Elizabeth Nicholson & Stringed Migration to play 3rd Friday Ceili

Irish Ceili Dance
PPAA, 618 SE Alder, Portland Oregon
Friday December 18, 2009, 8 PM lesson, 9 PM dance
Music by: Elizabeth Nicholson & Stringed Migration
$8 students/seniors, $10 general, members $2 off, $30 max for families
Sponsored by The Portland Ceili Society*

Anyone who follows the local Irish dance and music scene knows full well the incredible talents Elizabeth Nicholson & Stringed Migration bring to life. And if you are not familiar with these players then you owe it to yourself to find out.

Elizabeth Nicholson & Stringed Migration is a Portland, OR, based quartet that performs a lush synthesis of Celtic and international roots music with a twist of jazz. Comprised of four multi-instrumentalists whose individual careers have garnered regional, national and international recognition, the band is enjoying a rapidly growing reputation in the Northwest folk world.

Stringed Migration is: Elizabeth Nicholson on vocals, harps, and guitar; Eddie Parente on violin and viola; Bob Soper on bouzouki, fiddle, vocals and guitar; and Rob Barrick on double bass and Scottish smallpipes. Jim Chapman, a Stringed Migration alumni, still performs with the band on bouzouki from time to time.

The dances are taught and called, and no experience or partner is needed.

*Note that a Ceili is a traditional Irish social and dance party.

The Portland Ceili Society (PCS) is a 501C3 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. PCS has been hosting concerts, dances and events since 1982. Ceilis are typically held on the Third Friday of each month, September through May. For more information visit www.PortlandCeiliSociety.org or email PortlandCeiliSociety@yahoo.com.

Costume Ceili

Irish Ceili Dance
PPAA, 618 SE Alder, Portland Oregon
Friday October 16, 2009, 8 PM lesson, 9 PM dance
Music by: Felim Egan & Friends
$8 students/seniors, $10 general, members $2 off, $30 max for families

Sponsored by The Portland Ceili Society*

The Portland Ceili Society is proud to present our second Ceili of the season featuring the best of traditional Irish music and dance. Come celebrate the change of seasons with easy to learn dances in a casual fun atmosphere.

Irish native Felim Egan, who is a button accordion virtuoso, drives the music. Felim is from a musical family whose members who are in Riverdance and Lord of the Dance.

And in the spirit of lengthening shadows, the accompanying musicians shall remain a mystery until revealed by the stomping of feet and roaring of the accordion.

You can also be somewhat of a mystery yourself by donning a costume. Optional of course.

The dances are taught and called, and no experience or partner is needed.

*Note that a Ceili is a traditional Irish social and dance party.

The Portland Ceili Society (PCS) is a 501C3 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. PCS has been hosting concerts, dances and events since 1982. Ceilis are typically held on the Third Friday of each month, September through May. For more information visit www.PortlandCeiliSociety.org or email PortlandCeiliSociety@yahoo.com.

Diango Amerson & Friends to Open 2009-10 Portland Ceili Season

Irish traditional music trio Diango Amerson, Eliot Grasso & Dave Cory will be featured at the Third Friday Irish Ceili Dance on September 18 at the PPAA Building, 618 SE Alder Street, Portland.

The music of this exciting trio is played with great energy, vigor, and drive by three of Irish music's most creative exponents.
Django grew up literally across the street from the annual Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Washington. There he got his first lessons at a young age from such Irish fiddle gurus as Liz Carroll, Dale Russ and Brendan Mulvihill. Django makes regular visits to Cork, Ireland having studied Irish music at University College Cork. Django also performs withThe Doon Ceili Band and with 5 Mile Chase nationally and in Ireland.

Inspiration to pipers and non-pipers alike, Eliot Grasso is a brilliant young musician and one of the finest uilleann pipers in the history of Irish music in America, He began playing Irish traditional music on the flute at age seven, tin whistle at age eight, and uilleann pipes at age eleven. Grasso has performed with the Chieftans; Celtic fiddle master Liz Carroll; and Cherish the Ladies, one of the most highly regarded Irish-American groups.

Bay area native Dave Cory’s banjo and guitar adds spice with a lively style that has made him a favorite in the Irish traditional music world. Cory honed his skills playing for several years in Boston and has played with notable artists including Providence, Niali and the Cillian Valelly, The Magic Square, and the Lissa Shneckenburger Band.

The dances are taught and called, and no experience or partner is needed.

The Portland Ceili Society (PCS) is a 501c3 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. PCS has been hosting concerts, dances and events since 1982. Ceilis are held on the Third Friday of each month, September through May. For more information visit www.PortlandCeiliSociety.org or email PortlandCeiliSociety@yahoo.com.

WHAT: Irish Ceili Dance
WHO: Django Amerson, Eliot Grasso & Dave Cory
WHERE: PPAA, 618 SE Alder, Portland Oregon
WHEN: Friday September 18, 2009, 8 PM lesson, 9 PM dance
COST: $8 students/seniors, $10 general, members $2 off, Families $30 Max