Words from venues and audience members…
“Bill and Aoife continually amaze our audience with the range of their song selection – from quiet Irish traditional ballads, to the works of John Prine and the jazz standards of the thirties and forties.
More than that, they reveal themselves as real people with whom our audiences easily relate.
They’re wonderful, and we love them ! “
Bill Garnett – Nottingham Community Church Concert Series – March 2018
From: bill g
Sent: Saturday, March 31, 2018 7:30 PM
To: Aoife Clancy
Subject: Never had a response like this
Gary and I have been doing these concerts for a decade or more. People are still (two weeks later!) coming up to us and marveling at your performance and your selection of tunes.
Today, I had trouble getting out of the dump of all places – people just kept talking about it.
Usually, we get several people who remark that they “enjoyed the concert”, and then we hear nothing after a couple of days. This is a new experience for us!
Thank you guys so much for everything! We’ll do it again!
Bill Garnett – Nottingham Community Church Concert Series
(Follow up email after a Celtic ConFusion concert)
“Aoife and Bill are the perfect duet. They filled the house with an audience that loved every minute of the performance and followed it with a standing ovation.
The music was beautiful, and both Aoife and Bill were flexible, professional, and incredibly friendly, involving the audience often and spending time with our patrons off-stage.
It was a magical experience.”
Lauren Wolk, Associate Director – Cultural Center of Cape Cod
From the facebook page of the Cultural Center of Cape Cod
Dear Aoife & Bill,
I wanted to thank you for a perfect St Patrick’s night. My brothers and I were raised on the music, predominantly the Clancy Brothers. My Dad, Duke Gray, was a local entertainer, playing harmonica to accompany his friend, Vincent Colgan (who was actually a friend of the Clancys and Tommy Makem). Once I was old enough, St Patrick’s “season” meant going to whatever gigs Vince and my Dad were playing. It was all about the music.
My brother, Steve, followed in my Dad’s footsteps as a musician, playing guitar since he was seven. Naturally, he was more into rock and blues as a young fella, and played in many local bands. Once my Dad passed away, Steve started playing the Irish music we were raised on. A tribute to my Dad. My St Patrick’s Days then were split between continuing to follow Vince’s gigs and going to my brother’s. The gigs were year round, but St Patrick’s season was particularly busy. I never had to think about what to do on St Patrick’s Day. It was more like, how many gigs can I fit in. Our day would start with Mass and breakfast at Eamonn McGirr’s pub, and last well into the night.
Four years ago, when I retired, I moved to the cape from the Albany, NY area. Being on my own this year, I wasn’t planning on doing anything for St Patrick’s Day. Bars are not really my scene, unless it’s to hear some good music. But on St Patrick’s weekend… well, you know what they’re like. Too many amateurs. 😉 Then, like divine intervention, I saw that you were performing at the Cape Cod Cultural Center right here in town. I didn’t have to think twice.
Thank you SO much! It was perfect! You two are awesome! I love the fusion of music you perform, and you do it so beautifully, interwoven with stories and poetry. I cried several times… but then, I’m Irish; and I laughed more. Thank you for turning a sad St Patrick’s Day into a happy one for me.
I apologize for this long email, but I thought you might like to hear just one story of the joy you bring to people. I hope you realize what an effect your music has. Music is powerful, and you harness that power in a beautiful and meaningful way. Please keep doing what you do. It’s all about the music! ❤️☘️
Mary Ellen Gray