MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (September 27, 2001)–The Milligan College Arts Council will bring the vibrant traditional Irish music of the internationally known band “Glen Road” to Seeger Chapel on Monday, October 8, at 8 p.m. Glen Road combines fiddle, flute, tenor banjo and guitar to provide a passionate, joyous performance of tunes, including reels, ballads and waltzes. Admission to the concert is $5 plus a can or box of food.
Glen Road’s concert is a fundraiser for Good Samaritan Ministries, a non-profit organization in Johnson City dedicated to helping low-income individuals and families. Recent relief efforts have been so intensely focused on the New York City and Washington, D.C., tragedies that donations to local agencies have dwindled. Good Samaritan staff members indicate that their pantries are almost bare. Food items from the Glen Road concert will be donated to Good Samaritan to help feed needy members of the community.
“Our campus and students are contributing to the disaster relief funds, but we wanted to develop this fundraising event with Glen Road to help meet the needs of people right here in our own community,” said Julie Ray, director of student life at Milligan College.
Glen Road brings Ireland and all its musical traditions to the ears of the audience. The sound of Glen Road is rooted in the tradition of true Irish music and well-researched compositions, and learned by dedicated study with the masters.
Band member Turlach Boylan, raised in County Derry, plays the flute and the tenor banjo. Mike Dugger plays guitar and tenor banjo, as well as providing vocals. He is an American with a highly developed interest in Irish music and poetry. Sheila Maguire began playing Irish traditional fiddle at the age of six in her native town of Brooklyn, N.Y. Her powerful tone, exciting rhythmic drive and true traditional style make her one of Irish America’s finest fiddlers.
The musicians of Glen Road have abandoned more lucrative careers to play traditional music. The commitment to their craft is evident in their performances, the joy in their music, and the professionalism of their show.
The Glen Road concert will be held Monday, October 8, at 8 p.m. in Seeger Chapel. Admission is $5 plus a can or box of food to benefit Good Samaritan Ministries of Johnson City. The concert is sponsored by the Milligan College Arts Council and the Milligan Student Life Office.