Barre Opera House Presents: Skipper's Alley
Saturday, March 10th at 7:30pm
Barre Opera House | Barre, VT
"Skipper's Alley not only have the mastery of their instruments, but the talent to devise arrangements that intrigue and delight in equal measure." - Folk Radio UK
"These lads (and one lady harpist) make an impressive noise. - Folk World
Skipper’s Alley are a modern Irish folk band with an old-school approach. Their influences range from folk revival bands such as Planxty and The Bothy Band to rare, experimental solo players like Tommie Potts and Séamus Ennis.
Once described as "a young Irish ensemble who look like a punk band and sound like The Chieftains,” Skipper’s Alley specialize in gritty, high-octane Irish dance tunes on Uilleann Pipes, Whistles, Fiddle, Bodhrán, Bouzouki, Flute and Harp, with forays into the rich Irish song tradition.
Since forming in 2013 Skipper’s Alley have garnered wide critical praise, appeared on national and international TV, and toured on four continents. Write-ups include The Irish Times (4 stars), The Living Tradition, Folk Radio UK, Folk World, and Celtic Music Radio (5 stars). TV appearances include S4C’s ‘Lorient’ as well as RTÉs ‘Fleadh!’ and The Late Late Show. Festival appearances include Electric Picnic (Ireland), Festival Interceltique de Lorient (France), The Stan Rogers Folk Festival (Canada), Spring Fest (India) and The Dayton Ohio Irish Fest (USA).
In 2014, Skipper’s Alley’s released their self-titled debut album under the production of Trevor Hutchinson (Lúnasa, The Waterboys, Sharon Shannon). To date the record has received wide critical acclaim and sold out several repressings. They are currently touring regularly in North America and are hard at work on a second album due for release in mid to late 2017.
Skipper's Alley will also offer a school matinee on Friday, March 9 at 10 a.m.