FullSet Music from Ireland: Going All the Way Back to the Time God Was a Small Boy

The Dublin-based Irish traditional band FullSet make their main stage debut at the historic Earlville Opera House on Saturday, September 21st at 8 pm.  FullSet was named “New Group of the Year” in the Live Ireland Music Awards of 2012, and also “Best New Band” in the Irish American News Music Awards last year.  Their performance is generously sponsored by NBT Bank.

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FullSet From Ireland: Best New Band in the 2012 Irish American News Music Awards In recent years this young group has received much critical acclaim, even being compared to supergroups such as Danú & Altan by respected Irish Music Magazine.

Six talented musicians full of energy and innovation make up the band. Michael Harrison of Tipperary is the grandson of Irish fiddler Aggie Whyte, and a three-time All-Ireland fiddle champion with his smooth and free flowing style of fiddle. Martino Vacca is an exceptional uilleann piper and employs his mastery of this instrument in the intricate arrangements by FullSet. Janine Redmond of Dublin plays the button accordion, and has solo All-Ireland titles to her credit. Eamonn Moloney on bodhrán and Andy Meaney on guitar, effortlessly blend the music together with a sensitive yet driving accompaniment. The emotive singing style of Teresa Horgan completes the ensemble with her lovely voice and she makes the flute sing as well.

Director of Irish Studies, Traolach O’Riordain sums it up: “There are two kinds of musicians in Ireland…You have those who learn the traditional music in school, and those who learn it from their parents and grandparents, just as they learned it from their parents and grandparents before them, all the way back to the time God was a small boy.  FullSet falls into the latter category.

Having received critical acclaim for their debut release, Notes At Liberty, FullSet are quickly becoming one of the most well known bands in the Irish music scene.  At the release of their second CD, Notes After Dark to a packed crowd in Dublin this July, Pat Byrne noted: “Lead man and fiddler Michael Harrison displaying some amazing fiddle plucking skills throughout the night. The place was hopping with “woos” and “yeos” to songs like ‘The Glen Road to Carrick’ and a set of jigs called ‘The Green Fields of Woodford’ and calmed down to the lovely voice of Teresa Horgan to ballads like ‘Roseville Fair’ and beautiful rendition of Dick Gaughan’s ‘Both Sides of the Tweed’…Towards the end of the night, bodhrán and glockenspiel player Eamonn Moloney showed us his dancing skills which got the crowd riled for more.”

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The band is touring in support of their new CD, Notes After Dark, released this July.

Hear three tunes from their latest Notes After Dark 

Come hear stunning traditional Irish music played by the six wildly talented young musicians of FullSet on Saturday, September 21st at 8 pm. General admission is $18 and $16 for EOH members and students are discounted to $13.  Premium seating in the first 4 rows is an added $5. The EOH Theater is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.

During your visit, take advantage of the exhibits in the three EOH Art Galleries, the Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring New York artists and the EOH Arts Café!  Delicious refreshments will be available before the show and during intermission, including hot and cold drinks.  For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com.  The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

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Following the tremendous success of their debut album Notes At Liberty, FullSet are quickly becoming one of the most well known bands in the Irish music scene today. In October 2011 they were honored by being announced as the winners of the RTÉ/RAAP Breakthrough Annual Music Bursary Award. Having been shortlisted along with 12 other groups in 4 different categories ahead of a field of almost 800 other groups and artists.

FullSet – Tree Reels, Glenstal Abbey 2011

FullSet – The Heathery Cruach, Duiske Abbey 2011

FullSet – Corofin Nights, Duiske Abbey 2011

FullSet – Seven Gypsies, Duiske Abbey 2011

FullSet – Lost and Found Jigs 

We’ve invited a special guest to dance on Saturday, Sept 21 with FullSet so Eamonn Moloney will not be the only dancer for the evening! Special guest dancer:  Declan Patrick Cavanaugh is an Irish dancer with the Rince na Sonas School of Irish Dance, under the direction of sisters Erin Hickey Greenwood and Megan Hickey, in Liverpool, NY. He is currently dancing at the Preliminary Championship level at Irish dance competitions around the Northeastern United States. Declan’s role models are Michael Flatley, Colin Dunn and Fred Astaire. Declan is 16 years old, the fifth child of eight children, and attends Bishop Grimes High School in East Syracuse, NY. His goal and dream is to compete at the World Championships of Irish Dance in the next few years.


Pat Byrne: http://www.dublinconcerts.ie/fullset-at-whelans-review-and-photos/

Quote by Traolach O’Riordain is from http://missoulian.com/entertainment/music/fullset-young-irish-musicians-put-fresh-touch-on-traditional-music/article_3687b148-f894-11e1-ae1c-0019bb2963f4.html


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