Irish Music to Invade The Alden, 2/22

Irish Music to Invade The Alden, 2/22

Two up-and-coming, internationally acclaimed Celtic music bands, one that treasures the heritage of traditional Irish music and one that brings a totally new rock aesthetic to the genre, will come to The Alden in McLean's stage in the coming few weeks, just in time to get in the mood for St. Patrick's Day celebrations. The theatre is located at 1234 Ingleside Avenue, inside the McLean Community Center.

Nova Scotia's Celtic rock ambassadors, Grand Dérangement, will perform a rousing mix of new Acadian music at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22. Tickets are $20, $15 for McLean tax district residents.

Grand Dérangement is a group from the Saint Mary's Bay area of Southwestern Nova Scotia. The name refers to the expulsion of the Acadians in 1755, but also alludes to the group's ability to rouse its audience. The music is exciting, the show is a visual feast and the highly poetic songs, while insightful, defy the audience to sit still. This award-winning group, comprised of Daniel LeBlanc (fiddle, guitar), Briand Melanson (drums, lead vocals), Jean-Pascal Comeau (bass, step dancer), Charles Robicheau (guitar) and Monique Comeau (step dancer), is very eclectic in its musical approach, drawing from such disparate musical inspiration as French chansonniers, folk, Celtic, rock, and Broadway.

Grand Dérangement holds a special place in the world of French-language music, building a bridge between the old and the new, and succeeding in acquiring an acclaimed international reputation. The group's popularity is growing in Europe and the United States and this is a rare opportunity to see them in person.

On Saturday, March 1, at 8 p.m., The Alden welcomes Ireland's own Caladh Nua as they embark on their first U.S. tour. Caladh Nua, pronounced "coll-ah noo-ah," which means "New Harbour" or "New Haven" is a tightly-knit, vibrant and talented band with its origins deeply rooted in the southeastern counties of Ireland. Tickets are $27, $18 for McLean district residents.

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