Kicking Off St. Patrick’s ‘Month” with Burning Bridget Cleary

Hey, it’s the start of the St. Patrick’s Day long weekend and we’re celebrating by enjoying a return visit to Profiles from the awesome Celtic band, Burning Bridget Cleary from Pennsylvania. We taped a 43-minute guest spot with the four band members last Friday when they were en route to what became a SRO gig at CT Folk in New Haven. We discussed the latest album “Pressed For Time” with the ensemble — fiddlers Rose Baldino and Deirdre Lockman, guitarist Lou Baldino and percussionist Peter Trezzi.

In addition, our St. Pat’s celebration features unreleased tracks from the “Masters of Tradition” tour led by fiddler extraordinaire Martin Hayes. The ensemble’s only Connecticut appearance will be March 22 at the University of Hartford. There are also selections from recent Celtic releases and two pieces about his beloved Ireland from the late Jack Hardy, an old friend, to mark the third anniversary of his passing on March 11, 2011.

Listen to the live portion of the show

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Liz Carroll, “Barbra Streisand’s Trip To Saginaw/Michael Connell’s”, On The Off Beat, Independent


  • Teada, “The Jig Of Death Medley”, “Ar a mBoithrin Bui/Tell Me Now”, In Spite Of The Storm, Gael Linn


    Burning Bridget Cleary Live In WSHU’s Studio A

    “Medley of Jigs”
    “Clay Slaps Reel/The Appropriate Dipstick/Trip To Miriam’s”
    “On A Sea Of Fleur de Lis” (Richard Shindell)
    “Another Day” (Tim O’Brien)
    “Sitting In The Stern Of A Boat”


  • Jack Hardy, “The Tinker’s Coin”, “If I Ever Pass This Way Again”, The Tinker’s Coin, Great Divide


  • Martin Hayes, “The Clare Reel”, Master Of Traditions On Tour, Private Recording

  • Iarla O Lionaird, “Siuil a Ruin”, Master Of Traditions On Tour, Private Recording


  • Beoga, “Antics”, “Woman Of No Place”, Live At 10, Compass Records

  • Mick McAuley/Winifred Horan/Colm O Caoimh, “Farewell To Whiskey”, “Sailing Back To You”, Sailing Back To You, Independent


  • Tom Morley & Hazel Ketchum, “The Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow”, Banna De Dha (Band Of Two), Flying Frog Music