Legendary front man Derek Warfield brings in a group of talented young musicians to keep your hands clapping, toes tapping, and voices singing with fresh, high-energy arrangements of traditional tunes and rebel songs.
Fans of Irish music are in for an incredible evening of songs and stories as the Irish Cultural Center of the Mohawk Valley kicks off Irish-American Heritage Month on March 2, when Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones come in for a 7:30 PM show.
In the world of Irish music, there is perhaps no name that resonates like that of Derek Warfield. Historian, singer, songwriter, and author, Derek is best known as a founding member and front man of one of the most storied bands in the history of Irish music, the Wolfe Tones. An outstanding singer, stage personality, composer of songs and historian of the song tradition, Derek Warfield enjoyed phenomenal success for nearly 40 years with the Wolfe Tones, with best-selling albums, number one hits, television appearances and shows in Carnegie Hall in New York and the Royal Albert Hall in London. Through his songs, music and lectures, Derek Warfield has been forceful in reminding the Irish at home and abroad of their debt to patriots of past generations and his recordings are a must for any serious student of Irish or Irish American history.
Now the man often described as “Ireland’s greatest ballad singer” is bringing a new and exciting sound, having added some of the finest young Irish musicians in the world – Damaris Woods, Tenor Banjo, Kick drum; Andreas Durkin, Vocals, Keyboard; Cormac McGuinness, Vocals, Bass; and Eddie Kane, Vocals, Guitar – to form the Young Wolfe Tones, continuing the tradition of spreading Irish music throughout the world.
As a frequent performer at the Great American Irish Festival, Warfield has played a major role in making the construction of the ICCMV a reality, and he is anxious to see the results of his efforts. “We’ve heard about your center from many, many people and artists but haven’t seen it yet,” says Derek. “We look forward very much to performing in your great Center and we are beyond excited.”
This concert will take place in the ICCMV’s Event Center. Tickets for the show are available in advance for $30 via EventBrite (http://bit.ly/3IOmpwJ). The Irish Cultural Center is located at 623 Columbia St. in Utica, NY.