Mick Bolger of Colcannon says, "We're thrilled to be coming up to the world premiere of our new work for Colcannon and Orchestra, "O'Toole and the Goose", with the Colorado Symphony on March 16th at Boettcher Concert Hall."
"O'Toole and the Goose" combines the music of the band, the orchestra, and narration to tell the tale tale of Old King O'Toole, his pet goose... and the elusive St. Kevin. (check out this preview) The piece was a collaborative effort, with music contributed by each member of the band, a text by Mick Bolger, and orchestration by bassist Mike Fitzmaurice.
"The Colorado Symphony is a fantastic orchestra," says Mick, "and we're honored to get a chance to work with them. We're also lucky that Grammy-winning conductor John McLaughlin Williams was available to come out and conduct for us -- we worked together several years ago and have been looking for a chance to collaborate again."
There will be arrangements of many Colcannon favorites on the program as well as "O'Toole and the Goose". See http://colcannon.com/calendar.cfm for more information.
Colcannon has developed a distinctive, inventive, and contemporary musical style while still keeping in firm touch with the heart and essence of traditional Irish music. Colcannon’s concerts are renowned for their energy, for singer/frontman Mick Bolger’s irrepressible sense of humor and sly wit, and, of course, for the music; music that expresses flights of joy, deep sorrows, and an unquenchable zest for life.
Authentic, Joyous Irish Music.... traditional with a touch of chamber music and music hall,Colcannon plays Irish music with panache, warmth and wit. Timeless songs and great musicianship transport the audience to another time and place. Colcannon is equally at home on the stage at a folk music festival or performing with a symphony orchestra.
The band formed in 1984 in Boulder Colorado, USA, and their reputation has grown steadily over the years with the release of eight CDs on the Oxford Road Records label. The band’s recent CD ‘The Pooka and the Fiddler’ received a Parent’s Choice Award for its artful interweaving or music and storytelling. The Emmy®-award winning PBS special, “Colcannon in Concert,” filmed at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts has aired nationwide.