8th Annual Benefit for Doctors without Borders
Saturday, February 25th at 4pm
Gaelic League/Irish-American Club
2068 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48216
Every day, MSF staff members who serve on the front lines of the global refugee crisis bear witness to the extreme hardships faced by refugees and internally displaced people. In conflict zones from Syria to Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, these hardships include attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure (including hospitals), the denial of aid, and policies preventing people from fleeing.
Doctors without Borders is an independent, international medical relief organization aiding victims of armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters, and social marginalization. Each year, MSF doctors, nurses, logisticians, water-and-sanitation experts, administrators, and other medical and non-medical professionals depart on more than 3,800 aid missions. They work alongside more than 22,500 locally hired staff to provide medical care in more than 60 countries. In emergencies and their aftermath, MSF provides health care, rehabilitates and runs hospitals and clinics, performs surgery, battles epidemics, carries out vaccination campaigns, operates feeding centers for malnourished children, and offers mental health care. When needed, MSF also constructs wells and dispenses clean drinking water, and provides shelter materials like blankets and plastic sheeting. MSF was founded in 1971 by a small group of French doctors and journalists as the first non-governmental organization to both provide emergency medical assistance and to publicly bear witness to the plight of the people it assists.
On Saturday February 25th local musicians will be performing at the Gaelic League of Detroit to raise funds for this essential charity operating in these uncertain times.
Entertainment will start at 4pm and run into the wee hours of the morning with entertainment spanning the genres of Americana to traditional to rock and roll.
Special guest artist DANA CUPP will join smooth and mellow semi bluegrass band BEHIND THE TIMES (Ben Luttermoser, Rachel Pearson and Benjamin Teague). Banjoist for the last four years of Bill Monroe’s career, Dana also plays with the Osborne brothers and is a frequent performer at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
SEAN GAVIN (flute and uillean pipes) first American winner of the Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal for traditional Irish music, will be joining his father Mick (fiddle and melodeon) and brother Michael (fiddle, banjo, bouzouki) for some lively traditional Irish music in the County Clare tradition.
FINVARRA’S WREN is a family band, capable of playing with a tightness and effortlessness that often evades other ensembles. Their performances have been described as “a swirl of musical tradition and performance energy”. Jim Perkins and Cheryl Burns are well known for their sensitive yet strong vocals and the inventive musical weaving of Jim’s guitar and Cheryl’s mountain dulcimer and bodhran. Their son Asher on the button accordion and concertina and daughter Alison on vocals and fiddle are known across the country for their exceptional musicianship.
While Fiddler MARTY SOMBERG has developed a driving, lyrical style that he applies to a variety of musical genres, he has a special interest in Irish music. As a member of the band Knock-na-Shee, he toured East in 1979 and recorded the album Last Night’s Fun on the Shanachie label. After the break up of Knock-na-Shee, Marty was a member of the well-known Washington D.C. band Celtic Thunder and also played for Contra dances in the Washington D.C. area. He moved back to his native Michigan in the early 1980s. Marty was also a member of the iconic rock band of the 60’s, The Southbound Freeway and currently runs the Irish session with Mick Gavin on Sundays at Conor O’Neil’s in Ann Arbor.
SIOBHAN MCKINNEY is a 3 time winner of the all-Ireland gold medal on Irish Harp and has performed with Crossroads Ceili and Finvarra’s Wren on numerous occasions.
THE ARDAN ACADEMY OF IRISH DANCE founded by the Heinzman family (John, Liz and Kitty) have been teaching and performing for 20 years. They have 7 dancers who have qualified to travel to Dublin to compete in the World championships in April. The Ardan dancers delight audiences with their athletic and artistic performances around the Detroit area and beyond.
Cape Breton pianist from Dearborn TOM MACNEIL will be performing with his son CALUM and members of his pipe band to add a bit of a Scottish flair to this worthy event.
LARRY LARSEN, musician, painter, teacher, sculptor, animator, director and published poet, has been performing weekly at Detroit’s Gaelic League for the last 17 years. Larry will be joined by his old band mate, Irish balladeer, EDDIE MCGLINCHEY for a nostalgic performance reminiscent of the heyday of the Irish pub scene when Irish pubs with live music dotted the metro Detroit landscape and immigrants gathered to exchange stories of their new home in Michigan. Larry and Eddie along with Irish fiddler Dan Sheehy (RIP) held court at the old Dublin Inn on Schaefer Avenue in Dearborn MI.
THE CODGERS,( John Freeman, Matt Balcer, Terry Murphy, Jake Dimmick, Patrick Carey, and Nick Mansfield ) recently marked their 10th anniversary with the release of their CD MASHR’S Elegies and are regular performers at the Gaelic League and around the Corktown, Wayne State areas.
STONE CLOVER (Pauly Brady , Taylor Izak, Marc Brockway, Connor Payne, James McCue) are Detroit’s premier Celtic Rock Band and spin high energy antics into the world of Irish music. Best known for their original music, they are also comfortable with their own take on classic Irish pub standards.
Admission is by donation at the door, and a cash bar and food will be available for purchase.