Bohola at The Tin Whistle

Bohola at The Tin Whistle


Get a jump on St. Patrick’s Day and come to the intimate setting of Rockford’s wonderful Celtic shop, The Tin Whistle, and be blown away by the three-piece Irish traditional group, Bohola.They’ll be performing at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14 at The Tin Whistle, 1414 N. Main St., co-sponsored by Charlotte’s Web and The Tin Whistle.

This is a band formed in Chicago by three of Irish Music’s most innovative musicians—Jimmy Keane, Sean Cleland and Pat Broaders. They play a driving, muscular and yet emotive style of Irish Music with deep roots in the “pure drop” tradition, melded with the urbanized musical vernacular of the Irish-American experience.

Each musician has an extensive background in Traditional Irish Music, learning at the hands of some of the finest exponents of Traditional Irish Music in Chicago and Ireland. Although formed in late 1999, the members of the group have known each other for many years.

Jimmy Keane (accordion), born in London of Irish-speaking parents, immigrated to Chicago from Ireland with his family in the early 1960s. His late father, James, was a sean-nos (old style) singer who actively encouraged Jimmy to take up traditional music. In his early teens, he began playing music with his Chicago contemporaries, fiddler Liz Carroll, and flute-player and stepdancer, Michael Flatley. He has won five consecutive All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil’s on the piano accordion and is regarded by many as the instrument’s finest exponent.

Sean Cleland (fiddle), born in Milwaukee of Irish-American parents was raised in Chicago. He began studying classical music at the age of seven and briefly studied with fiddler Liz Carroll in the 1970s. He has won numerous Midwest and North American Cheoil’s Titles on the fiddle. In 1989, Cleland founded the alternative Irish/Celtic rock group The Drovers, recorded, and toured extensively with them until 1999. He has appeared and performed in two major motion pictures, Backdraft (1991) and Blink (1994), and is the premier teacher of Traditional Irish Music in Chicago.

Pat Broaders (dordan, vocals), was born in Dublin of parents from County Wexford, Ireland, and immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1990s, settling in Chicago. He began studying Irish Music at the age of 12 and studied bouzouki briefly with Bothy Band co-founder Donal Lunny. Before immigrating to the U.S., he played with such Irish groups as In Tua Nua, Cry Before Dawn and An Beal Bocht. He has performed and recorded with a variety of musicians and groups including Aengus, Liz Carroll, Martin Hayes, Larry Nugent, John Williams and The Drovers.

The Irish Voice calls this group “… an acoustic power trio for the new century, a group whose instrumental virtuosity, strong vocals and stunning arrangements place them at the leading edge of today’s traditional music scene. Their new Shanachie CD is one of the most impressive debut recordings ever made by an Irish traditional music group in America.”

The Chicago Sun-Times stated, “Finely rendered jigs, ballads and laments receive inventive arrangements, fine vocals and impressive instrumentation. This fiery debut is Irish music for the new century.”

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., 963-6765; Canterbury Books, Highcrest Center, 398-1454; and Tin Whistle, N. Main & Auburn, 963-0270; or by mail with check and SASE, 10928 N. Main, Rockton, IL 61072. For Web information, call 964-2238.

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