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Bohola celebrates the true meaning of jam

Andrew Harley
Special to the DailyBohola brings a wealth of celtic tradition to a revamped, groovier sound.
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Often, the term “jamband” carries derogatory connotations and draws scoffs and snideness from many well-versed music critics.

However, when Bohola and jamband fall into the same sentence, the usage always portrays the group deep into the complimentary side.

Also, for all the folks in the valley who wouldn’t stray within a Saturday lift-line’s length of a show billed as jam, Bohola’s music can be described in a plethora of other manners.



So, after standing in a frustrating amount of lift lines Saturday, the Vilar Center offers everyone the opportunity to see Bohola perform “Nollaig: A Celtic Celebration of Christmas.”

Bohola performs its winter holiday concert Nollaig (pronounced Null-ig) annually.



Nollaig is a musical cogitation of the Winter Solstice, which considers the subject from both Christian and Pagan perspectives through song, spoken word and instrumental pieces from all over the Celtic nations – Ireland, America, Scotland, England, Wales and Brittany among others.

The four members of Bohola include London-born, piano accordionist Jimmy Keane, Sean Cleland, whose fiddle can sound fast as a hummingbird’s wings, versatile Pat Broaders on vocals, bouzouki and dordan, and Kat Eggleston on guitar and vocals.

Keane is widely known as the accordion virtuoso of Irish music, having played with much of the modern canon of Irish music, including Michael Flatley, Liz Carroll, Mick Moloney, Eileen Ivers, Dennis Cahill and Seamus Egan.



Cleland has played Irish music since the 1970s. He began as a purely traditional player in Chicago, winning numerous fiddle competitions. He branched out into more experimental forms of Irish music, and then began playing with Keane.

Broaders and Keane began playing together in the 1990s. Broaders sets a lot of the basic rhythms for the group with his dordan, and he possesses a rich, melodic voice.

Eggleston is Bohola’s most recent addition, and the group can feel nothing but blessed to have her. She has garnered a great deal of respect through her guitar work, and her voice is sweet and captivating.

The songs on the setlist for Saturday’s show range from ancient Kilmore carols to songs from the Irish-American vaudeville stage, and the show will be filled with holiday-themed jigs, polkas, hornpipes and marches.

Tickets prices are $30 for children and $35 adults. For more information visit http://www.vilarcenter.org, or call (888) 920-ARTS (2787) or (970) 845-TIXS (8497).

Andrew Harley can be reached via e-mail at aharley@vaildaily.com or phone at 949-0555, ext. 610.


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