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CAROLINA CEILI "A Bunch O Blarney" on Sat April 1st 2017 at 8pm

$12 in advance
$15 at the door

The Irish are famed for their quick wit and way with words, and their folklore is filled with tales of clever tricksters. In that spirit, Carolina Ceili is presenting a special April Fools’ Day show, “A Bunch o’ Blarney”, at the White Horse Black Mountain on Saturday, April 1 at 8 p.m. Along with lively songs and tunes, including some brand new material, the band will season the evening with humor, audience participation and elements of surprise.

Ever since Maggie Anderson founded the band several years ago Carolina Ceili has made a steady stream of appearances at festivals and venues throughout the Southeast. They recently did a two-week stretch at the Florida Renaissance Festival and two weekends at Rick City’s Shamrock City Fest. No strangers to the White Horse, they’ve produced three annual Yulefest shows there. Entertainers at heart as well as musicians, the group draws the audience in with their vocal harmonies and instrumental arrangements.

Three founding members of Carolina Ceili remain with the band: Maggie Anderson (vocals, bodhran), Laurie Fisher (fiddle, tin whistle, vocals), and Marcos Harkness (mandolin, guitar, vocals) form the core of the sound. Zachary Dean will also be making his debut on guitar and piano on selected numbers, and Berklee School of Music graduate Laura Smith guests on fiddle.

Carolina Ceili embodies all that is wonderful about Celtic music in America. Their performances and arrangements are right on the money and thoroughly enjoyable in their own right...but that's not all this fine group has to offer. They know how to bring the audience along for the ride. The group revels in making people smile, participate and go away feeling like they did a really good thing for themselves by showing up.
Even more, Carolina Ceili tends to bring other performance elements (dancers, food and more) along to help bring the audience to a state of joyful Celtic surrender. If you have a chance to experience a Carolina Ceili, don't pass it up!

----Bob Hinkle