Love Irish music, but prefer to stay home this year for St. Patrick’s Day? This event is for you

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

Those who crave traditional Irish music for St. Patrick’s Day this year without the risk of coronavirus 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 virtual music series.

“Poisoned Dwarf performs 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 driving sound energy that has captivated audiences for over a decade with whistles, flutes, violin, guitar, percussion and uilleann pipes. [the national bagpipe of Ireland] with exciting and lyrical vocals.

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

DeRose, Stewart and Pedigo are considered to be the founding members of the band, with all three getting their start in the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums.

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

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

The virtual concert will be streamed live on the Hampton History’s Museum Facebook page on Wednesday, March 17 from 7-8 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 about the event or other Front Porch Series performances, visit the Hampton History Museum Facebook page or the museum’s website.

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