SOUTH CARTHAGE – New England Celtic Arts will present World-renowned entertainer Aoife Clancy at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Nov. 6, in South Carthage at 7 p.m.

Aoife Clancy (pronounced “Eefa”) brings a refreshing new voice to folk music, one that ranges from traditional Irish songs to ballads and contemporary folk.

Clancy comes from the small town of Carrick-on-Suir, in Co Tipperary, Ireland, where her musical career began at an early age. Her father, Bobby Clancy, of the legendary Clancy Brothers, placed a guitar in her hands at age 10, and by 14 she was playing with her father in nearby pubs.

She later moved to Dublin, where she studied drama at the Gaiety School of Acting. After a season at the Gaiety, Clancy was invited to do a tour of Australia. There she performed at festivals and concerts sharing the stage with some of Ireland’s greatest performers, including Christy Moore and the Furey Brothers. Her performances also include a Caribbean cruises with the Clancy Brothers, the Milwaukee Irish Festival and a seven week tour of the United States with the renowned Paddy Noonan Show.

In 1995, Clancy was asked to join the acclaimed group, Cherish the Ladies, which is one of the most sought-after Irish-American groups in history.

For the past four years, Clancy has toured extensively doing no less than two hundred dates a year throughout the United States and Europe. She has been a featured soloist with orchestras such as the Boston Pops and Cincinnati Pops and while performing with Cherish the Ladies, collaborated with the Boston Pops on their Grammy nominated Celtic album.

On her debut CD, “It’s About Time,” Clancy presents some traditional favorites, such as “Factory Girl” and “Mrs. McGrath,” but she also presents a sassy rendition of Leon Russelson’s “Don’t Get Married Girls.”

“She has a breadth of styles that make her concerts fascinating. Her singing would melt packed ice with it’s warmth and richness,” said Mike Jackson, Canberra Times.

There will be a pre-show jam at 6:15 p.m. Audience members are encouraged to bring their instruments and jam for a few minutes with the artist.

Skye Theater is located 3 miles west of East Dixfield Village at 2 Highland Drive, off Winter Hill Road and Route 2 in South Carthage. Ticket price is $10 at the door. Call New England Celtic Arts at 562-4445 for reservations and directions.

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