Irish Music & Dance
"Ah Surely was a terrific addition to Spivey Hall's annual Summer World Music Festival. Their performance was energetic and engaging: the perfect mix for our family-oriented audience!".
Melanie E. Darby
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University
It was nearly a decade ago - John Maschinot and Evan Kinney were deep into a set of Irish reels at a pub session near Atlanta when a young dancer jumped in, feet first, hard shoes battering the heart pine floor. It’s the rare Irish step dancer that will show up at an informal musician’s session - rarer still is the dancer that has the feet of a musician. Claire Shirey turned out to be that dancer, “hard shoes” her instrument.
John and Evan went on to play festivals, parties, pubs - any venue looking for a great time and good Irish music. (Oh, and maybe an old-time fiddle tune or three - Evan’s an excellent Georgia style fiddler!). Sometimes as a duo, sometimes with the infamous Buddy O’Reilly band or the Amazing Spud Brothers - John on the uilleann pipes and flute, and Evan on guitar, vocals, banjo, harmonica… just about anything that makes a joyful noise!
Claire and her hard shoes quickly became a feature at gig after gig with the boys. And between steps, she somehow became an ace fiddler, concertina player and Irish flute player in her own right.
And so Ah Surely was christened on St. Patrick's Day, 2014. The trio has gone on to play concerts, festivals, pubs and clubs, from state-of-the-art Spivey Hall to house concerts throughout Georgia.
John Maschinot: uilleann pipes, Irish wooden flute, whistle, bodhran
Evan Kinney: guitar, vocals, banjo, fiddle, harmonica
Claire Shirey: Irish step dance, fiddle, concertina, flute, whistle
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