“A Celtic Celebration” coming June 21 to Clear Lake

Come join us for a night of Celtic music and dance!

With music by “The Jig Is Up,” also featuring Irish singer Abby Green, with Irish dance performed by local Irish dancers from around the Houston area.

About the band:

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Members of The Jig Is Up! share a love of traditional Irish music, which they present in a lively and creative manner while remaining true to the ancient Irish tradition. Robert Shaddox, with his clear tenor voice, is the main vocalist. His skilled bodhrán reinforces the dance rhythms. Diehl Moran’s fiddle and tenor banjo provide grace and drive. Larry Mallette is the featured flute and whistle player and the band’s resident composer and historian. Matt Lewis’ rhythmic and lyrical guitar playing drives the dance tunes and provides moments of great beauty. Matt adds innovative vocals and plays dynamic flute and whistle. Judd Heartsill’s driving accordion supplies the “nyah” and fills out the band’s big sound. Whether playing flute tunes from Sligo and Roscommon, fiddle tunes from Clare, or polkas and slides from Cork and Kerry, The Jig is Up! will set your feet to tapping, and their innovative arrangements will keep you “On Yer Toes!”

About the singer:

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Abby has been a performer at heart since childhood where she would perform shows for family, some of whom would fall asleep during the performance (won’t mention any names, DAD).  In high school and college, Abby was no stranger to the stage performing in choirs, variety shows, musical theater, and opera.  She graduated Sam Houston State University in 1997 with many musical awards in hand.  It was after college that she first discovered Celtic festivals.  She was in heaven.  The music seemed to be familiar in a way that it could not possibly be.  It was a complete career (animal nurse and pet sitter) and a divorce later before she found and began to explore the Irish language.  In February 2006, Abby began learning the Irish language with the Gaelic League of Austin and has since been in contact with long distance teachers via modern technology.

Today Abby is a full time touring musician.  She released her first solo CD, Éíníní, in 2008.  One reviewer remarked, “quite simply, gorgeous. Her voice is polished without ever sounding slick or generic”   “Her considerable talents with the language, and in music, are on ample display with the release of her excellent second album“, Fig for a Kiss released in 2011.  Whether the song calls for energetic rhythms or chordal choices that echo the intensity of a broken heart, Abby plays her Irish Cittern (five course bouzouki) and shares her rich soaring voice to tell the tale in Irish, Scots Gaelic and in English.  As a native Texan, her love of Celtic songs, languages and tunes has been a true journey of discovery.  She enjoys unlocking the treasures of beautiful music often hidden behind the veil of languages unusual to our English speaking eyes and ears.  She performs solo frequently, but enjoys the company of pipers, flutists, fiddlers and harmonizing singers.  She also continues to perform with Istanpitta Early Music Ensemble which she has been lead and harmonizing vocalist, frame drum percussionist, and energetic, audience interacting storyteller since March 2004.  Abby has also enjoyed singing and recording with Texas Early Music Project from time to time since January 2006.

The dancers:

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Our Irish dancers come from all over the Houston area and include dancers from the Maguire Academy of Irish dance, McTeggart Irish dancer and dancers from the Tew Academy of Irish dance.

The producer:

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Richard Tew has been an Irish dancer and teacher for nearly two decades.  He has taught Irish dancing all over Texas and all over the world through his “Rince Resource” video series.  This will be his third collaboration with “The Jig Is Up” and hopes to make this one the biggest and best of them all.

The venue:

The University of Houston Clear Lake’s “Bayou Theater.”

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Show date and time:

June 21, 2014.  Show starts at 7 p.m.  Run time approximately 1.5 hours.  There will be a 15 minute intermission.

Address: 2700 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX.  Click here for to go to their website.

Tickets are adults $23 each (includes processing fee), children under 12 $11 each (includes processing fee).

Please use these links to purchase online:

Adults

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Children under 12

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***Please note, there will be no food served before the show or during intermission***

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