Come see us perform at the Confluence Creative Arts Center (Confluence, PA) at 7:00 p.m. May 15th, 2015 for their Irish Coffeehouse. Get a free Aran: It's About Time CD for a donation to the CCAC.
The “Aran Band” is a group of
seven good friends who enjoy performing Irish, Scottish and other
Celtic music. The name Aran comes from the Aran Islands, located
near Galway Bay off the west coast of Ireland, and the last Irish land
seen by most emigrants who sailed to America. We enjoy playing
fast instrumental numbers, slow aires, and singing traditional ballads,
drinking songs and shanties. We have members from a wide area,
but are centered around Johnstown, in Western Pennsylvania.
The band’s roots go back more than twenty-five years, when
Ron Hamilton (pennywhistles, button boxes, bouzouki, percussion) began
performing with Gary Noll (lead singer, guitar, bodhran,
pennywhistle). Next came the two “Seamuses,”
Jim Brett (lead singer, guitar, bouzouki), and “Banjo” Jim
Kupchella, (lead singer, banjo, guitar). Joining soon
thereafter were Jerry Clark (mandolin, bouzouki, pennywhistles, low
pennywhistles), Carl Rahkonen (fiddle, bass, bodhran), Matt Willen
(mandolin, bouzouki, guitar, uilleann pipes), and Daniel Murphy
(Indiana, PA) on guitar. We gather for a few public
performances every year and many more private get-togethers to enjoy
the music we all love.
L to R: Jerry Clark, Carl Rahkonen, Gary Noll, Ron Hamilton, Jim Brett, and Jim Kupchella, at the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, June 21, 2008.
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After many years, the Aran Band has made a double CD, called "It's About Time!" Contact Carl Rahkonen for availabilty.
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