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Peter Brice


Peter Brice plays Irish Traditional music on the button accordion and sings old songs in a traditional style. A protégé of Irish accordionist Billy McComiskey, Mr. Brice has pursued Irish music with a regard for the playing of Galway old-style button accordionists such as Joe Cooley, Kevin Keegan, and Raymond Roland. Likewise, under the tutelage of singers Dónal Maguire and Louis Killen, and shepherded by his interest in the past, Mr. Brice pursued traditional singing at an intersection of history, musicology, and the oral tradition; his repertoire of songs is rich in detail and thick with music. In 2007, he founded the Baltimore Singers Club with singers Andy O’Brien and Pat Egan to promote traditional singing in Maryland; and in 2011, he founded The New Century American Irish-Arts Company with step-dancer Kate Bole to foster the professional and artistic growth of Irish traditional music in Maryland. He is active in the community as a grant writer, graphic designer, festival programmer, and promoter of music and dance from the oral tradition. He holds a BA in Irish Traditional Music and Dance from the University of Limerick.

Watch Past Performances

Video 12/31/2011: A Celtic New Year

Celebrate with guitarist Zan McLeod, accordionist Peter Brice, fiddler Rosie Shipley, and the New Century Dancers.

Peter Brice