The Outside Track

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Event Date: 
April 17, 2012 - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Independent Media Center
Address: 
202 South Broadway Avenue, Urbana, IL
Description: 

A stunning synthesis of virtuosity and energy, The Outside Track's marriage of Canadian, Scottish and Irish music and song has been rapturously received around the world. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton and Vancouver, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on its foundation. Using fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, step-dance and vocals these five virtuosos blend boundless energy with unmistakable joie de vivre.

Each player within The Outside Track is a master of their chosen instrument with the band stacking up an impressive amount of international awards. This amount of talent alone would be enough to recommend the band but in this case the end result is so much greater than the sum of the parts.

The line up comprises Norah Rendell (Canadian Traditional Singer of the Year nominee), Mairi Rankin (Beolach), Ailie Robertson (Live Ireland Winner, BBC Young Trad Finalist), Fiona Black (BBC Fame Academy Winner), and Cillian O'Dalaigh.

Admission: 
$20 adult; $10 student / senior
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Laurence Nugent & Patsy O'Brien

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Event Date: 
March 31, 2012 - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Independent Media Center
Address: 
202 South Broadway Avenue, Urbana, IL
Description: 

Laurence Nugent carries on a great tradition of virtuoso flute and whistle playing that has graced Irish music on both sides of the Atlantic. As an established performer and recording artist on the Celtic music circuit, Laurence has performed with scores of musicians, including The Chieftains, Shane McGowan, Van Morrison, The Drovers, The Green Fields of America, Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill and Paddy Keenan. He has been a featured performer at Milwaukee Irish Fest, San Francisco Irish Fest, the Glen Echo Festival in Washington DC, the Willie Clancy Summer School in Ireland, and the International Flute Festival De Cornouaille Quimper in France. He has toured extensively throughout Ireland, the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. He has been heard extensively on radio, including A Prairie Home Companion, The Studs Terkel Show, and Ireland's national network RTE.

Laurence comes from the little village of Lack in County Fermanagh, an area steeped in the traditional arts of music, singing and storytelling. Not surprisingly, his first musical influences came from within his own family. His father Sean Nugent was an All-Ireland fiddle champion and leader of the Pride of Erin Ceili Band, one of the top Irish dance bands of its day, and Laurence grew up listening to some of the finest players in the land. Like many young musicians of his generation, Laurence entered many of the regional and national competitions held under the auspices of the Irish musicians association Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann; he took first prize in junior competitions three times in the late 80's, and went on to win the senior All Ireland Championships in 1994 and 1995.

Since moving to Chicago in 1992, Laurence has played a large part in the local scene as an anchor and resource for traditional Irish music in the area. The informal music sessions he has led over the years in Chicago have been well-known for their fine quality of both music and hospitality. He has taught hundreds of students in private lessons, in classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music, and in workshops throughout the United States and Ireland.

Admission: 
$20 adult; $10 student / senior
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Andrew MacNamara, Orla Harrington & Ged Foley

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Event Date: 
March 2, 2012 - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Independent Media Center
Address: 
202 South Broadway Avenue, Urbana, IL
Description: 

Andrew MacNamara is a native of famously musical Tulla in East Clare. In his teens he played with Ireland's most renowned traditional dance band the Tulla Ceili Band and toured with them extensively in Ireland, England, and the USA. Later he teamed up with the group Skylark touring Ireland, Europe, and the USA regularly. In 1996 he formed his own band The Lahawns. Andrew plays his own individual style of traditional Irish music and has the knack of electrifying audiences. His solo performances and group collaborations are unique and listeners are never disappointed. In the past few years he has brought his inimitable magic to audiences in Europe, North America, Japan and Australia.

Orla Harrington has spent her formative years developing and nurturing two art-forms, traditional Irish music and dance. From session music and dance competition to entertainment and folk festivals, she went on to tour with Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance in 2004 and spent the following three years touring extensively with the show as a solo violinist and troop dancer. After returning home, and meeting with influential musician friends around Ennis and East Clare, Orla began concentrating on the more organic style of music she grew up with. Orla has traveled and performed with various other groups such as Rhythm of the Dance and the Merriman Ceili Band and performed at such international music festivals as Le Grand Bal de l'Europe in France, Hemlig Festival in Sweden and on Broadway with the traditional Irish performance group Style. After a lifetime of competing successfully as an Irish dancer on Munster, All-Ireland and World stages, Orla graduated as T.C.R.G (Teagascoir, Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha) at the World Ball, held at City West, April 23rd 2011 and is now a registered Irish dancing teacher with An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha.

Growing up in County Durham in the northeast of England, Ged (Gerard) absorbed the area's rich tradition of folk song and dance music. It was there that he learned to play mandolin and Northumbrian Smallpipes (the bellows-blown bagpipe native to that part of England), and began to develop his guitar style. At first he teamed up with singer-songwriter Jez Lowe and toured the British Folk scene. Several years with Scotland's Battlefield Band followed. He toured with them throughout Europe and North America before returning home to co-found The House Band with Chris Parkinson. This saw the start of a long period of recording and touring which has taken him all over the globe. Alongside his House Band duties, in 1994, Ged was asked to take over the guitarist's role in Irish super group Patrick Street with Kevin Burke, Andy Irvine and Jackie Daly. In 2001 he became the accompanist for the unique trio of fiddlers, The Celtic Fiddle Festival, now consisting of Kevin Burke, Christian Lemaitre, and Andre Brunet. The year 2002 saw another significant change in Ged's career when for two years he became Artistic Director of the Catskills Irish Arts Week based in East Durham NY. This is a week long teaching festival covering all aspects of Irish traditional music, dance and arts. In addition to his considerable instrumental acumen on both guitar and fiddle, Ged is also a fine singer and a well thought of Record Producer. His teaching credits include guitar at all of the major teaching festivals in the USA and fiddle at the acclaimed Feakle Festival in East Clare.

Admission: 
$20 adult; $10 student / senior
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West African Dance Classes with Djibril Camara

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Event Date: 
March 4, 2012 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Channing-Murray Foundation
Address: 
1209 West Oregon, Urbana
Description: 

About the Classes: Open to beginners through advanced. Offered every Sunday evening.

The classes introduce attendees to dances from Guinea, in particular. Dances from other West African countries are also presented. Yankadi, Macru, Soli, Dundunba, Lamban, Sinte, Triba, Koukou and more are among the dances taught. Live drumming accompanies the class. Class begins with a warm up with live drumming, instruction in particular steps associated with a dance (w/o drums), dancing those steps (drumming), and solo circle (drumming).

What to Bring: Water, wear comfortable dance/workout clothes, and shoes are optional.

About Djibril: Djibril Camara teaches these classes. He is originally from Guinea in West Africa. He has danced professionally for 17 years and was the principal choreographer and dancer with the Ballet du Afrique Noir, touring throughout Africa, Europe and the U.S. He has been introducing various U.S. communities to the joys of African dance for over 5 years. He has lived in Champaign-Urbana for the past 3 years.

Admission: 
$10 for students/$12 for non-students; Or buy in bulk for reduced rates
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West African Dance Classes with Djibril Camara

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Event Date: 
March 11, 2012 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Channing-Murray Foundation
Address: 
1209 West Oregon, Urbana
Description: 

About the Classes: Open to beginners through advanced. Offered every Sunday evening.

The classes introduce attendees to dances from Guinea, in particular. Dances from other West African countries are also presented. Yankadi, Macru, Soli, Dundunba, Lamban, Sinte, Triba, Koukou and more are among the dances taught. Live drumming accompanies the class. Class begins with a warm up with live drumming, instruction in particular steps associated with a dance (w/o drums), dancing those steps (drumming), and solo circle (drumming).

What to Bring: Water, wear comfortable dance/workout clothes, and shoes are optional.

About Djibril: Djibril Camara teaches these classes. He is originally from Guinea in West Africa. He has danced professionally for 17 years and was the principal choreographer and dancer with the Ballet du Afrique Noir, touring throughout Africa, Europe and the U.S. He has been introducing various U.S. communities to the joys of African dance for over 5 years. He has lived in Champaign-Urbana for the past 3 years.

Admission: 
$10 for students/$12 for non-students; Or buy in bulk for reduced rates
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West African Dance Classes with Djibril Camara

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Event Date: 
March 18, 2012 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Channing-Murray Foundation
Address: 
1209 West Oregon, Urbana
Description: 

About the Classes: Open to beginners through advanced. Offered every Sunday evening.

The classes introduce attendees to dances from Guinea, in particular. Dances from other West African countries are also presented. Yankadi, Macru, Soli, Dundunba, Lamban, Sinte, Triba, Koukou and more are among the dances taught. Live drumming accompanies the class. Class begins with a warm up with live drumming, instruction in particular steps associated with a dance (w/o drums), dancing those steps (drumming), and solo circle (drumming).

What to Bring: Water, wear comfortable dance/workout clothes, and shoes are optional.

About Djibril: Djibril Camara teaches these classes. He is originally from Guinea in West Africa. He has danced professionally for 17 years and was the principal choreographer and dancer with the Ballet du Afrique Noir, touring throughout Africa, Europe and the U.S. He has been introducing various U.S. communities to the joys of African dance for over 5 years. He has lived in Champaign-Urbana for the past 3 years.

Admission: 
$10 for students/$12 for non-students; Or buy in bulk for reduced rates
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West African Dance Classes with Djibril Camara

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Event Date: 
March 25, 2012 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Channing-Murray Foundation
Address: 
1209 West Oregon, Urbana
Description: 

About the Classes: Open to beginners through advanced. Offered every Sunday evening.

The classes introduce attendees to dances from Guinea, in particular. Dances from other West African countries are also presented. Yankadi, Macru, Soli, Dundunba, Lamban, Sinte, Triba, Koukou and more are among the dances taught. Live drumming accompanies the class. Class begins with a warm up with live drumming, instruction in particular steps associated with a dance (w/o drums), dancing those steps (drumming), and solo circle (drumming).

What to Bring: Water, wear comfortable dance/workout clothes, and shoes are optional.

About Djibril: Djibril Camara teaches these classes. He is originally from Guinea in West Africa. He has danced professionally for 17 years and was the principal choreographer and dancer with the Ballet du Afrique Noir, touring throughout Africa, Europe and the U.S. He has been introducing various U.S. communities to the joys of African dance for over 5 years. He has lived in Champaign-Urbana for the past 3 years.

Admission: 
$10 for students/$12 for non-students; Or buy in bulk for reduced rates
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West African Dance Classes with Djibril Camara

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Event Date: 
April 1, 2012 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Channing-Murray Foundation
Address: 
1209 West Oregon, Urbana
Description: 

About the Classes: Open to beginners through advanced. Offered every Sunday evening.

The classes introduce attendees to dances from Guinea, in particular. Dances from other West African countries are also presented. Yankadi, Macru, Soli, Dundunba, Lamban, Sinte, Triba, Koukou and more are among the dances taught. Live drumming accompanies the class. Class begins with a warm up with live drumming, instruction in particular steps associated with a dance (w/o drums), dancing those steps (drumming), and solo circle (drumming).

What to Bring: Water, wear comfortable dance/workout clothes, and shoes are optional.

About Djibril: Djibril Camara teaches these classes. He is originally from Guinea in West Africa. He has danced professionally for 17 years and was the principal choreographer and dancer with the Ballet du Afrique Noir, touring throughout Africa, Europe and the U.S. He has been introducing various U.S. communities to the joys of African dance for over 5 years. He has lived in Champaign-Urbana for the past 3 years.

Admission: 
$10 for students/$12 for non-students; Or buy in bulk for reduced rates
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West African Dance Classes with Djibril Camara

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Event Date: 
April 8, 2012 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Channing-Murray Foundation
Address: 
1209 West Oregon, Urbana
Description: 

About the Classes: Open to beginners through advanced. Offered every Sunday evening.

The classes introduce attendees to dances from Guinea, in particular. Dances from other West African countries are also presented. Yankadi, Macru, Soli, Dundunba, Lamban, Sinte, Triba, Koukou and more are among the dances taught. Live drumming accompanies the class. Class begins with a warm up with live drumming, instruction in particular steps associated with a dance (w/o drums), dancing those steps (drumming), and solo circle (drumming).

What to Bring: Water, wear comfortable dance/workout clothes, and shoes are optional.

About Djibril: Djibril Camara teaches these classes. He is originally from Guinea in West Africa. He has danced professionally for 17 years and was the principal choreographer and dancer with the Ballet du Afrique Noir, touring throughout Africa, Europe and the U.S. He has been introducing various U.S. communities to the joys of African dance for over 5 years. He has lived in Champaign-Urbana for the past 3 years.

Admission: 
$10 for students/$12 for non-students; Or buy in bulk for reduced rates
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West African Dance Classes with Djibril Camara

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Event Date: 
April 15, 2012 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Channing-Murray Foundation
Address: 
1209 West Oregon, Urbana
Description: 

About the Classes: Open to beginners through advanced. Offered every Sunday evening.

The classes introduce attendees to dances from Guinea, in particular. Dances from other West African countries are also presented. Yankadi, Macru, Soli, Dundunba, Lamban, Sinte, Triba, Koukou and more are among the dances taught. Live drumming accompanies the class. Class begins with a warm up with live drumming, instruction in particular steps associated with a dance (w/o drums), dancing those steps (drumming), and solo circle (drumming).

What to Bring: Water, wear comfortable dance/workout clothes, and shoes are optional.

About Djibril: Djibril Camara teaches these classes. He is originally from Guinea in West Africa. He has danced professionally for 17 years and was the principal choreographer and dancer with the Ballet du Afrique Noir, touring throughout Africa, Europe and the U.S. He has been introducing various U.S. communities to the joys of African dance for over 5 years. He has lived in Champaign-Urbana for the past 3 years.

Admission: 
$10 for students/$12 for non-students; Or buy in bulk for reduced rates
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