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Moya Brennan—a voice that’s been heard by millions and it’s that voice that sets this release apart from any other Christmas album on the shelf. Known as the first lady of Celtic music, Moya Brennan delivers a unique Christmas album that’s full of lush Irish/Celtic arrangements of traditional, well-known Christmas songs.  (FamilyChristian.com)

“Moya Brennan—a voice that’s been heard by millions and it’s that voice that sets this release apart from any other Christmas album on the shelf. Known as the first lady of Celtic music, Moya Brennan delivers a unique Christmas album that’s full of lush Irish/Celtic arrangements of traditional, well-known Christmas songs.”(FamilyChristian.com)

Grammy-winner Moya Brennan is one of Ireland’s premier vocalists.  She will be joined by her talented band in a special holiday show on December 1st that will warm the heart and carry the spirit and message of the season!

The Earlville Opera House presents its third concert celebrating women at the forefront of Celtic music with Moya Brennan, An Irish Christmas!  EOH travels to the city of Oneida on Sunday, December 1st at 7 pm to present this stunning concert artist.  Moya Brennan, the Voice of Clannad and First Lady of Celtic Music, brings a specially produced seasonal show of celebration and reflection.  The concert will feature two harps, fiddle, guitar, piano and percussion.

Moya Brennan fronts the Irish super group Clannad. When Bono stated recently, “I think she has one of the greatest voices the human ear has ever experienced”, he was heralding what many people know already about The Voice of Clannad, Moya Brennan. She sings like nothing you’ve ever heard before! Her effortless vocals and timeless music pay homage to her vibrant traditional Irish heritage.

The band Clannad, held in high esteem for their vast contribution to modernizing old Irish songs, are considered the inventors of contemporary Celtic music. Brennan, who was at the forefront of the group’s success, had her voice suddenly became synonymous with Celtic and Irish music. Brennan has recorded 17 albums with Clannad and has won a Grammy, a BAFTA and an Ivor Novello award. Her sister also sung with Clannad; launching her solo career under the name Enya.

This fall Moya and Clannad have released their 18th album Nádúr with excellent reviews... Huffington Post: “As always, a big plus is Moya Brennan’s voice: she pioneered a misty, mystical sound that has attracted many other singers, including her younger sister Enya. But Moya is still one of its strongest practitioners, and she shines on Nádúr.”

An Irish Christmas will feature Moya Brennan on VOCALS and HARP, Aisling Jarvis on GUITAR and BOUZOUKI, Feargal Murray on KEYBOARDS, Cormac Debarra on HARP and BODHRAN (Irish drum) and Pat Mangan on FIDDLE.  Harpist and television presenter Cormac de Barra.and Moya Brennan have also recorded a duo project together called: Voice And Harps.

An Irish Christmas will feature Aisling Jarvis on GUITAR/BOUZOUKI, Feargal Murray on KEYBOARDS, Moya Brennan on VOCALS/HARP, Cormac Debarra on HARP/BODHRAN (Irish drum) and Pat Mangan on FIDDLE.

An Irish Christmas will feature Aisling Jarvis on GUITAR/BOUZOUKI, Feargal Murray on KEYBOARDS, Moya Brennan on VOCALS/HARP, Cormac Debarra on HARP/BODHRAN (Irish drum) and Pat Mangan on FIDDLE.

Moya and her talented ensemble will be drawing on a rich selection of traditional Irish and European Christmas songs and carols as well as her solo and Clannad repertoire. “Ireland is changing rapidly but one thing that remains constant is our love of music and wanting the whole world to hear it. I love being part of that”, says Moya.

Take a listen to some of the cuts from Moya’s recent CD of the same name: An Irish Christmas.  Moya’s Christmas release, is a Celtic-inspired album of classic and contemporary songs and carols, such as Silent Night, In the Bleak Midwinter, In Dulci Jubilo and Joy to the World.  Moya is one of the premier vocalists of Ireland.

Here is Moya Brennan with the Irish Christmas song ‘Codail a Linbh’. (‘Sleep O Child’)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-9xDf2KLf4

Selection of songs from Moya Brennan’s ‘An Irish Christmas’
In Dulci Jubilo, Wexford Carol, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Gabriel’s Message http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPIOpJXr–Y

Be a part of this Irish holiday tradition coming to the states for the first time!  Moya Brennan’s An Irish Christmas will herald the holiday season with the magical blend of harps and soaring vocals on Sunday December 1st.  Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $18 for youth, with $2 added on the day of the show.  For advance tickets or more information at the www.earlvilleoperahouse.com or call the EOH at (315) 691-3550. The concert will be held at the Oneida High School Auditorium at 560 Seneca St, Oneida, NY 13421 near the intersection with NYS Route 5.

Earlville Opera House events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and through the generosity of Earlville Opera House members.

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Beannachtaí an tSéasúir – Season’s Greetings!

Beannachtaí an tSéasúir – Season’s Greetings!

EOH Holiday Artists Sale 2012

EOH Holiday Artists Sale 2012

For 16 years, the Earlville Opera House has been home to an amazing display of artistic talent and creativity known as the Annual Holiday Artisans Sale. Beginning the week before Thanksgiving this year (instead of the usual Friday after Thanksgiving), visitors can choose from the work of over 70 local and regional artists to begin their holiday shopping.

The first floor of the historic 19th century building is transformed from workshop space and gallery space into a wonderland of intermingled treasures that entice and astound. Displayed on tables draped with fabric, hung on the walls, and sparkling from special displays, the combination of artistry, creativity, imagination, and beauty is truly awe-inspiring.

No matter who you buy for, there is something for everyone at this fantastic sale – handmade wooden toys, traditional games, mittens and hats and socks for winter fun with children and grandchildren. A variety of potters offer practical and beautiful additions to the kitchens of your favorite cooks; jewelry abounds, for all ages and all styles. Handmade sweaters, gloves, scarves, shawls, and hats in so many varieties, many created with locally harvested fibers from sheep, goats, alpaca, and llamas. Beautiful paintings and photographs both as framed art and as matted prints and note cards. Handmade soaps and lotions, dried flower arrangements, practical and beautiful baskets of all sizes and shapes – there just isn’t enough room to describe all the beautiful work that goes into creating this amazing show.

This year marks the debut participation of several new artists with exciting new wares. If you think you’ve seen it all on the first weekend, think again: new artists and new artwork arrives throughout the sale. There’s always something more to see, so plan to come more than once.

On Sunday, December 15, upstairs in the Arts Café, the EOH Holiday Tea will be served from 1-4 pm, with all proceeds to benefit “Arts for Youth.” Homemade holiday cookies and cakes, along with English tea, served in a beautiful setting with fine antique china, tableware, and linens is the perfect way to make your holiday shopping extra special. The cost is only $15 person (or $13 for EOH members). Reservations are required.

The Holiday Sale will run for five consecutive weekends, from Friday, November 22, through Sunday, December 22. Admission is free, and hours are 10 am to 4 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and Noon to 4 pm on Sundays.

Call 315-691-3550 or visit earlvilleoperahouse.com for more information. The Earlville Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY, just off Route 12B.

Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy McIsaac just won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Traditional Album for Seinn

Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac just won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Traditional Album for their recording Seinn.

The Earlville Opera House will present the second of three concerts featuring women at the forefront of Celtic music on Sunday, November 24th at 7 pm.  The second concert in the series travels way to the north to the Cape Breton tradition of Celtic music, long held to have its roots in the Scottish highlands.  This powerhouse 4-piece band features Mary Jane Lamond a master of Scots Gaelic singing and Wendy MacIsaac a master Cape Breton fiddler – who have received multiple Canadian Folk Music Award nominations for their album Seinn: garnering Ensemble of the Year, Traditional Album of the Year, and Mary Jane received a nomination for Traditional Singer of the Year.  They are joined on this tour by Cathy Porter of Nova Scotia. Cathy was recently honored with the 2013 Musician’s Achievement Award by the East Coast Music Association.  She is the first woman in ECMA history to receive the honor.

“The musical tradition of Cape Breton beautifully interpreted by two skilled custodians of note bringing their artistry to bear in a collection of fine tracks, the album includes both instrumentals and tracks sung in the Scots Gaelic dialect – Mary Jane Lamond being one the few remaining Scots Gaelic singers on the island learning and spreading the endangered language through the art of the song, her collaborator on this recording Wendy MacIsaac is recognized as one of Cape Breton’s finest exponents of the fiddle – the instrument centric to the island musical traditional.” – Beat-Surrender

Lamond has a gorgeous voice and an unequaled mastery of the Gaelic tongue. MacIsaac has for years been one of Cape Breton’s strongest and most reliable fiddlers. Together, they are a force to be reckoned with — a long-standing blending of talents that has continued to grow, develop and strengthen through the years … and has never failed to satisfy.” – Rambles

Women at the forefront of Celtic music, collaborators Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac are keeping Cape Breton traditions alive.

Women at the forefront of Celtic music, collaborators Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac are keeping Cape Breton traditions alive.

Take a listen to their Haunting Gaelic vocals and the Finest of traditional fiddling

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7eZ_2GqDpU

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These outstanding musicians guarantee an unforgettable evening with the best in Cape Breton’s Celtic tradition going back 200 years to their Scottish roots in the intimate EOH Arts Café!  Tickets are $25 for the general audience, $23 for EOH members, and $20 for students. Seating is limited. The EOH Holiday Artists Sale featuring over 65 regional artists with jewelry to blown glass to pottery will be open before the show and at intermission.  The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance and serves tasty desserts and hot coffee/tea.  For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com.  The Earlville Opera House Arts Cafe is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

The three concert series will culminate in Moya Brennan, the Voice of Clannad and First Lady of Celtic Music, who is on tour from Ireland with An Irish Christmas concert on Sunday December 1st at the Oneida High School Auditorium at 7 pm.  The five piece band that centers around two harps, with fiddle, piano and percussion will create a specially produced seasonal show of celebration and reflection.  Tickets and info are at the Earlville Opera House by website or phone 315-691-3550.

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.

Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac

Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac travel over 1100 miles from their home in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to central New York!

The Earlville Opera House will present the first of three concerts featuring women at the forefront of Celtic music.  The first concert features the Boston-based Long Time Courting, an all-women Irish band that “are true masters of their craft” on Friday, November 22 at 8 pm.  Long Time Courting is known for their rich, soaring four-part vocal arrangements and high-energy dance tunes.

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The beautiful ladies of Long Time Courting are also killer musicians!

The band brings together the talents of Katie McNally on fiddle/vocals, Liz Simmons on guitar/vocals, Shannon Heaton on flute/vocals and Valerie Thompson on cello/vocals.  Their musical fusion shares elements of traditional Irish, Scottish and American folk music as well as contemporary material that is inventively arranged and skillfully rendered. (See individual bios below)

Katie McNally is a New England Scottish fiddle champion and two-time runner up for the national title.   Dirty Linen Magazine describes Liz Simmons’ ability, “A honey-voiced singer. . .Simmons sings with winsome ease and genuine feeling.”  And band member Shannon Heaton has drawn this praise: “Shannon’s voice is the sun: remarkably light yet powerful, reminiscent of the 10,000 Maniacs’ Mary Ramsey…Shannon’s flawless flute playing adds another layer of lightness…” -Molly Snyder, OnMilwaukee.com

Here’s a web link to samples of their music:  http://longtimecourting.com/music.html

Masters of Celtic music: "Enchanting vocals, top-rank musicianship, and well-conceived, intelligent arrangements."  -Boston Irish Reporter

Masters of Celtic music: “Enchanting vocals, top-rank musicianship, and well-conceived, intelligent arrangements.” -Boston Irish Reporter

Enjoy an evening of Celtic music with Long Time Courting in the intimate EOH Arts Café!  Tickets are $18 for the general audience, $16 for EOH members, and $13 for students. Seating is limited. The EOH Holiday Artists Sale featuring over 65 regional artists with jewelry to blown glass to pottery will be open before the show and at intermission.  The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance and serves tasty desserts and hot coffee/tea.  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.

The second concert Celebrating Women and Celtic music will feature the multi-award nominated Cape Breton quartet fronted by Gaelic singer Mary Jane Lamond and fiddle master Wendy McIsaac on Sunday, November 24th at 7pm in the Arts Cafe.  The three concert series will culminate in Moya Brennan, the Voice of Clannad and First Lady of Celtic Music, who is on tour from Ireland with An Irish Christmas concert on Sunday December 1st at the Oneida High School Auditorium at 7 pm.  The five piece band features two harps will create a specially produced seasonal show of celebration and reflection.  Tickets and info are at the Earlville Opera House by website or phone.

Individual bios

Flute player Shannon Heaton, a Chicago native, is well known for her work alongside her husband Matt Heaton, with whom she has spent the last ten years recording, performing, and touring on several continents. Irish American News dubbed her 2009 Female Musician of the Year, and LiveIreland called her latest album with Matt Heaton the “Trad Fusion Album of 2010.”

New Hampshire-ite and guitarist Liz Simmons is best known for her work with the Celtic Americana outfit Annalivia which she co-founded with husband Flynn Cohen. She also performs with the acclaimed Irish accordionist John Whelan, and her singing is featured in the film “Time and Charges” written and directed by Academy Award winner Ernest Thompson.

Cellist Valerie Thompson hails from Kansas City and is an innovator of the folk and rock cello, as well as being a studied classical player. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a masters’ degree from the New England Conservatory. Valerie can also be heard with Laura Cortese’s Acoustic Project.

Katie McNally is a New England Scottish fiddle champion and two-time runner up for the national title. She is a graduate of Tufts University where she studied traditional music from many cultures (including a semester in Scotland) and performs with the supergroup Childsplay as well as her own solo project. This past year she could also be seen touring with famed Galician piper Carlos Núñez.

Long Time Courting will win you with their exquisite vocals and master musicianship!

Long Time Courting will win you with their exquisite vocals and master musicianship!

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.

Molly MacBean Shaw painting featured in Undeserved Blessings exhibition.

Molly MacBean Shaw painting featured in “Undeserved Blessings” exhibition.

Hamilton artist Molly Shaw will open her new exhibit “Undeserved Blessings” in the East Gallery of the Earlville Opera House with a reception on Saturday, November 16, from noon to 3 pm.  Ms. Shaw’s journey to becoming an artist is anything but typical.  She grew up in Oakland, CA in the 1960s and 1970s, spending much of her time out of doors and with animals.  In the 1980s she studied Wildlife Ecology and Journalism, and later Horticulture, after which she created her own edible landscaping business.  She received a teaching degree and spent several years teaching third grade and English as a second language in California, New Mexico, Alaska, and Vermont.  Beginning in 2001, she spent 8 years farming in Vermont, where she collected maple syrup and built a sustainable housing community with 22 families.

She didn’t take her first painting class until 2005, in Fairbanks, Alaska, where she lived for a year in a 300-square-foot cabin with no running water.  With outside temperatures often 20-40 below zero, she spent a lot of time in her studio:  it was open 24 hours, and it had both heat and running water!

It wasn’t until 2013 that she received her MFA from Johnson State College in Vermont.  She exhibited her work at the Vermont Studio Center between 2008 and 2011, and was an adjunct instructor in drawing there in the Spring of 2011.

Ms. Shaw currently resides in Hamilton, NY, and is a member of the Broad Street Gallery cooperative.  Her paintings arise from intuition found in a quiet, colorful, and meditative state.  She rarely plans her paintings.  Instead, they arrive organically from intuition, myth, and music.  She articulates that her images from the natural world reflect a deep connection with all life wherein the animals she paints are often attempting to awaken the human figures, to lead them (and us) away from our destructive stupor.  Her paintings are sacred stories, the ethereal made visible, while always leaving something unknown and unfinished, leaving space for wonder and hope.

The exhibit will run through December 28. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10am-5pm and Saturday 12-3 pm. For more information, call 315-691-3550 or visit http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville.

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.

Our Next Eat Out for the ARTS is at the spicy little Mexican restaurant La Iguana in Hamilton to Benefit the EOH

It’s another Tuesday! Add a little spice to your life? Want to meet some friends for supper?
Eat Out for the ARTS on Tuesday, November 19th, at La Iguana!  Anytime between 4;45 – 8:45 p.m.

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La Iguana is a colorful change of pace for a Tuesday night dinner date!

La Iguana is located at 10 Broad Street, and is a casual Mexican restaurant that “still manages to maintain a bit of elegance. Tables and chairs fill the room, with high stools in the windows for prime Broad Street-watching. A bar sits toward the back of the restaurant, and a large frog statue wearing Mardi-Gras beads keeps watch over margarita glasses and sangria pitchers. Chandeliers light the room overhead. Brick walls are decorated with Mexican dolls and, appropriately enough, a large painting of an iguana…”

To whet your appetite, explore some of the items on their menu:iguana

Tapas

Soups, Salads & Sides

Entrees

Traditional 

Desserts 

So join us for adventures in Mexican cuisine at La Iguana on Tuesday, November 19th!

PrintWhy?
Because you don’t need a reason to treat yourself to a fabulous dinner!

Because proceeds from this special night will help the Earlville Opera House continue to bring exciting musical performances to the Central New York community.  Your dollars make it possible to show the artwork of amazing artists, to create free programming for kids and teens, and offer classes in the arts.

Because the Opera House is Your House — everything we do, we do for you.

So come join us for dinner on November 19th at the La Iguana! 

PrintLa Iguana is at 10 Broad Street, Hamilton, NY

Serving lunch and dinner 
from 11:30am-10pm
Full bar and late night tapas

…Call Phone: 315-824-0022 if you’d like to make reservations but they are not required. Come anytime between 4:45 – 8:45 p.m. for our Eat Out evening.

Check out their Facebook page: La Iguana

Helping to support the ARTS at the Earlville Opera House!  More Information about the Eat Out for the Arts program: EOH 315-691-3550 or info at earlvilleoperahouse.com

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