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Powerful Celtic Music, Comas, at 6OTS

From Oxford:

On Saturday, November 16, at 7:30 p.m., 6 On The Square (6OTS) welcomes one of Europe's most sensational Celtic bands, Comas. This group is made up of four of the most exciting international musicians of their generation including Aiden Burke, Irish fiddle-player extraordinaire. Comas’ original music is traditional, but infused with a modern edge. This amazingly driven quartet combines fiddle, guitar, uillean pipes, flute, and percussion for a unique and distinctively powerful performance. They will make your pulse race with excitement!

Since March 2003, Comas have been together as a band. Before that, they toured individually in top acts such as The Drovers, Orion, Eileen Ivers, Urbantrad, Denez Prigent, and the internationally acclaimed Liz Carroll, to name just a few. Although coming from diverse musical backgrounds and residing in different parts of the globe, they found each other through their similar approach to music. Bringing together their many cultural influences, they forged a unique blend of traditional Irish music that literally had them, within months of coming together, playing in major festivals in Ireland, Belgium, France, England, Denmark, and Holland. This achievement alone is worthy of note, and as further testimony to their deeply rooted talents, they were asked back immediately to every festival they played. "…before we even had time to put our instruments away," as guitarist Philip Masure aptly put it.

By the end of 2003, Comas had built up a sizable reputation so as to be hailed in the press as "The Revelation of 2003" (S.Vandenberghe - NVFOLK) and "The best traditional band around" (Folkspot). When you hear Comas you'll know that their choice of name was no accident: it translates from Irish Gaelic as "Power," and power is exactly what this band is about. It describes their own amplified power coupled with a fine sensitivity for the inner strands of magic that is inherent in Irish music.

Here, their fiddle player, Aidan Burke (winner of 20+ All-Ireland fiddle championships), comes into his own, delving deep into his Irish roots to pluck out a pure sound that transcends time and place, guaranteed to touch any lover of Celtic music. Aidan's dexterity is evenly matched by the awesome talents of Isaac Alderson on flutes and uilleann pipes, the guitar mastery of Philip Masure (from Belgium) and, considered among the world's best on bodhrán, Jackie Moran (originally from Ireland).

Comas are a band with a respectful eye on the past, at the forefront of what traditional music is about today. Tickets are available at the discounted pre-show price of $18 (plus $2 service charge) or $20 at the door. Doors open one-hour prior to show time. For further information, call (607) 843-OTS6 (6876) or visit www.6onthesquare.org .

While at 6OTS -or before the show- be sure to view the exhibit of wildlife and nature photography by New Berlin artist Deborah Smith. The exhibit will run through December 22.

Don't miss future performances by: Ellis Paul on November 23; Bobtown on November 30; and Sloan Wainwright on December 7 -all at 7:30 p.m. Doors open one-hour before show time. Visit the website for tickets and future event information.

Have a talent? Singers, poetry readers, musicians...the next “Open Mic Night” is Thursday, Nov. 21, and every third Thursday of each month), at 7:30 p.m. Come to perform or come to listen; it’s always free admission!

6 On The Square, Inc., a not-for-profit, volunteer-based, community music and arts venue, is located at 6 LaFayette Park in downtown Oxford.

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