Concert and Workshops this Weekend by Eileen Gannon and Eimear Arkins

Their FIRST time ever appearance in Buffalo! En route to the Catskills Irish Arts Week, Eileen Gannon on harp and Eimear Arkins on fiddle and song will perform a beautiful blend of haunting harp melodies, sean nos songs and toe tappers.

Performance on July 7th at 8PM at the Buffalo Irish Center – Tickets are only $15 ($12 for CCE members) $5 for children under 16.

Click here for samples of their work…EileenEimear

For workshops with either artist, please call 716-536-0490 no later than Thursday July 5! They are free for members, $10 for all others.

Eileen Gannon and Eimear Arkins have been lighting up the Irish music scene in St. Louis for the past several years. Eileen, a St. Louis native, is one of the top Irish harp players in the world. She has won numerous accolades including the highly coveted Senior Harp title at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann (World Irish Music Championships). She has a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from St. Louis University and a master’s degree in Ethnomusicology from University of Limerick. This past summer, Eileen launched her debut solo CD, The Glory Days Are Over.

Eimear is an award-winning singer and fiddle player from County Clare with eleven solo Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann titles to her credit. She has performed throughout the US and Ireland with acclaimed bands like Cherish The Ladies, Téada, The Paul Brock Band, Brú Ború and The Nashville Celts. She has toured extensively with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Ireland, Britain, North America and Canada. Her debut album, What’s Next, will be released early summer 2018.

Eileen and Eimear are both tutors at St Louis Irish Arts and have been guest artists at numerous festivals throughout the world including Catskills Irish Arts Week, New York; World Expo 2015, Milan; Viljandi Pärimusmuusika Festival, Estonia; St Louis Tionól; Canadian Celtic Celebration, Canada; O’Flaherty Retreat, Texas and Festival Interceltique de Lorient, France

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Ceili Saturday, April 28th – BIC

Buffalo Comhaltas is sponsoring a Céilí (KAY-lee), an Irish social gathering, on Saturday, April 28 at 8PM. 

The event will be held at the Buffalo Irish Centre, 245 Abbott Rd. Buffalo, NY 14220, from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm (immediately following the Buffalo Centers’ Dark Ales Tasting ). 

There will be live traditional Irish music for dancers and those who just want to enjoy the show!

Costs are only $12 for dancers ($10 for CCE members) and $5 for those who come just for the listening or those who attend the tasting.

The Irish Centre’s kitchen and bar will be open.

Buffalo Comhaltas is a membership based, Irish cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and proliferation of traditional Irish music, song, dance and language, keeping it alive and lively in Western New York!

Ceili/Set Dance Classes 7:45pm – 10pm every Tues at the Buffalo Irish Center and Irish language classes are offered on Wednesday evenings. 

Enjoy traditional Irish music every Saturday at Nietzsche’s in Allentown at 4:30pm

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John Whelan & Dylan Foley In Concert April 26


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Patrick O’Dea Workshop and Ceili May 7

Patrick O’Dea Workshop

7 May 2016
Unitarian Universalist Church
695 Elmwood Avenue at West Ferry
(enter through the Garden Entrance (handicap accessible) that is set back from the sidewalk at West Ferry and Elmwood Avenue, inside our lawn and garden area)
$20/$15 CCE members/$10 student

Ceili to follow
7 May 2016
Marriott Buffalo Harborcenter
95 Main Street (at the First Niagara Arena/Canalside)
Larkin Room
$10/ $8 CCE members/$5 student

Combined Adult (workshop and ceili) $25.00/ $20 CCE
Combined Student fee (under 18) $12.00


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An Evening of Traditional Irish Music with Brian Conway and Brendan Dolan

search-2Saturday, April 30, 2016 • 8pm

Del Denby’s Tavern • Buffalo, NY
Tickets are available pre-sale at Del Denby’s for $20

Brian Conway and Brendan Dolan, hot off playing at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, will be performing at Del Denby’s Pub in Buffalo NY, Saturday April 30 at 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Del Denby’s is located at 1553 Hertel Ave. Buffalo, NY, 14216. Phone Number (716) 837-5360.

The Martin Wynne Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann will be glad to know Brian will highlight Martin Wynne’s music and legacy along with other fan favorites.  John Daly the proprietor of Del Denby’s and sponsor of the concert is a great Nephew of Martin Wynne. This is the first of what he hopes will be many Irish Music Concerts. We hope so too!


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Ceili Feb 27th @ the BIC

Ceili Feb 27The Martin Wynne Branch will be dancing this month! There will be a ceili on Saturday Feb. 27 at the Buffalo Irish Center at 8 pm. All are welcome. Admission $10, members $8, students with ID $5, and those who just wish to come for the music (tappers and clappers) also $5.

Finger foods to share at our tea break are appreciated. We will have more items than usual in our raffle so wear your lucky shirt and bring your good luck charms. Also, there will be another opportunity to enter the drawing for the Joe Brown Catskill Scholarship. Attendance at a Comhaltas sponsored event is required to be eligible for the scholarship.

Lively music provided by Resistance is Futile and these are the dances:

Derry Columcille, North Kerry, Clare Lancers, Waltz, Moycullen, Plain Set, Connemara Reel

Hope to see you all there – what better way to get in some of that exercise from your New Year’s resolutions!

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Ceili November 14th

Nov 14 2015 ceiliJoin us this Saturday, November 14th for a rollicking ceili at the Buffalo Irish Center at 245 Abbot Road, Buffalo, NY 14220 from 8-11:00pm. 

The pub is open and refreshments served at intermission.

Cost is $10.00, CCE members $8.00, students, tappers and clappers $5.00

The Innisfree Dance Group holds Irish Set Dance lessons every Tuesday from 7:45 to 10:00 PM at the Buffalo Irish Center. First lesson is free of charge, $1.00/lesson thereafter. 

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Irish Poetry Night @ Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe

We are invading the Fourth Friday Poetry Series!  Join us at Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe for Irish Poetry Night on Friday, September 25th at 7pm.  Come and listen and learn as we proudly feature Kevin Conroy and Margaret McGrath reading the words of the Irish bards as they were written.  All are welcome to read a poem by their favorite Irish author or in Gaelic.  Cost is $4.00.  Cafe is open until 8pm.

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It’s Ceili Time! September 26th **Location Change!

1919045_355377659519_241568_nThe Céilí on Saturday, September 26, 2015 will be a traditional house céilí held at 54 Midway Avenue, Buffalo NY 14215 from 8:00pm to 10:30pm.

Free admission! BYOB and finger food and be ready for great music and fun!  Enter a chance to win the Joe Brown Memorial Catskills Scholarship.

Live traditional Irish music provided by local band “Resistance is Futile”.  Come dance, beginners welcome!

The Innisfree Dance Group holds Irish Set Dance and Ceili lessons every Tuesday from 7:45 to 10:00 PM at the Buffalo Irish Center. First lesson is free of charge, $1.00/lesson thereafter. 

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We’re still celebrating…April 11th Ceili and House Concert the 13th

In Two Minds rev flyerMarch may be over…but we’re still celebrating!

Join us for a ceili at the Buffalo Irish Center on Saturday, April 11, from 8-11pm.  Lively traditional Irish music provided by talented local musicians. 

Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for Comhaltas members, $5 for students with ID, and accompanied children under the age of 16 are admitted free. Complimentary refreshments will be served at intermission and the BIC kitchen and pub will be open

Ongoing set and Céilí dance classes are held by the Innisfree Ceili Dance Group Tuesday evenings from 7:45 to 10:00pm. The first class is free, a donation of $1.00 is requested for following classes.

“In Two Minds”  house concert Monday, April 13th 7pm

On Monday, April 13th, join us for a special concert with sean-nós singers and dancers Len Graham and Brian Ó hAirt.  Cost is $20 per person, $45 for families.  Seating is limited, please email to reserve your seat for this wonderful duo. Buffalo address will be given upon reservation.

“To speak of Ireland’s singing traditions is to draw from a patchwork of songs and singers, poets and tongues, histories and stories that reach as far back as fadó ó shin to as near as yesterday. Its richness is matched only by Ireland’s famous shades of green or the subtle accents of her people scattered among provinces and counties, islands and parishes. To bring such disparate traditions together as Ulster’s ballads and Connemara’s lyrical sean-nós would seem contrary. However, the balance of Len Graham’s brassy, rich baritone and Brian Ó hAirt’s silver, clear tenor strikes a chord that touches the heart—that conveys volumes in each note they sing. Further balanced by stories, tunes, lilting and dancing, Len and Brían create a magical backdrop for an enriching evening not often experienced even in Ireland. Join them for their visit to Western New York and its surrounding communities in April 2015 as they perform selections from their newest album to be formally launched on this upcoming tour.”

Sean-nós dance workshops offered Tuesday, April 14th. $20/person, Free for Martin Wynne Branch members

The Ulster Ballad Tradition with Len Graham:
The Ulster ballad tradition is one that illustrates the cultural diversity of Ireland’s northern province. Len’s style in particular is indicative of the northeastern Ulster tradition—a blending of songs from the Irish and Scottish tradition describing the breadth of life’s experiences from children songs to songs of love, emigration, murder and humor.  Students will learn a wide range of songs in the English language from Len’s repertoire.  Lyric sheets will be provided.  Please bring a recording device.

Sean-nós dancing: beginner/intermediate/advanced with Brian Ó hAirt: 
Come learn the Connemara style of sean-nós dancing–a dance form akin to American flat footing or clogging.  Learn the basic Connemara step for both jigs and reels.  Those with more advanced skills will be challenged with free-formed dancing focusing on the unique rhythm of various dance tunes.  Please bring a pair of flat-soled shoes with hard leather or plastic soles.  NO IRISH DANCING HARD SHOES PLEASE.

County Antrim born, Len Graham has been a full-time professional singer for three decades. From the early 1960s Len sought out and recorded older singers such as Eddie Butcher and Joe Holmes; and after winning the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann traditional singing competition in 1971 his reputation began to grow along with his own passion for the songs of his native Ulster. He has since recorded both solo and collaborative albums with John Campbell, Cathal McConnell, Garry Ó Briain and Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin and with the famed band Skylark. He his list of honors include the Seán O’Boyle Cultural Traditions Award, the TG4 “Traditional Singer Of the Year” award,  the “Keeper of the Tradition” award from the Tommy Makem Festival of Traditional Song, the US Irish Music Award in the “Sean-Nós Singing” category, and the Gradam na mBard CCÉ (CCÉ Bardic Award). Len’s book – Here I Am Amongst You on the songs, dance music and traditions of Joe Holmes (1906-1978) was published by Four Courts Press in 2010.
Brian Ó hAirt is the only American to have won the coveted senior title in traditional singing at the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Listowel, Co. Kerry in 2002. In his teens, Brian’s introduction to Chicago’s Irish-speaking community allowed him to cultivate a rich understanding of the sean-nós singing tradition even before his eventual immersion in the language while living in the Connemara region of western Co. Galway. This experience has left him with a vast repertoire of song and rich store of language that continues to inform and inspire his singing. He has performed and taught extensively in North America and Ireland and has been featured on various NPR and RTÉ radio programs. Like Len, he also received the US Irish Music Award in the “Sean-Nós Singing” category and is an award-winning sean-nós dancer (Cruinniú na mBád, 2003) and accomplished instrumentalist on concertina, accordion, and whistle performing regularly with his Chicago-based ensemble Bua.

Video playlist of past performances:

Samples tracks of album:

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