Opera House to Present Evening of Celtic Music and Dance

arise and go 1FREDONIA – The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present a special celebration of “St. Patrick’s Day in November,” with Celtic musicians Arise & Go on Fri., Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. The band will be joined on the Opera House stage by members of Buffalo-based Clann Na Cara Irish Dance.

Arise & Go is an exciting Celtic trio that finds its roots in the dance music of Ireland, Scotland and Atlantic Canada.  Blending pipes, whistles, fiddle and guitar, the varied backgrounds of the group’s members combine to produce a sound that is both grounded in tradition and uniquely fresh and driving.

Based in Ithaca, NY, the trio is noted for its “precision and energy.”  Whether in an intimate house concert or on a festival stage, the band blends traditional melodies and instruments into fresh new arrangements that are sure to excite any audience. 

Winners of North America’s longest running live folk radio broadcast Best of Bound for Glory Award 2018, Arise & Go has been featured in Irish Music Magazine, Roots Music Canada, and the Irish American News and praised for its “musical complexity and color” that is also “authentically mindful of tradition.”  

In 2017, the group released its debut, self-titled EP which introduced listeners to its variety and style.  2019 saw the release of a full-length album, Meeting Place, on which members Ellie Gould (fiddle), Michael Roddy (uilleann pipes, border pipes, smallpipes, whistles) and Tim Ball (guitar, foot percussion) showcase the unique elements of different Celtic traditions that each brings to the group’s sound. 

Joining the trio will be members of Clann Na Cara Irish Dance.  Clann Na Cara, Gaelic for “A Family of Friends,” is an Irish dancing school founded in 2006 by Mary Kate Conrad, Katie Cunningham, Jennifer Mammoliti and Erin Mansour, all of whom danced together for years and competed at the World Competition level.  Under their instruction, the school has earned a reputation for providing quality lessons in Irish dancing through local, national and international recognition. The school is home to regional champions and both national and world-level competitors.  Clann Na Cara dancers have performed on the Opera House stage before and are always a hit with Fredonia audiences! 

The concert is part of the Opera House Folk in Fredonia Music Series, which is generously sponsored by The Gilman Family. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for Opera House members and $10 for students, and may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 716-679-1891, Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.fredopera.org anytime.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. A complete schedule of Opera House events is available at www.fredopera.org.