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Irish Band Goitse at Irish Cultural and Heritage Center Feb. 28

Goitse, one of Ireland’s most celebrated and exciting new bands, will kick-off the Spring Hallamor Concert Series at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center, 2133 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28.

Pronounced gwi-cha and meaning “come here” in Gaelic, Goitse is a five-piece band forged in the white-hot creative crucible of the University of Limerick’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. The internationally recognized young group melds their own compositions and modern rhythms with traditional melodies and synthesizes them into a style of music uniquely their own. In concert, singer/fiddle player Áine McGeeney’s sweet and charismatic voice draws audiences into the music while Colm Phelan’s rhythmic bodhrán sets a breathtaking pace. They are joined by guitarist Conal O’Kane, banjo/mandolin player James Harvey, and Tadhg Ó Meachair on piano and piano accordion.

One of Irish music busiest bands, Goitse performs extensively across North American and Europe and will complete a seven-week tour of China shortly before their Milwaukee show. A previous tour brought them to Malawi in Africa where they swapped music with local performers.

They are working on a third album scheduled for a spring release. Irish American News called their Dónal Lunny-produced second album, Transformed, “seamless, flawless and powerful, full of the humor and energy…(they) are famous for.”

Goitse made a return visit to Milwaukee Irish Fest in 2013 and was chosen to lead the fest’s finale known as the Scattering

“Simply Terrific” – The Irish Post

Tickets are $21 in advance, $25 on concert day and $10 for students with ID. To order online, visit www.ichc.net or call (414) 345-8800.


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