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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)June 26, 2002

(Mahwah) — Celtic rockers Lenahan, acclaimed as one of the world’s top Celtic folk-rock bands” (Washington Post), will perform Thursday, July 18 at 8 p.m. at Ramapo College of New Jersey in the Commerce Bank Summer Concert Series.

Twice named Best International Irish Band” in Ireland and the UK, winners of five ASCAP Songwriter Awards, and internationally known for their creative fusion of traditional Celtic music with American blues, rock and jazz, and world music influences, Lenahan has recently sold out concerts at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and at performing arts centers, festivals and universities around the country and in Europe.

Based in New Jersey and New York City, Lenahan is also known for high- energy live performances. Fiddler Clarence Ferrari rocks the house with his dynamic approach to traditional Irish jigs and reels, and band leader Tom Lenahan is just as likely to play his pipes and dance with ladies in the audience as he is with children and even the occasional pooch. Lenahan’s rhythm section is comprised of Ryan Cavan on drums and Brendan O’Grady on bass who are able to switch seamlessly from reels to reggae and from jigs to jazz. North American and world champion step dancers Emily Endean and Lauren McGerrity join the band on their famous flying feet. Endean and McGerrity, along with Tom Lenahan, are New Jersey natives.

Particularly known for boldly taking the bagpipes where they’ve never gone before,” Tom Lenahan’s music is featured in the Irish motion picture, Beyond the Pale, which won awards at the Galway and Houston International Film Festivals. Lenahan’s new CD, which was released on March 17, Brand New Bag, expands the boundaries of Celtic music by incorporating world music, blues and even ska and reggae influences with the band’s traditional Irish music roots. In addition, the band’s signature blazing bagpipes and fiery fiddling shine through.

Future summer concerts to be held at Ramapo College include performances by The Infernos on July 25 and Zydeco A-Go-Go on August 1. All concerts will be held at the Band Shell and are free; there is a $5 charge for parking. For more information or to join the Friends of Ramapo, call (201) 684-7115.

In addition to Commerce Bank, the series is sponsored by the Friends of Ramapo, the Ramapo College Alumni Association and McBride Agency, Realtors.

Bring your lawn chair, a carload of family and friends, and picnic under the stars.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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