with Evan Carawan & Friends

"Can raise the rafters with their playing, charm with their singing, and delight with their contemporary energy."

—Dirty Linen

Thanks for coming!

Doors at 7:30pm; show at 8:00pm

Traditional Irish-American band Bua was named the Top Traditional Group at the 2009 Irish Music Awards. Based in Chicago, Bua taps into that city's long history of keeping Irish traditions alive in America. They are a supergroup, with each member celebrated in their own right. For example, Bua's vocalist Brían Ó hAirt is the youngest and only American to become a champion All-Ireland singer.

Bua recently published their third album, An Spealadóir. According to Irish Music Magazine, "An Spealadóir features all that is really good about traditional music. It is a breath-taking excursion, and one you will not want to miss."

Opening for Bua will be Evan Carawan & Friends. Evan plays hammer dulcimer and mandolin, and is one of East Tennessee's finest Appalachian and Irish musicians. Even if you haven't heard his name, you've heard his music: Evan recorded the theme for The Heartland Series. Evan is the son (and frequent bandmate) of two legendary folk musicians and civil rights activists, Guy and Candie Carawan. Evan will be joined at the Grove by fellow East Tennessee musicians Matt McNeely, who plays the uillean pipes (the captivating and complex bagpipes of Ireland), as well as Dale Stansberry on fiddle and guitar.