WHEELING- Irish folk band Black Slaney will perform a special concert Saturday, September 24 as part of Oglebay Institute's new "Rockin' the Stifel" music series. The show begins at 9 p.m. at the Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling.
Black Slaney plays a rousing mix of traditional Irish folk and acoustic roots music to create a sound all their own. The group plays everything from pub favorites to folk songs from the mid 1800s along with some original tunes written by musician and songwriter Matt Heusel.
The members of Black Slaney enjoy performing together, and the audience will find that the good time is infectious. Matt Smith is a founding member of the group. His love for Ireland and its culture first inspired him to share this music with others. He plays tenor banjo, acoustic guitar, and shares the singing duties with Erin Huffman. Huffman is a well-known singer in the Ohio Valley, performing with many different groups. Her beautiful voice is perfect for the Irish songs performed by Black Slaney. She also plays guitar with the group. Smith and Huffman complement each other well vocally and provide a range of songs throughout their shows. Greg Miller, a longtime friend and musical companion of Smith, will join the duo on violin. Smith and Miller have played in many groups together over the past 20 years including Rev. Smitty and the Backsliders. Greg brings his unique style of playing to the band.
Black Slaney will be joined by special guests Greg Pawlack from the Uncle Eddie and Robin Band on mandolin, classically trained Annie VonNeida on upright bass, and Sarah Sigmon from The Buddy O'Reilly Band on violin.
Oglebay Institute director of performing arts Kate Crosbie said, "We are thrilled to have this talented group of musicians open our Rockin' the Stifel series. It will be an evening of great music in a great atmosphere."
Crosbie said the show will last about two hours, and beer and wine will be available for purchase.
Call 304-242-7700 for more information.