Acoustic Music Concerts in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
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Chicory House Concerts



Friday, October 15, 2010 at 8 PM
at Forty Fort Presbyterian Church Hall
1224 Wyoming Avenue
Forty Fort, PA
Brendan Begley and Caoimhín ó Raghal

                        $15, $12 supporting members 

Brendan Begley-

A genial giant from the Dingle peninsula in County Kerry, Breanndán is a well known and accomplished performer of Irish traditional music on the button accordian, touring at home and in Estonia, Finland, Sweden and France. He is a memeber of the 'Boys of the Lough', first touring with the band as a guest in th e 1980's in the USA, and full-time member since 1997.

Brendan's exciting dance music, sensitive emotional playing of slow airs on accordion, and his singing in his native Irish make him a great favourite. He is acclaimed in Ireland for his TV presentations of traditional music on the Irish language channel TG4

Caoimhín ó Raghal

The Dublin-born fiddler is rapidly becoming known as one of the most interesting and creative musicians in traditional music. Since the widespread success of his 2003 'Kitty Lie Over' album with Mick O'Brien, he has performed in the United States, Canada, Alaska, Asia and all over Europe. Irish performances in 2006 included Farmleigh House, West Cork Music in Bantry, the National Concert Hall, the Kilkenny Arts Festival, Liberty Hall, and a tour for the Improvised Music Company.

His concerts have been broadcast on RTE Radio 1 and LyricFM, including a performance at the Masters of Tradition 2004 festival for West Cork Music. Recent television appearances include 'The Highland Sessions', 'The Raw Bar', 'Ceird an Cheoil', 'Se Mo
Laoch' and 'Other Voices', and musicians he has recently worked with include The Waterboys, Iarla O Lionaird, Peadar O Riada, Breanndan Begley.

Caoimhin is part of the new traditional wing of Music Network's MusicWide programme.



Friday,  November 5, 2010 at 8 PM
at Forty Fort Presbyterian Church Hall
1224 Wyoming Avenue
Forty Fort, PA
The Hot Seats

                        $15, $12 supporting members 

The Hot Seats play stringband music with simple intentions: to keep the role of traditional musician as entertainer and commentator alive and kicking.  Homer and Jethro, The Skillet Likkers, George Formby, Harry Reser, Woodie Guthrie, Gus Cannon, Phil Ochs, Tommy Jarrell, Arthur Smith, Uncle Dave Macon, Frank Zappa – these are pools from which The Hot Seats draw.  Their original music is simultaneously hard to classify and instantly identifiable, combining the virtuosic soloing and tightness of bluegrass, the band-driven rhythm of old time, the jerky bounce of ragtime, and the swagger of good old rock and roll.  Add some eastern melodies, a few modernist ideals, and an uncanny feel for comic timing, and you begin to approach this sound. 

The band's first release under the new name, Retreat To Camp Candy Temptation Island highlights the band’s flexibility, moving between bluegrass, ragtime, oldtime, jugband, and Klezmer with ease, injecting humor and sharp witted commentary along
the way.  Featuring a mixture of original songs and tunes and traditionals pulled from the depths of the public domain, Retreat to Camp Candy Island is evidence of the band's dedication to treat stringband music as a modern form, open to current themes and sensibilities, as well as a tradition that is deserving of preservation.   

While striving to push tradition forward, the band takes great pride in their ability to play within a tradition style as well as without.  When it's bluegrass, they bring you back to the 1960's era of Flatt and Scruggs or Jimmy Martin; when it's old-time, they try and channel the Camp Creek Boys; when it's time for a bit of satire, it's the images of Frank Zappa or the Fugs towards which they gravitate.  Ultimately, the Hot Seats are most concerned with making the music that they want to hear and playing in the manner that is most entertaining to themselves; the fact that audiences and critics
alike have embraced it is almost a wonderful coincidence.

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