5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Irish Band Two Tap Trio
Thursday, August 27 5 – 6:30 pm
(Date & Time subject to change)
Rain or Shine – limited number of seating inside.
@ The Snowflake Ice Rink
Free Live Music!
Two-time Live Ireland Awards “Best Vocalist of the Year” (and fantastic flute player) Norah Rendell, fiddler Mary Vanorny and guitarist Brian Miller are the Two Tap Trio. Formed in 2007 and based in the Twin Cities, the Two Tap Trio mixes driving fiddle and flute duets with Norah’s singing, underpinned by intricate guitar and bouzouki backing. The trio performs at festivals and concert halls throughout the Midwest including the Milwaukee Irish Fest, Thunder Bay’s Canadian Celtic Celebration, North East South Dakota Celtic Faire and Irish Fair Minnesota.
Rock and Reel Magazine calls Norah Rendell “a fabulous lead vocalist”. She has been nominated for Traditional Singer of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and twice named “Best Female Vocalist” by the Live Ireland Awards. Norah is also a master flute and whistle player and founding member of the internationally acclaimed band The Outside Track. She hails from Vancouver, BC and has performed throughout western Canada and on CBC radio. She was a two-time recipient of the prestigious Canada Council for Performing Arts grant which she used to study traditional flute and singing in Ireland; earning a masters in Irish traditional music from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.
Mary Vanorny has performed with many groups based in Minnesota, including the award-winning Back Porch Band, which released its trio album The Road We Traveled in 2003, and currently with Brass Lassie, Twin Cities Ceili Band, and The Frothy Band. In 2018, Mary released her solo fiddle album, First Light of Day, which Dáithí Sproule of Altan describes as “lovely playing, lovely variations — lots of beautiful thoughts!” Mary has been a guest artist/lecturer for
the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, Minnesota Celtic Fiddlers, Pint of Irish Celtic Music retreat, Spanish Peaks Celtic Festival, and in schools. She teaches fiddle and ensemble classes to all ages at the Center for Irish Music in St. Paul.
“The backing of [Brian] Miller on guitar flexes not just muscle but a fully complementary style” writes esteemed Irish music critic Earle Hitchner. Also an accomplished singer, Brian’s trademark guitar and bouzouki accompaniment is the backbone of nationally touring Irish music group Bua, a band comprised of some of the finest Irish musicians in the US. He has performed throughout the US and in Canada and Ireland. In Ireland he has been featured on TG4, RTE television and RTE radio. The Irish Times calls his guitar accompaniment “superb.”
Location: The Land O’ Lakes Snowflake Ice Rink, 4331 County Road B, behind LOL Town Hall.