Amhranai Na Gaeilge
the Irishman's Chorale...Baltimore, Maryland
"Céad Míle Fáílte...One hundred thousand welcomes"
History and Background of the Chorale
Amhránaí Na Gaeilge, the Irishman’s Chorale, was founded in 1985 by Larry Feely, and is one of the largest all male Irish choruses in the United States. The Chorale is dedicated to the preservation of Irish culture and history through music.
Approximately 50 members come mainly from the central Maryland area. Many individual members have a musical background, or also perform in community and/or church musical groups. Our repertoire is comprised of both traditional and contemporary music by Irish composers and lyricists, and includes a variety of patriotic, spiritual, ballad, sea chanty, and fun songs. Our director is Mr. Leslie Luco, and our assistant director and accompanist is Ms. Bonnie Davis.
The Chorale performs annually at major Irish functions in the Baltimore area, including the Maryland Irish Festival, the Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day parade, and special masses at the Basilica of the Assumption and at St. Patrick’s Church in Fells Point. The group has performed at the dedication ceremonies on the deck of the USS Constellation in Baltimore Harbor, the dedication of the Irish Brigade monument at Antietam National Battlefield, the dedication of Baltimore’s Irish Shrine at Lemmon St., the 100th anniversary of St. Patrick’s Church in McKewen, Tenn., and has been honored to sing our National Anthem, the Star Spangled Banner, at Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles MLB and at Cal Ripken’s Ironbird Stadium in Aberdeen, Md. The Chorale was privileged to sing at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in 2003 to honor the visit of the Jeannie Johnston, a replica of the Irish refugee ship, like those that brought many of our ancestors to the US during the famine. Performances also include the Gettysburg National Cemetary during the annual memorial service at the Irish Brigade monument, and Irish Festivals in Pennsylvania and Delaware, and the dedication of the Commodore John Barry Memorial at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. In 2014.
Each year the Chorale performs numerous concerts at senior centers, nursing homes, and churches around the Baltimore area, and is always ready to perform at major fund raising events. All monies from our performances and the sale of CD's are donated to Irish and Catholic Charities all over Maryland. To date, The Irishman's Chorale has donated over $30,000.00 !!!!
In May 2002 many members of the Chorale, and their wives, visited Ireland for a musical tour. While there, the group performed in Dublin's St. Patrick's Cathedral, a historic church in our sister city of Baltimore, Co. Cork, the shrine at the site of the apparition of Our Lady of Knock, and the Heritage Center at the port of Cobh from where many emmigrated to the U.S. We also had a great time singing informally for and with many local folks.
The group enjoys singing, being together, and promoting all things Irish.