Irish Band De Danann at the Center for the Arts, Homer

Statman and made an album called "Half Set in Harlem" featuring American Gospel singing.

De Danann released a new CD Wonderwaltz in November, 2010. According to reviewer Bill Nevins: "De Danann has always conjured for me a turn of the century feeling, and in many of their albums that meant the turn of the 20th century, both in Ireland and Irish-America, as they played what seemed a revived version of the grand dance hall and stage shows of times long gone by. However, on "WonderWaltz," as the title implies, De Danann give traditional music a new kick forward. This is so wonderfully apparent in the choice and delivery of songs, which suggest old Ireland uncertainly plunging on into the as-yet-undefined 21st century world we now all face. Economic crash, social turmoil and the quiet yearning for peace and home all are reflected poetically in "Ireland," "Across the Borderline" and, most poignantly for me, in an updated take on Paul Brady's beautiful, classic 1980s song "Hard Station"."

General admission tickets for this Saturday night performance are $30 for Adults, $25 for Seniors, $10 for Students 18+ with Valid ID and Under 18 are Free. Center members receive a 10 percent discount on their admission. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Bev's Fashions and Origins in Homer, Jodi's Hallmark, Sheridan's Fine Jewelry and First National of Dryden in Cortland, Ithaca Guitarworks in Ithaca, through the Center's website at www.center4art.org or by calling (607) 749-4900. If available, tickets will be sold at the door on the night of the performance. The Center Social Hour begins at 7 PM. offering desserts, coffee, tea, wine and beer for purchase as a fundraiser for the Center.

Sponsor for the Winter/Spring 2011 Concert Season is Riehlman, Shafer and Shafer. This performance is also supported in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. Accommodations are provided by the Vision Hotels of Cortland.

Visit the Center's media player at www.center4art.org to see and hear De Danann, then come to the Center and see and hear this legendary Irish band.

The Center for the Arts is located at 72 S. Main St. in downtown Homer on the corner of Routes 11 and 90, just off Exit 12 on I-81.

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