Séamus Connolly by Michael G. Stewart
Congratulations to Irish fiddle master Séamus Connolly, who was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC on Wednesday, September 25, 2013. Séamus was one of nine artists from around the United States to receive this year's award, which represents the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.
The following night, Connolly joined the eight other recipients for a live concert at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University, where they performed individually.
Last May, Connolly was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his distinguished contributions to the United States.
Born and raised in County Clare, Séamus moved to the United States in 1976 and helped revitalize the New England region's traditional Irish music scene. For the past two decades he was worked at Boston College, where he heads up the Gaelic Roots program. In addition to his accomplishments as a performer and teacher, Connolly is also a noted composer and researcher.
by Michael P. Quinlin