Darren Maloney will be in concert this Saturday night. Photos courtesy of KCT concerts
Blending tradition and innovation
On Saturday, Sept. 1, Katharine Cornell Theater (KCT) Concerts present the tenor banjo player Darren Maloney.
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Darren was heavily influenced during his early musical days by Irish banjo greats like Mick Moloney, Cathal Hayden, and Gerry O' Connor, but it was an interview with Béla Fleck, who some consider to be the world's premiere banjo player, that had the most influence on Darren's music and composition. Having already won numerous prizes and toured worldwide in the United States, Scandinavia, Europe, and Sri Lanka, Maloney set about recording his debut solo album. He composed over half of the pieces on "Who?" and drew on all the genres which were influencing him, from Fleck to J.S. Bach. He also took on the role of producer, arranger and engineer to get exactly what he was hearing in his mind.
Vonnie Quinn joins Darren Maloney and Shane O'Sullivan at the Katharine Cornell Theatre.
While living in his hometown of Cavan, Ireland, Darren often played with fiddler Quinn and they appeared many times on RTE [Public Broadcasting Service of Ireland] Radio One's Ceilihouse. Vonnie moved to New York City two years ago to pursue her career in journalism. She is a trained classical violinist having studied first at The Limerick School of Music and then under Greg Ellis of the Vanbrugh String Quartet. She achieved performance and teaching diplomas from The Associated Board of Music and Trinity College London and performed with The National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. Vonnie, now a producer with Bloomberg Radio, can be seen performing in New York with Smirk, a band she co-founded.
Darren Maloney Band, 8 pm, Saturday, Sept. 1, Katharine Cornell Theatre, Spring St., Vineyard Haven. $10 advance tickets; $15 at the door; children under 12 are free. For tickets and information, call 508-693-6996, or visit kctconcerts.com.
Information provided by KCT concerts. KTC is a non-profit organization with an all-volunteer staff devoted to traditional music.