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March 2, 2007

Musicians honor the spirit of Ireland at CW's DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum

Musicians Dan Jackson, Stuart Jackson and Graham DeZarn celebrate with music from the Emerald Isle during the concert, “Traditional Irish Music for St. Patrick’s Day,” 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday, March 17 in the Hennage Auditorium of Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The program is included in museum admission.

For music lovers of all ages, this concert offers Irish tunes using a mix of pipes, whistles, fiddle, guitar, bodhran, a hand-held drum played with a stick, flute and vocals, as well as stories about the people of Ireland.

Dan Jackson is a local artist and musician and the organist and choir director at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. He also plays flute, guitar, whistle and bodhran, sings, and recently composed music for this summer’s upcoming children’s musical, “Yamestown,” to be performed by StageLights, a local educational theater group. Along with his wife, Patty, Jackson formed the early music group, Cinque-Pace. Dan and his son Stuart have been performing traditional Irish music together for more than three years.

Stuart Jackson is a senior at Bruton High School and an award-winning percussionist. He played in district and All-State band from his freshman to junior years. In addition to percussion, Stuart plays the whistle and the Uilleann pipes, also known as Irish bag pipes, which he studied with Eliot Grasso, an internationally known Irish musician from the Baltimore area. Starting next fall Stuart will pursue a degree in musical performance.

Graham DeZarn is a senior at the College of William and Mary and an award-winning fiddler, bodhran and whistle player. He has studied with many traditional performers, including his father Joe DeZarn, and grew up playing ceilis or traditional Gaelic social dances and contradances in his native Northern Virginia. Graham often performs with Richmond-based accompanist Jeremy Bass and is a member of the multinational folk/string ensemble, Childsplay.

Reservations for the concert are required and can be made at any Colonial Williamsburg ticket location, including the Museum Store, or by calling 1-800-HISTORY.

The Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Admission is included in any Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or by separate museums ticket. For information call (757) 220-7724.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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