Date:   3/24/2007

Karan Casey Band– An Amalgam of Musical Style

Like some musicians before her, and apart from many others, this musician has created a genre all her own. While listening, one can hear the skillful mix of her lilting luster of Irish folklore spiced with vocal scats of a jazz era reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald herself. Truth be told, Karan Casey studied the famous Fitzgerald’s scat singing while studying music at the University College Dublin in the late 1980s, and performed her studies several times a week at a local bistro. Since then, Casey has performed in jazz bands, performed in Irish bands, released nine albums, five of them solo, and established a name for herself both in Ireland and in New York City until ultimately settling in County Cork in Ireland. And on Saturday, March 24, she comes to the historic Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake.

Casey was born in County Waterford, Ireland in Ballyduff Lower, where she started her musical career singing in her home, in a church choir and at school. Throughout her musical education, she eventually moved to New York City in 1993, where she studied jazz at Long Island University. For most of the year after her move to the States, she sang with a group called Atlantic Bridge. At the end of that year, she was given the opportunity to join the acclaimed Irish-American musical group Solas, which received national exposure on National Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion in May of 1996. She worked with them on four albums, all the while recording and releasing her own solo compilations. Her latest album, Chasing the Sun, was released in 2005. Her records are released by Shanachie Records in the United States and Vertical Records in Europe.

Casey has also taken her musicality to the screen as session musician in the two films Dancing at Lughnasa (1998) and Waking Ned Devine (1999). And in 2000, Karan collaborated with several other singers on Seal Maiden - A Celtic Musical, for children. Seal Maiden was a musical version of the film The Secret of Roan Inish (1994).

Now Casey finds herself back in the United States touring and performing throughout the East Coast and the Midwest.  On March 9, her and Caoimhin Vallely (piano), Robbie Overson (guitars) and Kate Ellis (cello), kicked off their musical tour in Dayton, Ohio, and have since made their way through Chicago with dates in Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and finally Wisconsin. On Saturday, March 24 at 7:00 PM, Casey and her band will wrap up their tour at Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake before heading back home. Come be a part of Casey’s diverse musical styling and unique take on the integration of jazz and folk music, all with her traditional Irish flare.

Tickets for the Karan Casey concert, sponsored by Heidel House and Two Chez, are $18 and available at Thrasher office; Knowledge Emporium; Green Lake State Bank (Green Lake); Ripon Drug and Pick ‘n Save (Ripon); Twister (Princeton); Berlin Chamber of Commerce; or by calling (920) 294-4279.

For more information or to order tickets online, visit www.thrasheroperahouse.com.

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