"Fánaí (pronounced "Fawnee"), is Irish for "traveler" an appropriate name for this Irish traditional music trio made up of a Dubliner, a London Irish man and a Pennsylvanian. The group features the singing and playing of the three widely traveled musicians. John Walsh plays banjo and mandolin and sings. His journey has led from his home in Malahide, Co. Dublin to Palmer, Alaska. Jamie O'Brien (vocals, guitar) left England for Pennsylvania, by way of France and Germany. Button accordion and melodeon player Dan Possumato has spent most of his adult life traveling across the globe - from Pittsburgh and the Mid-Atlantic to Germany before settling in Eagle River, Alaska, 8 years ago.
Performing melodies which revolve around the driving sound of banjo, enriched with the fullness of accordion and accompanied by the inventive rhythm of guitar, the band has won the hearts of many wherever they've played. Fánaí creates a sound steeped in tradition while still appealing to modern listeners. Their repertoire features many lesser-heard tunes inherited by the players on their long musical journeys". - Fánaí website.
The Portland Céilí Society (PCS) is a not for profit organization whose mission is to promote, preserve, educate and encourage the practice of traditional Irish folk dances, songs, and music in the Portland metropolitan area. The Portland Céilí Society has been hosting concerts, dances and events since 1982. Céilís are held on the Third Friday of each month, September through May.
PPAA, 618 SE Alder, Portland, Oregon
Friday October 19, 2007
8pm lesson, 9pm dance
Music by: Fánaí
$8 students/seniors, $10 general, members $2 off