For International Week, the O'Neil Family Band is set to perform in Bede Ballroom on Tueseday, November 16. The Concert is free thanks to the sponsorship of Concert and Lectures and the Northwest Regional Arts Council. Parking is free and the recommended parking lot is “A”.
The O’Neil Family Band is comprised of Tom O'Neil, guitar and fiddle, Jeanne O'Neil, banjo and concertina, and Erin O'Neil, fiddle and feet. Together, they celebrate a form of dance and music that has endured for ages. Throughout the years, these tunes and dances continue to be danced and played across the country -- an art form that never dies out simply because it belongs to the people.
The O’Neils have been holding community dances, presenting concerts, and performing since the 1980s. Tom and Jeanne met in Ames, Iowa, in 1978, as members of the Onion Creek Cloggers. In 1986, they moved to the Red River Valley and formed North Country Fiddle and Dance, a community dance organization which holds regular community dance events. In 1989, daughter Erin was born. Raised in a household where music and dance played a daily role, Erin began step dancing at age three, fiddling at age five, and composing at age 11. The O'Neils' repertoire includes reels, jigs, waltzes, schottisches, and hornpipes, many of which were composed by Erin. With roots in Metis tunes, French Canadian music, Scandinavian and Celtic tunes, as well as New England and Appalachian tunes, the O'Neil's music is a unique blend of these traditions but with a style all its own.
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Sargeant Student Center, 2900 University Ave, Crookston, MN 56716
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