CARTHAGE – New England Celtic Arts will present the six-member, all-female band Liadan, direct from Ireland, at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center.

There will be a preshow jam at 6:15 p.m. Audience members are urged to bring their instruments and jam for a few minutes with the artists.

Liadan’s vocals and creative instrumental music have been captivating audiences throughout Ireland, Europe and America since its formation in 2004. The group’s distinctive interpretation of Irish traditional music features striking string and reed rhythms and accompaniments while always keeping the melody central to their arrangements. In contrast, the band also performs traditional and sean-nós songs using a cappella, harmonies and instrumental arrangements.

The name Liadan was inspired by the ninth century Irish story, “Liadan agus Cuirithir,” which explores the mysticism surrounding the Celtic poetess, Liadan, and her doomed love affair with Cuirithir. She was inspirational to this Irish group as she represents strength and femininity through the medium of her art.

Liadan, which has won numerous prestigious awards, is made up of Síle Denvir, harpist; Deirdre Chawke, piano, accordion; Valerie Casey and Claire Dolan, fiddles; Sarah-Jane Woods, flute; and Elaine Cormican, whistles. Liadan’s Web site is http://www.liadan.ie/home.html .

Tickets are $10 at the door. Call 562-4445 for reservations. Skye Theater is at 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Road and U.S. Route 2.


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