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