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Fermilab Art Series presents:
Alan Kelly Gang
Saturday, March 1, 2014 @ 8 p.m.
Tickets - $23/$12 for ages 18 and under
Volume Plus Discount (adult priced tickets for 5 or more Arts Series events) - $19.55
Volume Discount (adult priced tickets for 3 - 4 Arts Series events) - $20.70 alankellygang.com
On-line ticketing now available! Click here to purchase tickets or call our box office at 630/840.ARTS (2787). On-line ticketing for this event is available until noon on Fri., Feb. 28.

"Alan Kelly is fast becoming a national treasure. The piano accordion maestro has assembled a group - or gang - around him, who can complement his own amazing skills. See these guys as soon as you get the chance." - Irish Music Magazine

The Alan Kelly Gang has been taking audiences by storm, impressing music lovers and critics alike. Fronted by Ireland's piano accordion maestro, described by New York's Irish Voice as "in league with the best piano accordionists in the world," the band includes some of Ireland's finest musicians, all critically acclaimed masters of their own craft. Performing powerful instrumentals and beautifully arranged songs, skillfully executed and soulfully delivered, their live performance has been described as "a true collective of musicians, their mastery of their respective instruments-sublime" (Timber and Steel)

Innovation meets sensitivity as the four musicians push the conventional boundaries of traditional music yet remain sympathetic to its past, present and future, infecting the listener with a sense of musical delight - magical, joyous and uplifting!

Alan Kelly, the main driving force behind the Gang, has been a busy performer on the scene for 20 odd years working with many different projects and musicians, some of his own motivation and some as musical collaborations with other top musician friends. Over his career so far he has amounted a vast wealth of experience that has helped lead him to his present day status as one of Ireland's most accomplished musicians. Over the years, Alan has often been drawn to the combination of accordion, fiddle, flute and guitar and has continually pushed the boundaries of the solely tradition world, with projects like his Mosaic big band. Among many, one of his earliest notable duet collaborations was with fiddle legend, Cathal Hayden. From 2003-06 he toured a four piece line-up with Arty McGlynn on guitar promoting the traditional album he released with brother and flute player John Kelly.

In 2007 Alan explored a new 4 piece line-up that he called The Alan Kelly Quartet, which included Tola Custy (fiddle) and Steph Geremia (flute). After returning home from their first Australian tour in 2009, the guys teamed up with ex-Lunasa guitarist Donogh Hennessy. During the first few years, the AKQ was solely an instrumental outfit until 2010, when they discovered the stunning vocal abilities of band member Steph Geremia. Since then, they have been developing their song repertoire to be of an equal offering at live performances. It was also around this time that they first collaborated with critically acclaimed Scottish vocalist, Eddi Reader, a project that though originally started as a once off collaboration for the Galway Arts Festival in July 2010, but since developed a life of its own and resulted in a global headlining festival and theatre act.

In March 2011, they welcomed guitarist Tony Byrne to the mix and while on tour in Australia, they were asked to perform at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra as apart of The History of the Irish in Australia Exhibition. It was a great honor for them to represent Ireland at this extensive exhibition especially at a time when hundreds of young Irish people were once again leaving Irish shores bound for Australia. After seeing the full four Kelly Gang members' armor brought together for the first time in history (since they were in use), the quartet members were inspired, and so was born the Alan Kelly Gang.

The most recent addition to the gang line up was in 2012 when they welcomed Scottish fiddle maestro, Alasdair White to the mix.

With many years behind them developing and refining their sound, the Alan Kelly Gang have developed a distinctive, pulsey sound that weaves in and out of the traditional, contemporary and world music genres.

For more information, including video samples, please refer here.

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