BENNINGTON, Vt. -- Classic Gaelic ballads, lively pub songs and haunting rhythms of Irish America can be heard at The Bennington Center for the Arts on Saturday, May 18 at 8 p.m. as O’hAnleigh offers a repeat performance.
Known for their rapid fire pace, extensive play list and variety of musical instruments, this is a concert the whole family will enjoy. Guitars, bouzouki, mandolin, bass, fiddle, penny whistles, harmonica, dulcimer and spoons are just some of the instruments brought to entertain the crowd.
Hanley and Hill, both from Middlebury, Vt., have direct ties to Ireland. Hanley is a second-generation Irishman whose relatives come from Counties Laois and Roscommon while Hill’s hail from Counties Tyrone and Limerick. Both have played in bands throughout their lives but their ancestry and interest in traditional Celtic music and mythology have allowed them to create O’hAnleigh and a very loyal following.
Gypsy, indie, folk and classical music by groups from the Northeast and Canada will offer a wide variety of performances this summer. Caravan of Thieves will be back in Bennington on June 15, Katherine Chi, an award-winning classical pianist will perform on the center’s Fazioli grand piano on June 28 and a trio from New York City will share their harmonies and unique percussion instruments on Aug. 3.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The Bennington Center for the Arts is located on Gypsy Road at Vermont Route 9. For