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York Gets a Taste of Ireland March 29

3/26/2007 —

The songs and stories of Ireland come to Penn State York’s Pullo Family Performing Arts Center  when Harry O’Donoghue brings his talents to stage at 7 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.   In addition to O’Donoghue’s performance, local dancers from the Coyle School of Irish Dance will perform.

A native of the east coast of Ireland, O’Donoghue began playing guitar at age 20 and was soon performing with local groups.  In 1979, he founded the group Terra Nova which later that summer won the prestigious Best Folk Group Award at the Dublin International Music Festival.   Less than a year later, Terra Nova was touring America and eventually landed a recording contract in 1985.  When Terra Nova performed its last concert in 1987, O’Donoghue embarked on what has become a successful solo career.  Initially, O’Donoghue concentrated on songwriting while releasing several critically acclaimed albums.

With guitar in hand, O’Donoghue engages his audience with stories, anecdotes, and songs relating to Irish history and culture, past and present.  He has performed, by invitation, with the Savannah Symphony and has shared the bill with international recording stars including Mary Black, Andy M. Stewart, Cathie Regal, The Fureys, Danny Doyle, Natalie Mac Master, The Wolfe Tones, The Shannon Castle Singers, and Tommy Makem.

This performance is part of Penn State York’s free cultural series sponsored by the York Newspaper Company and the campus.   No tickets are required.  For more information, please call (717) 771-4128.

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