Traditional Irish music and dance in Lincoln City

The Stomptowners will perform Celtic music and dance at the Lincoln City Cultural Center on Saturday, Jan. 12, beginning at 7 p.m. (Courtesy photo)

Celtic music series continues

The Lincoln City Cultural Center’s first full season of Celtic music and dance will continue on Saturday, Jan. 12, with a visit from The Stomptowners, a group based in Portland.

Advance tickets to this Celtic series concert, sponsored by Salishan Resort, can be purchased via the center’s website, lincolncityculturalcenter.org, and by calling 541-994-9994. Showtime is at 7 p.m.

The Stomptowners blend uilleann pipes, Irish bouzouki, fiddle, whistles, vocals and driven-foot percussion. It is often said about The Stomptowners that they offer something for everyone. A typical performance includes Irish and Scottish tunes, choreographed Irish dance, voice with foot percussion and arranged songs, as well as evocative a cappella pieces.

The Stomptowners consist of vocalist Andrea Wild; uilleann pipe player Preston Howard; Irish bouzouki player Richie Rosencrans; and dancer Kelsey Wilson.

Born in Liverpool, England, Wild grew up with the sibling singing tradition emphasizing harmony and a capella performance. Her mother was from Wales, so Wild grew up in a Welsh-speaking household hearing traditional Welsh songs during childhood. She and her brother began singing in folk clubs throughout the north of England, and Wild was a regular at Liverpool’s Irish Centre. Their love of traditional folk music and a quest for adventure brought them to the United States, where they collaborated with Oregon Symphony cellist Jim Smith and performed at festivals throughout the U.S.

Howard grew up in northern California, where he first heard Irish traditional music in the form of a Finbar Furey recording belonging to his father. After several years playing whistle, flute and Scottish bagpipes as a child, he began learning the uilleann pipes at age 17 with the help of many kind traveling pipers, as well as the Pub Scouts, the local Irish music collective in Chico, Calif. Howard now resides in Portland, where he frequently plays at regional ceilis, Sean-nós Northwest workshops and events, local sessions, and performances.

Rosencrans began performing at an early age. A self-taught guitarist and songwriter, he found his way to traditional Irish music while studying civil engineering at the University of New Hampshire. His love of music and outdoor adventure attracted him to the Northwest four years ago. His accompaniment style is highlighted by a sympathetic ear toward the tunes with open lifting chords and playful countermelodies.

Wilson hails from northern California. Her love for movement to music began with dancing to her father's records and in ballet lessons encouraged by her mother. Her dance journey has led her to various styles, such as ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and African. Her first Irish dance steps were learned from Maria Oliver in Chico, Calif. She went on to compete in regional, national and world Irish dance competitions.

The Stomptowners’ Lincoln City appearance is part of the cultural center’s 2018/19 Celtic Music Series. Advance tickets for the Jan. 12 performance are $25 adults/$23 seniors/$10 youth ages 18 and under; LCCC membership discount applies.

The series will continue with a concert featuring The Outside Track (Feb. 3) and Realta (March 9), and concluding with the Tannahill Weavers (April 7). For details head to lincolncityculturalcenter.org or call 541-994-9994.

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