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Traditional Irish music is alive and well and flourishing in South Jersey. We've been performing in the greater tri-state area for more than 35 years. Sure. It's only the two of us but you'll hear us play Celtic harp, fiddle, flute, guitar, banjo, tinwhistle, bouzouki and occasionally the bodhran. And the singing! So "Come Take the Byroads" and check out our web site and find out more about McDermott's Handy.
McDermott's Handy performing at the 2015 Somerset Folk Harp Festival in Parsippany NJ
“This was the most successful program of our year.”
"The audience was most enthusiastic and sang along very happily. The variety of instruments as well as the skill and talent diplayed by Kathy and Dennis were most remarkable. The evaluations were nearly unanimous in wanting us to invite McDermott's Handy back to perform again." —Friends of the Edison Public Library
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Inducted into the CCE Hall of Fame (see story)
We would like to express our sincere appreciation to Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann for recognizing our work in furtherance of traditional Irish music.
Being inducted into its Hall of Fame is a humbling honor for us. We are especially thankful to our families and friends for traveling great distances to be present for our induction on Friday night.
We were awestruck by the turnout and show of support. Additionally, we are indebted to the Delaware Valley Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann for deeming us worthy of this recognition. We have not done this work to garner laurels, but as a tribute to Ed McDermott and all those other luminaries of traditional Irish music, who paved the way for us. Our music, teaching and performances are an expression of the feeling invoked in our souls by the music of our forebears, however broken the chain may have been before this music was brought to us.
Congratulations as well to those from the Delaware Valley Branch who participated in the Mid Atlantic Fleadh Cheoil over the weekend, as well as those from all over the region who are helping to keep the tradition fresh and alive. As far as we’re concerned, you’re all winners in our book. Now, let's have some tunes!
Click here to read their acceptance remarks at the ceremony.
Kathy & Dennis performing at the Cape May Music Festival at the Cape May Convention Center last year.