I’ve spent my entire life in bars, in an entirely weird way. I’m the youngest. She explained “We went the first time I did the Fleadh. We moved to North Carolina a couple years ago. Haley Richardson stops by the WYLA studios for a quick performance and interview. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. My mom saw a poster for a Kevin Burke concert and explained he played a different genre of violin music — Irish music. Haley is already incredibly accomplished. We were touring a lot. The pair posed for photos at the event alongside Dave Fanning and his wife Ursala, and Pat Kenny, who attended alongside his wife Kathy. I’ve been having so much fun performing. For all those waiting.... New DVD - Riverdance the 25th Anniversary Show: Live in Dublin available for preorder on Amazon UK. My parents were homeschooling all three of us. They split us into groups of three and teach us a tune. Hear all about her music in March on "Celtic Waves" every Tuesday at 9 p.m. © Copyright 2021 Irish Studio LLC All rights reserved. That was the best thing to keep me interested. Meet the 16-year-old fiddle player who is taking the Gaiety by storm this summer. The rest is history. Delighted to have joined up with the amazing Haley Richardson in this video! I just love touring and performing and sharing this music with a bunch of other people, said Richardson. They’re so accepting and so welcoming, especially of young musicians. A perfect gift for both new and devoted Riverdance fans of all ages . Here, the poised wunderkind, in a South Jersey accent (she dropped the first “r” in “library”) with Irish expressions (“a good few years”), spoke from a tour stop in Portland, Maine, about how Philly’s Celtic music scene figured into her formation — and why anyone can be Irish, if they want. My middle brother Dylan and I, we got into the Irish music. Haley is a true virtuoso of the highly ornamented Sligo fiddling style; she was already playing with many of the biggest names in Irish music before she was old enough to drive, and continues to blaze a bright trail of musical energy and dynamism. Haley Richardson, performing in "Riverdance. Most of the other members are in their 20s. I've played all around the country, usually, I come in for the Fleadh, but a couple of times it's been for other stuff, like the Dooney Awards.”. All Ireland Champion, Junior fiddler of Dooney, and multiple time MidAtlantic Fleadh champion. “My brothers and I were home-schooled, and my mom invited each of us chose an instrument to learn. Riverdance's 25th anniversary tour comes to the Merriam Theater from Jan. 21-26. She was just three years old. “Hopefully I can just continue touring with Riverdance for now. While Richardson and her mother are now summer residents in Dublin, while touring with Riverdance, the young musician is no longer a stranger to Ireland by any means. Especially growing up in Philadelphia, there’s this huge Irish music scene. (Other instrumentalists play percussion, saxophone, and uilleann pipes/concertina/tin whistles.). At the age of three Haley Richardson, born in New Jersey, asked if she could learn to play the fiddle, shortly thereafter she discovered Irish music and by the age of six she had qualified for the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann, an all-Ireland music competition. Irish fiddler, Haley Richardson’s virtuosic musicianship has astounded audiences around the world. Student of Brian Conway. My brothers picked drums and guitars. They’re not treating me as if I’m 17. We traced our relative back to Sligo, which was funny, because I was taking lessons from a Sligo-style fiddle player named Brian Conway. “My parents always had music of different genres playing around the house when I was young,” she recalls via email. She would stand behind the electric piano, which played pre-programmed tunes, and believed she was performing. The first to go to New York in the 1920s and 30s and his recordings came back to Ireland and still exist today. She and her brothers were all homeschooled, in New Jersey. They were pretty full in for a while. This time around, her father only came to stay for a week with her mother chaperoning for the summer. She recorded her debut CD, Heart on a String at only twelve years old and in March 2015, produced … Here are her reflections on Riverdance, her career up to this point, and where she's going. In Montreal we played to 3,000 people — it was sold out and everything. I was transfixed, dead set on learning Irish music from then on. Yes, for six months. John Whelan & Haley Richardson Seven-time all-Ireland champion John Whelan is one of the world’s best living Irish button accordion players. As part of our education, they thought it would be a good idea if we took up an instrument. Speaking to IrishCentral, in the VIP room backstage, Richardson explained how music was always very much part of her family life. Richardson said it’s not exhausting, it’s “energizing.” She’s 17. Student of Brian Conway. Here's footage of Richardson in action, in May 2019, playing some Irish reels: What brings tourists to Ireland over and over again? I was 5. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2GrLugx, Read more: Riverdance triumphantly returns to the stage in Dublin. I started doing a lot of online college courses that I could bring with me when I’m traveling. She and her brothers were all homeschooled, in New Jersey. Riverdance returns for its 16th summer season at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre. Haley is also one of the current @riverdance fiddle players It was a pleasure as always to dance to her music! 0:55. All Ireland Champion, Junior fiddler of Dooney, and multiple time MidAtlantic Fleadh champion. I just graduated in December. All Ireland Champion, Junior fiddler of Dooney, and multiple time MidAtlantic Fleadh champion. It was super casual: Pick one, try it out, you can move onto something else if you don’t like it. Morah Ryan Riverdance performance with Don Mescal. My dad is originally from the Wilmington, N.C., area. They’d spend the time to really teach us the music. She has garnered a number of prestigious awards including both Junior and Senior Fiddler of Dooney titles and multiple All Ireland championships. Haley Richardson is a virtuosic musician, whose talents extend to tboth classical and Irish traditional music. Haley Richardson is a virtuosic musician, whose talent has astounded audiences around the world. Haley is currently touring with the Grammy award winning 25th Anniversary of the production Riverdance. Jan. 21–26 at the Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. Information: 215-893-1999, kimmelcenter.org, © 2021 The Philadelphia Inquirer, LLC Terms of Use/Privacy Policy/California Notice California residents do not sell my data request. At 17, she is filling some big shoes, playing this summer in the Riverdance band at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre. For more information, visit www.riverdance.com. Truly, as Richardson said, a phenomenon, Riverdance is running through September 15, 2019, at the Gaiety Theatre. So many of the musicians who are pure trad musicians who I've talked to about how they got involved in music and they're like "Yeah I saw Riverdance, I heard the music and that's how I got involved." I've basically come full circle.”. I started with Suzuki lessons at age 3. The adults were very eager to have a young musician to share what they knew. Haley Richardson Meet the newest addition to the FEIS App team - Riverdance star - Haley Richardson, and enjoy a slip jig that she composed called ‘The Hummingbird’. See RIVERDANCE Before It Disappears Into the Mist | UrbanMatter Haley Richardson young traditional Irish fiddler. Perhaps because it plays into a mother’s worst fears. Every Thursday, we'll send you ways to help you live better and stay connected while we’re social distancing. Haley Richardson young traditional Irish fiddler. I would always go in with my mom. It’s so weird to not have any notebooks with me. Haley Richardson warms up before our show here in the The Gaiety Theatre. He played guitar and learned to play anything with strings and a pick. I spent a lot of time when I was first getting into Irish music at the Commodore Barry Center [in West Mount Airy]. Then, my mom and I were in the library one day, picking out books. With her highly ornamented Sligo style perfected under the tutelage of fiddler Brian Conway, Haley has garnered a number of prestigious awards and honors, including multiple championships at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (All Ireland World Championship) in Ireland, […] Everyone is so enthusiastic about the show. We always had classical music playing all over the house, and that’s what I was drawn to. ! Next week, the 17-year-old fiddle player from Pittsgrove, N.J., will be at the Merriam Theater as part of the revived, 25th anniversary tour of the Irish music-and-dancing extravaganza. Pic: VIPIRELAND.COM. 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She went on to win multiple championships at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, numerous MidAtlantic Championships, and the coveted Junior (2015) and Senior (2018) Fiddler of Dooney awards. For super-fans or those seeking a more immersive experience, VIP packages are also available for €116 ($130) and include a premium seat in the Gaiety's Parterre, an exclusive VIP experience, a post-show meet & greet with the Riverdance Principal Dancers, individual photo and autograph opportunities, a pre-show experience with on-stage drills and a cast Q+A, and more. The wonderfully talented Haley Richardson, fiddle player in the Riverdance band. Haley Richardson, 17, joins a group of four at the Merriam Theater as part of the revived, 25th anniversary tour of the Irish music-and-dancing extravaganza. Riverdance triumphantly returns to the stage in Dublin. © Copyright 2021 Irish Studio LLC All rights reserved. We have one ancestor we learned about after I got into Irish music. Haley Richardson young traditional Irish fiddler. Related Videos. “This is actually my tenth of 11th time in Ireland. Reflecting on her career to date she told IrishCentral “It's funny how it all started out. Richardson’s amazing music career, apart from being quite exceptional for one so young, also has a wonderful symmetry to it. FEIS App Sign Riverdance Star Haley Richardson We couldn’t be more proud to share this news!朗 Haley Richardson is an iconic exponent of tradition Irish music. December 6, 2019. The wonderfully talented Haley Richardson, fiddle player in the Riverdance band. Outnumbered by the show’s 20-some dancers, the musicians spend most of the two-hour production onstage, playing not only rocking jigs, reels, and airs, but also flamenco and Russian fare. Read more: Riverdance triumphantly returns to the stage in Dublin Speaking to IrishCentral, in the VIP room backstage, Richardson explained how music was always very much part of her family life. She’s also won fiddling competition after fiddling competition, many in Ireland. New Jersey native Haley Richardson, a young fiddle player well-known within the Philadelphia traditional Irish music community, where her love of the genre first took root, joined the cast of Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin this summer. Riverdance Fiddler Haley Richardson Interview Riverdance Fiddler Haley Richardson Interview. Podcast: Interview with Riverdance Fiddler Haley Richardson New Jersey native Haley Richardson, a young fiddle player well-known within the Philadelphia traditional Irish music community, where her love of the genre first took root, joined the cast of Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin this summer. She would stand behind the electric piano, which played pre-programmed tunes, and believed she was performing. I picked violin. Seeing Riverdance in the place where it all began should be on everyone's Ireland bucket list. Music was destined to be a part of Irish fiddler Haley Richardson’s life. She recorded her debut CD, Heart on a String at only twelve years old and in March 2015, produced … There’s not much Irish in me, but there’s a little bit. Tickets begin at €21 ($23.50) and make the perfect itinerary item on any trip to Dublin. Bill Whelan Riverdance 25th Anniversary Album. Richardson has performed and recorded all over the world, released two albums (with one more coming this spring), played with Altan, the Chieftains, Dervish, John Whelan, and more. That’s the great thing about Irish music: Nobody really cares if you’re genetically connected to it, as long as you’re enjoying it. I don’t remember what drew me to it at first, other than I just liked the sound of it. The young musician’s father knew his family had strong links to County Sligo but had never visited now Richardson has not only reintroduced her family to their ancestral home but also plays fiddle in the Sligo style. | Book review, ‘The Rib King’: A meaty novel about ambition, race and revenge, Lisa Gardner marks a sharply written return in ‘Before She Disappeared’ | Book Review, Philly’s Acori Honzo couldn’t find figurines of Black folks, so he started sculpting them, ‘Yellow Wife’: An enslaved woman must become her own savior, These are the big books to read this winter, California residents do not sell my data request. Podcast: Interview with Riverdance Fiddler Haley Richardson – … I think the reason I’ve stuck with it, more than anything, is the community. I’ve always been homeschooled. When Riverdance made its theatrical debut, Haley Richardson was eight years away from making her world debut — as in, being born. I think I was home for maybe a month in November, which was super rare. My teacher is Brian Conway and he is very influenced by the Sligo style [of fiddle playing] and so his teacher would have been a student of Michael Coleman who is the go-to guy for fiddling. She has garnered a number of prestigious awards including both Junior and Senior Fiddler of Dooney titles and multiple All Ireland championships. The whole family came to Ireland for the first time when I was six.”. Episode 2 She has garnered a number of prestigious awards including both Junior and Senior Fiddler of Dooney and multiple All Ireland championships. Those three or four months were the longest I’d been in one place for a good few years. My oldest brother was a great drum player, but he was more into sports when he got into high school. The second Sunday of every month, Kathy DeAngelo and her husband Dennis [Gormley] and Chris Brennan-Hagy welcome this huge group of young musicians. It's a weird coincidence. John was raised in the vibrant London Irish music scene of the 1970s, and learned his craft from legends Lucy Farr, Roger Sherlock, Paddy Taylor, Mick O’Connor and his teacher Brendan Mulkaire. Five years ago, Dylan and I did an album together. She recalls all the children always being curious about music that was played in the house, specific instruments and their sounds. Featuring the combined talent of the Riverdance lead dancers, the Riverdance Irish dance troupe, the live Riverdance band (now including Richardson) the show continues entertains audiences of all ages and cultures. John moved […] Review: The Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show Makes a Weekend … For those familiar with Riverdance, "Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show" boasts some new elements as it transitions into its next twenty-five years.Always music and dance provide the pulse as it charts a journey through heart and history. For the 16th summer in a row, Riverdance has returned to the stage of Dublin's  Gaiety Theatre. Riverdance, Gen Z: This South Jersey teenager stars in a new … It's so many people's intro to this genre and the Irish culture.”. Now at the age of just 17, accompanied during her tour with Riverdance by her mother, the talented Richardson is a crowning jewel in the beloved Irish dance show. Haley Richardson, fiddler for the 25th anniversary world tour of the Grammy Award-winning production, Riverdance. According to the Irish Sun, the pair have been romantically linked since November 2019 after connecting at a Shay Healy tribute concert. Before Richardson’s success at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann her Irish American family had never visited the homeland. “It's kind of funny - me learning this specific, particular style and my descendants are also from Sligo. Reflecting on her career to date she told IrishCentral “It's funny how it all started out. She has garnered a number of prestigious awards including both Junior and Senior Fiddler of Dooney and multiple All Ireland championships. Richardson, a precocious fiddler, stars in a band of four. Filmed live on 9 February 2020 at the 3Arena Dublin, this Gala performance celebrates 25 years since the first Riverdance show in 1995. Irish fiddler, Haley Richardson’s virtuosic musicianship has astounded audiences around the world. Right after the show, Richardson told her mother, “I want to play like that”. ", ‘The Band’s Visit’ arrives at the Academy of Music with gorgeous songs and a message that hits home right now, Why is ‘The Push’ so popular? "He's probably the most legendary fiddle player ever. Seventeen-year-old Riverdance band star, New Jersey fiddle player Haley Richardson. This is one of our favorite tracks from her album, accompanied by the second tune which is an original composition of hers! But we all have mutual respect for one another, regardless of age. ​At the age of just 17, she’s also just released the fourth album she’s been involved with – When the Wind Blows High and Clear, where she’s joined by Quinn Bachand. The power of the iconic Irish dance show is not lost on her. We’re FaceTiming all the time, I don’t know what we would do without FaceTime. Haley Richardson is a virtuosic musician, whose talent has astounded audiences around the world. Now Richardson’s hope it that her run with Riverdance can last forever. Decca Gold announces the release of Bill Whelan’s album Riverdance 25th Anniversary: Music From the Show. I went to Dublin over the summer and spent the whole summer there. She said “I think Riverdance has become such a phenomenon and it was so many people's introduction to Irish music. I have two older brothers. Haley Richardson Music She soon asked for violin lessons and shortly after her mother spotted a flyer for a master Irish fiddle player, Kevin Burke, in concert. He went with wrestling. Later, when I was traveling, I found you can always find a community of Irish musicians or people passionate about Irish culture. » READ MORE: ‘The Band’s Visit’ arrives at the Academy of Music with gorgeous songs and a message that hits home right now. It’s a huge milestone for Riverdance.

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