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Troupe takes Irish music to a new level with fusion of genres

February 10th, 2012 3:53 am by Staff report

Troupe takes Irish music to a new level with fusion of genres

Contributed photoCeltic Crossroads will perform at 3 p.m., Feb. 19 at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol. Proceeds from the performance will benefit the Children's Advocacy Center of Bristol/Washington County, Va.


Just when you thought you’ve seen the best that Irish music has to offer, a fresh new show from the Emerald Isle is taking the art form to an entirely new level.


Celtic Crossroads presents Irish music like never before, and is set to do to Irish music what Riverdance has done to Irish dance.


Celtic Crossroads will perform at 3 p.m., Feb. 19, at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Tickets are $32 for adults; $28 for seniors and students, and $16 for children age 12 and under.


Proceeds from the performance will benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol/Washington County, Va.


The name Celtic Crossroads originates from a time in Ireland when neighboring communities met at the crossroads between towns and villages to socialize — long before the pub tradition began. With a focus on keeping the tradition of Irish music alive, each performer nurtures this bygone concept, but by virtue of their young age and raw talent, they high-kick this tradition into the 21st century.


The show features seven musicians playing more than 20 instruments — fiddle, banjo, mandolin, accordion, mandola, bouzouki, flute, uilleann pipes, whistles, low whistles and the Irish harp, among them — creating a fusion of musical genres in the Irish music family, like Eastern European Gypsy, North American Bluegrass, classical and jazz, and various forms of Celtic music from around Europe and the rest of the world.


Throw in bodhran rhythms, drumkit and cajon, and the audience finds themselves stomping along.


Celtic Crossroads showcases the talents of Diarmaid Hurley, from Ballymote, Co. Sligo; Isaac Alderson, an American by birth; Kate Moloney, from Co. Clare on the west coast of Ireland; Michael McClintock, born in Dublin; James Riley, from Dublin City; Lisa Canny, from Co. Mayo on the west coast of Ireland; Marcus Donnelly, from Co. Galway; Shaunessy Sinnett, who began dancing at age four; and Charlene Morrison, from Co. Mayo on Ireland’s west coast.


For tickets or more information, visit www.etix.com ? or call (423) 274-8920.

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