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To Keep the Candle Burning

February 25th, 2022

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Photo by Anna Colliton

Meet Joanna

Joanna Clare, who hails from Central New York, is a well-respected Irish fiddler and violinist and recently released her debut album, To Keep the Candle Burning. It features multiple Irish musicians and a dancer who are all highly involved in the Mid-Atlantic Irish music scene. To Keep the Candle Burning is dedicated to the many traditional Irish musicians who inspired her throughout her childhood. The album is comprised of traditional tunes she learned either directly from these musicians or from their recordings, as well as some newly composed tunes. Joanna has won numerous awards for her talents as a fiddler and as a composer (or tunesmith as she prefers to call herself). Most recently, she was awarded runner-up for the senior fiddle slow airs competition at the 2021 FleadhFest in Sligo, Ireland. Besides pursuing her musical passions, she currently attends Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she studies materials science and engineering and is heavily involved in cancer research.

The Word Around Town

"The music here is just outstanding overall.  But what I find equally engaging is the care with which [Joanna has] paid tribute to those who influenced her…Check this one out if you want to hear some first-rate fiddle music – this is a great album." 

"This is a collection which feels fresh yet mature, and never has us think on it as a debut. Joanna has captured the essence of Irish music and made it her own." 

"I just received an album from Joanna Clare. She's a beautiful fiddler...It's absolutely delightful."

Maryann McTeague Keifer / Radio Host of Ireland Tonight

"Joanna is not only a brilliant fiddler, but also a composer as her tunes are quite original. Their structure and melodic writing are so impressive.”

Carl Hession / Among the finest Irish composers, arrangers, and accompanists today

“It has been a joy to watch Joanna grow as a musician and a person, and I’m so proud of what she has accomplished. Congratulations to Joanna on a beautiful recording!”

Brian Conway / Leading exponent of the Sligo fiddling style

"[Joanna Clare] replaced Martin Hayes in my car CD's so joyous."

Heather Martley / Fiddler and Irish music lover

"The grace of Planxty Hugh O’Donnell, the emotion of An Buachaill Caol Dubh, the punch of The Brown Coffin, all are superbly handled with crisp technique and clear tone."

Alex Monaghan / Editor of Irish Music Magazine