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Caladh Nua Performs At New Canaan's Silvermine Arts Center

Caladh Nua will be at the Silvermine Arts Center in advance of St. Patrick’s Day.
Caladh Nua will be at the Silvermine Arts Center in advance of St. Patrick’s Day. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- Caladh Nua, an internationally known group of five innovative musicians with a fresh take on traditional Irish music, will perform in Sara Victoria Hall at the Silvermine Arts Center, on Friday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. 

The band is known for haunting vocals and virtuoso performances on a wide range of instruments including banjo, fiddle, guitar, bodhran, tin whistle and button accordion.

Vocalist Lisa Butler (who also plays the fiddle) has been called “one of the most lyrical voices in contemporary traditional music.”

From slow airs to modern arrangements played with an upbeat energy, the music of Caladh Nua is spell-binding and evocative. Their origins are deeply rooted in the southern counties of Ireland. Band members come from West Waterford County as well as Counties Carlow and Kilkenny. 

Caladh Nua has performed in Paris, Vienna, Copenhagen, Berlin, Mumbai and Vancouver.

The Silvermine performance is part of a limited-engagement U.S. tour. In addition to Butler band members are Derek Morrissey (accordion), Paddy Tutty (lead fiddle, bodhran), Caoimhín Ó Fearghail (tin whistle, flute, guitar, uilleann pipes) and Eoin O’Meachair (banjo, whistle).

Tutty is also a carpenter who designs and makes all of his own instruments. The name Caladh Nua means “new harbor,” or “new safe haven.” This event is the first in a series of performances made possible by an NEA Art Works Grant awarded in 2014 to the Silvermine Arts Center for performances that unite the visual and performing arts and bring cutting-edge work to southwestern Connecticut. 

The Silvermine Arts Center is at 1037 Silvermine Road in New Canaan

Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for non-members, and can be purchased on Silvermine’s website or by calling 203-966-9700, ext. 22. See more at silvermineart.org/events.

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