MAILED: Nov. 13, 2000
Colcannon will present two new acoustic Celtic folk concerts Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 28 and 29, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The Artists Series will present the five-person acoustic band at 7:30 p.m. both evenings in Schofield Auditorium.
Playing old and new music in the Irish tradition, Colcannon has developed a unique contemporary style that remains in firm touch with the heart and essence of traditional Celtic music. The concert will include traditional music, as well as original songs and instrumentals, performed with all-acoustic instrumentation and presented with warmth, virtuosity and wit.
Colcannons shows are known for their energy and irrepressible sense of humor. The music expresses flights of joy, deep sorrows and an unquenchable zest for life.
Few bands exude such genuine enjoyment for what they are doing, wrote the Rapid City Journal. Put simply, you cannot and will not see another Celtic band with the wit and ingenuity of Colcannon.
The members of the Colorado-based band have performed together for more than a decade. Mick Bolger, vocalist for the group, sings in both English and his native Gaelic language and plays the bodhran; flutist Rod Garnett performs on multiple wooden flutes, many of them reproductions of 18th-century instruments. Mike Fitzmaurice plays double bass and guitar; Jean Harrison performs on fiddle and accordion; and Brian Mullins plays guitar, mandolin, mandocello, bouzouki and flute.
Colcannon has recorded five albums for Oxford Road Records, receiving airplay on hundreds of public radio stations across the United States, as well as in Europe and Canada. The bands newest release, Corvus (2000), has spent several months in the top ten on the National Celtic Radio Chart compiled from playlists on Celtic music radio shows around the country.
Admission is $15 for the general public; $13 for those age 62 and over and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff; or $5 for those age 17 and under and UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center in Davies Center and will be sold at the door.
Patrons also may charge tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.
The Artists Series is made possible by student funds allocated by the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Nov. 13, 2000