Date:   3/5/2016

An evening with the Alan Kelly Gang is a “party looking for a crowd”

Powerful, emotive and critically acclaimed traditional Irish music band from the west of Ireland and Scotland, the Alan Kelly Gang sit firmly at the cutting edge of the Traditional and World music scene. They will be making their first visit to the stage of the historic Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake on Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m., bringing their trademark mix of strong dynamics, driving rhythms and buoyant harmonies. "…this is a party looking for a crowd," says The Irish Times.

Fronted by Ireland’s piano accordion maestro, described by New York’s Irish Voice as "in league with the best piano accordionists in the world” and with four critically acclaimed masters of their craft in tow, the gang have been taking global audiences by storm, impressing both music lover and critic alike. 

As stalwarts of contemporary trad, the Alan Kelly Gang are a creative force all about tasteful arrangements, groove, energy and musicality of the highest order. They deliver a unique and diverse perspective to the Celtic repertoire, amalgamating a musical dialogue that spans the Celtic countries, all the while with Ireland sternly at the helm. With strong dynamics, driving rhythms and buoyant harmonies - skillfully executed and soulfully delivered - their music will draw even the most fainthearted listener into the passion that they put into the music they play – magical, joyous and uplifting! Most definitely "a drive and energy that will keep the chill out of the coldest winter night” —Folk Radio UK

"Alan Kelly is fast becoming a national treasure. The piano accordion maestro has assembled a group – or gang – around him, who can complement his own amazing skills… See these guys as soon as you get the chance.” —Irish Music Magazine  

Tickets for the concert are $25 and available at the Thrasher office, Horicon Bank (Green Lake); Pick N’ Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling (920) 294-4279.  Online tickets available at www.thrasheroperahouse.com.

This program is supported in part by grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Accommodations provided by The Heidel House Resort & Spa

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