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Spirit of ‘76: A Patriotic Musical Celebration

Date: Sunday, June 30, 2024

Location: William Paca House, 186 Prince George Street

Time: 5:00 pm (EDT) - 6:30 pm (EDT)

Join Peter Brice and Samantha Suplee as they present patriotic American songs from the Age of Revolutions inspired by traditions and 18th and 19th-century broadsides.

This performance will also feature Irish and American traditional music on the button accordion and fiddle. For Peter, a 12th-generation Annapolitan, this offering is part of an initiative to invigorate the Spirit of ‘76 into our celebration of the 4th of July.

Advance registration recommended; space is limited. This concert will be held outdoors on the tented terrace of the Paca Garden.

Cost: $25 General Admission; $20 for HA Members, HA Volunteers, & Military; $10 for Children (8-17); FREE for Children 7 and under

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About Our Performers:

Peter Brice sings old songs in a traditional style and plays Irish traditional music on the button accordion. A native Annapolitan and an exponent of Baltimore, Maryland’s Irish traditional music community, Peter’s work blends singing and musicianship with musicology and history, humor, colorful design, and a vision for traditional culture as a foundation for an intellectual life. His playing reflects his admiration for Galway accordionists such as Joe Cooley, Kevin Keegan, and Raymond Roland—a style into which he was initiated by Brooklyn-born accordionist and National Heritage Fellow Billy McComiskey.  He advanced his playing under the tutelage of Adare-born accordionist Derek Hickey. The core of Peter’s public work is the collection and revival of traditional music from Maryland to which end, even as a teenager, he was rescuing orally transmitted songs from local people who were born in the early 20th century. He has collected and collated the compositions of Billy McComiskey, and is continuously collecting Irish and American traditional music in Baltimore and Anne Arundel County. Peter is a steadfast teacher of traditional singing, and trains children and adults in vocal technique, traditional style, and declamation.  He also teaches the button accordion, music theory, and, as an affiliate to Irish dancing schools, supplements dance instruction with an architecture for interpreting Irish traditional music. In 2014, he and his mentor Billy McComiskey were recognized by the Maryland State Arts Council as a traditional arts master-apprentice pair. He received the Maryland Traditions Apprenticeship Award again in 2019 with singer Lisa Null.  A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory Preparatory program, Peter also holds a BA in Irish Traditional Music and Dance from the University of Limerick.  He has served as the director of the New Century American Irish-Arts Company since 2011.


Samantha Suplee is a fiddle player from Washington, D.C. She studied classical and traditional music with Mitch Fanning, Brendan Mulvihill, and Brian Conway, and has performed at the Embassy of Ireland in Washington, D.C., the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center, NYU’s Glucksman Irish House, the Penn Mar Irish Festival, and the Maryland Irish Festival, among others. In 2011, she competed in the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Cavan, Ireland. She is a regular guest with the New Century American Irish-Arts Company, and enjoys playing at various sessions in Annapolis and Washington, D.C.



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