“Samhain” with Curragh
Curragh is a group of Albany-area stalwarts. Founded in 1996 by accompanist Eric Everson and fiddler Peter Jones with former band members Elio Matarrazo and Mark Patterson, the band has grown and changed from a quartet of enthusiastic musicians looking to play as much as possible to a group that includes some of the finest musicians the area has to offer.
Their music centers around twin fiddles of Peter Jones and Hilary Schrauf, filled out by the brilliant piping of Schenectady resident Kara Doyle and backed by Everson, now playing his beloved Fylde Irish bouzouki. The most recent additions to the band include two well known musicians in their own right, folklorist/multi-instrumentalist George Ward and singer John Roberts. Along with George and John came two more concertinas, an accordion, a banjo and more songs than you can shake a stick at.
With nearly 200 years of combined musical experience, this band brings talent, skill, warmth and energy to any event they play. Audiences always leave happy, party goers dance around smiling, and a good time is had by all.
Samhain, a Celtic word meaning “summer’s end,” was an ancient pagan festival worshiping the god of the dead or the dying sun. The festival marked the end of harvest and beginning of winter. To the Druids, dying crops were synonymous with the return of the dead to earth.