Do you like Irish music but prefer to stay at home this year for St. Patty’s Day? This event is for you

Williamsburg-based music group Poisoned Dwarf performs virtually for St. Patrick’s Day. (WYDaily / Courtesy Poisoned Dwarf / The Hampton History Museum)

Those thirsty for traditional Irish music for St. Patrick’s Day this coronavirus-free year are in luck.

Poisoned Dwarf, a Williamsburg-based music group, will perform virtually on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) on Facebook Live as part of the Hampton History Museum’s Front Porch Music Series virtual series.

“Poisoned Dwarf plays virtuoso, innovative and passionate interpretations of traditional Irish and Scottish music on acoustic instruments,” according to the museum’s press release on Monday. “Five talented musicians create a rousing sound energy that has captivated audiences for over a decade with whistles, flutes, violin, guitar, percussion and pipes uilleann [the national bagpipe of Ireland] with exciting and lyrical voices.

Band members include Thomas DeRose, Stewart Pittman, Lance Pedigo, Mei-Li Garcia, and Patrick Rooney.

DeRose, Stewart and Pedigo are considered the founding members of the group, all three having debuted in Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums.

DeRose started playing fife with Fifes and Drums when he was only ten years old. Pedigo joined Fifes and Drums as a “young drummer,” but continued to be both group manager and head of the music department at Colonial Williamsburg. Stewart, who comes from a family of bagpipes, originally played the snare drum for fifes and drums, but is considered by his peers to be a “master of all kinds of bagpipes,” according to the press release from the. Museum.

Garcia, a graduate of William & Mary, started playing the violin via the Suzuki Method when she was only 3 years old. Rooney began his musical career in church choirs before moving on to electric bass at the age of 14. He is now the guitarist for Poisoned Dwarf and contributes on the mandolin.

The virtual concert will be broadcast live on the Hampton History’s Museum Facebook page on Wednesday, March 17 from 7 to 8 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

Unable to stream the performance live? The museum will post it on its website after the show.

For more information on the event or other performances in the Front Porch series, visit the Hampton History Museum Facebook page or the museum’s website.


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