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Past Performers

áthas
May ´09
Alan Kelly Gang
Mar ´14
Bays, Randal
Mar ´15
Bays, Randal & Mathias, Davey
Oct ´10
Begley, Brendan & óRaghallaigh, Caoimhín
Oct ´11
bohola
Jan ´13
Boylan, Turlach & Cory, Dave
Mar ´06
Britton, Tim & Eagan, Pat
Jun ´05
Britton,Tim & Miller, Brian
Jun ´10
Brock McGuire Band
Sep ´05
Bua
Feb ´12
Carey, Kyle & Werth, Craig
Sep ´12
Chicago Reel
Oct ´12
Chulrua
Sep ´05, May ´06, Oct ´07, Aug ´08, Aug ´10
Comas
Nov ´13
Conneely, Mick & Munnelly, David
Sep ´13
Cook, Marta & Murphy, Gráinne
Feb ´15
Cooney, Michael & Egan, Pat
Dec ´11
Courtney, Mary
Dec ´13
Cranitch, Matt & Daly, Jackie
Apr ´11
Crowley, Jimmy
Dec ´07
David Munnelly Band
Feb ´08
DeMarco, Tony
Apr ´10
DeMarco, Tony & Butler, Siobhán
Feb ´13
Duffy, Rose
Nov ´12
Dunne, Niamh & Óg Graham, Seán
Sep ´14
Flashpoint
Oct ´14
Flook
May ´05
Foley, Ged
Oct ´08
Fuchsia Band
Sep ´07, Jun ´09, Aug ´11
Full Set
Mar ´13
Gan Bua
Nov ´07
Gavin, Sean & Smith, Jesse
Jun ´12
Gavin, Sean & Friends
Jun ´14
Graham, Len
Apr ´08
Graham, Len & Hart, Brian
May ´12
Heaton, Matt & Shannon
Apr ´06, Nov ´08, May ´09, Apr ´13
Hensold, Dick
Apr ´13
HiB's
Nov ´10
Kane Sisters
Aug ´08
Keenan, Paddy
Nov ´07, Nov ´09
Keenan, Paddy & Walsh, John
May ´14
Kennedy, Nuala
Feb ´14
Landes, Roger & Thompson, Chipper
Apr ´07
Máirtín de Cógáin Project
Apr ´10
MacKenzie, Laura with Rue, Gary
Nov ´11
MacNamara, Andrew, Harrington, Orla & Foley, Ged
Mar ´12
Maguire, Dóna
Nov ´09, Oct ´11
Malcolm, Jim
Sep ´09, Sep ´11, Mar ´14
Martin, Tommy & Gannon, Eileen
Mar ´06
McCormack, Alyth & Marshall, Triona
Oct ´12
McQuaid, Sarah
May ´11, Oct ´13
Munnelly, Flaherty & Masure
Apr ´08
Nugent, Larry
Feb ´10
Nugent, Laurence & O'Brien, Patsy
Mar ´12
O'Beirne, Gerry
Mar ´09, Oct ´14
O'Beirne, Gerry & Shipley, Rosie
Mar ´05
O'Hare, Kieran
May ´08
Oisre
Jan ´05
Open the Door for Three
Sep ´13
Outside Track
Feb ´11, Apr ´12
Paul McKenna Band
May ´11
Peoples, Tommy
Apr ´05
Rendell, Norah & Miller, Brian
Oct ´08
Rising Gael
Jul ´10
Tansey, Seamus
Apr ´08
Vishtèn
Jun ´13
We Banjo 3
Aug ´13

2015

April 2015

Sunday 26 April @ 8:00PM

The Old Blind Dogs
CANCELED

Location

SHOW CANCELED

Ticket Prices

On-line sales are not currently available.
Tickets will be available at the venue before the start of the show, while supplies last

TOUR and SHOW CANCELED

Due to Homeland Security issues the band cannot enter the country on this tour.

May 2015

Tuesday 5 May @ 8:00PM

Comas

Location

The Upper Bout
723 S Neil St
Champaign, IL 61820

Ticket Prices

$20

Adult

$10

Child/Senior

Since March 2003, Comas have been together as a band. Before that, they toured individually in top acts such as The Drovers, Orion, Eileen Ivers, Urbantrad, Denez Prigent, and the internationally acclaimed Liz Carroll, to name just a few. Although coming from diverse musical backgrounds and residing in different parts of the globe, they found each other through their similar approach to music, bringing together their many cultural influences to forge a unique blend of traditional Irish music that literally had them, within months of coming together, playing in major festivals in Ireland, Belgium, France, England, Denmark, and Holland. This achivement alone is worthy of note, and as further testimony to their deep rooted talents, they were asked back immediately to every festival they played. "Before we even had time to put our instruments away," as guitarist Philip Masure aptly put it.

Comas are a band firmly rooted in Irish music, but with enough space to allow for original compositions. Their openness to new influences and a respectful eye on the past bring Comas to the forefront of what traditional music is about today.

Friday 22 May @ 8:00PM

Socks in the Frying Pan

Location

The Upper Bout
723 S Neil St
Champaign, IL 61820

Ticket Prices

$20

Adult

$10

Child/Senior

The band comprises two brothers, Shane and Fiachra Hayes on accordion and fiddle/banjo and accompanied by Aodán Coyne on guitar and vocals.

This young trad trio from Country Clare blend Irish traditional melodies with and innovative rhythmic and melodic garnish. These socks are audibly palatable! As for the inevitable question of where the name originated? This is yet to be disclosed!

Having gained a fan-base from four years of gigging around the west of Ireland, this exciting group have recently started branching out and have been well received for their modern traditional style and energetic approach to music. This, combined with an acoustic musical interplay, three-part harmony and an obvious love for live performance, compliments the traditional essence of both tune and songs in a fresh and entertaining way.

June 2015

Tuesday 2 June @ 8:00PM

Paddy O'Brien & Nathan Gourley

Location

The Upper Bout
723 S Neil St
Champaign, IL 61820

Ticket Prices

$20

Adult

$10

Child/Senior

Button accordion icon Paddy O’Brien is a tradition-bearer in the truest sense: he has accumulated a hoard of rare versions of tunes and stories from more than six decades seeking out and spending time with older musicians throughout Ireland. A native of County Offaly in the Irish midlands, Paddy has played with many celebrated ensembles in Ireland and in the US, and has taught at many prestigious Irish music schools. He has played at hundreds of venues all over North America and across Europe, and been featured on dozens of recordings.

A native of Madison, Wisconsin, fiddler and guitarist Nathan Gourley started playing music at age five. Nathan is a former member of The Doon Ceili Band, the Two Tap Trio, and the Máirtín de Cógáin Project. While living in Minnesota he had the opportunity to collaborate with such renowned players as Paddy O’Brien of Chulrua, Dáithí Sproule of Altan, Brian Miller of Bua, and Norah Rendell of The Outside Track. Nathan was a finalist in the Seán Ó Riada fiddle competition in 2014 and winner of Boston’s Fiddler of Dooney competition in 2013. He can be heard playing at concerts, ceilis, sessions, and festivals in Boston and throughout the United States and Ireland.

August 2015

Tuesday 4 August @ 8:00PM

Mórga

Location

The Upper Bout
723 S Neil St
Champaign, IL 61820

Ticket Prices

$20

Adult

$10

Child/Senior

mórga ['mɔːga] "majestic, exalted"

Energy, passion, respect, and fun.

Four words that sum up the musical mission statement behind Mórga. The band combines an unashamedly vintage sound, harnessing the energy and drive of the great bands of the 1920s and 1970s, with a taste for unusual tunes- adding the combined abilities four of today's leading Irish traditional instrumentalists to create a unique, energy-packed sound.

A shared passion for old and lively traditional music drew the band together; it was formed in 2008 by Jonas Fromseier (Greek bouzouki / banjo), Danny Diamond (fiddle), Dominic Keogh (bodhrán and flute) and Barry Brady (accordion) and in 2009 Mórga released their self-titled debut album to critical acclaim. The band toured extensively, appearing at highly respected festivals such as The Tonder festival, The Shetland Folk festival, The Ballyshannon Folk festival and The Open House Festival in Belfast, to name a few, and also appearing several times on Irish television and radio.

After taking a break between 2011 and late 2012 another musician with the same passion and mindset, David Munnelly, lit the spark under Jonas, Danny, and Dominic again, and brought his masterful, energetic accordion playing to add a new dimension to the band.

September 2015

Tuesday 1 September @ 8:00PM

We Banjo 3

Location

The Upper Bout
723 S Neil St
Champaign, IL 61820

Ticket Prices

$20

Adult

$10

Student/Senior

Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley are among the most celebrated and distinguished young musicians in Ireland today.

Featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals and percussion We Banjo 3 make a bold and extraordinary musical statement. Creativity, sensitivity and passion are present in full measure and Irish music is at the heart of what they play.

Collectively, WeBanjo3 have been at the forefront of Irish banjo and fiddle for 2 decades. Their competitive success is unrivalled, Martin holding 7 All Ireland titles, Enda with 4, while Fergal and David hold All Ireland titles on Banjo, Fiddle, Bodhran and Guitar.

Enda has recorded and performed with The Chieftains, Frankie Gavin, Stockton's Wing, Grammy-winner Ricky Skaggs and "Instrumental Band of the Decade" The Brock McGuire Band. Fergal has performed with David Munnelly, Martin O'Connor and Kevin Crawford and has toured the world with Ragus and Celtic Legends. Martin was the very first Irish banjo player to perfom at the Grand Ol Opry in Nashville and David is fast building a reputation for his deep, muscular singing.

We Banjo 3 play with swing and soul, effortlessly combining the best of Irish and Bluegrass banjo music and song, mining the rich vein of the American Old Time tradition and thoroughly reinventing the banjo band sound. Modern rhythms, traditional melodies, virtuosic technique and innovative arrangements of music and song add up to an incredible feast of banjo and mandolin music -- guaranteed to put a smile on your face and get your feet tapping.