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Skipper’s Alley School Matinee

9 March 2018 - 10 March 2018
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Barre Opera House

One of Ireland’s most celebrated young Irish traditional bands, Skipper’s Alley.

The quintet is a modern Irish folk band with an old-school approach. Their influences range from folk revival bands such as Planxty and The Bothy Band to rare, experimental solo players like Tommie Potts and Séamus Ennis.

Once described as “a young Irish ensemble who look like a punk band and sound like The Chieftains,” Skipper’s Alley specialize in gritty, high-octane Irish dance tunes on Uilleann Pipes, Whistles, Fiddle, Bouzouki and Flute, with forays into the rich Irish song tradition.

Since forming in 2013 Skipper’s Alley have garnered wide critical praise. Says Folk Radio UK, “Skipper’s Alley not only have the mastery of their instruments, but the talent to devise arrangements that intrigue and delight in equal measure.”  The Irish Times gave their self-titled first album 4 stars and called it “a gloriously three-dimensional debut.”

The group has appeared on national and international TV, and toured on four continents.  TV appearances include S4C’s ‘Lorient’ as well as RTÉs ‘Fleadh!’ and The Late Late Show. Festival appearances include Electric Picnic (Ireland), The Stan Rogers Folk Festival (Canada), Spring Fest (India) and The Dayton Ohio Irish Fest (USA).

They were awarded the Loic Raison Trophy at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient (previous winners include Danu, The Bothy Band and Clannad) in Brittany, France. Piper/flute player, Caoimhín Ó Fearghail, was named TG4 Gradam Ceoil Young Musician of the Year in 2012.

Homeschoolers and seniors are welcome to attend.

Tickets for an evening concert with Skipper’s Alley on 3/10 are $20-26, with discounts for members, seniors and students. Order online at www.barreoperahouse.org or call the Barre Opera House at 802-476-8188. The Opera House is handicapped accessible and equipped for the hearing impaired.


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