The Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) continues its 35th Performance Series 7:30 p.m. March 14 in Crescent Elk Auditorium, 994 G St., with the Irish folk band Socks in the Frying Pan.
The trio are touring from County Clare on the west coast of Ireland, commonly known as the universal hub of Irish traditional music.
The group charms audiences worldwide with their virtuosic musical ability, dynamic vocal harmonies and onstage wit. Complete with a guitar, banjo, fiddle and accordion, they present classic Celtic melodies infused with their own personal flair. Their live shows are energetic entertainment.
The band consists of three talented musicians. Aodán Coyne comes from a family rich in musical history, with his grandfather Eamon and father Mick both being well-respected traditional Irish musicians. He began playing guitar at 15 and won a number of acoustic competitions. He began focusing more on traditional Irish music and alternate guitar tunings while continuing his musical education at Dundalk Institute of Technology, qualifying for his bachelor’s degree in applied music.
Coyne has performed in a number of prestigious venues worldwide both as a soloist and in various bands including: The Music Academy of Paris, the University of Cambridge, and the president of Ireland residence. He teaches guitar and is a founding member and President of the Dundalk Music Society.
Shane Hayes was born and raised in Ennis County Clare, soaking up the traditional music centered in the region. He began lessons on the tin whistle at age 6 and learned the accordion by age 8. He benefited from the tutelage of Tom Lynch, Connor McCarthy, and Martin Connolly. Irish Music Magazine has described him as prodigious and he was awarded “Best Accordion Player 2015” by the Irish Music Association.
On top of his ferocious technique, leading Shane Hayes to be the band’s frontman, he earned his master’s degree in Irish traditional music from the University of Limerick where he is highly regarded as a top musician.
Fiachra Hayes started playing the fiddle (along with many other instruments) at age 3. Having also been born and raised in Ennis, he was immersed in traditional Irish music and received instruction by Joan Hanrahan and Aisling Mulhern. He has participated and won many music competitions, including the prestigious “Ceol an Gheimhridh,” sharing that title with such renowned musicians as Martin Hayes, Paddy Canny, and Tara Breen. He just completed a teaching degree with music from Mary Immaculate College Limerick.
Socks in the Frying Pan was named the Irish Music Association’s New Band of the Year and continues to be embraced by Celtic music fans throughout the world.
Tickets are available in Crescent City at Del Norte Office Supply, 240 I St., and in Brookings at Wright’s Custom Framing, 810 Chetco Ave., for cash or check only, or online at www.eventbrite.com. Tickets will also be available at the door where we will accept cash, check, and cards.
General tickets are $18, senior (65 years and older) are $15, transitional-aged youth (18-25 years old) are $15, and students (K-college, full-time) are $12.
For more information, call DNACA at 707-464-1336 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org . Find us on Facebook @DNACACC for links to the artists’ websites, music videos, and event updates.