Music & Literary Event "A Celebration of Irish Song, Literature & Poetry"

May 30, 2013

Contact: Shani Leonards,

Join us on Thursday, June 13th at 6:30 p.m. at the Claremont Branch Library for a cultural evening featuring award-winning  jazz singer and songwriter Melanie O'Reilly. Melanie will team up with top Bay Area jazz pianist Frank Martin to perform music inspired by the writings of James Joyce , Sean O Riordain, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill  & other Irish greats, interwoven with literature & poetry readings. One of Ireland's foremost jazz singers, Melanie performs her own unique style of Celtic Jazz, which has been described as "A gorgeous sound…Celtic Cadence with a jazz sensibility.” Her music has been featured in Frontline and PBS documentaries. She is also host of Award winning radio show "Jazz on the Bay" for the Irish National Broadcasting station, RTE. Frank Martin works as an arranger, conductor and keyboardist and has performed and recorded with a variety of jazz and popular stars including Sting, Stevie Wonder, Bobbi McFerrin and James Taylor. Wheelchair accessible. To request a sign language interpreter, real-time captioning, materials in large print or Braille, or other accommodations for these events, please call 510 981-6195 (voice) or 510 548-1240 (TTY) At least three working days notice will ensure availability. Please refrain from wearing scented products to public programs. Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library ( The Claremont Library, 2940 Benvenue Avenue, Berkeley CA 94705, is open Monday and Tuesday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 12p.m.-8 p.m.., and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., For questions and accessibility information, call 510-981-6195, TDD 510-548-1240,