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.
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
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.
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.
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.