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The Irish Drum Center Presents...

Bella Issakova & Randy Clepper

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Wednesday, October 9, 2024

7p

Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment

Tangled String Studios, RR7

2211 Seminole Drive SW

Huntsville, AL 35805

In 2019, an error in scheduling brought Bella and Randy together to perform at a festival in Kentucky with an hour’s notice and no chance of a prior rehearsal. Expecting a difficult and uncomfortable set, Bella and Randy were surprised and delighted with both the ease of collaboration during the performance, and the acclaim their concert received from both audiences and fellow festival artists.

 

Bulgarian born, classically educated violinist Bella Issakova has spent the past 30 years performing and teaching. In the mid 1990’s in addition to playing in orchestras and chamber groups, Bella began exploring other genres of music, bluegrass and jazz being the first forays outside of the classical structure. Eventually Bella discovered and fell in love with the Traditional music of Ireland and has had the privilege to play and tour extensively in that field. Among the various projects she is involved with, Bella was the musical director for Kerry Irish Productions’ “An Irish Christmas” tour from 2005 to 2018, which covered most of the continental US. Bella was a member of the Traditional Irish band The Red Wellies for several years between tours with Kerry Irish Productions.

 

Bella continues to play with classical groups and orchestras, as well as Irish Music Groups, and enjoys this opportunity for crossover and bridge between her two favorite styles of music.

 

Bella has a busy private teaching studio in the city of Atlanta. She enjoys passing her love and knowledge of both classical and Traditional Irish genres to the up-and-coming musicians of all ages.

 

Ohio-based multi-instrumentalist Randy Clepper is a player of the Irish bouzouki, fingerstyle guitar, tenor banjo and hammer dulcimer. Originally from Tennessee, Randy’s early musical interests covered folk, pop, rock, jazz, funk, bluegrass and various traditional styles, eventually settling into a deep, lifelong love of Irish music. Randy also performs in a duo with Ohio-based fingerstyle guitarist John Sherman. Their recording, “Finally Tuned”, reviewed in Irish Music Magazine and on TradConnect.com (Ireland), was ranked in the top 10 trad albums by Folk Festival, WDCB Public Radio, Chicago. Randy has performed and recorded as part of the eclectic dulcimer ensemble Hammer On!, with members of the Yanni World Tour, aerial dance troupe Project Bandaloop, also the Chattanooga Symphony, and as opener for Grammy-nominated folksinger John McCutcheon. Randy is a frequent performer and teacher at Irish festivals across the US, regional Folk Alliance conferences, and online as a Tune Supply artist. He is also the host and curator of the Trad Nua Celtic Concert Series at Natalie’s Live Music in Columbus, Ohio where he performs regularly with bouzouki player Mick Broderick (Slide).

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$21.50 ea. (+5.5% sales tax)

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