So you went to Indianapolis last Thursday. You got to the Canal Walk at 6:00, saw the greening of the Indianapolis Central Canal, retreated to a nearby Indianapolis bar to start swilling green beer, hustled down to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade through downtown Indianapolis, made an appearance at the Vermont Street Tent Party, and for the rest of the evening went from Indianapolis cultural district to Indianapolis cultural district, searching for the best St. Patrick’s Day bar party until you finished the evening passed out in the gutter or (if you were lucky) an Indianapolis hotel. If thinking of that magical Thursday in March makes visions of four leaf clovers Riverdance in your head, you can’t wait until next year’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration to express your inner Irish(wo)man. Luckily, if you live in Fishers, Indiana, you don’t have to travel far to relive your St. Patrick’s Day experience. The Indianapolis Cèilì Band, Hogeye Navvy, Highland Reign, the Irish Airs, and the Irish Dancers of Indianapolis will be bringing the brogue to Ji-Eun Lee Music Academy in Fishers, Indiana on Thursday, March 31, 2011.
|Video of the Indianapolis Cèilì Band performing a set of reels at the Indy Irish Fest; the Indianapolis Cèilì Band will be playing in Fishers, Indiana Marh 31, 2011|
This Fishers event is actually a fundraiser for the Indianapolis Cèilì Band to pay for their upcoming trip to Chicago, where they will play in the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil (the Midwest Music Festival). The Indianapolis Cèilì Band is comprised of a large ensemble of Indianapolis musicians, including Maggie Davis (fiddle), Dmitri Alano (flute), Ed Delaney (concertina), T.H. Gillespie (keyboards), and many more. The band recently released a full length album titled Every Wednesday Night, which contains such fan favorites as “Peace in Erin,” “Drink the Rest and Hide the Bottle,” “The Dark Island,” and more tunes you’ll probably hear at the Indianapolis Cèilì Band fundraiser.
|Video of the Indianapolis Cèilì Band performing at a contra dance at Earth House Collective in Indianapolis; the Indianapolis Cèilì will be playing in Fishers, Indiana March 31, 2011|
The other Indianapolis bands that will be performing at Ji-Eun Lee Music Academy are no less well known than the Indianapolis Cèilì Band in Irish music circles. Hogeye Navvy is a group that has seen the inside of almost every Indianapolis Irish pub, from Claddagh Irish Pub to Muldoon’s. The acoustic band, which performs a blend of “Celtic and early American music with British and American sea chanteys,” is often a hit with those looking to do a jig in Indianapolis. Hogeye Navvy consists of Terry Bellner on concertina and Irish tenor banjo, Garry Farren on Bodhran and percussion, Mac Bellner on guitar, and Ken Langell on octave mandolin and guitar; all members contribute vocal duties to the band.
|Video of Hogeye Navvy performing at the 2009 Indy Irish Fest in Indianapolis|
If you went to the 14th Annual Indianapolis Downtown Irish Fest at the Rathskeller last week, you’re probably familiar with the Irish Aires and the Irish Dancers of Indianapolis, and Highland Reign performed at the Vermont Street Party Tent last week, during the Indianapolis St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. The Irish Aires are led by Brian Cunningham, a Dublin native who has performed at Hilbert Circle Theater, the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, and the Cabaret at the Columbia Club. The Irish Aires also feature the talents of Indianapolis Cèilì Band keyboardist T.H. Gillespie, who has composed pieces for the Indianapolis Children’s Choir and Dance Kaleidoscope. The band also features the talents of Indianapolis jazz singer Shannon Forsell.
|Video of the Irish Airs performing at the Indy Irish Fest in Indianapolis; the Irish Airs will be playing with the Indianapolis Cèilì Band in Fishers, Indiana|
The Irish Dancers of Indianapolis will also be making an appearance at the Indianapolis Cèilì Band’s fundraiser; the Indianapolis musical organization has been active in Indy since 1977, and their elegant grace and traditional dance routines has earned them spots at almost every St. Pat’s Day celebration in Indianapolis. Highland Reign, an Indianapolis band that plays “progressive Scots American Celtic with acoustic folk rock undertones,” will also be playing with the Indianapolis Cèilì Band.
|Video of Highland Reign performing at the 2010 Appalachian Celtic Festival; Highland Reign will be playing with the Indianapolis Cèilì Band in Fishers, Indiana March 31, 2011|
So if you can’t get enough of authentic jigs, rabble rousing chanteys, whistle wetting drinking songs, and the color green, relive your St. Patrick’s Day experience at the Ji-Eun Lee Music Academy in Fishers, Indiana when the Indianapolis Cèilì Band hosts their fundraiser. Help the Indianapolis Cèilì Band reach Chicago by coming to see the Irish Dancers of Indianapolis, Hogeye Navvy, the Irish Aires, and Highland Reign on Thursday, March 31, 2011. This Fishers music event begins at 7:30 and runs until 10:00. Tickets are $10 at the door, pretty reasonable for five Indianapolis music performers on one bill. The Central Canal might not be dyed green any more, but you can still honor St. Patrick by coming to the Ji-Eun Lee Music Academy on Thursday, March 31, 2011 to support the Indianapolis Cèilì Band.
Indianapolis Cèilì Band Fundraiser Concert
Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m.
Ji-Eun Lee Music Academy
10029 E 126th St, Suite D
Fishers, IN 46038