Join us September 15 at Eastman's famed Kilbourn Hall as we return to the Rochester Fringe Festival! We will be updating our 2017-18 performance calendar soon.
Since its inception, Róisín Dubh has existed both to instruct students in Irish traditional music and to share that music with our community. With an average of 20 performances each school year, the students of Róisín Dubh are seasoned performers. Concerts can be a short as a few tunes or as long as three hours, with diverse playlists of fast dance tunes, slow airs, beautiful love songs, and boisterous sing-alongs. A few notable performances include the Eastman School of Music’s Kilbourn Hall, the Irish Cultural Center of New England, Corning’s 171 Cedar Arts Center, the Rochester Fringe Festival, a featured performance at the opening of the NYS State Music Education Conference, and the National Music Student Leadership Conference in Salt Lake City. The members of Róisín Dubh were honored to be heard worldwide in 2012 on NPR and Armed Forces Radio, when they were featured on the famed Thistle & Shamrock radio program.
The bulk of our repertoire comes from the Irish music tradition, with a few additions from Scotland, Appalachia, and other sources.
Our musicians learn technique, style, and repertoire by ear, through modeling. Music is rarely notated until it has already been learned.
Once a tune is learned, the student performers begin to create and improvise chords, rhythmic backups, and harmonies to create their own arrangements.
Róisín Dubh is available to perform at public and private events. We typically present 15-20 performances a year, and students have performed more than 300 times since the program's inception in 2001. We normally have 30 to 60 tunes in our repertoire, and our performances can last from just a few tunes up to three hours without repeated music. If you are interested in hiring Róisín Dubh or need more information on our performances, please contact director Mark Gowman.