Sleder’s Tavern is delighted to announce the perfect tonic for the cold winds of November: The next performance in the On the Porch Concert Series will feature the fine Celtic trio, Daymark! The evening of Celtic music is set for Monday November 12th, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Daymark performs traditional Irish music infused with infectious energy, raw power, and Northern swagger. Fusing the talents of Will Woodson (flute, uilleann pipes), Dan Foster (fiddle) and Eric McDonald (guitar, vocals) the group presents a classic blend of wind and string as driving flute meets virtuosic fiddle, underpinned by well-considered and expertly delivered guitar.
Sharing a love for the music of generations past, in Daymark’s sound one can hear the echoes of Irish-American dance halls from the 1920s and 30s, alongside the lonesome tones of Donegal country fiddlers and the rollicking smoky pubs of Northern England’s immigrant neighborhoods. Taken together, these influences merge into a music that’s very much part of the present; it’s a sound that’s urgent and wild, held together by camaraderie that’s quite audible. This is the foundation of their music. What emerges is intimate enough feel at home down at the local pub, big enough to fill a festival stage or a concert hall.
Each member of Daymark is well established in their own right, and collectively the three have lived and studied traditional music across Ireland, Scotland, England, America, and Canada, in the cities of Limerick, Glasgow, Newcastle, Montreal, Boston, and New York before meeting at the Northern Roots Festival in Vermont during the winter of 2016. Over a long night of music, they discovered a natural and complementary fit of individual styles, as a well as a mutual interest in the same corners of the Irish tradition.
Dan Foster (flute, uilleann pipes) hails from Northern England, and developed his music in the lively session scene there, going to study at Newcastle University’s Folk Degree course before honing his fiddle style in Limerick under master musicians.
Will Woodson (fiddle) holds a master’s degree in traditional music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, and in addition to his musical work is an established pipemaker, performing on an instrument of his own construction.
Eric McDonald (guitar, vocals) is a native of Boston, and learned his music in the city’s sessions and folk clubs before studying at the famed Berklee College of Music.
All three have spent the first decade of their musical careers performing with countless projects and recording a number of albums; they’re road hardened, stage seasoned, and altogether full of music. Together as Daymark, the collective experiences of the three coalesce into an altogether compelling musical force.
Tickets for Daymark
Sleder’s Tavern, 717 Randolph St., Traverse City, MI 49684
Oryana Food Coop, 260 E Tenth St, Traverse City, MI 49684
Brilliant Books, 118 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684
By phone with credit card ($1 surcharge): Call Sleder’s at 231-947-9213
$20 in advance
$25 at the door
Monday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m. ET