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CARNEGIE HALL’S IVY TERRACE CONCERT SERIES
June 23 @ 6:30 pm
Carnegie Hall continues its 2022 Ivy Terrace Concert Series Thursday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. with
Philadelphia band The River Drivers. Sponsored by City National Bank, the concerts take place outside on
Carnegie Hall’s Ivy Terrace as attendees watch from the expansive lawn in front of New River
Community and Technical College. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket and
pack a picnic to enjoy live music. All-Ivy Terrace concerts are free and open to the public.
Celtic-tinged folk-rock collective The River Drivers is a four-piece band whose unique passion-infused
style of music draws from Celtic, Americana, and Appalachian influences and features powerful and
distinctive vocals. Influenced by the likes of Billy Bragg, Christy Moore, Ewan MacColl, Phil Ochs, Bob
Dylan, Neil Young, the Paul McKenna Band, and Altan, among many others, their repertoire strikes a fine
balance of original songs and more obscure folk songs resurrected from deep folk vaults.
Anchored by Kevin McCloskey (vocals, guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass) and Mindy Murray (vocals, guitar,
banjo, bass) with accompaniment by Marian Moran (tin whistle, low whistle, concertina, melodica) and
Meagan Ratini (fiddle, Irish flute, tin whistle), their high-energy music explores pervasive themes of
hard-working people and social justice.
River Drivers’ distinct flavor of music is a sum of its parts. Kevin McCloskey’s passion for songs portraying
the plight of working men and women was kindled by a childhood of performing Irish standards with his
father, Irish tenor Tommy McCloskey. The intensity he brings to his music was shaped by years with the
hardcore punk band Wrong Answer.
Mindy Murray’s works are infused with the music of the mountains and the miners, having witnessed
firsthand the struggles of day-to-day life in Appalachia during medical school. Years later, she and
daughter Meagan Ratini formed the duo, Port Murray. Meagan herself fell into Irish music over many
years of mastering instrument after instrument. She became further immersed while helping to run the
New Jersey Folk Festival.
Marian’s roots lie in Ardara, County Donegal, an epicenter of Irish traditional music. Whenever she can
break away, she steals back to the rugged coastline village to recharge at its nightly sessions and music
festivals, eventually bringing River Drivers over to perform at its famous Cup of Tae Festival.
The 2022 Carnegie Hall Ivy Terrace Concert Series is a “must-do” for visitors and locals alike. Concerts
may be canceled due to inclement weather, so Follow and Like Carnegie Hall’s Facebook page for
updates. For more information, please visit www.carnegiehallwv.org or call (304) 645-7917.
Carnegie Hall WV is a nonprofit organization supported by individual contributions, grants, and
fundraising efforts such as TOOT and The Carnegie Hall Gala. The Hall is located at 611 Church Street,