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February 28, 2014

Modern Irish dance, music performance set in Norwich

“Claddagh – An Explosion of Celtic Dance and Music” will take the state at 7 p.m. March 7 at the  Martin W. Kappel Theater of the Chenango Arts Council in Norwich.

The rich dance and musical heritage of the Emerald Isles come together with in the world premier tour, with guests the Prodigals.

Pronounced Cladda, meaning love, loyalty and friendship, the production is staged as a modern day Irish fairy tale, which organizers said in a media release, “immerses the audience in an unbridled energetic fusion of music and dance — complete with a rich universe of love, life, tears and laughter.”

“Claddagh: An Explosion of Celtic Dance and Music” is a music, dance and multi-media  performance that features “boy meets girl” storyline of the Claddagh world. From the streets of Galway to the beaches of the Emerald Isle, the story introduces the viewer to a band of extraordinary musicians, portrayed by the Prodigals.

Featuring Irish favorites ranging from “Rattlin’ Bog” to “Danny Boy,” this lively street performance attracts the attention of a boy who just happens to be a stellar dancer. It also attracts the attention of a young lady who also happens to be a phenomenal dancer — both portrayed by real-life world champion dancers in the step dance genre. Between the jigs and ballads, love ensues but is nearly lost when a “bad boy” American dancer arrives on the scene.

Members of The Prodigals grew up largely in Ireland. The band has headlined major venues and festivals throughout the United States, Los Angeles and Las Vegas to Chicago, Boston and Maine, as well as abroad in Canada, Germany and Ireland.

This performance of Claddagh is sponsored by the Mid-York Press. Tickets range in price from $24 to $30 with discounts for seniors and members of the Chenango Arts Council. Tickets are available online at or by calling 336-2787. The Arts Council is at 27 W. Main St. in Norwich.

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