In the mood for a taste of the Irish this month? In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, two Montana organizations are offering virtual performances of Emerald Isle song and dance.
Alberta Bair: Rhythm of the Dance
In celebration of Irish heritage, Alberta Bair Theater in Billings offers access to Rhythm Of The Dance, recorded in front of a live audience and delivered online while theaters across the world are dark to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
The National Dance Company of Ireland, one of the best known and most booked Irish dance companies in the world, has teamed with WatchLive to create a fresh new production. Fans can get tickets for unlimited viewing via the ABT website through March 31 while benefiting the theater, which receives a portion of each ticket sold through its website.
People in every country tune in to this online streaming spectacular that features 2,000-plus years of dance, music, songs and culture from pre-Celtic times to modern day sounds and choreography. Full of flailing feet and fiddles, futuristic dances, eye-catching lighting and costumes, and sensational sound effects, Rhythm Of The Dance is sure to stir your soul and inspire your heart.
Tickets are $20 plus a $3.50 service fee and provide unlimited viewing during the month of March.
Friends of Irish Studies: Virtual St. Patrick’s Day Concert
The Irish Studies Program at the University of Montana and the Friends of Irish Studies host an online celebration of St. Patrick’s Day at noon (MST) on Wednesday, March 17. The event is hosted by Irish Studies Fulbright Teaching Assistant Jane Ní Luasa, a traditional singer and musician from Gougane Barra. Among her guests are Orla Nic Thaidhg (fiddle) and Cárthach Ó Faoláin (accordion).
Other guests include: Nell Ní Chróinín Traditional Sean-nós singing; Kieran Killeen & Tara Howley – Flute & Concertina; Diarmuid Ó Meachair – Accordion; Ali Ní Luasa and Róisín Ní Ríordáin Traditional Irish Singers; Maebh Ní Dhuinnín Brush Dance; Siobhán Ní Mhuimhneacháin and Louise Ní Chróinín Traditional Song and Concertina.
The concert is free, but guests need to register online.