Thursday, November 14, 2013

Calliope Presents Comas

For Immediate Release                  
Contact:  Lisa Alexander, PR Coordinator
Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society
(412) 361-1915,  

(Pittsburgh, PA)- Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society welcomes COMAS to THE ROOTS CELLAR, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Shadyside, on Thursday, November 21, 2013, 7:30 PM.
Tickets and information are available online at or by contacting the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915. Tickets are $23 / $12 (w/ student ID) *handling fees included.

Since March 2003, Comas have been together as a band. Before that, they toured individually in top acts such as The Drovers, Orion, Eileen Ivers, Urbantrad, Denez Prigent, and the internationally acclaimed Liz Carroll, to name just a few. Although coming from diverse musical backgrounds and residing in different parts of the globe, they found each other through their similar approach to music, bringing together their many cultural influences to forge a unique blend of traditional Irish music that literally had them, within months of coming together, playing in major festivals in Ireland, Belgium, France, England, Denmark, and Holland. This achievement alone is worthy of note, and as further testimony to their deep rooted talents, they were asked back immediately to every festival they played. "Before we even had time to put our instruments away," as guitarist Philip Masure aptly put it.

By the end of 2003 Comas had built up a sizable reputation so as to be hailed in the press as "The Revelation Of 2003" (S.Vandenberghe - NVFOLK) and "The best traditional band around" (Folkspot). When you hear Comas you'll know that their choice of name was no accident: it translates from Irish Gaelic as "Power," and power is exactly what this band is about. It describes their own driving power coupled with a fine sensitivity for the inner strands of magic that is inherent in Irish music.

Here, their fiddle player, Aidan Burke, comes into his own, delving deep into his Irish roots to pluck out a pure sound that transcends time and place guaranteed to touch any lover of Celtic music. Aidan's dexterity is evenly matched by the awesome talents of Isaac Alderson (flutes, uilleann pipes), Philip Masure (guitar) and Jackie Moran (percussion). "Comas play enormously fast but with a lot of feeling." (S. Feys - Folkroddels)
Comas are a band firmly rooted in Irish music, but with enough space to allow for original compositions. Their openness to new influences and a respectful eye on the past bring Comas to the forefront of what traditional music is about today.

Check them out online here:
Founded in 1976, Calliope is a non-profit music organization that organizes and administers a variety of concert series, a folk music school, and educational outreach programs.  As the premier promoter of roots music in southwestern Pennsylvania, Calliope’s mission is to promote and preserve traditional and contemporary heritage-based music and its allied arts.  Calliope programs are supported in part by the A.W. Mellon Education and Charitable Trust Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, The Allegheny County sales tax revenues awarded by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, The Heinz endowments, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, University of Pittsburgh Library System, and an anonymous donor. Calliope also thanks the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Chatham University.
-- Lisa Alexander, MFA PR Coordinator Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society 6300 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15232 412-361-1915
Lisa Alexander, MFA
PR Coordinator
Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society
6300 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

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