Concert admission $20, prepaid online $15; age 12 & under free. Doors open 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the info desk during the day and at the door until they sell out. Tickets ordered online can be picked up at Will Call the day of the concert.
Online advance ticket sales are now closed. Tickets may still be purchased at the festival for $20.
The evening concert features John Doyle, Dublin-born guitarist and singer-songwriter.
Other featured artists are:
Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno, new old-fashioned music sung and played from the heart
Abrepaso Flamenco, an award-winning Cleveland based flamenco company
Voices of Revelations, African American acapella gospel quartet
Dublin-born guitarist and singer-songwriter John Doyle has appeared on nationally syndicated radio shows including Prairie Home Companion and Mountain Stage and, in 2009, performed for President Obama in honor of St Patrick’s Day.
The resurgence of traditional Irish music has been called a renaissance – awakening a yearning for identity with a deeply rooted culture of oppression, war, courtship and love, liquor worship and emigration stories honored through song.
Doyle continues to hone his craft on the road and in the studio, earning a Grammy nomination for his collaboration with fiddler Liz Carroll in 2010 and collaborating with some of the most revered names in the genre such as Heidi Talbot, Tim O’Brien and fellow Solas founder Karan Casey. He served as band leader 2008-2010 for folk icon Joan Baez on her worldwide tour.
“More talent than anybody deserves to have all to themselves” – Philadelphia News
When not at home in Asheville, NC, Doyle tours globally, and has appeared frequently at many of the taste-maker festivals in acoustic music including Celtic Connections in Glasgow, the Dublin Irish Music Festival in Dublin OH, MerleFest, Milwaukee Irish Festival, Sebastopol Celtic Festival, and the All-Ireland Fleadh.
Vivian Leva & Riley Calagno
Both Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno grew up in the Appalachian stringband tradition, have noted parents in the old-time scene, and spent formative years running wild around festival campgrounds.
What sets Leva and Calcagno apart—in addition to their work as instrumentalists—is their talent as songwriters. Great pickers don’t necessarily make great songwriters; it’s an entirely different art to be able to translate the world of rural Appalachia into a country song that can still make a personal point. As young artists stepping into the spotlight during one of the most brutal periods in our history it’s clear they’ve built something that can last, something that speaks to our present time while reminding us of the best parts of where we came from.
Their newest album, a self-titled record, is old-soul roots music to its core. Though both just out of college, the duo’s musical talents extend far beyond their years. It was produced by Grammy-winning Cajun roots heavyweight Joel Savoy at his Louisiana studio. Leva and Calcagno were working on these songs well before COVID, but were separated by half the country while attending different universities. These songs were written over the past four years – over the phone, in college dorms, and lonely-feeling tour towns.
Abrepaso Flamenco director and founder Alice Blumenfeld fell in love with flamenco at age 12, and since then it has been the driving force in her life. She previously served as dance faculty at Oberlin College and Cuyahoga Community College. Studying at the National Institute of Flamenco in her native Albuquerque, NM, she quickly became the soloist with their semi-professional company, Alma Flamenca, with tours across the Southwest.
Since its founding in 2016, Abrepaso created four original evening-length flamenco performances, all of which premiered at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (Albuquerque, NM). After relocating to Ohio in 2018, the company performed at Playhouse Square to a sold-out audience at Kennedy’s Theatre, and was featured in the annual Dance Showcase—a highlight performance in the Cleveland dance scene—at Playhouse Square’s KeyBank State Theatre.
Abrepaso has a number of ongoing community programs, including flamenco dance for the inmates at the Northeast Reintegration Center, flamenco dance classes for kids and adults at the Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center, and educational performances and lectures throughout Northeast Ohio.
Voices of Revelations
Voices of Revelations is a Cleveland-based African American acapella gospel quartet. Lead singer is Jerry Pollard, backed by Johnny Pollard, Eric Smeadly and Luther Mangham (Buck).