of the Martin Mulvihill Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Pearl River, New York. This group, consisting of high school musicians, won second place in the Ceili Band competition at the Irish Music World Competition known as the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann that was held in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland in 2009.