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Celtic Folk Band Performs At Fair Lawn Community Center

IONA will be performing at the Fair Lawn Community Center on April 2.
IONA will be performing at the Fair Lawn Community Center on April 2. Photo Credit: IONA: America's pan-Celtic band Facebook

FAIR LAWN, N.J. -- The Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club, Bergen County's premier presenter of folk music, will present the pan-Celtic band IONA on Saturday, April 2.

"Celebrating 30 years, IONA has always been at the forefront of the pan-Celtic renaissance, bringing the music and dance of all the Celtic cultures: Cornwall, Mann, Wales, Brittany, Asturies, Galicia and the Americas, as well as the usual suspects," a news release notes. "Combine this with anecdotes, history, humor and fun, you have a program unlike any other."

IONA's members have traveled throughout the Celtic lands, learning music from its sources and learning traditions. They also bring heritage and education to the group:

  • Barbara Ryan, named after the folk song "Barbara Allen," grew up in a Cornish/Scottish family that sang and played traditional music.
  • Bernard Argent brings his deep knowledge and love of the music of his native land, Briton, to the band's core.
  • Chuck Lawhorn is descended from a Virginia family that traces its roots to Wales.
  • Jim Queen's Scotch-Irish background has influenced his 30 years of playing with the U.S. Air Force Band.
  • Raised on traditional music and dance, Kathleen Larrick earned a bachelor's degree in modern dance from George Mason University, where she is an adjunct professor.

Advance tickets are $20 each: buy them here. Tickets purchased at the door are $23. The show will begin at 8 p.m., at the Fair Lawn Community Center, 10-10 20th St., in Fair Lawn.

For more information about the Hurdy Gurdy and future concerts, visit the website, email info@hurdygurdyfolk.org or call 201-384-1325.

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