CARTHAGE – New England Celtic Arts will host the Irish-based trio Munnelly, Flaherty & Masure, which has made a name for itself on the European concert and festival circuit, Monday, April 14, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center.

The trio features multi-award winning Irish button accordionist and composer David Munnelly, Scottish singer Helen Flaherty and Belgian guitar/cittern virtuoso Philip Masure.

Hailing from a long line of traditional musicians, Munnelly grew up in a house filled with fiddle and accordion music. He has been playing since age 7 and draws on the music of such past masters as the Flanagan Brothers and JJ Kimmel for inspiration. Before founding his own group, Munnelly toured and performed with The Chieftains, De Danaan and numerous legendary Irish artists.

Flaherty’s repertoire consists of both traditional and traditionally based recent compositions. She was a member of the well-known European Celtic group Shantalla and appeared as a guest vocalist with The David Munnelly Band on the Irish Unplugged Tour; has toured and recorded with Philip Masure, Comas and Daithi Rua; and has recorded with Mairtin Tom Sheainin. Her solo album is titled “Oft Times I’ve Been Cheery.”

Although Masure plays a number of instruments, he is particularly well known in Europe as a guitar player. He has specialized in open-tuning (DADGAD) and has played and recorded with numerous bands, including Orion, Laïs, Carlene Anglim (winner BBC2 Young Tradition Award), Mugar, Ambrozijn and Garva. He is also a member of Urban Trad (2nd in the Eurovision in 2003) and the international Celtic group Comas.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m., following a preshow jam at 6:30. Tickets are $10 at the door. Call 562-4445 or log on to

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