Slainte! Enjoy Irish music and dance with Women of Ireland at Grand Opera House

Telegraph correspondentMarch 14, 2014 

The Women of Ireland show features song and dance from the Emerald Island.

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If you won’t get to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish song and dance, fear not. You have another chance when the Women of Ireland show comes to the Grand Opera House on Wednesday.

According the show’s website, “Women of Ireland is an innovative and exciting full stage concert production, which showcases the next generation of Ireland’s leading female performers.

The show demonstrates the well of talent that exists within Ireland’s traditions of music, song and dance. ... Special significance is placed on depicting the pure qualities of Irish music in a contemporary setting.”

Kelly McDonnell, the female lead principal Irish dancer, could not hide her enthusiasm for what she does.

“I’ve been a professional dancer for 14 years and have toured the world over. I was asked to join the show last year and I was thrilled,” she said. “This type of dance requires a lot of showmanship and experience and I was excited to join and participate. I’ve loved it.”

Part of her role with this production is to be an ambassador for Irish culture.

“The main thing is that we want the audience to come and take away an enjoyable memory of what Ireland has to offer,” McDonnell said. “We are all ambassadors for Ireland and we want people to walk away happy and wanting more. The show gives you a bit of everything -- music, song and dance. This show represents strong women and we are all very talented women in what we do. No one will be disappointed.”

The three main stars of the performance are the O’Neill sisters -- Fiona, Naomi and Evangeline.

“They are extremely talented vocalists, and definitely hold the show’s heart. We have a female fiddle player, Katie Green from Chicago. We also have Anthony Fallon, who danced as a lead in ‘Riverdance,’ staring with us as a special guest. He does a piece in the show that features taps and he does an excellent job showcasing the men of Ireland’s talents as well,” McDonnell said. “I play a very strong woman, presenting elegance and sophistication, as well as fun, cute and sexy at the same time in my dance. ... I do my best to give audiences a glimpse of the best of Irish dance.”

Of course, along with the dance comes traditional Irish music.

“We also have a full band,” McDonnell said. “They give you a feeling for good strong Irish music. So far, the audiences have really enjoyed the show. I don’t know what they expect coming in, but we go out and meet the audience after the show, and they are not disappointed. We love meeting the fans and taking photos.”

“We are really looking forward to being in Georgia and meeting people there,” McDonnell said.

“We hope everyone comes out and has a great time and sticks around after the show to tell us about it.”

Women of Ireland

When: 7:30 p.m. March 19

Where: Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St.

Cost: $35

Information: www.thegrandmacon.com

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