For The Register-Herald
Carnegie Hall’s 2013-14 Mainstage Concert Season continues Friday, March 7, with a performance by Caladh Nua, a traditional Irish band making their American debut on a three-week tour of the States late February and early March.
The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. with access to the Mainstage Lounge, hosted by the Carnegie Hall Foundation, beginning at 6:45 p.m.
Caladh Nua (meaning ‘New Harbour’ or ‘New Haven’) is a tightly knit, vibrant and talented band with its origins deeply rooted in the south-eastern counties of Ireland. Comprising five versatile musicians and singers playing a wide selection of instruments — from banjo to fiddle, guitar to bodhrán, and tin whistle to button accordion — the band has captured the essential qualities of traditional Irish music and balanced them finely with an innovative contemporary styling.
Through a series of international tours and festivals across the globe, which saw the band take the stage in cities such as Paris, Vienna, Copenhagen, Berlin, Mumbai and Vancouver, and having been invited to play for the former Irish president, Mary McAleese, at her residence in Ireland, Caladh Nua has cast a uniquely captivating net of Irish music and song to an ever receptive and increasing worldwide audience.
With a long list of TV and radio work under their belt, and two highly acclaimed albums already in the bag “Next Stop” and “Happy Days” Caladh Nua’s musicians are as accomplished off-stage as they are on. Performing a vast repertoire of haunting songs and evocative tunes, the band continues to lead their listeners on a musical escapade through a sound-scape of their own creation.
Tickets to the concert and Mainstage Lounge are on sale now by calling 304-645-7917 or online at www.carnegiehallwv.org. Prices range from $15 to $25 with discounts available to members, seniors, military and students.
Carnegie Hall’s 2013-14 arts programming is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.