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Music Mondays Presents All Ireland Cultural Society
March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Kick-off your celebration for the month of St. Patrick’s Day with bagpipes and folk music.
The All Ireland Cultural Society is pleased to partner with the Gresham Center for the Arts Foundation to present an hour of Irish musical entertainment.
The All Ireland Cultural Society is a non-profit organization that has promoted social opportunities, Irish entertainment and Irish Cultural events in Oregon and Southwest Washington for over 75 years. To learn more about us check out our website oregonirishsociety.org, or our Facebook page at AICSOregon. We’d love to have you join us.
Along with a full drum and pipe band, there will also be a live performance from an Irish folk trio. Musician details below.
Cary Novotny, Eddie Parente, and Matty Sears
Cary Novotny was born in South Dakota and later moved to Bowling Green Kentucky, where he began studying classical guitar as well as learning the music of the region, namely country, folk, and bluegrass music. After moving to the Northwest, Novotny earned a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Portland, and then began a career as a professional guitarist, singer and songwriter in the folk and popular music scene in the Portland and Seattle areas. In 1995, Novotny cofounded “Cul an Ti,” which became a household name over the next 25 years in the Northwest with its hundreds of performances of lively traditional Irish tunes and its unique blend of Irish and popular songs. Novotny continues to maintain a busy schedule as a guitarist in the world of Celtic and country music and has recorded and performed with many other notable musicians, including Kevin Burke, Colin Farrell, The Bridies, Johnny Connolly, Tony Furtado, Hanz Araki, Winifred Horan, Hanz Araki, Laurence Nugent, and the touring Irish dance show “Celtic Legends.” Novotny continues to write, tour and deliver powerful performances of his songs in the country and popular music genres.
Eddie Parente has been prominent in country and folk music circles, playing and recording with a number of respected traditional bands throughout the years. Although widely known for his virtuosic innovative fiddle playing, Eddie is also an accomplished viola and mandolin player. In addition, Eddie has composed and recorded many original tunes, which have in turn been picked up and played by other musicians. Eddie also composes, and performs Celtic, Jazz, Gypsy Jazz and Classical music, has traveled and performed often in Russia, maintains strong friendships in Scotland, where his first fiddle lessons were with the legendary Ali Bain and Tom Anderson.
“There’s nothing worse than a pretty good fiddle player!” graffiti on a bathroom wall in Nashville.
Matty Sears is originally from Wales, and an accomplished percussionist, singer and wood and metal craftsman. Matty has lived in the Portland area over two decades now and is a fixture in the Northwest Celtic and folk music scene, having performed with virtually every Celtic music artist of note and is loved for his sensitivity to the music and always making any folk ensemble sound better.