On Sunday, March 30th the Irish Celtic Group Caladh Nua had their full house audience clapping, stomping and singing along as they performed a broad spectrum of traditional Irish music.
These extremely talented musicians captivated the audience from their first medley of jigs and reels until the end of the concert. Coupled with their fine instrumental prowess were several beautiful and poignant vocals by lead singer Lisa Butler and guitar player Colm O’Caoinh.
The group consisted of Eoin O’Meachair on banjo and whistle, Derek Morissey on accordion, Paddy Tuthy on lead violin and bodhran, Colm O’Caoinh on guitar and vocals, and Lisa Butler with lead vocals and violin. The blend of these instruments was magical and their arrangement of tunes created great variety while showing their individual virtuosity. Added to this was their great wit and subtle humor. The audience loved it!
Of the many highlights was a version of Richard Thompson’s “Bee’s Wing” sung by Colm and Lisa, tastefully accompanied by the rest of the band. Paddy performed a bodhran solo which was a real crowd pleaser. At the conclusion of the show the group received a well deserved standing ovation and responded by performing an encore set.
The musicians too were delighted with the audience and venue at Centre 64. Eoin said they would definitely come back in the future. We too will be looking forward to their return.
A special thanks to The Pedal and Tap for feeding our musicians and to Mountain Spirit Resort for subsidizing their accommodations.
The last concert in Centre 64’s winter/Spring Series will be on Saturday, May 31st. Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, a renowned Boogie Woogie blues piano player. Kenny and his trio will be performing in the dance studio with seating in cabaret style. Check him out on Google. Seating will be limited to 90 persons so buy your tickets early at Centre 64 or on-line to avoid being disappointed.