EMCEE Kevin O’Hara
The humorous and engaging Kevin O'Hara of Pittsfield, MA, will be emceeing the evening for the fourth year in a row. He is the proud recipient of the John F. Kennedy National Award for his two critically-acclaimed books, "Last of the Donkey Pilgrims," which chronicles his 8-month, 1,720 journey around Ireland with his donkey, Missie, back in 1979. His second book, "A Lucky Irish Lad," is a heartwarming tale of his growing-up years as an Irish-Catholic in blue-collared New England back in the 1950's and 60's.
Quabog Highlanders Pipe & Drum
The Quaboag Highlanders is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the performance and promotion of Celtic music. Our band’s instruments include Bagpipes and Scottish Drums. We are a family band with a variety of musical abilities who enjoys playing music together. Founded in 2003, the Quaboag Highlanders continue to grow, teach, perform, and have a great deal of fun.
AMY LAPOINTE LISTENING CENTER DANCERS
Enjoy young Irish Step Dancers who reside in Barre and surrounding towns as they celebrate the luck of the Irish! These dancers are studying with Amy LaPointe at the Listening Wellness Center in Barre. Amy took Irish Step from the McInerney School of Irish Dance for 12 years and has been teaching at Listening for 4 years. Listening Wellness Center offers an After School Enrichment Program for children ages 5-17 which includes a year long dance program concluding in May with a Dance Recital at the Quabbin Regional High School Auditorium..
5:30 - 7:00pm
Banish Misfortune is a multi-member band that plays traditional music from Ireland. Their instrumentation includes fiddle, concertina, mandolin, accordion, flute, and guitar, with which they perform rousing sets of hornpipes, reels, jigs, waltzes, slides, polkas and airs, as well as the occasional inspired song or accompanied Irish poem. All its players hail from western New England, some having played together for decades. In 2015 they released their first-ever CD, “No Strangers Here”, and in that same year were voted one of the “Top 5 Bands in the Valley” in the Valley Advocate Grand Band Slam!
8:00-8:30pm / 9:00-10:00pm
THE BOSTON ROVERS
The Boston Rovers - Jim Murray, Paul Harty, and Taylor Whiteside. Jim plays the guitar, mandolin and the Irish Bodhran Drum. His baritone voice lends a certainly quality to the musical performances . The Boston Rovers have participated in musical performances in various locations around the world from England and Germany to Beijing and Shanghai ,China.
THE IRISH RHYTHM SCHOOL
Traditional Irish Step Dancing by some of the finest local students. Always a crowd pleaser, these young dancers capture the energetic, spirit of celebration.