Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Enjoy Irish music but would rather stay home this year for St. Patty’s Day? This event is for you

Williamsburg-based music group Poisoned Dwarf is performing virtually for St. Patrick’s Day. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of Poisoned Dwarf/ The Hampton History Museum)

Those who are craving traditional Irish music for St. Patrick’s Day this year without the risk of coronavirus are in luck.

Poisoned Dwarf, a Williamsburg-based music group, will perform virtually on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) on Facebook Live as part of Hampton History Museum’s virtual Front Porch Music Series.

Poisoned Dwarf plays virtuosic, innovative and passionate renditions of traditional Irish and Scottish music on acoustic instruments,” according to the museum’s news release on Monday. “Five talented musicians create a driving sonic energy that has been captivating audiences for over a decade with whistles, flutes, violin, guitar, percussion, and uilleann pipes [the national bagpipe of Ireland] together with exciting and lyrical vocals.”

The band members include Thomas DeRose, Stewart Pittman, Lance Pedigo, Mei-Li Garcia and Patrick Rooney.

DeRose, Stewart and Pedigo are considered the founding members of the group with the three having gotten their start in the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums.

DeRose started playing the fife with the Fifes and Drums when he was just ten years old. Pedigo joined the Fifes and Drums as a “young drummer,” but would go on to serve as both the manager of of the group as well as managing Colonial Williamsburg’s music department. Stewart, who comes from a family of bagpipers, originally played the snare drum for the Fifes and Drums but is considered by his peers to be a “master of all manner of bagpipes,” according to the museum’s news release.

Garcia, a graduate of William & Mary, began playing violin via the Suzuki method when she was just 3 years old. Rooney started his musical career in church choirs before taking up the electric bass when he was 14 years old. He now serves as Poisoned Dwarf’s guitarist as well as contributing on the mandolin.

The virtual concert will be live streamed on the Hampton History’s Museum’s Facebook page on Wednesday, March 17 from 7-8 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

Unable to stream the performance live? The museum will post it to their website following the show..

For more information about the event or other Front Porch Series performances, visit the Hampton History Museum’s Facebook page or the museum’s website.


Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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