First Fridays | Celtic Music with Aoife Clancy & Eddie Dillion with DJ Michael Rock - New Bedford Whaling Museum
First Friday Rock

Doors open at 5:30.
Program begins at 6:00PM.

$10 for members | $20 for non-members

First Fridays | Celtic Music with Aoife Clancy & Eddie Dillion with DJ Michael Rock

Friday, August 4, 2023 from 6:00 to 9:00PM 

Join us at the Whaling Museum on the first Friday in August, as we continue our music journey around the world, featuring Celtic music with Aoife Clancy and Eddie Dillion. Aoife and Eddie will be playing from 6:30 to 7:30PM, with DJ Michael Rock spinning tunes before and after.  Bring our dancing shoes!  Enjoy this 21+ after hours event, as we blend art, history, science, and entertainment for a wonderfully unique night out! Bar services will be available, with complimentary lite bites.

Born in Co Tipperary Ireland, Aoife Clancy – daughter of the Bobby Clancy of the Clancy Brothers – first met Eddie Dillon in 1999 in Ireland, while he was visiting. In the same year, Aoife was invited to the United States for a two-week tour, with every intention of returning to Ireland. But once she started playing music with Eddie in the United States, she decided to make her home right here in New England, where she remained for 25 years.

Currently residing just outside of Ashville, NC, Aoife will reunite with Eddie “at home” for this rare performance at the museum. Their wit and stage presence along with an eclectic blend of Celtic, Americano, and original material promises to be an evening of entertainment not to be missed.

During their touring days, Aoife and Eddie toured extensively throughout the States performing at Irish Festivals, performing arts centers, and folk clubs, until Aoife was asked to join the acclaimed group Cherish the Ladies out of NY City. With Cherish, she toured over 250 dates a year, and has been a guest performer for the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops and other symphonies throughout the country. She has several recordings under her belt, one of which was nominated for a Grammy while performing with Cherish the Ladies and the Boston Pops.

Eddie Dillon is a native of Braintree, now resides in Fairhaven MA. His musical career started back in the 70's, performing in folk clubs and festivals throughout the Northeast. With over forty-five years of entertaining audiences primarily in Irish music world, Eddie is the only Irish American to have toured with the Clancy Brothers in the States and Ireland. Having played many years with the Irish folk group, the Shenanigans, Eddie is known for his original compositions as a guitarist and songwriter, with much of his original material recorded by other talented artists like Aoife Clancy, Barleycorn and Seamus Kennedy. He is also a recording engineer with a studio in Fairhaven.

Michael Rock is the Director of Content for both Fun 107 and WBSM, and also provides DJ services for private events. Rock began his radio career in Boston as a 16-year-old intern for "Rock and Roll Hall of Famer" Dale Dorman. He cracked the mic for the first time on his 18th birthday as a freshman broadcaster at Syracuse University's legendary Z-89. Rock has hosted radio shows in Boston, Syracuse, Connecticut, and New Hampshire...and came to Fun 107 back in 1995. He's hung out with some of the world's biggest names, including Tom Brady, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd, The Jonas Brothers, and Rihanna. Michael Rock has hosted live broadcasts from the Grammy Awards, Atlantis in the Bahamas, Universal Studios Florida and Red Sox Spring Training. But the most important live broadcast he's ever done was during one of his weekly Saturday Night Hotmixx shows from the Jukebox in New Bedford. That's where he met his wife, Cyndi. They now live in Mattapoisett with their two children.