O'SHEA IRISH DANCE | IRISH STEP DANCE
RIVERDANCE-STYLE RHYTHM AND MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT for the Whole Family
KICKIN' IT IRISH IS RIVETING, with non-stop music and dance. I can't believe what those dancers do." - Sue Golder, Apple Valley, MN Kickin' It Irish is rhythmic sensation of traditional Irish music and dance written and directed Natalie Nugent O'Shea (Kickin' It Irish& Get Up Your Irish), with live, 5-piece band featuring Norah Rendell, twice voted "Best Female Vocalist" in the Live Ireland Awards, Brian Miller of international touring band Buaand Scottish actor,comic and MC Brian O'Sullivan of Glasgow. Lively Irish step dancing by 18 competitive Irish Step Dancers, including two Regional Champions, two National Champions and featuring director Cormac O'Se, T.C.R.G., an original cast member ofRiverdance.
The presentation of Kickin' It Irish is a visual sensation. What drives Kickin' It Irish are the songs and rhythms that will scintillate family members of all ages. The 90-minute show is a reflection of everything Irish culture has imported to America - humor, beauty and tenacity. This show will be displayed theatrically with large, driving dance lines, an original music score, touching songs and timeless dance rhythms.
"It is like I was seeing Riverdance all over again - are these kids really from the Midwest? How do they do that? And I loved the songs - why didn't they tell me to bring tissues?!" - Rebecca Hallin, St. Paul, MN
O'Shea Irish Dancers This show features dancers from O'Shea Irish Dance, which holds two National Championship Solo Titles, two Regional Championship Solo Titles and two Regional Championship Team Titles in Irish Step Dance, with dozens of other placements including top ten in the World Championships in both solos and teams. Many of these dancers are also part of The Center for Irish Music and play across the metro area performing music as well as dancing.
Cormac O'Se - Dancer, Choreographer, Accordion, Piano and Djembe
An original cast member of Riverdance, Cormac toured the world 7 years dancing in front of millions. He came to settle here in the US in 2001. Founder of the Celtic Junction and T.C.R.G. of O'Shea Irish Dance, Cormac plays music for international dance competitions at the Regional, National and World Championship levels. www.osheairishdance.com
Brian James O'Sullivan - Musical Director, Piano & Vocals
Brian comes to us from Glasgow, Scotland. He works as writer and composer throughout the UK and his work as a musician for Irish dancing championships takes him around the world. Recent work includes writing and directing an original musical about responsible drinking, Swally, The Musical and writing a book,music and lyrics for a highly successful adaptation of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. He and Cormac have releasedrntwo albums, FeisTunes 1 & 2.www.feistunes.com
Norah Rendell - Vocals, Flute & Whistler Named "Best Female Vocalist" two years in a row in the Live Ireland Awards, Norah Rendell toured throughout Europe and North America for seven years as lead vocalist and flutist with the Celtic band, The Outside Track. Now based in St. Paul, she performs with Two Tap Trio and is the Executive Director of the Center for Irish Music, a traditional music school based in the Celtic Junction.
Brian Miller - Guitar, Bouzouki, Flute & Vocals
Brian Millerrnhas performed extensively throughout the US and Canada and Ireland as a member of a number of Irish music groups, including Irish Music Awards' 2009 "Top Traditional Group" Bua. He isrnalso a two-time recipient of a grant from the MN State Arts Board for his work reviving Irish-influenced music from the Great Lakes region.
Randy Gosa - Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar, Bouzouki & Bodhran
Randy lives in Milwaukee and performs nationally with the band Myserk and several accomplished Midwest-based musicians including flutist Brett Lipshutz, Brian Miller and Celtic harpist Kim Robertson. Randy's versatile musicianshipon guitar, banjo and mandolin has been described by critic Alex Monaghan (Folk World) as "driving, percussive, lyrical, gentle, dominant by turns."