Described as “a killer ceili band,” Pride of New York is making a rare appearance at the Susquehanna Folk Festival. The group features four of the best Irish-American instrumentalists around: Joanie Madden, Brian Conway, Billy McComiskey, and Felix Dolan. They reach back to the old country for their tunes, bringing them alive with real zest and spirit!
JOANIE MADDEN (flute, whistle)
Daughter of button accordionist Joe Madden, Joanie was the first U.S.-born competitor to win the All-Ireland senior tin whistle title (1984) and is also an All-Ireland champion on flute. She has recorded a dozen albums with Cherish the Ladies, a group she co-founded in 1985 and still leads.
BRENDAN DOLAN (keyboards)
Son of pianist Felix Dolan, Brendan is one of the most respected and inventive keyboardists in Irish music today. He appears on Brian Conway’s Consider the Source and Billy McComiskey’s Outside the Box, as well as Live at Mona’s with Patrick Ourceau and Eamon O’Leary and the Irish American music projects of Mick Moloney.
BILLY McCOMISKEY (accordion)
The 1986 All-Ireland senior button accordion champion and National Heritage Fellowship Recipient has recorded three albums with The Irish Tradition (a trio featuring Brendan Mulvihill and Andy O’Brien) and two with Trian (a trio featuring Liz Carroll and Dáithí Sproule), as well as two solo CDs for Green Linnet / Compass.
BRIAN CONWAY (fiddle)
The 1986 All-Ireland senior fiddle champion, Brian has several recordings to his credit. They include two solo releases, First Through the Gate in 2002 and Consider the Source in 2008, and two trio albums, The Apple in Winter (with Tony DeMarco and Caesar Pacifici) in 1981 and A Tribute to Andy McGann (with Joe Burke and Felix Dolan) in 2000.