The Young Irelanders – with an eclectic repertoire of Irish traditional music, world jazz and pop – will take the stage for the Golden Belt Community Concert Association’s second show of the season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
Delete- Merge UpThis GBCCA event is available to concert association members. Full-time students will be admitted to the concert for a $5 donation at the door when they show their school I.D. The auditorium will open at 6:30 p.m. GBCCA memberships are still available for this season and can be purchased at the door.
The Young Irelanders, an eight-member Irish song and dance troupe still in their 20s and 30s, have achieved more at their age than many people would aspire to in a lifetime. They have toured as lead performers with Riverdance and Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance.” They have been soloists on PBS specials, shared the stage with Bono, have recorded with Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones and have been chosen by Sting to perform for many of his special events.
They have performed for heads of state, including Irish and U.S. presidents, the queen of England, the president of China, Prince Albert of Monaco and the empress of Japan. They also have performed at Radio City Music Hall, the Great Hall of the People in China, Kremlin State Palace in Moscow, the U.S. Capitol Building, Fox Theatre in Detroit and the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles.
The troupe fuses their Old World traditions with contemporary flare using authentic Celtic instruments, which include accordion and melodeon, fiddle, whistles, flute, bodhran and snare, as well as guitar, harp and banjo.
For more information about the Golden Belt Community Concert Association, visit the GBCCA web site, www.goldenbeltcca.org.