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Cultural Center announces 2022-23 Celtic Series: Bands from around the world are coming to the coast
LINCOLN CITY – Celtic rhythms, strings and vocal styles are interpreted throughout Ireland and Scotland, as well as in Canada and the United States, taking new forms and growing new branches on the ancient musical tree. This fall, the Lincoln City Cultural Center will launch a 9-month long celebration of this verdant tradition, with its 2022-23 Celtic Music Series. The party will begin on Sunday, Sept. 18, with the unforgettable Scots vocalist Iona Fyfe, ending in May 2023 with a concert by a local favorite: the Gaelic supergroup DÀIMH.
In between, the Cultural Center will present eight other remarkable performances, including the acclaimed Le Vent du Nord, a leader in Quebec’s progressive Francophone movement, as well as a local Celtic series favorite, The Tannahill Weavers from Scotland. There will be brothers from Ireland (Ye Vagabonds), sisters from Washington (The Gothard Sisters) and a duo from Ottawa and Missouri (Newberry & Verch). The series also features a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day with Tiller’s Folly, adding the Oregon Coast to their 25th anniversary tour.
Concerts will take place at the Cultural Center on Thursdays and Sundays, with a mixture of evening shows and matinees. Reserved ticket prices range from $30-$35, with discounts for seniors, students and youth under the age of 18. Series producers are offering season packages, with savings up to 25%, starting on Aug. 1. Single concert tickets will go on sale Aug. 15.
“This year, we’re offering two different ways to subscribe,” said LCCC Executive Director and Celtic series planner Niki Price. “Purchase all 10 shows, and you’ll receive a 25% discount, which works out to $232.50 for adults and $198 for seniors/students. Or, you can choose your own subscription — five concerts or more — and receive 20% off. Either way, you’ll be getting the best seats at the best price.”
Through the new pricing system, on the new Arts People system, there’s no additional credit card or processing fee.
Price encourages all the coastal fans of Celtic and folk music to take a chance on the season package, even if they’re worried about health, COVID safety or future shutdowns.
“We’re still living in a strange world, where cancellations and postponements can and do happen. We will do our best to stay in touch, and to let our season ticket holders know of any changes as soon as we can. And we know your plans may change as well. Refunds are happily provided upon request. You can also transfer the use of your tickets to another party, if you wish,” she said.
In response to audience member feedback, the 2022-23 Celtic Music Series will offer more Sunday matinee concerts. This year, there will be two different seating arrangements: theatre style for 150 and “cabaret style” table seating for 100. If you purchase a subscription, you’ll need to select seats for both configurations.
But no matter where you sit, you’ll enjoy an intimate concert in the LCCC auditorium. Band members usually sell their merchandise in the back, not far from the counter where center volunteers sell Northwest beers and wines, along with sodas and freshly baked cookies.
Here’s the schedule:
Sunday, Sept. 18 at 7 pm — Iona Fyfe
Sunday, Oct. 2 at 7 pm — Le Vent du Nord
Sunday, Oct. 23 at 2 pm — The Tannahill Weavers
Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 pm — Ye Vagabonds
Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 pm — The Gothard Sisters
Sunday, Jan. 15 at 2 pm — Kalos
Sunday, Feb. 12 at 2 pm — Newberry & Verch
Sunday, March 12 at 7 pm — Tiller’s Folly
Sunday, April 30 at 2 pm — Old Blind Dogs
Sunday, May 21 at 2 pm — DAIMH
For more details on each band in the series, see below.
Sunday, Sept. 18, 7 pm. Iona Fyfe
The Cultural Center’s 22/23 Celtic Music Series begins with a stellar concert by Scottish vocalist Iona Fyfe. Iona has been winning awards and hearts across the UK, Canada, Australia, and Europe with her beautiful renditions of traditional and contemporary Scottish songs and more. She has graced major festival stages as well as intimate club venues, wowing audiences at both, and winning several traditional music awards along the way. Iona has also performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as part of the World Premiere of Disney Pixar’s “Brave in Concert” at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Critics have been praising her CD “Dark Turn of Mind,” with its mixing of Americana and jazz elements in with the traditional, and her charmingly beautiful voice slips easily from sadly wistful to strong and vibrant within the same song.
Sunday, Oct. 2, 7 pm. Le Vent du Nord
The award winning and highly acclaimed band Le Vent du Nord are a leading force in Québec’s exciting and progressive Francophone folk movement. The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions, while their highly rhythmic and soulful music, rooted in the Celtic diaspora, is enhanced with a broad range of global influences.
Sunday, Oct. 23, 2 pm. Tannahill Weavers
Born of a session in Paisley, Scotland, and named for the town’s historic weaving industry and local poet laureate Robert Tannahill, the Tannahill Weavers have made an international name for their special brand of Celtic music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of
modern rhythms. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, original ballads and lullabies, and humorous tales of life in Scotland.
Thursday, Nov. 10, 7 pm. Ye Vagabonds
Brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn grew up playing music together around their hometown of Carlow, a small town in the southeast of Ireland. After moving to Dublin in 2012, they quickly became a staple of the live music and session scene in Ireland, playing their own original songs as well as folk songs from Ireland, Scotland, England and America.
Sunday, Dec. 4, 2 pm. The Gothard Sisters
Step into the holiday season with an LCCC favorite: The Gothard Sisters, a dynamic musical group of three siblings who play contemporary Celtic folk music. Through over 10 years of performing, touring and writing music together, the optimistic style of their music and performances continue to resonate with their fans, building a loyal international following.
Sunday, Jan. 15, 2 pm. Kalos
Kalos is made up of three innovative interpreters and composers of Celtic roots music: Eric McDonald, Ryan McKasson and Jeremiah McLane. They are masters of tradition who purposefully explore the dark corners floating on its edges, delivering an alluring musical complexity full of spontaneity and joyful exuberance. They set the standard for traditional repertoire with an underlying drive and pulse charged with rhythmic electricity and integrity.
Sunday, Feb. 12, 2 pm. Newberry & Verch
Joe Newberry comes from a family of singers and dancers. He took up the guitar and banjo as a boy and learned fiddle tunes from great Missouri fiddlers. April Verch grew up listening to her Dad’s country band play for dances in the Ottawa Valley. She started step dancing at age three and fiddling at age six. In a Newberry & Verch show, delighted audiences see first-hand the roots of their music, their love of performing, and their strong musical connection. Original songs join timeless classics. Stories warm the heart, and give audiences a chance to understand where the music comes from. Lively fiddle and banjo numbers combine with traditional dance steps to illustrate happy times when people made their own fun.
Sunday, March 12, 7 pm. Tiller’s Folly
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, west coast Celtic roots band Tiller’s Folly share tales as old as time with a modernly lyrical twist. Inspired by true heroes and villains and backed by their patent mix of acoustic Celtic-influenced roots sound, they tell stirring stories of intrigue and adventure. Across nine Albums, Tiller’s Folly has united communities around the world with songs steeped in Scottish, Irish, American and Canadian roots music traditions. Their lively songs of war, highwaymen and moonshiners, their ballads of love turned sour and the lonely immigrant’s sorrow and the whimsical west coast sea shanties compel audiences to tap their feet, clap their hands and sing along with gusto. Their global fanbase has fallen in love with timeless hits like ‘Water at the Bar’, ‘Death & Taxes’, ‘Ghosts of Read Island’, ‘Spanish Banks’ and ‘Steamboatin’ Jamiesons’ to name just a few.
Sunday, April 30, 2 pm. Old Blind Dogs
As recent inductees to the BBC ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards ‘Trad Music Hall of Fame’ the ‘Dugs’ will celebrate 30 years on the road in 2022 by launching their fourteenth studio album ‘Knucklehead Circus’ in Winter 2021. A joyous, uplifting and fun album full of compelling energy and intoxicating rhythm on which ‘OBD’ continue to innovate within their tradition while faithfully revealing its essence. Here’s to many more years of Old Blind Dogs!
Sunday, May 21, 2 pm. DAIMH
Gaelic Supergroup and un-challenged champions of straight in the eye Highland music are based around West Lochaber and the Isle of Skye. Formed around the turn of the century and taking the name from the Gaelic word for “kinship” Daimh (pronounced Dive) have taken their contemporary take of Highland and Gaelic music to over 20 countries, setting audiences alight from Moscow to San Francisco.