When: Friday, November 3, 2017, 8 to 11pm. Doors 7:30
Special musician is JOHN WHELAN
Seven-time all-Ireland champion John Whelan is one of the world’s best living Irish button accordion players. John was raised in the vibrant London Irish music scene from the time he started playing in 1970 up to his move to the US in 1980 at the age of 20. Learning his craft from such legends as Lucy Farr, Roger Sherlock, Paddy Taylor, Mick O’Connor and his teacher Brendan Mulkare, he recorded his first album in 1974 at the age of 14 and toured extensively throughout England and Ireland up until he came to the US.
It did not take long for John to establish himself in the US as he teamed up with Brian Conway and Eileen Ivers. He recorded his first highly regarded US album with Eileen in 1987 called Fresh Take, on Green Linnett Records. John and Eileen toured the US and Canada and were awarded the duo of the decade by Earle Hitchner, writer for the Irish Echo and Wall Street Journal. In 1990 John recorded his first solo CD in the US, From the Heart, which won an honorable mention by NAIRD. In 1995 John signed a 5 CD deal with Narada, a large independent record label based in Milwaukee, WI, becoming one of the highest selling traditional artist in the genre.
Through his deal with Narada, John went on to sell close to one million CDs and appeared on the Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Fox After Breakfast with host Tom Bergeron and his music could be heard on such TV shows as Sex In The City, History’s Mysteries and History Detectives. John has also appeared in two motion pictures, Gods and Generals with Robert Duvall and Ang Lee’s, Ride with the Devil.
Cost: $12, $10 Veterans, students and 65+
*Céilí is the Gaelic word for an evening gathering of friends sharing and enjoying traditional Irish music, song, dance & fun!
No Experience or Partner necessary!
Real Ceili dancing of the social kind for all to enjoy, young and old, every first Friday of the month, October thru May @ the Grange. 8PM sharp starts the live music and dance. Partners are not needed as we try to make sure that no one is left sitting. We are trying to keep ceili alive in the NW and with your support, it will! #keepceilialive
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