CHRISTMAS is celebrated in Ireland with hallowed folk customs and
lively music and dance — the Irish-American group Girsa brings it all
together for a delightful holiday show of Irish culture with a Yuletide
Girsa (pronounced geer-sha) means “young girls” in Gaelic, and this
ensemble features six young ladies in their early 20s performing an
enchanting array of instruments — fiddle, tinwhistle, mandolin,
accordion, piano, bodhran, guitar — refreshed with a riveting blend
And, suddenly — someone always steps out and dances a jig and a
reel or two.
Catch a glimpse here:
Girsa was nurtured in the large Irish-American community of Pearl
River, New York. Band members took lessons and found musical
guidance from a number of standout Irish musicians including fiddler
Rose Flanagan, button accordionist Patty Furlong, fiddler Brian
Conway, mandolinist Frankie McCormick and flute and whistle player
Margie Mulvihill … all household names in the traditional music field.
From their debut a few years back at a Gaelic Athlethic Association
dinner in Yonkers, Girsa has become a top-touring act on the
national Irish and Celtic folk festival circuit.
“Girsa’s music is simply exquisite ... these young ladies have a
refreshing sound that shows a deep, abiding respect for the
tradition.” — Irish Echo