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An Irish Night at The Stanley

The Stanley Theatre stage will showcase three Celtic bands when ‘An Irish Night at The Stanley’ returns to Utica on Friday, March 31st at 7:30 p.m. Three groups will perform including the very popular band The Elders, from Kansas City. They are no strangers to the Central New York area, having performed at The Stanley, The Great American Irish Festival and other local venues. Returning to the Stanley stage that night will be local Irish music favorites The Blarney Rebel Band along with an all new band to our Irish Night, Barleyjuice. The bands will even have back up provided by two local Irish Step dancing companies, The Johnston School of Irish Dance and The Butler-Sheehan Academy of Traditional Irish Dance!



Since forming in 1998, The Elders have set the music scene on its ear, thanks to a skillful blend of American roots rock and amped-up Celtic folk; a cross-pollination of elements that is high-octane and progressive, yet rooted in tradition. It didn't take long to establish themselves as one of the top American Celtic-rock bands, headlining the biggest Celtic festivals in North America & Europe. Employing a variety of instruments including guitars, drums, banjo, accordion, mandolin, piano & fiddle, the band creates music that transcends the stereotypical notion of Celtic music. Powerful four-part harmonies, blazing instrumentals and song writing that is unaffected by fads, trends and the giant maw of mind-numbing commercialism. To date, The Elders have produced 6 full-length studio CDs and 3 live CD/DVDs. Their album, "Gael Day," released in 2009, garnered significant radio play and their 2011 release, "Wandering Life & Times," resulted in top 25 positions on the national Americana Radio chart, while their brand new CD, “Story Road,” has been getting universal rave reviews. The band is also familiar to many television viewers, thanks to the more than 130 PBS stations across the nation that aired their "Live at the Gem Theater" Concert Special. The most recent project is "The Elders Hoolie" DVD recorded live at the historic Uptown Theater in Kansas City, MO on St. Patrick's Day 2012.



With six studio albums and a double CD collection in their sporrans to date, the five spirited yanks of Barleyjuice are currently one of the most beloved celtic rock bands in the USA. Frontmen Kyf Brewer and Keith "Swanny" Swanson lithely cover lead vocals, guitars, accordion, harmonica, mandolin, bouzouki, and bagpipes. Both originally piped in the Loch Rannoch Pipe Band, and performed in Edinburgh’s Millennium March for Prince Charles. While Swanson was once a member of New York’s legendary Flailin’ Shilaleghs, Kyf’s been a pro performer since his first band, The Ravyns, produced the hit "Raised on the Radio" for the 1982 film Fast Times At Ridgemont High. Backing Brewer & Swanson are a mad trio of characters: captivating fiddler Alice O'Quirke, whose classical roots stray to Irish & bluegrass in the middle of the most authentic jigs & hornpipes; drummer John Tracey, a powerhouse of driving decadence; and hopping bassist Eric Worthington, musical snake-charmer of the deep and dulcet. The ayes have it – Barleyjuice is a grand group of talented tunesmiths and prodigious performers, and the absolute best time you can have at a concert without removing your kilt.



The Blarney Rebel Band is group of musicians from the Celtic hotbed of Central New York performing all types of traditional Irish music, from rollicking pub songs to traditional folk fare, from rousing sea songs to moving ballads, from stirring rebel songs to hand-clapping jigs and reels. It's all on display by a group of talented musicians boasting virtuoso musicianship and perfectly blended harmonies. Their debut studio CD, "Buy My Soul" has sold all over the world and throughout the United States and Canada. A cut from that CD, "Stand With Me Boys," placed No. 1 in the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast Best of 2009 Listener's Poll. BRB followed that effort in 2010 with "Beneath The Surface," which has garnered rave reviews everywhere and their most recent CD, "Pursuit," is their most ambitious and most successful yet. They are currently working on their fourth CD, scheduled for a spring 2015 release. The Blarney Rebel Band consists of Mark Sisti - banjo, mandolin, mandolin, pennywhistle, concertina, accordion, flute, vocals; Al Sisti - bass guitar, vocals; Dan Sisti - guitar, vocals; Shawn Hawley - fiddle; Gene Voce - bodhran, tambourine, percussion.


  • Fri Mar 31, 2017
    Showtime: 7:30 PM


Tickets range from $18 - $28 - $38 - $48 and are ON SALE NOW. Additional service charges may apply. The Stanley Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 10a-4p and also can be contacted by phone at (315) 724-4000, or you can click the link below . Please be sure to ALWAYS purchase tickets either directly from our box office or through our website, beware of third party sellers! See you at The Stanley! A portion of the proceeds made will benefit The Stanley Theatre.

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