Irish Eve with Irish Dancers, Drew Hayes & Rising Gael
Enjoy a night of the Irish with Irish Dancers, Drew Hayes and Rising Gael.
Drew Hayes invites you to take a brief, tumultuous ramble through a series of his favorite Irish songs. Singing both accompanied and a cappella, Drew will ask (and perhaps inspire) you to join in, stomp your feet, clap your hands, and chant along to a variety of his humorous, heartfelt ditties. Born and raised in County Ozaukee, as a wee lad Drew learned his first Irish tunes from his father. Then, late last century while living in New York's Bowery, Drew took to the Brooklyn Bridge to trill out tales of the old sod for a copper coin or two. ‘Twas there over waters of the mighty Hudson that Drew attempted to master a compilation of the twenty or so Irish songs that he'd be honored to share with you. "There are dozens of reasons to love Irish music," Drew says, "the rhythm and wit, the history and the heart... but perhaps the greatest is that it brings people together. It's a collaborative art form that's at its best when many people enjoy it." So, he hopes you'll come together for some crac argus ceol (good times and music), fill your glasses with a nip of the of water of life (Irish whiskey), and raise a toast to long life and good health (slainte)!
Rising Gael's musical signature is the nexus of old and new. By transforming traditional tunes into modern arrangements, Rising Gael has carved a niche in the Celtic music genre and is setting the standard for modern Irish music. The driving rhythms played on guitar and drum race with the fast fingers and electrifying bowing of the fiddle. This mix is paired with pure, powerful vocals, resulting in a rich and innovative sound. Since forming in 2004, Rising Gael has entertained audiences of all ages and musical interests in cities across the country and around the world. Rising Gael has performed at many Celtic music festivals including: Texas’s Austin Celtic Music Festival; Illinois’s Celtic Fest Chicago; Iowa’s Irish Fest; the Wisconsin Scottish Highland Games; and the largest Celtic music festival in North America, Milwaukee Irish Fest. Rising Gael has also toured in New York, Italy, Poland, Estonia, and Latvia. The band has completed five albums: the self-titled debut, Rising Gael (Dec. 2004); These City Walls (Jan. 2006); One More Day (Nov. 2008); IV (June 2011); and Roots (May 2019). Rising Gael is a young, vibrant, and energetic band that you will not want to miss!
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