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Bróg Crua reunites Irish music, song, and dance in its original context - the house concert! They combine accordion, fiddle, and dance percussion, with a good dose of Irish humor. Félim Egan, Eric Killips and Maldon Meehan invite you into their “house” to rekindle that fire that was once ablaze in the cottages of Ireland.
Félim Egan (accordion/vocals): was born in 1972 in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway and raised in Cloghan, Co. Offaly (west Offaly). His father has a passion for music and encouraged him to play. He began lessons at the age of four with his father and then with a local Offaly fiddler Dan Cleary. He comes from a family of five children all well accomplished musicians. He has many musical influences which include Matt Molley, Tommy Peoples, Charlie Lennon and Frankie Gavin, to mention a few. In 1993 he moved to Portland, OR. He started composing tunes in the early 1990's. Félim is a regular fixture in the Irish traditional music in Portland.
Erik Killops (fiddle): a Portland native, began playing fiddle at the age of 6. Starting initially with the Suzuki method and when he was in the 4th grade he began Irish fiddle lessons with Dan Compton. Growing up he was influenced by the playing of local musicians such as Kevin Burke, Johnny Cunningham, and Johnny Connolly, and bands such as Patrick Street and the Bothy Band. In 2006 Erik began studying Irish music at the University of Limerick. There he had weekly lessons with Siobhan Peoples and master classes with top notch fiddlers such as Tommy Peoples and Frankie Gavin. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in 2010 and moved back to Portland. Since then he has been performing regularly in pubs and bars around town.
Maldon Meehan (feet): was born in Portland, OR and raised in Mendocino, CA. She began dancing with her father as a teenager. Maldon holds a BA from The Evergreen State College and a MA in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick, Ireland. She is a 2008 Regional Arts and Cultures grant recipient. As a sean-nós dancer Maldon has appeared on the nationally televised 2005 Oireachtas at the Cork Opera House in Cork City (TG4) as well as on Connemara Community Radio and Raidió na Gaeltachta (RTÉ). Maldon placed 3rd in the 2005 Comórtas Chóilín Sheáin Dharach, a sean-nós jig competition held annually in Connemara. In 2005 Maldon and Ronan Regan released an instructional DVD of sean-nós dance. maldonmeehan.com