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Curragh Band – Traditional Irish & Scottish Music
July 12 @ 6:30 pm
Nominees for best traditional folk group Albany Eddies Award 2019
Curragh is a traditional Irish music group founded in 1995 and based in the Capital Region of New York State. Named after the ancient skin boat used along the west coast of Ireland, the sextet brings a warm and friendly house party vibe wherever they play. Playing lively jigs and reels, jaunty hornpipes and barndances, and much more on fiddles, concertinas, banjos, bouzouki and uilleann pipes, the band will make you feel like you’re having a pint with friends in a traditional pub in a small country village in Ireland. Enjoy an hour or two of some of the best Irish traditional instrumental music from upstate New York, along with some songs from the tradition. Celebrate your special event the Irish country way – with tunes and laughter!
A Little History
Curragh began as four guys wanting to play more than once a month at a local session. Peter Jones, Elio Matarazzo, Eric Everson and Mark Patterson decided to get together and start another session in Loudonville, NY. They then began to hold “practice” once a month at The Garden Grill in Albany, NY.
The band has since changed personnel several times and now the group are Kara Doyle on uilleann pipes and tin whistle, Peter Jones and Hilary Schrauf on fiddle, John Roberts on vocals, concertinas and tenor banjo, George Ward on concertinas, guitar and vocals, and Eric Everson on Irish bouzouki. Hilary also sings and plays concertina and Eric sings and plays tenor banjo.