Their dynamic take on traditional Irish music is drawing critical praise and adoring fans to this youthful, seven-piece ensemble. Since coming together in 2013, Skipper’s Alley has picked up numerous awards, been the subject of radio and television features, and performed on four continents. Their first CD was greeted with rave reviews across Europe. Said critic and broadcaster Kieran Hanrahan, “There’s no doubt this group will have an impact on the future of traditional Irish music.” Looking like a punk band, sounding like The Chieftains, Skipper’s Alley specialize in gritty, high-octane dance tunes. The young players demonstrate their dazzling mastery of the Uilleann pipes, whistles, fiddle, bodhrán, bouzouki, flute and harp, while taking the occasional detour into the dark, somber melodies of the Irish song tradition. Described by The Irish Times as “gloriously three-dimensional,” the band has an ability to move from a gentle, harp-accompanied Sean-Nós song to a feral, decidedly unkempt reel, creating a sound that is both “scintillating and a model of tender delicacy” (The Living Tradition). Don’t miss this exciting new addition to the Irish traditional music circuit.
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