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Our Annual Saint Patrick's Party Celebrating The Music of Ireland - Sat Mar 19th 2016 at 6:00pm

$12 in advance

$15 at the door

Each year, White Horse hosts a celebration of Ireland on or around Saint Patrick's Day.    Our annual celebration focuses on the traditional music from Ireland along with poetry, stories, and imagery.    Our annual Irish Potato Roll is always a big hit....what's an Irish Potato Roll you ask?
Take a potato, a straw, a starting line, and finish line....well you get the idea.

Our celebration is a family event and stays close to the true roots of Irish music.

We hope you'll join us for this year's big celebration

Featuring Traditional Irish Music by
                     (Doug & Darcy Orr and Joe & Karen Holbert)

  • AIOFE CLANCY (from Tipperary, Ireland)



                    IRISH JAM SESSIONERS

Aiofe Clancy

World renowned as a member of famed Irish group 
Cherish The Ladies 
and a member of one of the best know families in Irish music 
The Clancy  Family,
Aoife was born in Tipperary and grew up in Dublin. 
 We're thrilled to have her celebrate Saint Patrick 
with us here at White Horse.

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

Now with seven recordings under her belt in the last decade, Aoife has clearly established herself as one of the Divas of Irish and contemporary Folk Music. She has recorded two solo projects “Its about Time” and “Soldiers and Dreams” on Rego Records. On her debut CD “It’s About Time,” Aoife 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.”

As one reviewer remarked, “she has a breadth of styles that make her concerts fascinating. Her singing would melt packed ice with it’s warmth and richness”—Mike Jackson, Canberra Times. On Aoife’s second Rego solo album, “Soldiers and Dreams,” Al Riess, from Dirty Linen magazine, wrote: “Soldiers and Dreams has a contemporary-meets-traditional-music feel and Clancy’s smooth, expressive singing works both ways—ensuring a successful merger of the two approaches and an enjoyable listening pleasure”.

Currently, Aoife is touring with her own band in support of her two Rego solo releases and her latest Appleseed release “Silvery Moon”. When she comes to a town near you, be sure not to miss this totally enchanting performer.

CLICK HERE to visit Aoife Clancy's website.

The Southern 
Doug and Darcy Orr 
Joe and Karen Holbert 

The Southern Highlanders perform a music tapestry of Scotland, Ireland and the Southern Appalachians, as well as more recent compositions in the traditional mode. All are singers and instrumentalists, including the guitar, mountain dulcimer, hammer dulcimer, fiddle, piano, pennywhistle, concertina, jaw harp and various percussive instruments.

Doug and Darcy Orr have been performing music for over 25 years through their previous Celtic/Appalachian band Maggies Fancy in Charlotte, as they recorded and toured through several states, and during subsequent years at Warren Wilson College where Doug served a president from 1991 to 2006 and founded the Swannanoa Gathering summer music camp.

Doug has published a top-selling book, Wayfaring Strangers with Fiona Ritchie, host of NPR’s The Thistle & Shamrock, about the musical connections between Scotland, Ireland and the Southern Appalachians. Darcy, an oil and watercolor painter, is the book’s art editor.

Joe and Karen Holbert began performing together in the mid-1980s as multi- instrumentalists and singer-songwriters. They have their own recording Appalachian Saga, and can he heard on recordings of several others. Joe and Karen performed at the Asheville Mountain Dance and Folk Festival for 21 consecutive years, winning awards for their performances.

They have appeared on a number of other stages including the Philadelphia Folk Song Society, the Asheville Folk Art Center and the former Montreat Kilt ‘n Fiddle Festival. Joe retired after 30 plus years as a public and private school music teacher, and has taught hammer dulcimer at music camps. Karen retired after a 30 year career as a special educator and licensed social worker, and clogged semi-professionally.

Bob Hinkle

Bob Hinkle began his career as a performer while in college at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He was a member of a trio called The Good Earth and when he and his bandmates graduated they headed straight to New York where a recording contract awaited them with the DynoVoice label. 

 After a couple years of touring and recording with The Good Earth including serving as the backup band for Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Bob released a solo recording of his own entitled Ollie Mogus.   For the next fifteen plus years, Bob Hinkle and Jeb Hart successfully managed the careers of leading pop music starts including: The J. Geils Band, Tom Chapin, Manfred Mann, Naked Eyes, Patti Lupone, Etta James and others.    Seven years ago Bob returned to the WNC mountains to open White Horse Black Mountain.

The White Horse Irish Jam Sessioners

White Horse hosts an open Irish Jam Session each and every Tuesday evening.  Jam sessions are an important tradition in Ireland as musicians, singers, players, dancers, gather regularly at local pubs to make music.  

Sessions are usually led by fiddlers and are very participatory with different musicians invited to select the next tune or to share a song.

We honor this tradition weekly and  some of our weekly "sessioners" will be on hand to kick off the musical portion of the evening musical program.