Irish Super Group, The Teetotallers, at Montgomery College on April 27

The Teetotallers, an Irish music group consisting of three award-winning musicians, will perform at Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center on April 27 at 8 p.m., on the College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Md.

Together for a rare performance of their combined talents, Martin Hayes, Kevin Crawford and John Doyle represent a summit of skill and imagination. Fiddler and violinist Hayes; flute, whistle, and bodhran player Crawford; and singer, guitarist, bouzouki, and mandola player Doyle, landed onstage together at the Sebastopol Celtic Festival in 2010. With their decision to essentially dismiss the notion of transition between melodies, three of the most praised and popular virtuosos in Irish traditional music became The Teetotallers.

Hayes was an All-Ireland Fiddle Champion six times, and won a National Entertainment Award, and the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2000 award for Instrumentalist of the Year. Born in Ireland, Martin Hayes is a master of the slow, lyrical Clare style of fiddling and is regarded as one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge in the world of Irish traditional music.

Virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Crawford has been a key member of Ireland’s most celebrated instrumental bands, propelling himself to international recognition with the group Moving Cloud, of which he is the founding member. He now tours with Ireland’s cutting-edge traditional band, Lunasa, and is the recipient of the BBC Radio 2 Awards and the Livies Award for Performers of the Decade.

Singer and guitarist Doyle is an Irish musician and songwriter, having earned his reputation for guitar brilliance with a trademark style involving the use of a bass. He has firmly established himself as one of the most prolific voices in folk and traditional Irish music, having received a 2010 Grammy nomination for Best Traditional World Music Record.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 240-567-5775 or at and are $25 for regular admission, $20 for students, seniors and military, $15 for Montgomery College IDs and $10 for children 13 and under.

Remaining tickets will be available at the box office two hours prior to showtime. Tickets are $30 at the door.

For more information regarding the concert or the Cultural Arts Center, contact Maria Tsiolis at, 240-567-5793 or Siobhan Quinn at, 240-567-5794.


Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 130 areas of study. The Cultural Arts Center’s mission is to improve multi-cultural literacy, encourage cross-cultural understanding, and build bridges between the arts and other disciplines. It strives to enrich the life of the community through dynamic and diverse programming that celebrates our community’s many cultures.

About Us

On September 16, 1946, the first Montgomery College classes were held in the evenings at a local high school with a student body of 186 men and women. Today, the College has grown to a multi-campus institution and serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.