Brenda Castles and Liz Hanley
In Concert


Concertina, Fiddle and Song
in the Irish and American Tradition



Bitterroot School of Music
at Rooted Music

Proudly present an evening with two of today’s finest
musicians in Traditional Irish Music

7:30 PM, Friday, March 29, 2019 at
Bitterroot School of Music
100 Skeels Ave, Hamilton, MT

Tickets $15 at the door. Space is limited and we expect a full house
for this very special event – please RSVP to guarantee your seat,
and for more information, call
406-363-5491 or visit



Brenda Castles and Liz Hanley

Concertina, Fiddle and Song in the Irish and American Tradition


Brenda Castles comes from a rich tradition of music in Ireland’s County Meath, having learned concertina from Rena Traynor (née Crotty) and concertina maestro, Mícheál Ó'Raghallaigh. She has several All-Ireland Fleadh titles to her name. both in solo and group competitions. Music has brought her around the world from Hong Kong to Rekjavik, Taipei to Tipperary.


Brenda is currently based between Dublin and New York, where she regularly performs and teaches music. She released her debut solo album, 'Indeedin You Needn't Bother' in December of 2016. She teaches classes around the world from Atlanta to Germany and of course in Ireland. In 2019 she'll be teaching at the Catskills Irish Arts Week and at the O'Flaherty retreat in Texas. Brenda has been a performer in two Celtic Sojourn productions and she joined the Green Fields of America collective for concerts around the world throughout 2016-2019.


Liz was raised in an Irish family in Boston and learned her traditional Irish and American folk repertoire from her father and grandfather. She studied classical violin at NYU and currently lives in Brooklyn, where she regularly performs.


Liz released her debut solo album, ‘The Ecstasy of St. Cecilia’, in 2013, and has been a featured artist on numerous recordings. Continuous activities in the traditional music scenes of the US, Ireland and the UK, her distinctive voice, and her affinity for various other music genres are resonating attributes of Hanley's interpretations.