A Touch of the Irish

With Kevin Buckley, Dan Lowery, and author Patrick Murphy
| 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Festival Stage
Irish music, literature, and history are inseparable, and in the afternoon we bring you the perfect mix. Irish fiddler Kevin Buckley and flutist/guitarist Dan Lowery will play popular folk tunes. In between songs, Patrick Murphy—author of The Irish in St. Louis — will share highlights of local Irish history, touching on fascinating figures like Timothy Dempsey and Charles Dismas Clark (the “Hoodlum Priest”) and noting infamous ones like the Bottoms Gang and Egan’s Rats. Join us in the great tradition of Irish music-making and storytelling!

Patrick Murphy

Author and TV Personality

Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy has spent the past 30 years producing television programs for PBS, both locally and nationally. A five-time Emmy award winner, he has created documentaries, weekly series, and musical variety shows. For the past 22 years he has hosted the St. Louis Speakers series from Powell Hall, interviewing more than 150 of the world's most renowned artists, writers, adventurers, and political leaders. Patrick is the author of Candy Men: The Story of Switzers' Licorice and The Irish in St. Louis: From Shanty to Lace Curtain. He is also a working artist, exhibiting his collection of woodcut prints in galleries throughout the St. Louis region.
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by Patrick Murphy

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