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), and Matt Willen
(mandolin, bouzouki, guitar, uilleann pipes). We gather for a dozen or so
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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