Paddy Keenan, the legendary Irish piper who was one of the founders of the Bothy Band, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Irish Center (Commodore Barry Club), 6815 Emlen St. in Mt. Airy, in a concert sponsored by the Philadelphia Ceili Group.
Keenan, who began to play the uilleann pipes at age 10 and had his first major concert in Dublin at 14, left Ireland for England and the Continent at 17, adding blues and rock to his repertory of traditional Irish music.
Returning to Dublin, he and some of the best musicians in Europe formed the Bothy Band, which became one of the most influential groups in the 1970s by merging a driving rhythm section with traditional Irish tunes.
Keenan has composed and arranged music for several film projects and has recorded in recent years with Irish fiddler James Kelly, flute player Larry Nugent, Steve Morse of Deep Purple, the Dixie Dregs, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bela Fleck and Tim O’Brien.
Admission is $15 for adults and $13 for Ceili Group members. Children are free.