Come on over and have fun at this community concert series! Thank you all!
Vermont's O’hAnleigh draws on their ancestral roots and diverse musical talent to entertain audiences with the lively and haunting rhythms of Irish America. Since 2000, their dynamic multi-instrumental performances feature rich, fluid harmonies and an enormous playlist of classic ballads, rousing pub tunes, and original songs and tunes that have garnered noteworthy praise from fans and music critics the world over. O’hAnleigh’s performances pack in an impressive number of songs interspersed with bits of story and poetry that make our audiences laugh, cry, dance, and can’t stop clapping their hands and tapping their feet.
Members include Tom Hanley, a second-generation Irishman descended of immigrants from Counties Laois and Roscommon, Becca Hanley rocks on the bodhran and shines on obscure instruments like the autoharp and bowed psaltery but is even more breathtaking on that original and most ethereal of all instruments: the voice and Cindy Hill’s ancestors hail from Counties Tyrone and Limerick.
From classic Gaelic ballads to rollicking pub songs, Irish-American ‘tin pan alley’ tunes to traditional dance sets, songs of rebellion to songs of love and loss, O’hAnleigh’s vocal talents combine to create the unique O’hAnleigh sound. Their vocal diversity is supported with a dazzling array of instruments including 6 and 12 string guitars, bouzouki, mandolin, bass, fiddle, tenor banjo, penny whistles, harmonica, bowed psaltery, dulcimer, autoharp, bodhrans, bones, spoons, and a whole assortment of other small percussion, much of it hand-made out of odd bits of things found in the garage to get just the right sound for a particular song.
The O'hAnleigh's playlist numbers in the hundreds, including a hearty dose of rebel tunes and a growing list of original pieces, as Tom and Cindy compose music and lyrics to expand the Irish-American folk genre. Their performances are noted for the rapid-fire pace of their song list, as well-rehearsed instrument changes and dramatic or humorous pieces of the ‘spoken word’ (Irish poetry) blend one song into the next for a non-stop set of musical energy. Find them at http://www.ohanleigh.com/
Suggested donation at the door: $10, kids under 16 free!
For more info call 802-586-7533 or www.themusicboxcraftsbury.org
You can always BYOB. Light refreshments by donation.
Hope you can come!