'Ceol agus Cultúr' since 1995
Celtic Crossings has produced and promoted Irish traditional music through concerts, recordings, public and private lectures and workshops since 1995. Based in San Francisco, it was at the forefront of an emerging independent recording industry.
1995 marked the 150th anniversary of the Irish Great Famine (1845-48). Around the world, a veil of silence was finally being lifted on the true nature of the infamous Irish Diaspora. Generations of Irish descendants were anxious to explore their true cultural inheritance. Celtic Crossings’ Irish History Program began as a series of academic and community lectures in California. Deconstructing myth from media, this popular Irish heritage program explored cultural heritage locally and globally.
Programs included educational outreach for schools, libraries and community groups, recording projects, media consultations and much more.
Cecilia McDonnell–Executive producer
A former champion Irish dancer and amateur musician, Cecilia McDonnell has a long commitment to preserving and promoting Irish culture. With a background in finance and marketing, Cecilia created one of the first ever artist-owned independent Irish recording labels. In addition to bringing her expertise as Executive Director of the Charles Schwab Corporation Foundation (1997-2000), Cecilia capitalized on the exploding internet boom of the Bay Area to extend artist performance and distribution.
Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, PhD– Author, Producer, Anthropologist & Irish Historian, Musician
Irish Voice (NY) wrote, “Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin disproves the theory that those who can– do, and those who can’t– teach.” An uilleann piper and concertina player, he has presented over 1,000 concerts on four continents during the past thirty years. As a musician, Ó hAllmhuráin holds five All-Ireland Championships as a concertina player, uilleann piper and former member of the Kilfenora Céilí Band. He is the author of A Pocket History of Irish Traditional Music (O’Brien Press, Dublin, 1998).
As a highly respected academic with numerous academic publications and recordings to his credit, he has been appointed notably to both of the only two Endowed University Chairs of Irish Studies funded in North America in 15 years:
•Jefferson Smurfit Endowed Professor of Irish Studies–University Missouri, St Louis (2000-09)
•Johnson Chair in Québec and Canadian Irish Studies–Concordia University, Montréal (2009- present)