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 email@example.com or call 201-384-1325.