GIRSA – Traditional Irish Music
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Adults $25, Seniors $20, Students $8
Oconomowoc, WI – The Oconomowoc Arts Center St. Patrick’s Day celebration includes Girsa, an exciting all star ensemble of young adults who create powerful and spirited Irish customary music, song, and dance. Steeped in Irish cultural tradition, each have studied their instruments and dance with gifted teachers who pass on the time-honored tunes and songs. Many are the children of musicians and Irish immigrants. Most have had the distinction of representing the United States at the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann and several hold titles in various instruments.
Their lovely mix of lively tunes and beautiful traditional songs has gained a popular following. Girsa performs at fairs, festivals, and pubs, including the honor to appear at Ellis Island, Gracie Mansion, City Hall, the Irish Consulate and now the OAC! Their 2010 summer performances at Midwest Irish Festivals in Dublin, Ohio, Milwaukee, and Kansas City have broadened their fan base and heightened the buzz surrounding this vibrant band.
“We are thrilled to have Girsa come in from New York to perform on St. Patrick’s Day” – Michael Duncan, arts center manager. “The group’s popularity has grown with their CD releases and the many fairs and festivals they have performed at. Some may remember them from Irish Fest a year or two ago. It is a perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day evening with the whole family.”
The group’s performers include: Maeve Flanagan (fiddle, tin, whistle), Deirdre Brennan (fiddle, banjo, vocals), Pamela Geraghty (guitar, accordion, vocals), Emily McShane (piano, guitar, vocals), along with guest performers, Anna Colliton (bodhran) and Dan Gurney (accordion).
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Michael Duncan – Arts Center Manager
641 East Forest Street
Oconomowoc, WI 53066