October‘s dance on Saturday, October 7, brings the return of Sugar Beat, with Elke Baker on fiddle, Susan Brant on flute and percussion, and Marc Glickman on piano. Calling by David Giusti.
We will start our dance with a beginners workshop at 7:30 where all are encouraged to review the moves or help new dancers learn them for the first time. The dance starts at 8pm and runs until 11pm and takes place in the Shepherdstown War Memorial Building. We will be having potluck snacks at the break and encourage you to bring something to share! Our dances are $12 adults, $8 members (this is the perfect night to join or update your membership!) and $5 for Shepherd students and dancers under 12 yrs old.
On Friday, October 13 at 8pm, we bring you the band, Skippers Alley, all the way from Dublin, Ireland!
Skipper’s Alley are a modern Irish folk band with an old-school approach. Their influences range from folk revival bands such as Planxty and The Bothy Band to rare, experimental solo players like Tommie Potts and Séamus Ennis.
Once described as “a young Irish ensemble who look like a punk band and sound like The Chieftains” Skipper’s Alley specialise in gritty, high-octane Irish dance tunes on Uilleann Pipes, Whistles, Fiddle, Bodhrán, Bouzouki, Flute and Harp, with occasional detours into the dark, sombre melodies of the Irish song tradition.
Since forming in 2013 Skipper’s Alley have garnered wide critical praise, appeared on national and international TV, and toured on four continents. Write-ups include The Irish Times (★★★★), The Living Tradition, Folk Radio UK, Folk World, and Celtic Music Radio (★★★★★). TV appearances include S4C’s ‘Lorient’ as well as RTÉs ‘Fleadh!’ and The Late Late Show. Festival appearances include Electric Picnic (Ireland), Festival Interceltique de Lorient (France), The Stan Rogers Folk Festival (Canada), Spring Fest (India) and The Dayton Ohio Irish Fest (USA).
In 2014, Skipper’s Alley’s released their self-titled debut album under the production of Trevor Hutchinson (Lúnasa, The Waterboys, Sharron Shannon). To date the record has received wide critical acclaim and sold out several repressings.
Skipper’s Alley are currently touring regularly in North America and are hard at work on a second album due for release in mid to late 2017.
Advance tickets are $20 adults, $18 seniors and $15 members and $10 students. At the door: $25 adults, $22 seniors, $20 members and $10 children/students. Advance tickets are available at O’Hurley’s General Store or from Brown Paper Tickets.
For more information call Joanie at (304) 263-2531 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Look forward to November, where on November 4th you can look forward to seeing Morris dance in and around Shepherdstown as well as come to our first Saturday dance where Ron Buchanan will be calling squares and contras to the Morrison Brothers band with Jim Morrison on fiddle, Owen Morrison on guitar and Will Morrison on drums.
End of the October post.