2017-06-14 / Arts & Entertainment

Ireland’s ‘The Jeremiahs’ to play Farmington

New England Celtic Arts


Highly acclaimed Irish band “The Jeremiahs” launches NECA’s summer season Highly acclaimed Irish band “The Jeremiahs” launches NECA’s summer season New England Celtic Arts, due in part to a grant from Culture Ireland, will present Ireland’s “The Jeremiahs” at North Church Concerts in Farmington Monday, June 19, at One Longfellow Square in Portland Tuesday, June 20 and at historic Deertrees Theatre Thursday, June 22. Curtain is at 7 p.m. at all locations other than the Deertrees Theatre, which is 7:30 p.m.

From the outset, The Jeremiahs grabbed the attention of heavyweights like Irish Music Magazine whose Sean Laffey says they are “One of the freshest bands in traditional music” and Live Ireland which published “They are the real deal...”

They shape their sound with Dubliner Joe Gibney’s beautiful vocals and some whistle (not at the same time); Brian Corry from County Clare who plays whistle, flute and fiddle; Dublin based James Ryan who holds down the rhythm section on guitar and bouzouki and a few choice effects pedals; and finally Jean Christophe Morel, a Frenchman drawn to Dublin by Irish traditional music, who does the bulk of the work on fiddle.

They heralded their arrival and gained immediate recognition by winning the Ballyshannon Folk Festival showcase competition their first year out. Two years later they’ve released their self-titled album, which includes the track “Forgotten Sons” that Christy Moore picked as the song that “tickled my ears the most” and won the 2015 TradConnect Songwriters’ Showcase. Thus far the band has graced many stages during successful tours in countries such as Ireland, Russia, Germany, Denmark, England and Scotland. This will be their first U.S. tour.

North Church is located at 118 High Street in Farmington. Tickets are $15; call 778-2006 for reservations.

One Longfellow Square is located at 181 State Street in Portland. Tickets are $15; call 761-1757 or go online at onelongfellowsquare.com.

Historic Deertrees Theatre is located at 156 Deertrees Road in Harrison. Tickets are $22’ info/reservations at 583-6747 or www.deertreestheatre.org.

Now in its 15th year, NECA has been a pivotal player in the block booking of top tier Celtic artists from around the globe to the non-profit venues and performing arts societies throughout southern and western Maine. A complete listing of all the summer/fall events, which number well over 40, can be found at www.necelticarts.com.

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