Ring in the Celtic New Year
Two nights, December 27 & 28. Note special start time. Dinner-show tickets available. (Dinner at 5 at Conor O'Neills.).
Dinner/show combo must be purchased in advance by Tuesday, 12/24.
Celebrating its 24th year, the popular holiday show “Crossroads Ceili at the Ark” brings a fascinating performance of traditional Irish music, song, and dance. Produced by Clare fiddler Mick Gavin, the long running show features top Irish music, song and dance in an engaging performance rich in humor and boundless energy.
Sean Gavin is an award-winning flute and uillean player from Detroit. He was first encouraged to play by his father, Mick Gavin, a fiddle player and music educator from County Clare. In 2016, Sean was awarded the prestigious Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal competition on flute, a recognition given only to musicians of the highest standard and commitment to the tradition. His playing on both flute and pipes is remarkable for its deep roots in the past of the music combined with a vigor and creativity very much of the moment. Sean will be performing with his brother Michael Gavin, his father Mick Gavin, Cape Breton pianist Tom MacNeill, vocalist Rachel Pearson, all things strings Randy Gosa and fiddler Jack Abernathy.
Currently based in Boston, Joey Abarta has spent the last sixteen years touring North America, Europe, and Asia, teaching and performing music on the uilleann pipes. A Los Angeles native, he first received instruction on the pipes from Dubliner Pat D’Arcy, a founding member of the Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club.
His musical skills have been further honed by several visits to Ireland, a year-long stint working in Japan, and continuing relationships with master pipers. In August of 2009, Joey’s accomplished playing won him an All-Ireland championship, placing second worldwide at the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann. In the fall of 2014 Joey won first prize at the An tOireachtas, becoming the the first American uilleann piper to do so since 1969. In 2015 Joey was honored to be awarded a grant to teach his art to the next generation.
Jackie O'Riley spent her formative dance years in the Irish set dancing community in Boston, MA. Over the past decade and a half, she has ardently sought out old-style or traditional step dancing, sean-nós dance, and set dancing and is now a respected performer and teacher, with a unique repertoire that includes older steps she’s collected from masters and field footage, and original material she’s composed.
Nic Gareiss has been hailed by the New York Times for his “dexterous melding of Irish and Appalachian dance” and called “the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston Herald. He re-imagines movement as a musical practice, recasting dance as a medium that appeals to both eyes and ears. Gareiss draws from many percussive dance traditions, weaving together a dance technique facilitating his love of improvisation, traditional clog and step dance footwork vocabulary, and musical collaboration. Nic holds degrees in Anthropology and Music from Central Michigan University and a MA in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick. In 2018-19, he was First Footing dance artist-in-residence at the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland, the University of Edinburgh Moray House School of Education, and School of Scottish Studies.
Nic and Jackie will be joined by members of the Ardan Academy of Irish Dance led by John and Liz Heinzmann who have been teaching and performing since 1994.
Saturday night will also feature Alison Perkins and Nicolas Brown who have been playing Irish traditional music on uilleann pipes, flute and fiddle together for close to a decade. As individuals, they have performed onstage at festivals and concerts across the U.S and Canada. Their debut recording, "All Covered With Moss" features old Irish tunes played in a fresh, bright way, and brings forth the beauty found in the dance music of Ireland.
Tickets are $20 with a dinner show combination for $30. The dinner is at Conor O'Neill's, the Irish restaurant next door to The Ark at 5pm. Dinner/show combo must be purchased in advance by Tuesday, 12/24. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information call Gavin at 313 537-3489 or the Ark at 734-761-1800.