Celtic duo Dan Ringrose (vocals, guitar) and Jeanne Freeman (fiddle, harmony, vocals) celebrate Irish and Celtic music, with a touch of contemporary folk. Join us for a fun-filled, family-friendly evening of original songs and storytelling. The dynamic duo brings humor, and even poetry to their shows, and have been featured on Connecticut Public Television.
6 pm Gates open
6:30 pm Performance begins
In-person tickets | $20 per person
Tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the gate.
Ringrose and Freeman combines fiddler Jeanne Freeman, whose playing has been described as “effortlessly virtuosic” — and singer/guitarist Dan Ringrose, whose voice has been called “stunning.” Together, they bring a lively fresh take on traditional tunes and songs, and performances interwoven with stories, poetry, and humor. They have been featured on Connecticut Public Television, many other television, and radio programs, and have performed at numerous festivals and venues.
Dan Ringrose was reared on Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem music and began singing their songs by the age of three. With his rich and powerful baritone voice, a mischievous sense of humor, and a comfortable command of the stage, Dan has entertained crowds in festivals, fairs, and concert halls for 30 years. Along with numerous radio and television appearances, he has performed with some of the most notable names in Celtic music, including Tommy Makem, fiddler P.V. O’Donnell, The Clancy Brothers, John Whelan, and others. He has taught at the Connecticut Academy of Irish Music and has a number of solo recordings.
Jeanne Freeman is the founder and Director of the Connecticut Academy of Irish Music, where she teaches Irish fiddle to students of all ages. Classically trained in her early years, Jeanne studied Irish fiddling with friend and mentor, the late Donegal fiddler P.V. O’Donnell. Jeanne has performed as the featured Irish fiddle soloist with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and has been the Guest Artist for Simsbury Public School’s town-wide String Festival. She teaches and performs regularly and hosts traditional Irish music sessions throughout the area. Jeanne appears on a number of recordings, including her solo CD, “The Fiddler You Are.”
From the Porch, Hill-Stead’s new multicultural performing arts series is a diverse and dynamic showcase featuring music, dance, theater, and more. Building on the success of Hill-Stead’s indoor events and nationally acclaimed Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, the inclusive summer programming will take place on our 152-acre campus. The experiential events will happen several nights per week and be open to audiences of all ages.
Hill-Stead will kick off the inaugural series with a venerable celebration of the Year of the Woman to coincide with the centennial of women’s suffrage. Our signature events will amplify women’s crucial role in history.
Our grateful thanks to the following sponsors who are helping to make the From the Porch series possible
The Richard P. Garmany Fund at The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
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