Irish Sing! The Celtic Trio O'hAnleigh
Irish American music is fun music. You've got your rousing pub songs, your storytelling ballads in which a jealous lover is always shooting someone dead, and tunes like "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" which are not actually Irish at all, but "tin pan alley" tunes, hailing from Broadway. What we think of as Irish music in America is really a conglomeration of American-modified Irish ballads (as is usual in an oral tradition), Irish dance sets, folk music and music that isn't Irish but American with an Irish theme.
What all these share is the common theme of place. O'hAnleigh, the Middlebury-based Celtic trio, brings all of the genres within Irish American music into one experience and one collection of music, Of Irish Crossings Told. The trio is able to draw from toe-tappers, knee-slappers, and heartstring-pullers alike. Such an inclusive range gives a thorough picture of the various styles that characterize "Irish music," and makes for a great listening experience, live or recorded.
O'hAnleigh is a Gaelic version of Hanley, the last name of the father-daughter duo who started it all. Tom and Becca Hanley debuted at an area group's St. Patrick's Day celebration in 2002; one year later lyricist and fiddler Cindy Hill joined them and the trio of O'hAnleigh was formed.
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