March 14, 2024
Utica NY native and piper extraordinaire Michael Roddy will be traveling from his home in Nova Scotia to celebrate St Patrick’s Day festivities with bandmates Ellie Gould on fiddle and Tim Ball on guitar.
Arise & Go is an exciting Celtic trio that finds its roots in the dance music of Ireland, Scotland and Atlantic Canada. Blending pipes, whistles, fiddle, and guitar, the group’s varied musical backgrounds combine to produce a sound which is both grounded in tradition and uniquely fresh and driving. From intimate house concerts to festival stages, Arise & Go has been hailed for their “precision and energy”.
Arise & Go, winners of North America’s longest running live folk radio broadcast Best of Bound for Glory Award 2018, has been featured in Irish Music Magazine, Roots Music Canada, The Boston Irish Reporter and the Irish American News where they have been praised for “musical complexity and colour” that is also “authentically mindful of tradition.” 2019 saw the release of the band’s new album Meeting Place showcasing the different Celtic traditions that each brings to the group’s sound.
Ellie Gould, from Quispamsis, New Brunswick, grew up steeped in the Atlantic Canadian musical tradition. Her style combines Celtic and Acadian influences from Canada, Ireland and Scotland. She began playing fiddle at the age of 9 through the traditional music program at her elementary school, and was introduced to Acadian music from her neighbor Jean. Her sound is uniquely New Brunswick – a cutting blend of Scottish and Acadian rhythms and sounds. Ellie has performed as a solo artist and in groups in venues such as La Salla Rosa and L’Escalier in Montreal, Bound For Glory, the Victoria Folk Festival, and Information Morning Live at the Saint John City Market.
Piper Michael Roddy, from Utica, NY, has spent over 20 years creating his unique combination of Scottish and Irish piping styles. After years of competitive success with the Mohawk Valley Frasers Pipe Band, Michael turned to the world of bellows piping, making the natural leap to smallpipes and border pipes, and the bigger leap to the Irish uilleann pipes. He has been featured as a piper with the Genesee Symphony Orchestra, The Syracuse Vocal Ensemble, the Mohawk Valley Choral Society, and the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble. Michael is an active teacher and has also premiered several of his own compositions and arrangements for pipes and orchestra.
Tim Ball (guitar, bouzouki, foot percussion) has been a staple of the contra dance and Irish music scenes in western New York for the better part of a decade. An exceptionally versatile musician and relentless collaborator, he performs as a fiddler throughout the Northeast with contra dance bands Tempest and Center Street, and Ithaca’s Irish session band Traonach. As a teacher or staff musician, he has been on faculty at week-long camps such as American Dance & Music week at Pinewoods (MA), the Ithaca Suzuki Institute (NY), and the Kanack School Fiddle Camp (Rochester, NY).
General Admission is $15 in advance. $20 at the door.Buy Tickets