Angela Usher: Banjo Performer playing Irish traditional music

June 5, 2019 8:00 pm â€“ 9:30 pm at Raglan Old School Arts Centre, 5 Stewart St, Raglan. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

Angela Usher is this year’s Banjo and Mandolin Tutor & Performer at Ceol Anas in Nelson over Queen’s Birthday weekend. Ceol Aneas (ke-ol an-ass) is New Zealand’s premiere Irish music event and one of Australasia’s major Irish music gatherings, attracting, musicians and traditional Irish music lovers from around New Zealand and overseas.

After her Nelson performance she’s coming to Raglan for one special night.

Angela has played Irish traditional music in Manchester for decades. She is dedicated to perpetuating the music through successive generations in her home city, teaching and inspiring hundreds of local school age children.

At the age of 10, Angela started tin whistle lessons with Marian Egan (Flannery) at St Wilfrid’s in Hulme and later began banjo lessons with Sully (Tony Sullivan) and then Bobby Tracey. In her early teens, Angela spent summers in Peterswell, frequently visiting the family home of celebrated box player Joe Cooley. She spent hours playing tunes on the whistle accompanied by Joe’s brother Jack on the bodhran. By the age of 15, Angela joined her first band Curragh and soon was teaching at her local Comhaltas branch. A couple of years later, Angela was a founder member, with Mike McGoldrick and others, of the popular Manchester Celtic rock group Toss the Feathers. She played on their ‘Live at the 32’ release and first studio album Columbus Eclipse.

The Gort Mile, Angela Usher’s first album, with tenor banjo taking centre stage, was released on Banjaxed Records in July 2018.

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