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Wednesday, January 28 2015 @ 09:09 AM MST


EventsOn Saturday, March 2, 2013, The Irish Cultural Center located at 1106 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004 will be presenting direct from Ireland Goitse in concert.  This is a return engagement for this very talented band.  Concert will start at 7:00 pm and tickets are $25.00 at the door, $20.00 advanced sales and for members of the ICC/MIL.  Goitse (pronounced gwi-cha) is a Donegal Irish word meaning ‘come here’.  
GOITSE is a flourishing, highly talented five piece band fast making a name for themselves as one of the most sought after bands amongst connoisseurs of Irish traditional music. Their fast paced energetic playing has seen them enjoying a growing fan base through show stopping performances in Ireland, America, Finland, Denmark and even Africa.
The distinctive quality of their sound lies in the arrangement of well-known traditional tunes interspersed with their own compositions, which make each set entertaining and unique.  The band adds their own distinctive contribution to their cultural inheritance with ease and style. Even with hints of continental playing and modern rhythms there remains the overwhelming presence of Irishness.”They have a big musical imagination and are not afraid to tear at the edges of the trad envelope”.–Irish Music Magazine.
Goitse’s debut album which, was released in January 2010, has gained much praise from critics with Hotpress magazine assuring Irish traditional music lovers “They play with an easy assurance that should cause those fretting about the future of Irish trad to rest more easily at night. Lace up your dancing shoes and get ready for a night of wonderful music and fast paced fun with Goitse.”
"Transformed" is Goitse’s newly released second CD. It was produced and Mixed by Donal Lunny and Goitse arranged all tracks. The album has already gained praise from Journalists. “Transformed sees Goitse transfer from the periphery to the Big League” - Irish Music Magazine.

Áine Mc Geeney is a vibrant fiddle player along with being a recognised singer. She spent an extended spell touring with Michael Flately’s world famous dance show “Lord of the Dance”. Alongside her excellent performing skills Aine’s teaching abilities have been recognised, having taught alongside well known musicians such as Tommy People’s and Cathal Mc Connell.
Tadhg Ó Meachair, who hails from the capital of Ireland, has quickly gained recognition as being one of Irelands top young Piano and Piano Accordion players. The much sought after musician was a main feature in the recent television series by Donal Lunny for TG4, "Lorg Lunny". Tadhg is one of the more prolific composers in the band with his compositions fitting both the old and new tradition.
Colm Phelan, also from County Laois, enjoys a large fan base of Bodhrán enthusiasts. Back to back All Irelands and a World title, together with success as a céilí band drummer, have helped establish him as an expert tutor in this field. Colm has taught in France, Germany, Holland, Italy, at the international summer school Craiceann on Innis Oir and for the past few years he has been leading the advanced class at Junior Daveys Coleman Country Bodhran School.
Conal O’Kane from Philadelphia, is a multi instrumentalist who adds another dimension to the group with his Donegal/American influence. The American grew up learning fiddle and Banjo during summers in Buncranna before learning Guitar in Philadelphia. His particular interest in music theory shines through in his striking chord choices and punchy rhythms.
James Harvey hails from Mountrath in Co. Laois. His most recent accomplishment was completing a Bachelor of Arts in Irish Music and Dance receiving first class honours. He is now continuing his education in the Irish World Academy in the University of Limerick undertaking a Professional Diploma in Education. His banjo playing has always been at the highest level, winning gold medals at four All-Ireland Fleadh competitions in a row, this was a great achievement for someone only playing the banjo four years! He added a further three All- Ireland gold medals at the Fleadh competitions on the mandolin.
Goitse have gone from supporting acts and opening concerts for Beoga, Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill, Donal Luny Martin O Connor and Andy Irvine, The Alan Kelly Quartet, the trio of Cathal Hayden, Seamie O Dowd and Johnny Ringo Mc Donagh to performing concerts in the four provinces of Ireland, parts of Europe and even as far afield as Africa.

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