“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,’” reported Pat Byrne after attending the release of FullSet’s second album to a packed crowd in Dublin. Part of a new wave of upstart Irish bands carrying traditional melodies far into this century, FullSet has unquestionably made its mark on the Celtic music scene since its start, in 2011. The potent mix of guitar, flute, uilleann pipes, bodhrán (Celtic drum) and accordion carries that haunting, indelibly Irish sound straight into the ears and hearts of audience members wherever the band travels.
And though they don’t have decades of touring under their belts, don’t let the band’s youthfulness fool you. Director of Irish Studies, Traolach O’Riordain sums it up succinctly: “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.” Indeed, this band is so well-respected that they’ve garnered multiple nominations from the Irish Music Awards, and won the honor of Top Traditional Group in 2014.
Their debut album, “Notes at Liberty,” proved them to be highly accomplished. “It’s a powerfully confident debut from a band definitely to watch,” wrote John O’Regan, in a review of “Notes at Liberty” for Irish Music Magazine. “The blazing energy they possess is matched with confident instrumental skill and imaginative outcome.” “There’s enough spit and vinegar in their music,” he decided, “to balance the studied atmospherics.”
The band followed with the release of their second CD, Notes After Dark with more critical acclaim.
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Don’t miss an evening with these exciting and virtuosic players on Saturday, August 8th, at 8pm. We are grateful to NBT Bank for sponsoring this event. Admission is $20 for nonmembers, $18 for members, and students are discounted to $15. Premium pricing applies for the front-most four rows. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. Don’t forget to visit our three Earlville Galleries with three quilt exhibits and the Artisans’ Gift Shop featuring over 35 regional artists showcasing everything from jewelry to blown glass to pottery. The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance, serving freshly baked desserts and hot coffee and 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.
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.