Irish Music Featured in DCCC Program

Carolina Ceili Performing

March 25, 2015 – The sounds of Ireland came to Davidson County Community College as Carolina Ceili performed a lively program of traditional reels, pub standards, ballads and original compositions Wednesday on the college campus. 

Carolina CeiliThe Asheville-based group opened with the melodic Irish aire “Whistling Gypsy Rover” before moving on to a ballad telling the haunting story of Irish immigrants who fought as Union soldiers at Gettysburg during the Civil War. Young dancers from the Charlotte-based Walsh Kelley School of Irish Dance, making a surprise appearance, added a bit of excitement to the program as they joined Carolina Ceili for several rousing Irish jig and reel numbers.

DCCC students Bobby Murray and Hannah Swicegood traveled to Ireland during a spring break study abroad trip sponsored by the college earlier this month and shared their new appreciation for Irish culture.

“We just got back from Ireland, and we already want to go back,” says Murray, an Associate in Science student. “We’re enjoying anything about Ireland and were singing most of the songs with them.” 

“I absolutely love this, because it’s what we just heard in Ireland – a really authentic performance,” says Swicegood, an Associate in Arts student. 

DCCC features an exciting lineup of events that include music, cultural performances and well-known speakers each semester for the enrichment of students, faculty, staff and community members.

*Editor’s note: In first photo, Carolina Ceili members (from left) Maggie Anderson, Darlyne Cain, Laurie Fisher and Marcos Harkness perform at Davidson County Community College. In the second photo, Walsh Kelley School of Irish Dancing students (from left) Jillian Fulp, McKenzie King, Rose Houck and Carly Koop dance an Irish jig to the accompaniment of Carolina Ceili.

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is looking forward to serving students in Davidson and Davie counties for many years to come. The college is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College at