Aerosol scientists suggest that singing is an activity associated with an increased risk of audience exposure to the SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19. In order to minimize that risk, the singers in shows presented at Blue Strawberry starting this August will all perform from as far upstage as possible. Our stage is 10 feet deep, and they will perform at the very back of the stage next to the wall. Supporting musicians will all be masked. We will also pull back our front row of seats 4 feet from the lip of the stage. This will create at least 12 feet of space between the singer and the front row of audience members. We have also reduced our inside capacity from 100 to fewer than half that number.
Eimear Arkins and Eileen Gannon have been lighting up the Irish music scene in St. Louis and beyond for the past several years. Their beautiful blend of Irish songs and haunting harp melodies will tug at your heartstrings while their toe-tapping dance tunes are sure to raise your spirits!
Eimear is an award-winning singer and fiddle player from County Clare with eleven solo Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (World Irish Music Championships) titles to her credit. She has performed throughout the US and Ireland with acclaimed bands like Cherish The Ladies, Téada, and The Paul Brock Band. She has toured extensively with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Ireland, Britain, North America and Canada. Eimear’s debut CD, What’s Next? was released in summer 2019 to great acclaim and she was named “Best Newcomer” by LiveIreland 2019. Most recently, Eimear has been awarded an artist fellowship from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis.
a St. Louis native, is one of the top Irish harp players in the world. She has
won numerous accolades including the highly coveted Senior Harp title at Fleadh
Cheoil na hÉireann. She has a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from St.
Louis University and a master’s degree in Ethnomusicology from University of
Limerick. Eileen launched her debut solo CD, The Glory Days Are Over,
to great acclaim in the summer of 2017.