Riverdance

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Event Date: 
March 7, 2012 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Assembly Hall
Address: 
1800 S. First Street, Champaign, Ill.
Description: 

Few shows have touched audiences like Riverdance. A celebration of Irish music, song and dance, the show focuses on the evolution of Irish dance and its similarities with, and influences on, other cultures. The phenomenon of Riverdance draws on Irish traditions and combines the richness of the music with the magic and sensuality of the dance.

Bill Whelan won the 1997 Grammy Award for “Best Musical Show Album” for his original music and lyrics for Riverdance. This extraordinarily unique show, which features an international company, has touched the hearts of millions around the world.

Admission: 
Fl, A, B- $47.50; C- $37.50; CC- $25.50 [$5 IL-UC student discount]
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Slide

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Event Date: 
March 9, 2012 - 8:00pm
Venue: 
Gateway Building
Address: 
Riverfront Park, Peoria
Description: 

Slide Concert
Gateway Building, Peoria Riverfont

This Slide Concert will be held on Friday March 9, 2012 at the Gateway Building on Peoria's RiverFront. Doors Open at 7:00 PM.

The music presented by Slide will encompass both traditional and nontraditional Irish music. You will be energized by their music and the variety of instruments that they play

Admission: 
General admission tickets are $20 if ordered by March 6th or $25 at the door.
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Gaelic Storm

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Event Date: 
March 6, 2012 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
The Virginia Theatre
Address: 
203 W. Park, Champaign, IL
Description: 

You might already know Gaelic Storm from their appearance in James Cameron’s Titanic as the Celtic party band in the ship’s steerage deck. Unlike so many other bands that were unable to sustain a career after receiving near-blinding initial exposure, Gaelic Storm has amassed a large, loyal and ever-growing following since their launch in 1995. After three studio albums on Virgin/EMI early on, the band has since flourished in an extreme DIY fashion by not only launching their own label, Lost Again Records, and releasing their albums themselves but also by designing all their own album art, posters and advertising.

While Gaelic Storm plays Celtic music that hearkens back to the traditional music of Ireland, they are hardly traditionalists, adding modern sounds and drawing influences from American rock and pop as well as music styles from around the world.

Following the path of the band’s 2008 release, What’s The Rumpus?, 2010’s Cabbage debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Chart.

Admission: 
$40: “VIP” (includes artist meet & greet) Main 3-4, Rows A-C $29: Main 2-4 / Mezz 2-4 $24: Main 1 & 5 / Mezz 1 & 5 $18: Balcony
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Len Graham & Brian Hart

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Event Date: 
May 6, 2012 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Independent Media Center
Address: 
202 South Broadway Avenue, Urbana, IL
Description: 

County Antrim born, Len Graham has been a full-time professional traditional singer since 1982. After he won the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann traditional singing competion in 1971 his reputation began to spread, and at the same time his own passion for the songs of his native Ulster was growing. From the early 1960s Len sought out and recorded older singers such as Eddie Butcher and Joe Holmes. His musical friendship with Joe Holmes resulted in two albums being recorded – Chaste Muses, Bards and Sages (1975) and - After Dawning (1978).

Over the years, Len has collaborated and worked with numerous musicians, poets and storytellers. His association with the late John Campbell brought storytelling and song to a world audience. Their work together over twenty years made a significant contribution toward creating a deeper cross-community understanding of shared cultural traditions during many years of conflict in the north of Ireland. Together they recorded two albums – Ebb and Flow (1998) and - Two for the Road (2001).

Len Graham has performed at numerous Irish and international folk, literary and storytelling festivals, as well as appearing on many radio and television programmes. In 1992 he received the Seán O’Boyle Cultural Traditions Award in recognition of his work in Ireland as a song collector and singer. In 2002, he was honoured as the first recipient of the Irish television TG4 National Music Award for “Traditional Singer Of the Year.” In 2008 he was awarded “Keeper of the Tradition” from the Tommy Makem Festival of Traditional Song and the US Irish Music Award in the “Sean-Nós Singing” category.

In 2011 Len was awarded the Gradam na mBard CCÉ (CCÉ Bardic Award) at the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

Admission: 
$20 adult; $10 student / senior
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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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