Chicagoan John Williams plays accordion, flute and concertina and is internationally regarded as one of the foremost players of Irish music today. With five All-Ireland titles to his credit, Williams is the only American-born competitor ever to win first place in the Senior Concertina category. Forming the groundbreaking Solas in 1995, Williams received wider recognition playing to sold-out audiences internationally and earning two Grammy nominations.
Dennis Cahill started studying guitar at nine years of age. He studied at the highly regarded Chicago Music College, under Howard Levy, Manuel Lopez Ramos, Steve Klein and Robert Becker. Throughout the 80s and 90s, Cahill developed into one of the most respected and innovative guitar players in the world of traditional Irish music. Not just content with accompanying tunes, he has developed a unique approach to playing traditional and neo-traditional Irish music, incorporating the ornaments and subtleties used by the various instruments utilized within the Irish music genre. In the early 90s, Cahill teamed up with traditional fiddle player Martin Hayes. He has performed and recorded with many acclaimed Irish traditional music practitioners, including Kevin Burke, Liz Carroll, Eileen Ivers, Arty McGlynn and has appeared in concert halls and festivals throughout the USA, Europe, China, and Australia. He is a member of The Gloaming.
Williams and Cahill are joined by Steve Morrow on bodhrán.
The trio performs on Saturday, July 13 from 1:30pm-2:30pm on the Fifth Province Stage.