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Release: Feb. 5, 2003

Irish Musicians Will Give Public Performance For World Music Class Feb. 18

Timmy Britton and Pat Egan will present a free public performance and discussion of traditional Irish music at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 in Room 1027 of the Voxman Music Building on the University of Iowa campus.

Their performance is presented in conjunction with the UI School of Music World Music course, taught by T.M. Scruggs.

Britton has performed and recorded traditional Irish music for 25 years and appeared on more than two dozen recordings. An extremely versatile musician, he is well known as a accomplished performer of the uillean pipes, wooden flute and tin whistle. His extensive experience with Irish musical traditions is augmented by the many influences he grew up with in the heart of the Philadelphia folk revival.

A native of Tipperary, Ireland, Egan has developed over the last 20 years his own powerfully emotive style of guitar accompaniment and vocal delivery. In performances around the globe he has become known for his clear voice and soulful songs. He particularly likes to present little known songs, both old and new, that fit into a more contemporary musical context.

Both are members of the trio Chulrua, and have performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

Scruggs is an ethnomusicologist who specializes in the music of Latin America and the Caribbean. His work focuses on the use of music in constructing social identity. In 1995 he founded the UI Steel Pan ensemble, the first world music performance group at the UI.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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