The Celtibillies also appreciate and strive to promote the dance traditions associated
with Celtic and Appalachian music and include dancers who excel in Cape Breton, Irish,
Scottish and Clogging traditions. The music of Celtibillies is an expression of love
and respect for the music, dance and cultural heritage of two great traditions that
are forever linked by their common roots and bonds.
Saturday, June 14, 2014 | Dinner: 5:30pm | Show: 7:00pm
Appalachian and Celtic Music and dance.
“A masterful work of art that transcends all musical genres.” That’s how Bluegrass
Unlimited described the music of Celtibillies. Formed in 1994 as a contradance band,
Celtibillies began exploring the deep rooted connections between Celtic music and
the Appalachian music of their home region of southwest Virginia. Their music expanded
beyond dance tunes to include a wide range of traditional Celtic and Appalachian Old-Time
music and song as well as original music.
The band features Becky Barlow on hammered dulcimer, keyboard and bodhran, Jack Hinshelwood
on fiddle, guitar and harmonica, Tim Sauls on banjo, bouzouki, fiddle and guitar,
and Jeff Hofmann on bass. Celtibillies performances are a rousing mixture of vocal
arrangements and spirited jigs, reels, waltzes, strathspeys, and breakdowns.
The Green Grass Cloggers feature a unique dance style heavily influenced by the styles
of traditional flatfoot dancers, British Isle step dancing, and African rhythms.
The team was formed in 1971 by students at East Carolina University. In 1977 part
of the group, “The Road Team,” relocated to Asheville to become a full-time touring
dance company, performing around the world until 1987. The rest of the Green Grass
dancers, who became known as “The Home Team”, continue performing and teaching the
traditional dances and steps throughout the southeastern US from their base in Greenville,
Rince na h'Eireann (Gaelic for Dance of Ireland) began very modestly in 1994 in Charlotte,
NC with first only one, then just a few eager students and dedicated families. The
only school of its kind at the time, Rince na h' Eireann has grown to serve over 400
students of all ages through six (6) locations across the Carolinas. The main school
location is in South Charlotte, NC. Other locations are Huntersville, Winston-Salem,
and Raleigh, NC, and Spartanburg and Columbia, SC.
In addition to providing solid dance training, Sandra Connick, the founder and owner
of Rince na h' Eireann, encourages students and their families to be of service to
their communities by performing in local programs and supporting other civic organizations.
Students have performed for thousands of school age children, adults and families.
Audiences always enjoy appearances in St. Patrick's Day parades, events and festivities!
Rince na h' Eireann students compete at local and regional events, including the Southern
Regional Championships (Oireachtas), the North American National Championships and
the World Irish Dancing Championships. Even though many students compete at these
events, dancers who do not wish to compete, but, enjoy dance for exercise, cultural
enrichment and fun, are just as welcome.
For tickets and more information, visit blueridgeperformingarts.com