Romania goes Irish on St. Patrickaa‚¬a„¢s Day

Newsroom 08/03/2011 | 19:05

Dances, concerts and some feel-good traditional Irish beverages are on the list for a local five-day celebration dedicated to Ireland’s National Day, St. Patrick’s Tour.

Coras (in picture), the Irish traditional music band, together with dancers from Irish Way and Romanian group from Oradea of Celtic-medieval music Ad-Hoc (in video), will hold concerts, part of a mini-tour, in the following locations: on Wednesday, March 16, at la Historia (in the historical center), on Thursday, March 17, at Joyce’s Pub (near Cismigiu), on Friday, March 18, at Clubul Taranului (at Muzeul Taranului Roman – Romanian Peasant Museum), on Sunday, March 20, at Irish Music Pub (in Cluj Napoca).

All concerts begin after 21.00. Ad Hoc will open each concert with a recital composed both of their own works, as well as covers by Blackmore’s Night, Loreena McKennitt, among others. The Romanian band Irish Way will not only hold traditional Irish dance representations, but they will also teach the audience to dance to this style. The four Irish musicians from Coras play violin, guitar, guitar and bodhrán (Irish percussion instrument).

The festivities are organized by the Embassy of Ireland in Romania, together with Culture Ireland and The Intercultural Association of Traditions. The event is produced by Long road to Happy Cemetery.

The National Day of Ireland pays homage to St. Patrick, the missionary who christened Ireland, explaining the holy trinity with the aid of three-leaf clover.

Corina Dumitrescu

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