In concert at the first Cape Cod
Festival, September 2008
Cape Tradition is a group consisting
of some of the finest Irish traditional musicians on Cape Cod. They
perform at sessions,
concerts, festivals, and private functions throughout the year. The
group was founded in 2005 by Bill
The instrumentation includes fiddle, guitar, flute, recorder, uilleann
pipes, banjo, accordion, harmonica, concertina,
bouzouki, whistle, mandolin, and bodhrán (the Irish frame drum).
The group's repertoire consist of the Irish dance
tunes - primarily reels, jigs, and hornpipes that have been the staple
of the Irish instrumental tradition for hundreds of years.
Although the group totals about fifteen members, they are quite capable
of performing in smaller units depending on the
requirements of the audience or the venue. The members are also
versatile in that
most are capable of performing other types
of music - American, Canadian, Scots, even blues! - and of adding
vocals in English and
Individual members are often called upon to act as teachers to the
growing number of young (and not-so-young) people
who have become interested in Irish traditional music.
Cape Tradition is
also highly supportive of more formal
teaching efforts such as those of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, the West
Bend Music School,
and Nik Engstrom's fine "Sonnay" fiddle group.
For more information on Cape Tradition, contact Bill
Black via email bill (at) capeirish (dot) com
or at 508.540.5324.