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The Irish Heritage Center was founded to promote the Irish Culture through the study of customs, dance, education, film, genealogy, history, language, lectures, literature, music, mythology, poetry, social interaction, song, sport, theater and the visual arts. You don’t have to be Irish to experience all that we have to offer. Everyone is welcome! You just have to want to have a good time.
Direct from their gig with the Chieftains in Texas, come the Irish folk group Switchback.
Full of great new songs they’ve written and grounded in age-old traditional musicianship, this duo is warm, melodious and sometimes explosive in their expression of what is Celticness.
Do Not Miss this Fabulous Group.
Book your tickets now and pre-order a reuben sandwich to go with your favorite pint!
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Switchback is the award-winning duo of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack. Switchback draws on traditional Celtic music and original Americana songs that reflect their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots. Playing an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass, their harmonies have won them comparisons to famous duos, such as the Louvin Brothers, Everly Brothers, & Simon and Garfunkel. Music Connection Magazine said: “The words ‘American Roots & Celtic Soul’ only begin to describe this unusual act, whose vocal prowess is as pure as it is unique. There is no denying the stunning vocal blends that are achieved by this duo.”
Their Celtic music is authentically Irish, drawing praise from such traditional players as Matt Molloy of the group the Chieftains. Ireland has taken Switchback to her heart, with performances at art centers throughout the country and appearances on RTE (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). At the same time, their music is modern Celtic, with songs capturing the Irish of today as accurately as the Pogues and singer-songwriters like Christy Moore.
The Irish Heritage Center of Cincinnati is hosting our first Celtic Camp in June 2019 for all children in grades 1-8. Click here for more information
The Irish American Theatre Company presents: “Port Authority” by Conor McPherson.
This play tells of three interwoven lives, the “three ages of man”: Kevin, a boy leaves home for the first time; Dermot is a man who starts a job for which he is unqualified and chosen by mistake; Joe is a widower pensioner and is sent a mysterious package.
This production will star Kent Covey, Mick McEvilley, Eric Kilpatrick and is directed by Maureen A Kennedy. It will be performed at The Irish Heritage Center Theater.
Friday, March 29th, 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 31st, 6:30 pm
Friday, April 12, 7:30pm
Saturday, April 13th, 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 14th, 6:30 pm
Tickets pricing: $20 for members, $22 for Guests, and $24 day of Show, call the IHC Box Office at 513 533-0100.
The Company will then travel to Listowel in County Kerry, Ireland and perform the play at St. John’s Theatre at 2 pm on April 27th, 2019.
The Irish Center in the News:
Click here for the Article The Cincinnati Enquirer June 2018
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Switchback: Traveling Down an Irish Road
March 24, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
****Special IHC Event****
WayGood Presents: Traveling Down an Irish Road
Catch Switchback at their Celtic best during the St. Patrick's season (yes, it's a whole season, not just a day!) at the Irish Heritage Center of Cincinnati. Tickets are $20 for members and $23 for guests. Join us in the pub for a meet and greet after the show!
Switchback is no ordinary Irish band. FitzGerald and McCormack have written many Irish songs that ring as true as the ancient ballads of Finn McCool’s time and yet, as Irish-Americans, their sound carries a musical distillation that rings Irish but with a slight bluegrass resonance. With over 25 years of life on the road, Switchback and their music continue to grow and hold audiences spellbound. So relax and let the music of Brian FitzGerald and Marty McCormack take you Travelin’ Down an Irish Road.
One for The Foxes
April 6, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
****Special IHC Event****
This band blends Irish, American and other folk music styles for a sound that’s at once traditional and modern.
One for the Foxes consists of Dave Curley on vocals, guitars, banjo and mandolin; Tadgh Ó Meachair on piano and piano accordion; and Joanna Hyde on vocals and fiddle. Curley is originally from Galway, Ireland, while Ó Meachair is from Dublin. Hyde is a native of Denver, but she and Ó Meachair — who are married — now both live in Dublin.
All of the musicians had already established themselves with other acts — Curley in SLIDE and Runa, Ó Meachair in Goitse and Hyde in The Hydes — before teaming up. Curley, who is also an award-winning Irish dancer, met Ó Meachair at the University of Limerick. He was a guest artist on One for the Foxes’ self-titled debut CD, but he has recently joined the band as its third member. “Most of our music is interactive, so we encourage people to clap along and get involved. We try to engage the audience and not just stand there.”
Curley said the band is named after a song Ó Meachair and Hyde wrote for a family of foxes they saw playing in their backyard.
“It’s always a difficult thing, trying to figure out what to call yourself,” Curley said.
All of the members of One for the Foxes write, and Curley said Hyde and Ó Meachair also pen instrumental works that resemble “mini classical pieces.” Hyde grew up with bluegrass and Texas swing music, while Curley and Ó Meachair were raised listening to and playing Irish and folk music. Curley said the band draws links between traditional Irish music and American folk songs.
April 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Irish Heritage Center Of Cincinnati, 3905 Eastern Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45226, USA
***IHC Special Event***
Jigjam are a multi-award winning quartet from the heart of the midlands in Ireland. Blending the best of traditional Irish music with Bluegrass and Americana in a new genre which has been branded as 'I-Grass' (Irish influenced Bluegrass), their onstage energy along with their virtuosic musical ability has captivated audiences throughout the world. They are coming to the Irish Heritage Center on Thursday April 11. For Tickets call The IHC Box Office at 513 533-0100.
For more info about the band click here
Drowsy Lads in Concert
April 27, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
****Special IHC Event****
The Drowsy Lads thundered onto the Irish music scene in the US over 15 years ago and have become fan favorites at every turn. Sticking to traditional roots the Lads bring a fire and excitement that is quickly winning over audiences. 2018 brought the release of their 4th album, Everyone In, and the distinction of “Best Irish American Band of 2018”. With an undeniable genuineness that flows from their live performances, the future continues to look bright for these Lads.
Ohio brothers John and Daniel McKewen, father and son Phil and Josh Franck, and lifelong friend Bryan Brookes bring to the stage a concoction of “we dare you to hold still” Irish dance tunes as well as a full emotional gamut of songs and good humor. Their authentic approach and deep enjoyment of people is a refreshing surprise to both casual music-lovers and those steeped in hardcore Trad.
Besides packing out theaters, concert halls, clubs and pubs, the Lads are lighting up Irish festivals including Milwaukee, Dublin, Dayton, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Louisville. They were also featured at Lakeside Ohio’s Chautauqua series for four years, the beautiful Murphy theater for three, and were guest artists with the Otterbein University Orchestra.
Each Lad is a multi-instrumentalist, and the combined lineup includes fiddle, button accordion, tenor banjo, flute, whistle, guitar, bouzouki, Uilleann pipes, 5-string banjo, concertina, and bodhran.
The Lads are fond of creating their own spirited arrangements and offering occasional original compositions, even mixing in some bits of Bluegrass or Classical. But these never get in the way of their obsession with the pure old Irish tunes, songs, wit, and friendship that has defined Irish music for centuries.
Call the IHC Box Office for Tickets, 513 533-0100.
Eimear Arkins & Eileen Gannon in concert
May 11, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
3905 Eastern Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45226, USA
****Special IHC Event****
Eimear Arkins & Eileen Gannon have been lighting up the Irish music scene in St. Louis for the past several years. Eileen, a St. Louis native, is one of the top Irish harp players in the world. She has won numerous accolades including the highly coveted Senior Harp title at Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann (World Irish Music Championships). She has a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from St. Louis University and a master’s degree in Ethnomusicology from University of Limerick. In 2017, Eileen launched her debut album The Glory Days Are Over.
Eimear is an award winning singer and fiddle player from County Clare with eleven solo Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann titles to her credit. She has performed throughout the US and Ireland with acclaimed bands like Cherish The Ladies, Teada, and The Paul Brock Band. She has toured extensively with Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann and Bru Boru in Ireland, Britain, North America, Canada and China. Eimear released her debut album What’s Next? In June 2018.
Eileen and Eimear are both tutors at St. Louis Irish Arts and have been guest artists at numerous festivals throughout the world including Catskills Irish Arts Week, New York; World Expo 2015, Milan; Viljandi Parimusmuusika Festival, Estonia; St Louis Tionol; Canadian Celtic Celebration; O’Flaherty Retreat, Texas and Festial Interceltique de Lorient, France.
Together they will perform a blend of haunting harp melodies, sean nos songs, and plenty of toe-tapping dance tunes!