A community built through music




Meet Casey Mullaney, a new regular at the open music sessions at Fiddler’s Hearth. Casey is new to the South Bend area, but also in the beginning stages of her musicianship. Casey explains how she loves the way music engages people, and how meaningful friendships can be when people are collaborating with instrumental sounds. We asked, Casey expand on her experience in music, as well as her take on the open Irish music sessions. Casey provides great insight into community in the Irish Open Session scene.


When asked about why Irish music and it’s community is unique, Casey stated

“Being a part of that community that sometimes exists in one town, and sometimes there’s a dance or a festival and everybody goes somewhere else and that’s wonderful. And being part of a community that also extends backwards into the past and forward into the future because we inherited this music from people who have played it before us. When you see a group of beginners and young people sitting in the back of the session and learning from others, they will carry it forward.”



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