WHEELING, W.Va. – Gallowglass, a traditional
music ensemble that performs vocal and instrumental music of the Celtic
nations, will present a free concert at West Virginia
Independence Hall (WVIH) in downtown Wheeling at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 2.
Band members include Michael Petersen on concertina, button-box
and hammered dulcimer; Patrick Coughlan on bagpipes, guitar, pennywhistle and
vocals; Diane Coughlan on bodhran (Irish drum) and lead vocalist; Francine
Zajac, lead fiddler; Tom Bothe on pennywhistle and button accordion; and Pat
Plunkett on Irish flute. Guest musicians include fiddlers Matthew Turner and
has performed in many area venues over the years, including the annual Wheeling
Celtic Celebration, the Fort Henry Days Living History events, Oglebay
Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center, Hannah’s Town and Penn’s Colony
(18th-century period events in Pennsylvania), as well as various other parties
and functions. The band has recorded three CD’s, Single Malt Sessions in
2004, Tripping Up the Stairs in 2005 and Celtic Noel in 2006.
more information about WVIH and the Celtic concert, contact Debbie Jones, site
manager, at (304) 238-1300 or Deborah.J.Jones@wv.gov.
Independence Hall has been on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)
since 1970. It was originally built as a federal custom house in 1859, served
as the home of the pro-Union state conventions of Virginia during the spring
and summer of 1861 and as the capitol of loyal Virginia from June 1861 to June
1863. It also was the site of the first constitutional convention for West
a National Historic Landmark in 1988, the museum is maintained and operated by
the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, with the cooperation and
assistance of the West Virginia Independence Hall Foundation. The museum is
open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, except major
holidays. The museum is located on the corner of 16th and Market Streets in
West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the Office of
Secretary of Education and the Arts, Gayle Manchin, cabinet secretary. The
division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past,
present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and
history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information
about the division’s programs, events and sites, visit www.wvculture.org.