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Join us March 8th & 9th, 2013
Eugene Irish Cultural Festival
Our headliner group is The Paperboys, a Canadian folk music band from Vancouver, Canada, that formed in 1991 by Tom Landa, whose Canadian mother has Irish heritage. They will play traditional Irish music for the Friday, March 8th evening concert at Beall Concert Hall with four musicians. The Paperboys have extensively toured both continents, performing in England, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Scotland, Ireland, France, and Austria. The Paperboys have won the 1998 and 2000 West Coast Music Award and the 2001 Juno Awards. On Saturday, there will be workshops taught by The Paperboys musicians and they will also play traditional Irish music for the Ceili (Irish social dance). On Friday, March 8th, the Paperboys will be interviewed on KLCC at 2 pm and KRVM at 4 pm.
Overview of the Festival
Evening Concert: The Paperboys will play at Beall Concert Hall at University of Oregon, 8 PM, Friday, March 8th, 2013. The opening performance will be David Helfand (Harp) and Justin Lader (Viola). Celtic Harpist and multi-instrumentalist, David Helfand and violist, Justin Lader perform an eclectic blend of original world music. Their music ranges from Celtic, Middle Eastern and music inspired by various cultures. For the Friday concert and Saturday festival, David and Justin will feature their vibrant original Celtic inspired pieces and traditional musical gems. They have performed throughout the Pacific Northwest and embarked on their first tour of Northern CA the summer of 2012.
Daytime Festival: Saturday, March 9th, 2013, 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM, Sheldon High School (2455 Willakenzie Rd Eugene, OR 97401):
Additional Performers: Sheldon Choirs, Murray Irish Dancers, David Helfand (harp) and Justin Lader (viola), Ceili Mhor (Traditional Irish/Celtic Music), Eilleen O'Malley Hanna (Irish Stories) and Harp Circle (Traditional Irish/Celtic Music)
Music Workshops (more to be added): How to Play Guitar at an Irish Session (Tom Landa), Introduction to Irish Music on Fiddle (Justin Lader), Irish Fiddle Workshop for Intermediate to Advanced Fiddlers (Kalissa Hernandez), Uilleann Pipes (Eliot Grasso)
Dance Workshops/Activities: Irish Dance Workshop (Maldon Meehan), Ceili Dance (Maldon Meehan dance caller for the Irish Social Dance) and Irish Dance Workshop (Geraldine Murray)
Art Workshops (more to be added): Basket Weaving (Sheila Tasker)
Irish Language Workshops: Introduction to Irish Language (Ger Killeen), Next Level of the Irish Language (Ger Killeen)
History Workshops/Presentations: History and Rule of Hurling (Stephen Power), Genealogy - How to Trace Your Ancestors Back to Ireland (Dawn Carlisle), All About Irish Bogs (Peggy Hinsman)
Sports: A Tournament of Hurling Matches from 11 AM to 4 PM
Family Activities: Crafts and activities for all ages that help you learn more about Ireland and Irish culture
Irish Session: Bring your instrument, join the group and play Irish and other Celtic music with the others at the session.
Vendors: Performer's CDs/DVDs/Books, T-Shirts From Previous Festival Years, Eugene Irish Cultural Festival Magnets, Eugene Irish Cultural Festival Mugs, Eugene Irish Cultural Festival Pens, and more to be added.
Food & Drink: The South Eugene High School Culinary Group will be our food vendor this year.