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Irish Blessing Family Band

Written by Cary Burkett, Arts & Culture Desk and WITF Host | Mar 6, 2014 11:50 AM




Traditional Irish bands are generally very busy in March, what with all of the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The York-based band Irish Blessing is no exception.

A family band, Irish Blessing is made up of Cushla Srour, who plays keyboards, her husband Jim, who plays the Irish drum, the bodhran, oldest son Jonathan who plays flute and dances, and younger son Joshua who plays fiddle and also dances. Both boys have the distinction of having qualified in the World Championships of both Irish music and dance. They are also joined by Genevieve Gillespie, who plays fiddle, dances and sings.

Some of their upcoming events include appearing at the McClain Celtic Concert at St. Patrick’s Community Center in Carlisle on Saturday, March 8. The following evening they will be opening for the Irish band Goitse at the Susquehanna Folk Music Concert at the Abbey Bar in Harrisburg. On Friday, March 14 they will in Millersburg at the Ned Smith Center for an evening of chili and tunes, and the following day appearing in the York St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

You can find a full list of their appearances at their website. Of special note is that on May 9 and 10 they will be appearing in concert with the Susquehanna Chorale.

Below you can hear our interview with Cushla and her sons, Jonathan and Joshua.

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