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St Patrick's Fest Noz with Bagad du Moulin Vert

Our St. Patrick's Week celebration continues with a pan-Celtic celebration of music and culture as we join with our friends at BZH New York for a fest noz featuring some internationally-renowned musicians from the Celtic nation of Brittany.

For the uninitiated, a fest noz is like a Breton ceili. Meaning "night party" in the Breton language, a fest noz is an evening of traditional music and dance from Brittany, mixed with innovative and modern touches. A fest noz has always been known in Brittany as one of the most convivial and festive events in the Breton landscape and this fest noz in Times Square is shaping up to be no different.

For the record, St. Patrick's Day is also a big celebration in Brittany. St. Patrick is said to have landed on the shores of Brittany after his escape from slavery in Ireland early in the 5th century. He would go on to study at monasteries in Lerins and Auxerre in France before returning to Ireland, so likely passed through Brittany many times. Patrick, who was born in either Wales or Scotland depending on which history you read, is regarded as a symbol of Celtic solidarity today by all the Celtic nations. We will celebrate this Celtic solidarity on this night.

We've done several of these events before with BZH-NY and they have been some of the most popular and well-attended events we've done, with outstanding music and inclusive social dancing, that's fairly easy to get the hang of.

This fest noz will feature more musicians and dancers from Brittany than any of the other BZH-NY events, with featured guests Bagad du Moulin Vert, a Breton bagpipe band, and the dancers of Ensemble Eostiged ar Stangala. These musicians and dancers, all 80 of them, will be marching in New York's St. Patrick's Day parade and performing with Mick Moloney in his St. Patrick's Night concert at Symphony Space, so you won't want to miss this opportunity to see them in this intimate setting.

Other performers scheduled to appear include:

Armel An Hejer/ Alain Leclerc
Robbe/Le Baron/Le Dore
Glazy Quartet
Trio Laid
Kerf Groupe
Le Grand/ De Jacquelot
Hyacinthe LeHenaff

Doors open at 7, music should start about 7:30. $15 cover at the door, which is a tremendous value for all the musicians that will be performing.

It should be a really fun evening in the middle of the week and a good warm-up for the big day itself, so we hope you'll join us for

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  • A former member
    A former member

    nfortunatly the bagad didn't made it got stuck in Paris because of the snow. But was still a lot of fun!
    We were lucky to had some amazing traditionnal A Capella Singing (Kan ha Diskan)
    Did you notice that COnnolly's pint are in fact smaller than regular pint glasses ?

    March 14, 2013

  • Sile

    lingered at Tara's way longer than planned

    March 14, 2013

  • Sile

    Will be late - seeing Tara O'Grady -hope to arrive by 10.30 pm

    March 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there special price at the door for the meetup?

    March 6, 2013

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