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Take a musical tour of the Emerald Isle from west to east with two of the nation’s leading traditional Irish ensembles. The concert culminates in a collaborative performance featuring both groups playing together for the first time in the United States, creating an Irish “big band” experience, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.
Hailing from counties Waterford, Dublin, Donegal and Cork, Danú is known for its high-energy performances and a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire. Named Live Ireland’s “Traditional Group of the Year”, Goitse have become a leader of the new generation of traditional Irish ensembles. This magical night will bring both groups together on one stage in a perfect celebration of Irish culture and heritage.
Jigs: Brown-Eyed Bridget Set (O’Brien/McAuley)
The Foggy Dew-Danville,KY
Photo: Goitse; Colin Gillen
Photo: Danú; Kelly Davidson
For over two decades, Danú’s virtuosi players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki, and vocals (Irish and English), have performed around the globe and recorded seven critically acclaimed albums. Their live DVD, One Night Stand, was filmed at Vicar St. Dublin. Winners of numerous awards from the BBC and Irish Music Magazine, Danú has toured throughout Europe, the Middle East, and North America with stops at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Symphony Space in New York City, and major concert engagements in the United Kingdom, India, Israel, and across Europe. Danú takes its audiences on a musical journey to their native Ireland, offering a moving and memorable concert experience. Danú’s popular recordings are available on the Shanachie label and live performances are often broadcast on NPR, the CBC, and the BBC.
Goitse has released four critically acclaimed recordings and maintains a year round touring schedule that includes performances throughout Ireland and the UK, Germany, France and the United States. Their distinctive sound lies in the quality of their own compositions interspersed with traditional tunes from the countryside of Ireland and abroad, which make each performance unique. Laying the foundations for the music are World and All-Ireland Bodhrán champion Colm Phelan and Conal O’Kane, who is fast making a name for himself as one of the finest guitarists of his generation. The gripping rhythm section sets a powerful drive for the music while the sweet, charismatic voice of Áine McGeeney draws audiences into a song the way few performers can.
Together, the quintet Goitse makes what Irish Music Magazine calls “Music that’s brimming with energy and creative zeal.”