Eliot Riskin – Eliot recently retired from BBDO, an advertising agency in New York, where he wrote and produced commercials for over thirty years. His major clients included Visa, Lowe’s, Pizza Hut and E*Trade, to name a few. He is now a freelance writer living in Riverside, Connecticut, with his wife Bonnie and daughter Jenny. Eliot Riskin
Ronnie D’Addario -Ronnie’s credits include an appearance on the Rosie O’Donnell Show, TV commercial jingles, and six PBS shows with Tommy Makem (where he performed with Judy Collins and Eric Weissberg of “Dueling Banjos” fame). He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Guinness Fleadh at Randall’s Island, Lisner Auditorium, Wash. DC, and Mechanic’s Hall, Worcester, MA. Ronnie also produced the album, “Live At the Irish Pavilion,” a favorite among Makem fans, and has produced several other artists, including Morning Star, Mary O’Dowd, Danny Quinn, and The Irish Mist. His song, “Falling for Love,” was recorded by The Carpenters in 1981. Ronnie has two albums out, “Time Will Tell On You” and “God’s Won Me Over.” Ronnie plays in the classic rock band, “The Rock Club.” He is currently working on a brand new album entitled, “A Very Short Dream.” For more on Ronnie click here –Ronnie D’Addario
“The Midnight Dance of Instruments” Composer, Patrick Mangan – Fiddler Patrick Mangan is from Brooklyn, New York. The two-time All-Ireland champion studied with renowned player and teacher, Brian Conway. He was also mentored by the late Sligo fiddle legends Andy McGann and Paddy Reynolds. At sixteen, Patrick appeared in Riverdance on Broadway, becoming the youngest fiddle player in the show’s history. Since then, he has performed with Riverdance at some of the most prestigious venues around the globe, as a featured soloist from 2006 through the present. He has dazzled audiences across the US, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Japan, China, Taiwan, South Africa, Israel, Australia, and New Zealand. He has also toured with Celtic music luminaries John Whelan and Cathie Ryan.
McGoldrick’s Thread will also entertain you with incredible Step Dance numbers throughout the performance.