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Green Willow and The Grand present: Lúnasa – An Irish Christmas with Special Guest Vocalist Ashley Davis (12/14/2018)

Lunasa: An Irish Christmas with Special Guest Vocalist Ashley Davis
Friday, December 14, 2018 – 8:00 pm

Grand Opera House – Copeland Hall
818 North Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware

Tickets: $26.00 – $31.00

Green Willow patrons can obtain a $5 discount for this show by using the code WILLOW when ordering tickets by phone only.

For full information on this concert and to order tickets, visit the Grand’s page.

Lúnasa is widely acknowledged as being the finest traditional Irish instrumental band of recent times, renowned for stunning shows honed by superb musicianship. Lúnasa’s inventive arrangements and bass driven grooves have steered Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory. Their recordings have sold over a quarter of a million, have been hailed as some of the best and most important world music albums anywhere, while their blend of intelligence, innovation, virtuosity, and passion has brought them to the forefront of Celtic music. Christmas from Ireland with Lúnasa will feature traditional Irish music and Ashley Davis

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Green Willow & The Grand – Winter 2017 Season

Once again, the Green Willow Folk Club is proud to collaborate with Wilmington’s Grand Opera House to co-sponsor several of the Celtic/British Isles music and dance events in their current 2016-2017 season at their main venues on Market Street in Wilmington, as well as The Playhouse on Rodney Square.

Green Willow patrons can score a discount on tickets for these events by using the code ‘WILLOW‘ when ordering tickets online or by phone. The information below on each of these shows includes a direct link to order tickets online. To see all the upcoming offerings at The Grand, visit their main website at thegrandwilmington.org.


Thursday, January 19, 2017 – 8:00 pm

Enter The Haggis
We Banjo 3

Copeland Hall, The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, Delaware

The best and latest Celtic music from Ireland and Scotland, these

Enter The Haggis (1/19/2017 - the baby grand)
Enter The Haggis (1/19/2017 – the baby grand)

two bands will delight with their stunning combination of tradition and innovation. Direct from Galway, We Banjo 3 delighted Grand audiences as openers for Gaelic Storm two years ago, and came back for a headline show in the baby grand. The group does not have 3 members, and they don’t all play the banjo; but they do entertain

We Banjo 3 (1/19/2017 - the baby grand)
We Banjo 3 (1/19/2017 – the baby grand)

with a program that is offbeat, funny, and incredibly well-performed. After all, the band includes three all-Ireland music champs. The Irish Echo hails We banjo 3 as “freshness and finesse bordering on magical.” Enter The Haggis, a Toronto-based band, performs contemporary Celtic music with a rock edge. Imagine bagpipes and fiddles backed up with a rock n roll rhythm section! Festival circuit favorites for more than 20 years, Art Voice says Enter The Haggis is “innovative yet true to tradition” and the Washington Post exclaims “no one can anticipate the level of energy they throw down.”

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February 21 thru 26, 2017 – (Evening & Matinee Performances, check website for times)

Riverdance: 20 Years

The Playhouse on Rodney Square
1007 North Market Street
Wilmington, Delaware

The international Irish dance phenomenon—and one of the highest

Riverdance: 20 Years (2/21 thru 2/26, 2017 - Playhouse on Rodney Square)
Riverdance: 20 Years (2/21 thru 2/26, 2017 – Playhouse on Rodney Square)

grossing shows in Playhouse history— is back by popular demand in Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland—in rock, music, theatre and film—nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance.

Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, and comes directly to North America from a sold-out run across Europe and Asia.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017 – 8:00 pm

April Verch

the baby grand, The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, Delaware

Fiddler, singer, and stepdancer April Verch knows how relevant an old tune can be. She took the leap into professional musicianship at a young age, and has been quietly leaping into new, nuanced places for

April Verch (2/25/2017 - baby grand)
April Verch (2/25/2017 – baby grand)

more than two decades. Now on her milestone 10th album The Newpart, released in April 2015, Verch digs deep into songs and tunes for the era before the often-mined mid-century heyday of bluegrass and folk. Harkening back to vaudeville and beyond, Verch and her fellow trio members pare down their arrangements, highlighting the simple pleasures of upright bass, guitar, clawhammer banjo, mandolin, voices, fiddle, and stepping in intimate conversation. At the heart lie Verch’s delicate voice, energetic footwork, and stunning playing, a trifecta of talents she brings together simultaneously for the first time on stage. Verch keeps the community-fired celebratory side of her music at the forefront, honing a keen awareness of how to engage contemporary listeners. Even as she plays with the tradition she inherited in her native Ottawa Valley, Verch’s energetic and breathtaking performances speak to the heart of roots music with mature and reflective songwriting, interpreting, and storytelling.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017 – 8:00 pm

Gaelic Storm

Copeland Hall, The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, Delaware

After nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is looking sharper than ever with their latest release, Matching Sweaters. The new album mixes traditional Irish music with modern influences, creating a sound that’s as wide-ranging as the band’s own audience.

From bluegrass fans and country cowboys to Deadheads, rock &

Gaelic Storm (3/2/2017 - Copeland Hall)
Gaelic Storm (3/2/2017 – Copeland Hall)

rollers and Celtic fanatics, Gaelic Storm has built one of the most diverse fan bases in modern music. Matching Sweaters helps explain the broad appeal. Rooted in the songwriting of founding members Patrick Murphy and Steve Twigger, the album moves from drinking songs (“Another Stupid Drinking Song”) to energetic instrumentals (“The Narwhaling Cheesehead”) to rootsy pop/rockers (“Whiskeyed Up and Womaned Out”), gluing everything together with the spark and spirit of a band that’s spent close to 20 years on the road.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017 – 8:00 pm

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

the baby grand, The Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, Delaware

The musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, known as Scotland’s premier fiddle ambassador, and the sizzlingly-talented young California cellist Natalie Haas may not seem an obvious one. But the pair displays dazzling teamwork, driving, dancing rhythms,

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas (3/9/2017 - the baby grand)
Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas (3/9/2017 – the baby grand)

and their shared passion for improvising on the melody and the groove of Scottish tunes. Their two instruments duck and dive around each other, swapping melodic and harmonic lines, and trading rhythmic riffs. Fraser, who has been called “the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling,” has a concert and recording career spanning 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, television credits, and feature performances on soundtracks like Last of the Mohicans and Titanic. Natalie Haas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, wasn’t even born when Alasdair was winning national fiddle competitions on the other side of the Atlantic. Now regularly touring with Fraser and creating a buzz at festivals and in concert halls throughout Europe and North America, Natalie is in the vanguard of young cellists who are redefining the role of the cello in traditional music. The duo’s debut recording, Fire & Grace, won not only critical acclaim, but also the coveted Scots Trad Music “Album of the Year” award, the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017 – 8:00 pm

The Five Irish Tenors

The Playhouse on Rodney Square
1007 North Market Street
Wilmington, Delaware

A unique program that blends Ireland’s traditional musical vocal

The Five Irish Tenors (3/16/2017 - Playhouse on Rodney Square)
The Five Irish Tenors (3/16/2017 – Playhouse on Rodney Square)

heritage with a modern, vibrant contemporary Ireland. Featuring classics such as “Danny Boy” and “My Wild Irish Rose” alongside Bono’s “In a Lifetime” and Brendan Graham’s “You Raise Me Up”.

The Five Irish Tenors in “Voices of Ireland” presents a thrilling,

dynamic program of joy and passion, spirit and love, performed by this magnificent group of Ireland’s leading tenors.

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Friday, March 31 thru Sunday, April 2, 2017 (Evening & Matinee Performances, check website for times)

ONCE

The Playhouse on Rodney Square
1007 North Market Street
Wilmington, Delaware

Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an

ONCE (3/31-4/2, 2017 - Playhouse on Rodney Square)
ONCE (3/31-4/2, 2017 – Playhouse on Rodney Square)

impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights… but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams… not living in fear… and the power of music to connect all of us.

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Green Willow & The Grand present: Paul McKenna Band (3/12/2016)

Paul McKenna Band
Saturday, March 12, 2016 – 8:00 pm

Grand Opera House – “the baby grand”
818 North Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware

Green Willow patrons can obtain a $5 discount for this show by using the code WILLOW when ordering tickets either by phone or online.

For full information on this concert and to order tickets, visit the Grand’s page.

Incorporating traditional and original material in a fresh and exciting way, Glasgow-based folk group The Paul McKenna Band has been captivating audiences throughout the USA, Canada and Europe since 2006.

Contemporary yet not straying from its roots, the unique sound of The Paul McKenna Band is created through outstanding vocals, driving guitar and bouzouki, intense fiddle playing, a warm pairing of flute and whistles and dynamic bodhrán and percussion. Named “Best Up and Coming Artist of 2009? at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, the group has been hailed by The New York Times as “The best folk band to have come out of Scotland in the last twenty years.”

Green Willow & The Grand present: Red Hot Chilli Pipers (3/13/2016)

Red Hot Chilli Pipers
Sunday, March 13, 2016 – 3:00 pm

Grand Opera House – Playhouse On Rodney Square
1007 North Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware

Green Willow patrons can obtain a $5 discount for this show by using the code WILLOW when ordering tickets either by phone or online.

For full information on this concert and to order tickets, visit the Grand’s page.

It’s The Red Hot Chilli Pipers – a 9-piece ensemble consisting of pipers, guitarists, keyboards, and drummers — who have been rocking the world from New York to Beijing to Melbourne and everywhere in between with musicianship of the highest order and a passion for pipes that will leave you breathless. The band has four music degrees from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and all the pipers and drummers have played at the top level in bagpiping.

Since they walked away with the top prize on the primetime TV talent show, “When Will I Be Famous” in the U.K. in 2007, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers haven’t stopped for a breath, other than to inflate their bagpipes! Formed in 2002, The Chillis have fast become a global phenomenon, taking their signature ‘Bagrock’ sound to the masses with their unique fusion of rocked up Bagpipes and clever covers of popular songs from all genres. Their trademarked sound is a unique fusion of traditional pipe tunes – like “The Flowers of Scotland”, “The Hills of Argyll”, and “Amazing Grace” (done Chilli-style, of course!) — and contemporary anthems like Queen’s “We Will Rock You”, “Clocks” by Coldplay, “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol, “Let Me Entertain You” by Robbie Williams, and a fantastic rock medley of “Deep Purple”, “Smoke on the Water”, and AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck”.

Green Willow & The Grand present: “Rhythm In The Night” (3/15/2016)

“Rhythm In The Night”: The Irish Dance Spectacular
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 – 3:00 pm

Grand Opera House – The Playhouse On Rodney Square
1007 North Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware

Green Willow patrons can obtain a $5 discount for this show by using the code WILLOW when ordering tickets either by phone or online.

For full information on this concert and to order tickets, visit the Grand’s page.

Referred to as ‘Sensational’ by the Akron Legal News, the 110-minute phenomenon, Rhythm in the Night, The Irish Dance Spectacular, reimagines traditional Irish dance to take the audience on an exciting journey of a fallen hero and his rise to redemption for an unforgettable experience the entire family will enjoy! Led by former Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance lead dancer, Justin Boros, the accomplished cast featuring 20 of the world’s most skilled Irish dancers and musicians brings the inspiring story of love and salvation to life against a backdrop of ancient ruins that transports the audience to another time and place where the imagination unfolds. The world-renowned Irish dance troupe performs lighting fast hard shoe rhythms and graceful soft shoe jigs to an epic orchestral soundtrack, while state of the art lighting ignites the stage into an explosive display of dance and music. Strength, agility and precision formulate the fastpaced and breath-taking experience on stage as the cast performs to the heartpounding and fluid symphonic music that has enthralled audiences all across North America!

Green Willow & The Grand present: “Celtic Nights” (3/19/2016)

Celtic Nights – Spirit of Freedom
Saturday, March 19, 2016 – 8:00 pm

Grand Opera House – Copeland Hall
818 North Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware

Green Willow patrons can obtain a $5 discount for this show by using the code WILLOW when ordering tickets either by phone or online.

For full information on this concert and to order tickets, visit the The Grand’s page.

Just as a plant craves light, Celtic people are drawn to music and song. Scattered around the world like seeds on the wind, they are propelled by the powerful rhythms and motifs of a mysterious and exuberant ancient culture. Music is the soul, the very lifeblood of their tradition. It binds them together, even as it sets them apart. This driving passion for music and dance is the keystone of Celtic identity.

Their response to melody, lyric, and the crisscrossing rhythms of Irish dance is reflexive, intuitive, and filled with joy. The Irish embrace their musical culture like no other nation. And their pride in artistry is its own reward. Above all else, it is this natural affinity with music and song that has given Celtic people a truly global voice. A Celtic Voice. Every thundering dance tune and plaintive melody is a separate thread in the broad and colorful tapestry of Celtic music.

Spirit of Freedom tells the story of Irish independence, beginning 100 years ago with the Easter Rising. Akin to America’s 4th of July, the Easter Rising of 1916 created the Ireland we know and love today. Through music, song, dance, and storytelling, Celtic Nights honors the struggle of a people fighting to gain freedom, independence, and true democracy.

Green Willow & The Grand present: We Banjo 3 (4/27/2016)

We Banjo 3
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 – 8:00 pm

Grand Opera House – the baby grand
818 North Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware

Green Willow patrons can obtain a $5 discount for this show by using the code WILLOW when ordering tickets either by phone or online.

For full information on this concert and to order tickets, visit the The Grand’s page.

Award-winning Irish quartet We Banjo 3 combine Irish music with Old-Time American and Bluegrass influences featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals, and percussion in a wave of virtuosity, verve and joie-de-vivre. The quartet has been at the forefront of Irish banjo and fiddle for two decades, with fifteen All Ireland titles on banjo, fiddle, bodhran, and guitar. We Banjo 3 plays with swing and soul, effortlessly combining the best of Irish and Bluegrass banjo music and song, mining the rich vein of the American Old Time tradition and thoroughly reinventing the banjo band sound. Modern rhythms, traditional melodies, virtuosic technique and innovative arrangements create an incredible catalog of banjo and mandolin music that makes feet tap and pulses race.

Green Willow & The Grand present: Cherish The Ladies “Celtic Christmas” (12/16/2015)

Cherish The Ladies “Celtic Christmas”
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 – 8:00 pm

Grand Opera House – Copeland Hall
818 North Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware

Green Willow patrons can obtain a $5 discount for this show by using the code WILLOW when ordering tickets either by phone or online.

For full information on this concert and to order tickets, visit The Grand’s page.

Under the leadership of the dynamic and irrepressible flute and whistle champion Joanie Madden, these ladies create an evening that includes a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing. Their continued success as one of the top Celtic groups in the world is due to the ensembles ability to take the best of Irish traditional music and dance and put it forth in an immensely entertaining show.

Goitse (3/7/2014)

Friday, March 7, 2014 – 8:00 pm

The Green Willow and The Grand present:

Goitse

Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, Delaware

Tickets: $25 (Discount available for Green Willow patrons – see below)

Forged in the white-hot creative crucible of Limerick University’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, Goitse (“GWITCH-a”) has made a name for themselves as one of the most sought after bands amongst connoisseurs of Irish Traditional music, having won feverish critical plaudits for their Dónal Lunny-produced second album Transformed. Their distinctive sound lies in the quality of their own compositions interspersed with well-known traditional tunes, which make each set entertaining and unique. The gripping rhythm section sets a breath taking pace for the music while through the sweet, charismatic voice of Áine Mc Geeney draw audiences into the music in a way very few performers can achieve. Lace up your dancing shoes and get ready for a night of wonderful music and fast paced fun with Goitse.

Visit the band’s website: http://goitse.ie/

Check out concert info on The Grand’s site: http://www.thegrandwilmington.org/Productions/1314-Season/Goitse

Green Willow Discount: Patrons of Green Willow may receive a discount of $5.00 per ticket by calling The Grand Box Office at (800) 37-GRAND or (302) 652-5577 and asking for the “Green Willow Discount”. Please note: this discount is not available online, you must call The Grand to obtain it.

Solas: Shamrock City (3/15/2014)

Saturday, March 15, 2014 – 8:00 pm

The Green Willow and The Grand present:

Solas: Shamrock City

Grand Opera House
818 North Market Street
Wilmington, Delaware

Tickets: $23-$29 (Discount available for Green Willow patrons – see below)

Irish Central describes Solas as “magical and harmonious.” The Irish-American band, whose name means “light” in Gaelic, has recorded ten albums and toured extensively under the leadership of mandolin and banjo player Seamus Egan. Solas’s latest project is a musical multimedia story of Irish immigrant miners out West inspired by Seamus’ own family history.

Visit the band’s website: http://www.solasmusic.com/

Check out concert info on The Grand’s site: http://www.thegrandwilmington.org/Productions/1314-Season/Solas–Shamrock-City

Green Willow Discount: Patrons of Green Willow may receive a discount of $5.00 per ticket by calling The Grand Box Office at (800) 37-GRAND or (302) 652-5577 and asking for the “Green Willow Discount”. Please note: this discount is not available online, you must call The Grand to obtain it.