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Special Guest: Hair of the Dog


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Forged in the white-hot creative crucible of Limerick’s Irish World Academy and named “Traditional Group of the Year” by Chicago Irish American News and Live Ireland, Goitse is leading the new generation of trad Irish ensembles.

Goitse, pronounced Go-Wit’-cha, is a Gaelic word for ‘come here’.

The popular and multi-award-winning quintet Goitse was forged in the white-hot creative crucible of Limerick’s Irish World Academy and according to fRoots Magazine offers up “sprightly instrumentals with exciting and unexpected twists topped off with winsome vocals.”

Between being named Live Ireland’s “Traditional Group of the Year”, Chicago Irish American News’ “Group of the Year” and winning the prestigious “Freiburger International Leiter 2016” award in Germany, Goitse have become a leader of the new generation of traditional Irish ensembles.

Connected by their shared alma mater, The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, and their love for the music, Goitse has released six critically acclaimed recordings and maintains a touring schedule that includes performances throughout Ireland, UK, Germany, France, and the United States. Their distinctive sound, which Irish Music Magazine refers to as “brimming with energy and creative zeal,” lies in the quality of their own compositions interspersed with age-old traditional tunes which make each performance unique.

Laying the foundations for the music are Portlaoise-born World and All-Ireland Bodhraìn champion Colm Phelan, who co-founded the International Bodhrán school "Búla Buzz" in Dublin and Philadephia native Conal O’Kane, who while adept on fiddle and banjo is fast making a name for himself as one of the finest guitarists and sought after guitar teachers of his generation. The driving rhythm section sets a powerful course for the music while the sweet, charismatic voice and award-winning fiddle playing of Colorado-born Joanna Hyde, who draws audiences into a song the way few performers can.

Multi string instrumentalist Alan Reid, from North County Leitrim in Ireland, features mainly on banjo and bouzouki, drawing from an extensive knowledge of archival collections of Irish which enriches the band’s repertoire. Rounding out the quintet is Daniel Collins, from West Cork, an All-Ireland Champion known for his touch on the keys and distinctively intricate bass work on accordion.


Special Guests: Hair of the Dog

Hair of the Dog - Rick Bedrosian (guitar and vocals), Larry Packer (fiddle), Dan Samson (bass and vocals) and Gene Garone (drums and vocals) – have been Celtic favorites in the 518 since 1993, receiving ‘Best Band’ honors by Northeast media many times over. They’ve released 10 CDs and over time made a name for themselves in Ireland, where The Irish Echo declared their music “…simply a delight to listen to.” The New York Freeman Times gushed, “Hair Of The Dog plays with a cohesive oneness that most bands never get. They are a regional music treasure.”

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