Irish folk band comes to IUP


With the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebration and the non-IUP-affiliated event known as IUPatty’s on the horizon, it is the perfect time to get into the Irish spirit with the classic Irish folk band Caladh Nua.

Caladh Nua will be performing at 7 p.m. Sunday in Gorell Recital Hall. Called “Irish music at its best,” by Danny Matheson of Celtic Music Radio, the band will try its best to put a hop in your step.

The band’s five members come all the way from Ireland as they try to carry out their heritage. Derek Morrisey shreds on the accordion, while the self-taught Patty Tutty brings more diversity to the band with his fiddle. Caoimhin plays the guitar for the group, while the once-child prodigy Brian Mooney holds it down on the banjo. The group is brought together by lead vocalist Lisa Butler.

The group was influenced by many traditional Irish musicians before them, including Planxty, The Bothy Band and Atlan. They have played at venues in places such as Paris, Vienna, Copenhagen, Berlin and Mumbai. They are now touring across the United States.

The group has also performed on a large number of radio shows and television broadcasts including American Public Radio, BBC and RTE. The group’s latest album, “Free and Easy,” is available on Apple Music and Spotify.

Following the show, audience members are invited to join the band in a post-concert performance upstairs at The Coney. The audience is encouraged to bring their own instruments to The Coney to play with band, or just chill out and enjoy Irish food specialties and a cash bar.

Tickets are available at the Hadley Union Building box office. Regular tickets are $22, Senior tickets are $18 and tickets for I-Card holders, students and children are $12.