Irish Week underway at Augusta
ELKINS – Whether they hail from the Emerald Isle or practice the traditional heritage, they all have one thing in common a knack for bringing their audiences a true Irish entertainment experience.
More than a dozen musicians and dancers will combine their talents for Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College Irish Week through Friday.
Highlighting the week are two public concerts on Tuesday and Thursday in Myles Center for the Arts Harper-McNeeley Auditorium on the College campus. For both shows, doors open at 7 p.m. and the music begins at 7:30 p.m.
The Tuesday show features Bodhr’n drummer Eoin McQuinn; vocalist, flutist and tin whistle player Norah Rendell; guitar and bouzouki accompanist Brian Miller; vocalist Shay Black; fiddler and accordionist Damien Connolly; and dancers Shannon Dunne and Kevin Doyle. Dan Neely will serve as master of ceremonies.
A Ceili dance will take place after the concert in the open-air pavilion featuring music by Ivan Goff, Jimmy Keane and Josh Dukes with caller Jim Keenan.
Performers for the Thursday show include flutist Ivan Goff, vocalist Bridget Fitzgerald, multi-instrumentalist Josh Dukes, fiddler Colin Farrell, guitarist Don Penzien and dancer Jimmy Keane. Neely will serve as master of ceremonies.
A Ceili dance will take place after the concert in the open-air pavilion featuring music by Damien Connolly and Penzien with caller Shannon Dunne.
Other events for the week include:
7 p.m.: “String Changing and Instrument Maintenance,” a free workshop by Bob Smakula in Halliehurst Library.
7:30 p.m.: “Exploring Nostalgia for the Future: History of the Augusta Heritage Center” will be presented by Augusta Heritage Center Program Coordinator Brittany Hicks in Madden Student Center Timms Lounge.
8 p.m.: “Tunes on the Porch,” a jam session with Irish Week instructors on the Halliehurst porch.
4-6:30 p.m.: Show and Sell featuring crafts, recordings and instruments on the Halliehurst porch.
6-10 p.m.: Pickin’ in the Park at Elkins City Park.
8 p.m.: Irish Week Party on the Halliehurst porch with a barbecue supper.
1:30 p.m.: Irish Week Student Showcase, location to be announced.
8 p.m.: Ceili Dance featuring the Augusta Ceili Band and special guests with callers Jim Keenan and Shannon Dunne in the open-air pavilion.
To register for classes or learn more about the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College summer sessions, visit augustaheritagecenter.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-637-1209.
Programs offered by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College are presented with financial support from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.
For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.