FREDONIA To help celebrate St. Patrick's Day, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present An Evening of Irish Song & Dance on Fri., March 14, at 7:30 p.m. The concert features Irish folk singers Doc & Bill and members of Clann Na Cara Irish Dance.
Chautauqua County's popular purveyors of Irish pub tunes and Folk Era favorites, John "Doc" Hamels and Bill Drellow have established a strong following among Irish music aficionados in Chautauqua County. The pair have melded their collective musical experience (Doc's an old rocker and Bill's an unrepentant folkie) in their interpretations of the musical stylings of legendary Irish folk groups, particularly Makem & Clancy.
Although they respect and take the music seriously, they don't take themselves seriously, as anyone who has been exposed to their loopy song introductions and stage banter can attest.
Irish folk singers Doc & Bill
The result is a special evening with a pair of seasoned acoustic musicians and singers who enjoy playing for audiences who love Irish rebel songs, pub songs and songs associated with the "Great Folk Music Scare" of the 1960s.
Joining Doc & Bill will be Opera House favorites, dancers from Clann Na Cara Irish Dance. Clann Na Cara was established as a western New York Irish dance school in 2006 by four National and World Champion medalists. Prior to receiving their dance teacher certifications, all four founders were regular performers at the Opera House during St. Patrick's Day celebration events.
Tickets to An Evening of Irish Song & Dance are $15 ($13 for Opera House members) and may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 716-679-1891, Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. They also may be purchased online any time at www.fredopera.org. The performance is presented with support from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County.