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23 October 2012

Young Artist Spotlight: Ceól Milis

Ceól Milis (pronounced Kyol Mill-ish) is a group of traditional Irish musicians and dancers who are members of the Martin Mulvihill Branch of CCE (Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann) in Pearl River, New York.  This group, all high school students, won second place in the Ceili Band competition at the Irish Music World Competition known as the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann that was held in Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland in 2009, and were one of the winners at the 2011 Young Tradition Weekend in Burlington.

They have have been recognized and have performed at a variety of major events:

  • American Ireland Fund Benefit held at Lincoln Center with Cherish the Ladies, with U2’s Bono, NYC Mayor Bloomberg, former President Bill Clinton and many other dignitaries in the audience
  • Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar in Manhattan, where they were crowned the Champions of the ‘Battle of the Irish Bands’, a competition that raged for two months with bands from all over the greater NY Metropolitan area competing at a variety of venues.
  • Irish Heritage Night in front of 30,000 fans at the NY Mets Citi Field, while Irish Step Dancers danced across the outfield
  • Grand Central Station in New York City sponsored by Tourism Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland
  • Sarah Buteaux, one of the fiddlers in the group, recently won the 2012 All-Ireland fiddle championship in the 15-18 category (see a video here)

Ceól Milis when translated means ‘sweet music’ in Irish. They are a talented and dedicated group of teenagers with bright futures in the world of traditional Irish music and dance.  They also have a Facebook page.

Here is video of a recent performance at Pearl River High School: