3505 Pacific Ave. / Forest Grove, OR, 97116
Saturday, March 16, 2019
2 - 10 pm
All ages welcome
Irish or not, you're invited to join in our celebration!
Garage DoorBlarney Thursday • 2 - 5 pm
Sky in the Road • 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Biddy on the Bench • 8 - 10 pm
Pat's CornerBob Soper & Elizabeth Nicholson • 2 - 5 pm
The Brothers Dunne • 6 - 9 pm
The versatile combination of banjo, guitar, mandolin, tin whistle and four part vocal harmony lendsitself equally to high-energy Irish rebel songs and shanties, lively session tunes, and mournful gaelicballads. Grounded primarily in the folk/traditional style of Irish music pioneered by such bands as "The Dubliners", "Planxty", and "The Bothy Band", Portland's own "Biddy on the Bench" breathes lifeand authenticity into old standbys of the genre and lesser-known tunes alike.In the winter months of 2013, Biddy on the Bench was formed. The members include KevinGrgurich, Nick Frey, Noah Cotter, Casey Dyer, Tristan Cormack, and Trevor Cormack. Hailing fromCleveland, Ohio, Kevin, Nick, Tristan, and Trevor have been playing music together for close to adecade. Noah and Casey are Oregon natives and bring with them years of experience with Irishmusic. Together, Biddy on the Bench approaches each song, each melody, with a passion for themusic and sharing it with others.
Tommy and Tony Dunne have been performing live around the Northwest since the '80s. The brothers learned music in grade school by virtue of the good nuns at St. Thomas More with spiritual assistance from Lennon, McCartney, and the Clancy Brothers -- The British invasion meets the Irish uprising!
"Sister" Mary Harvard was let out of the family's basement and joined the brothers' musical escapades in 2006, contributing her own folk influence, added instrumentation, and Part 3 to the buttery tight vocals.
Together the trio provides hours of entertainment, playing a variety of music with an emphasis on Irish folk, a strong emphasis on vocal harmonies, and an even greater emphasis on FUN! Pure entertainment... whether you're Irish or not!
Sky in the Road creates music with an organic feel that reflects their unique native Oregonian perspective. Sky in the Road is the performing name of singer/songwriter duo Daniel Rhiger and Rahmana Wiest. Their musical collaboration spans two decades. They describe their music as folk-based winding its way through Americana, country, Celtic, world folk, gypsy jazz, new age, rock and reggae. Known for their tight, soaring vocal harmonies they fill out their sound with a variety of instrumentation including 6 and 12 string guitar, Irish bouzouki, banjo and East Indian harmonium.Their songs have received honors in competitions locally and nationally including Billboard Magazine's National Songwriting Contest. Sky in the Road has released several CDs including, "Time Travels", "Celtic Gypsy", "Where Everything is Music" and their 1996 debut, "Sky in the Road".They have toured nationally and have been heard at numerous concert halls, conferences, coffee houses and festivals including Winterfolk, Portland's Rose Festival, Artquake, The Bite, Seattle Folk Life, and many more. Their recordings have received airplay in major markets such as Boston, San Francisco and Portland and on numerous college radio stations nationwide. They have been featured on the nationally syndicated radio show River City Folk three times since 2001.
Bob Soper is counted among Portland's most astonishingly versatile multi-instrumentalists. He is most known for his role co-fronting the highly acclaimed music group String Migration. A rock and jazz drummer from a young age who also studied classical Indian music at the Ali Akbar College, he went on to learn the Irish fiddle, ultimately becoming one the Northwest's most sought-after players. Also an accomplished guitarist, bouzouki player and vocalist, he's been a member of some of the region's most beloved and successful ensembles, including the Irish bands C'l an T' and Grafton Street, as well as the old-time/country-blues group The Pagan Jug Band.
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