Date:   3/1/2004

St. Patrick’s Day celebration with "bohola" at Thrasher


In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Thrasher Opera House will be presenting bohola, a Chicago- based Irish band whose repertoire is comprised of traditional Irish music - with a real urban feel. Generously sponsored by Heidel House, this high-energy group takes stage on Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 7:30 p.m.


Irish music’s accordion virtuoso Jimmy Keane, along with fiddler extraordinaire Seam Cleland, the remarkable dordan player and singer Pat Broaders, and the lovely singer and guitarist, Kat Eggleston, comprise bohola, Irish music’s newest “supergroup” as penned by The Irish Herald.

bohola play a driving, muscular, and yet very emotive style of Irish music with deep roots in the ‘pure drop’ tradition, which has been forged with the raw and gritty urbanized musical vernacular of the Irish-American experience. 


Born in London of Irish-speaking parents, Jimmy Keane’s accomplishments are far reaching.  The son of a sean nos (old style) singer, he is All Ireland accordion champion for five consecutive years.  He is a composer and arranger of Irish music and has produced and recorded numerous albums. Many regard Keane as the premier exponent of Irish music on the piano accordion.  Emusic describes him as “one of the true giants of Irish traditional music of the past fifty years.”


Sean Cleland began playing Irish music in Chicago during the 1970’s.  Over the years, he has won numerous Midwest and North American Fleadh Cheoil (Irish music competitions) titles on the fiddle.  In the 1980’s, he ventured out from playing straight traditional music and founded the alternative Irish/Celtic rock group The Drovers.  While with the Drovers, he recorded three critically acclaimed albums, toured extensively, and also appeared in two major motion pictures: Backdraft (1991) and Blink (1994).


Keane met Pat Broaders shortly after he arrived in Chicago from Ireland in the 1990’s.  “Pat is a real veteran of the Irish music scene both here and abroad, playing, recording, and performing with many artists and bands over the years,” said Keane.  “Pat has this acute sense of music and rhythm that enables him to “lock in” his dordan (bass bouzouki) playing to whatever I might do musically and rhythmically. The synergy that results spurs on bohola and draws in the audience.  And his singing is brilliant – if I could sing, I’d love to sing like Pat.”


The newest addition to the group is Kat Eggleston, an established and well-respected singer and guitarist.  “Kat has this lovely sweet voice and does some pretty brilliant guitar work.   With Kat joining bohola it adds a completely new dimension, both musically and vocally.  She is a perfect fit.  “It is truly an exciting time for bohola – a new and wondrous sonic coaction has emerged with the addition of Kat!”


“…bohola is an acoustic power for the new century, a group whose instrumental virtuosity, strong vocals and stunning arrangements place them at the leading edge of today’s traditional music scene.” The Irish Voice.


Tickets for the March 13 concert are: $17 Adults and $14 Students & Seniors and available at: Thrasher Office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake State Bank, and Ripon Drug, or by calling 920-294-4279.  For on-line tickets, visit


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