Last night I had the opportunity to check out The Jolly Beggars. Five music educators from the Hartt School started by Jeff DesRosier (vocals/mandolin/guitar) after a family trip to Ireland. As explained during the performance Jeff wanted to form a traditional Irish folk group. Comically he is the only member if the group of Irish descent.
The group performed two sets of traditional Irish folk tunes many with their own inventive arrangements giving them a sort of new life.
They have a great stage presence for performing and many of the crowd singing along who did know these Irish classics.
The Jolly Beggars have a bunch of shows coming up listed on their website. The group plays the Playwright in Hamden, Ct the final Saturday of every month which I plan on attending in the future and you should too.