New Year’s Eve Céilí in Cultúrlann

20 December 2007, 11:12 AM GMT

New Year’s Eve Céilí in Cultúrlann

– Dance the old year away and welcome in 2008 with Comhaltas at Cultúrlann na hÉireann, Monkstown, Co. Dublin, starting at 9.00pm. This New Year’s Eve céilí with the great Fodhla Céilí Band is the best way possible to start the New Year. A marvellous night of music dance and craic is assured!

The Fodhla (pronounced ‘Fola’) Céilí Band have been playing for céilí dances since 1974 and are widely acclaimed as the finest exponents of the set dance tempos in the country. They are exceptionally skilled at playing jigs, hornpipes and polkas specially tailored to suit set dancing enthusiasts. The Band are led by Brian O’Kane on accordian and his wife Pat (a daughter of the late legendary John Joe Gardiner - The Boss - from Co. Sligo whose early 78 records are now collectors items), on fiddle with their son Darragh on second accordian, The rest of the band, Brendan McCabe (flute), Mairéad Farrell (piano) and Donal Fitzpatrick (drums) are experienced musicians of the highest calibre. Together this six piece céilí band bring a new dynamism to Irish Dance music with rhythm and phrasing of the Sligo style of music very evident in their playing.

Brian O’Kane is also renowned for his many compositions down through the years and his marches have proved particularly popular with céilí bands for fleadhanna cheoil competitions.

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