Blue Ridge Irish Music School

Dedicated to creating community through Irish traditional music and dance.

BRIMS Presents Nuala Kennedy & Gerry O’Connor - Friday, November 16th

When: November 16th @ 7:00 p.m.
Where: C’ville Coffee, 1301 Harris St., Charlottesville
Tickets: $18/Advance, $20/At the door (Buy Tickets Online)

Irish fiddle legend Gerry O’ Connor and singer and flute player Nuala Kennedy are both from Dundalk, Co. Louth and have played music together for many years. They are founding members of the band Oirialla, performing music from the ancient kingdom of Oriel in the North East of Ireland. This is a rare duo appearance in the states by two top players at the peak of their musical powers, simply unmissable! 

Gerry O’Connor was taught by his mother, Rose who was a descendant of three generations of fiddle players. With a focus on his local music of Oriel, he is known world-wide as a soloist and as a founder band member of Lá Lugh, Skylark and Oirialla.

His playing is noted for its vibrancy and pulsating rhythm which he attributes to his early years of step-dancing and to the influence of John Joe Gardiner with whom he played in the inaugural Comhaltas Seisiún series in the early 1970s. He has recorded 14 albums with his first solo album Journeyman hailed as a landmark album of Irish fiddle music. Gerry has performed with all of the leading performers of the Irish music world, including members of the Chieftains, Boys of the Lough, Planxty, De Dannan and Bothy Band. He published a book of Cathal McConnell's songs and is currently launching a tunebook featuring the dance music of Oriel. Gerry is also highly regarded as a violin-maker and music producer, and is in constant demand as a music tutor.

“Gerry O’Connor is a musician’s musician. He is virtuosic, but never showboats: brilliant on playing tunes of all kinds and equally outstanding on accompanying songs. A great colleague and a lovely man to boot. The full package.” Mick Moloney

“If some enterprising soul could bottle the spirit of Gerry O’Connor and market it as a panacea, then universal good health would inevitably ensue” Songlines

Nuala Kennedy is a musical adventurer who is known world wide as a singular performer of Irish and Scottish traditional music. She plays flute and sings in 'The Alt' alongside John Doyle and Eamon O' Leary and in Oirialla with Gerry O'Connor, Martin Quinn and Gilles Le Bigot.

Nuala has graced the cover of Irish Music Magazine, Sing Out! and regularly appears on the mainstage at international festivals around the world such as Rudolstadt (GER) Celtic Connections (UK) Milwaukee (USA) Telemark (NOR) Eurofonik (FRA) National Folk Festival (AU) and Celtic Colours (CAN).

She has performed, toured and recorded with American indie songwriter Will Oldham (an album that received 5 stars from MOJO magazine) as well as cutting-edge Canadian composer Oliver Schroer (nominated for two Canadian Folk Awards 2012). Nuala has a unique voice within traditional music:

“Cheeky, dynamic and full of ideas." Scotland on Sunday

“a flute player and composer of remarkable finesse, fearless of the unknown” The Irish Times

The Blue Ridge Irish Music School in Concert - Saturday, November 10th


The Blue Ridge Irish Music School (BRIMS) presents a concert of Irish music, song and dance performed by the BRIMS Traditional and Bridge Ensembles and friends.  Lively jigs and reels, beautiful songs in English and Irish and *great* Irish dancing will make this a great evening for the whole family!

WHEN: Saturday, November 10th @ 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: C’ville Coffee, 1301 Harris St., Charlottesville
TICKETS: $10/Adults (Buy Tickets) — $5/Ages 16-21 (Buy Tickets)
Free/Under age 16

Brims Fall Ceili - Sunday, October 28


Come join us for an afternoon of fun and dance at the BRIMS Fall Ceili. A ceili (KAY-lee) is a participatory Irish dance party for all ages and skill levels.  All dances are taught and called to live music, no experience needed.

Sunday, October 28th from 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Front Porch, 221 Water St. E, downtown Charlottesville
(2 hours free parking in Water St. garage with validation)

$10 for Adults and Free for Under age 16


BRIMS Receives Bama Works Grant

BRIMS wants to thank the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF) for selecting our organization as a recipient of a Bama Works grant.  We are very grateful to be among one of the 100 Central Virginia organizations chosen this year.

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