TUESDAY

Galway-based band De Dannan, led by virtuoso fiddler Frankie Gavin, has remained true to acoustic Irish roots music for 25 years. But that doesn’t mean the group is averse to experimentation. Over the years, De Dannan has recorded unique interpretations of classical pieces and worked with a gospel choir as well as klezmer clarinet master Andy Statman. Tonight’s concert, part of the Kennedy Center’s Island: Arts From Ireland megafestival, will continue these explorations, featuring some fantastic special guests. French horn and trumpet player David Steinberg will lend his talent for interpreting classical, klezmer, and jazz numbers. Several songs will feature New York-based gospel duo the Gospelites, who worked with De Dannan on its boundary-crossing 1/2 Set in Harlem album. And Statman will rejoin the lads and lasses for some hot instrumentals. The minifestival-style show is also a reunion of sorts. A fantastic crew of vocalists and instrumentalists have passed through De Dannan’s ranks, including Mary Black, Maura O’Connell, and Andy Irvine, and three of them—vocalists Dolores Keane and Eleanor Shanley and accordion genius Mairtin O’Connor—will team up with their old bandmates again for tonight’s performance. These musicians aren’t likely to be onstage together again any time soon, so tonight’s show is definitely a special event. De Dannan plays host at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. $25. (202) 467-4600. (Ken Roseman)