Irish Day in Irishtown, 489 O’Neil Road, Olmstedville, NY
Saturday, September 11, 2021
Gregory Erwin Bagpipes – 11:00 am
The Men o’ War Balladeers – 1:00-4:00 pm
“Tender ballads of love and love lost; Stories that reach back in time to ‘the old country’ or take us to the Arctic Sea where light and life are in peril. The harmonies, the humor, the spirit, and infectious personalities of these young gentlemen will win you over from the first notes and keep you long after the last are sung.” ~Bob Warren, Greenwich, NY-based singer-songwriter.
is a traditional music band and vocal group, based in Cambridge, New York Its members have been singing traditional North American and Celtic ballads across Upstate New York since 2016, with an a cappella-focused repertoire ranging from room-filling, five-voice sea shanties to delicate, solo love ballads, and everything in between.
Hill Country Cloggers – 2:30 pm
The Hill Country Cloggers came together in 1988 when eight people wanted to spread the joy of clogging. They are also a teaching group and teach clogging in Hoosick Falls and Brunswick. The group members range in age from 7 years old to 90 years old. They are a group of men and women with very fast moving feet who have performed all over the capital district at County Fairs, nursing homes and many other events. They clog to country music, rock & roll, and even some rap. New Classes for beginners start every September at both Brunswick and Hoosick Falls.
What is Clogging?
As immigrants settled in the Appalachian Mountains, they brought with them their Native dances, styles and music. Some of the dances blended and mixed with other dances to form new styles and dances. Clogging emerged from a mixture of Irish jigs, English Country dances, German dances, possibly Cherokee Indian, and most certainly African American dances. Add that to the Appalachian flat footing and syncopation dancing and you have what we call the clogging of today. Traditionally, cloggers danced to bluegrass music, and often still do today. However, many kinds of music from Rock and Pop to Country Western, to oldies, rap, Irish, Christian, or anything that will provide a good dance beat are used today. Cloggers wear a special set of taps on their shoes to create a unique type of sound. The Hill Country Cloggers wear a double plated jingle tap with a buck toe so they can make as much noise as possible. Clogging is fun. It contains all the traditions our society needs such as exercise, stress release, community based, positive influence, appeals to all ages, and is good family entertainment. Clogging makes people and those around them smile.
John Kehoe Band – 1:00-4:00 pm
Dan Berggren – 4:00-5:00 pm
Dan Berggren’s roots are firmly in the Adirondacks where he was raised but his music has branched out across many borders. The award-winning musician and educator grew up on the land farmed by his mother’s family for generations and has worked in the woods with forest ranger and survey crews. Hearing stories and songs from local friends and neighbors, Dan has developed a style that captures the spirit of the mountains.
Dan has entertained audiences throughout New York State, from Vermont to Kentucky and Texas, and overseas in the British Isles, Eastern Europe and Central Africa. Some of his songs have been symphonically arranged, giving Dan the opportunity to perform with orchestras in Fredonia, Ithaca, Syracuse, West Virginia and Indiana.
His original music has been featured nationally on public radio and television, earning praise from near and far.