Monthly Archives: December 2014

EOH in winter

EOH in winter

From all of us at the Earlville Opera House…we want to thank everyone who supported the arts this year! In so many ways you have made a difference in our community. Thanks to everyone who came to engage in the arts – that’s why we are here and we love what we do!

Thanks to everyone who sponsored these wonderful programs for 2014.

Thank you to all our volunteers at the shows and the holiday sale who gave their time to make this possible!

A big thanks to our EOH board members and committee members for their creativity and energy!

A huge thanks to all our members and patrons who have responded to our annual appeal with a huge outpouring of support!

We could not make all this happen without you. Thanks for making a difference in central New York!

We are gearing up to make it all happen again next year! Hope you’ll join us in wishing everyone the best in the new year and we hope to see you all here at this beautiful historic building that houses so much creativity, beauty and joy!

Patti, And all of us at EOH

sweetback sisters facebookThe Sweetback Sisters’ Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular puts the fun back in the holidays! The Earlville Opera House travels to Oneida to present their silky harmonies and western swing on Friday, December 19th at 8 pm at the Oneida Community Mansion House historic theater. The six-piece band features razor sharp musicianship and complex arrangements on fiddle, guitar, drums and bass. “We’re a renegade retro band that mixes up country, swing and honky tonk,” explains Bode. “Sometimes what we deliver is straight out of the 50s; other times it’s BR549 meets The B52s.” The performance by the Sweetback Sisters is generously sponsored by the Oneida Daily Dispatch.

For their Country Christmas, the Sweetback Sisters play some of their retro country sounds as well revamp holiday tunes with the energy behind their hard-driving country tunes to making your toes find it hard to stay still in those winter boots. The band even provides sing-along packets for the audience to sing along.

The holiday show will feature music from their CD of the same name. “Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular, which has…a predominantly swing bottom line with a barn-raisin’ country savor that’s absolutely irresistible…Zara Bode and Emily Miller really are sweet, their voices like meadowlarks…and they boast a crack outfit behind ‘em, anchored by a guy who’s astonishing on guitar…The combination of all that results in a zesty, spirited, and sometimes backwoods reverential disc that’s also just plain fun. Look at Country Christmas as though it were the LP Dan Hicks, the Andrews Sisters, and Dolly Parton never teamed up to put out.” Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

The New York Music Daily blog captures the essence of the band: “For one, this band knows their roots…beginning around the time country bands started using electric guitars and taking it up to the Bakersfield era, which employed electric bass and drums along with the Telecasters. They romp through vintage honkytonk, western swing and Tex-Mex with equal expertise. They get their signature sound from the bad-ass vocals of Emily Miller and Zara Bode, who blend voices like the long lost twin granddaughters of Rose Maddox…”

Treat yourself to the sweet sounds of the Sweetback Sisters and discover that a little swinging country is just what the holidays need! “Like a pair of luxurious soft cashmere socks for your ears, the silky vocal harmonies of Emily Miller and Zara Bode are a decadent treat.”

Don’t miss the Sweetback Sisters’ Country Christmas on Friday, December 19th when EOH goes to the Oneida Community Mansion House to present their holiday concert. General admission tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth when purchased in advance; on the day of the show add $2. Tickets are at or call the EOH at (315) 691-3550.

The Oneida Community Mansion House is located at 170 Kenwood Ave, Oneida, NY.    Map

The Kenwood and Vine Restaurant at the Oneida Mansion House will be having a discount on dinner with your concert tickets on December 19th ($10 off). Call them to make a dinner reservation or to find out more 315-366-8232. The Oneida Community Mansion House will be having a room special on the night of the show ($25 off the normal $125 overnight room) For room reservations, call 315-363-0745.

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.

Sweetback Sisters:  You Tubes of the band:

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Rockin Around the Christmas Tree

Looking for a Fight – Signature track from their latest CD

I’m Gonna Cry…showcases the great vocals and hot guitar playing in the band during a live performance at SXSW music week in Austin at Threadgills

Sources:  Read more:


poster.FThe Earlville Awesome House welcomes storyteller and songwriter John Porcino for a matinee performance of “A Heck of a Way to Stay Warm” featuring are Stories and Songs to Kindle Winter’s Hidden Light! The show starts at 3:30 pm on Saturday, December 13th; the Colgate Inn generously sponsors this Earlville Awesome House Event.

One reviewer of John Porcino’s CD by the same name… “A Heck of a Way to Stay Warm” said these songs and stories “simply and zestfully celebrate winter. One is a collection of familiar tall tale whoppers about the cold, cleverly adapted and combined by Porcino and told in a New England accent. One of the things that I liked best about this story was the way the teller involved the listeners by addressing questions to them. You have to hear it to understand that these are not just rhetorical questions tossed out to an unseen public. They are truly involving and give the listener a tantalizing glimpse of what it would be like to experience Porcino’s magic in live performance.” Don’t miss the chance to see this magic live at EOH!

The reviewer notes that he doesn’t use “the term magic lightly. However it seemed the best word to describe how Porcino was able – with only his voice and his selection of musical instruments – to bring his material so fully to life. His skill, characterizations, and the time he took in creating the stories let the listeners know that they are in good hands. They can relax, confident in his ability and warmed by the respect and affection he shows for both the material and the listener.”

Much of John Porcino’s training for his 30 years as a storyteller and singer arose while creating and participating in the zany & touching moments around a campfire – all of life, seen through a flickering fire light, surrounded by the magnificent beauty of the natural world. John spins some 200 performances, workshops, and in-service trainings each year for folks of all ages. His performances are a mix of stories and songs that are sparked to life with warmth, humor, a playful touch of audience participation, and a twist of music from around the world.

john with instruments

Capture the magic and fun of John Porcino in this Earlville Awesome House matinee!

This performance will be at the Earlville Opera House Arts Café on Saturday afternoon before the holiday parade and tree lighting.             While the performance is free for youth and families, we are asking adults that don’t bring children to give a donation of $8, seating is limited, please call to reserve your seats. For more information call the Earlville Opera House at 315-691-3550 or visit

Youth and Families are free at this performance with the support of a grant though the NYS Office of Children and Family Services through the Madison County Youth Bureau.  

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.

Irish Christmas in America 2014The Earlville Opera House travels to Cazenovia to present an all-star ensemble of Irish musicians and dancers at the Catherine Cummings Theater on Friday, December 12th at 8 pm. A sparkling tradition among holiday events, Irish Christmas in America is a family-friendly performance featuring evocative Irish and Scottish ballads, lively instrumental tunes and thrilling Irish dancing. This performance is generously supported by The Brae Loch Inn.

Produced by Oisín Mac Diarmada of award-winning lrish group Téada, the hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show, now in its 10th season, features top Irish musicians, singers and dancers in an engaging performance rich in history, humor and boundless energy. Oisin brings his fiddler’s prowess to the show. The Irish Echo has called him “one of the most gifted and creative traditional fiddlers playing today.”

Séamus Begley from West Kerry once again rejoins the tour with his charming wit and stunning vocal prowess. He is known for his sean-nós (“old style”) singing, hailing as he does from the Irish-speaking region of West County Kerry. On the accordion, Séamus plays with astonishing energy and spontaneity, belting out jigs, slides and polkas with rapid sprays of ornamentation. In 2013, Séamus was honored with the hugely prestigious TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year Award. “Begley’s voice is buoyant…a joy” says The Irish Times.

The show features two dancers this year; Samantha Harvey is an award-winning step dancer, pianist and accordionist. She brings energy to the stage with her rhythm, impeccable timing and driving percussive steps. Brian Cunningham is one of the most exciting sean-nós or ‘old-style’ dancers to have emerged from Ireland in quite some time. At 26 years of age, he has won all the major dance competitions in Ireland. He currently tours extensively with hit new dance show Atlantic Steps.

A member of the Irish Music Awards’ 2009 “Top Traditional Group” Bua, Sean Gavin’s playing on the flute, whistle and uilleann pipes reflects his lifelong immersion in, devotion to, and love of his Irish musical roots in County Clare.

The ensemble is completed with Méabh Begley, daughter of West Kerry legend Séamus Begley, who commands an audience with her beautiful angelic voice tackling themes of love, emigration and loss in both English and Irish language. Matt Griffin on guitar is also a multi instrumentalist based in Dingle, in the West Kerry Gaeltacht of South West Ireland.

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Stunning Irish music and dance with some of Ireland's best!  A wonderful way to get in the spirit

Stunning Irish music and dance with some of Ireland’s best! A wonderful way to get in the spirit

Irish Christmas in American brings traditional and often unknown Irish customs to the States. “One of the most heartfelt themes of Irish Christmas is emigration,” says Mac Diarmada. Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for youth, with $2 added on the day of the show. For advance tickets or more information online or call the EOH at (315) 691-3550. Catherine Cummings Theater is located at Lincklaen St in Cazenovia, one building from the intersection with Route 20.

Parking in Cazenovia

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.

For out of town patrons, The Brae Loch Inn has a room special for December 2014…get $50 off your overnight stay. Treat your sweetheart to a Romantic Get Away at The Brae Loch Inn, in December and we will roll back our prices! Normally $225, now $175. You will stay in a beautiful overnight room with working fireplace or jacuzzi tub and enjoy dinner for two & continental breakfast. A great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays! Call today and mention this Holiday promotion 315-655-3431.


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