Young band from Ireland to give concert in Alpena

In anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day, comes FullSet, a vibrant young band straight from Ireland that perform March 7 at 7 p.m. in the Alpena High School Auditorium. The concert is presented by CMU Public Radio’s Our Front Porch.

Following a three-concert swing through Michigan, FullSet will do a month and a half American tour in California. It celebrates a brand new CD, “Notes After Dark,” as well as a new marriage. FullSet fiddler Michael Harrison and accordion player Janine Redmond Harrison were wed on Dec. 27, 2013.

FullSet is full of energy and innovation, while remaining true to traditional roots. The sextet features the rich vocals of Teresa Horgan and a quintet of gifted instrumentalists. Since forming in 2007 the band has received much critical acclaim.

“The blazing energy they possess is matched with confident instrumental skill and imaginative outcome,” said John O’Regan in Irish Music Magazine.

“Notes After Dark,” their second CD, has already been named Album of the Year by Celtic Connections Radio (USA), and nominated for Best New Irish CD by the Irish Music Awards in Ireland. It’s a collection of traditional and well-chosen tunes, including songs by Dick Gaughan and Bill Staines, and an original set by fiddler Michael Harrison.

Following the buzz generated by their debut album, “Notes At Liberty,” in October 2011 FullSet was awarded the Breakthrough Annual Music Bursary Award. In 2012 they were named Best New Group by the Irish-American News as well as Best Newcomer in the Live Ireland Awards.

Many of the band members grew up in musical households. Fiddler Michael Harrison from Tipperary, winner of three All-Ireland championships, is grandson to famous fiddler Aggie Whyte. Vocalist Teresa Horgan comes from a very musical family in County Cork.

A highly accomplished flute player as well, she’s been immersed in traditional Irish music all her life. Martino Vacca grew up with music, but in Italy. He is the band’s uilleann piper, and received his graduate degree in traditional music in Ireland as well as an All-Ireland piping award.

Dubliner Janine Redmond Harrison has also won numerous All-Ireland awards on the accordion. She is a music graduate from St Patrick’s College, and has performed around the world. Guitarist Andrew Meaney is primarily self-taught. An extremely talented young player, he has become well known on the session circuit around Ireland.

Hailing from the village of Newport in Co. Tipperary, Eamonn Moloney is one of Ireland’s finest young flute and bodhr’n (Irish hand drum) players; a graduate of the University of Limerick’s Irish music program, Eamonn has toured widely in many shows.

FullSet has performed on some of Ireland’s most prestigious television programs including The Late Late Show and TG4’s popular Irish music series “Geantra.” The band also has played festivals and venues across America and Europe including Copenhagen Irish Festival, Festival Interceltique de Lorient (France), and the Michigan, Dayton, North Texas and Minneapolis Irish festivals.

Beside Alpena, FullSet will perform March 6 at Central Michigan University and March 8 at Harbor Springs High School.

Ticket prices for the concert are $15 for adults and $5 for children and students. For ticket information, call 1-888-268-0111.