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The Scene: Irish Embassy’s Musical Arts and Dance Week party

Our photographer colleague Rebecca D’Angelo goes to a party every week and does her thing for a regular feature in the Sunday Style section called The Scene. This week it was the Irish Embassy’s reception for Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann’s Musical Arts and Dance (MAD) Week, which doubled as a farewell party for the embassy’s cultural attache, Tuesday, July 9. Want to invite her to your party? Email her at

An Irish jam session that started with four players and ended with a few dozen.


Myron Bretholz, Irish drummer and teacher,, and Kevin Crawford, flutist for the Irish acoustic group Lunasa.

Robbie O’Connell, singer/songwriter formerly with the Clancy Brothers, and Maddy O’Neill-Dean, chair of CCE.


Brendan Mulvihill, recently inducted into the Mid-Atlantic CCE Hall of Fame for Fiddle, and Terence Winch, poet and accordian player.


Brian O’hAirt, dance instructor with MAD Week.


Josh Dukes, All Ireland champion in accompaniment, and Mitch Fanning, founding director of MAD.


Award-winning novelist Alice McDermott.


Peri Leighty, fiddle and counselor at MAD, Karen Ashbrook, flute and Big Whistle teacher at MAD, Katie Henderson, research at EPA and private instructor at MAD, and her husband, Sam Henderson, an analyst at Honeywell.



Zan McLeod, a producer/engineer with Tonehouse Recording Studio and musician with the Paul Winter Consort.


Deirdre Bourke, the embassy’s departing cultural attache, with her boss, Irish Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Collins.



Real estate developer Early Wynn watches the crowd.


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