This year’s newest addition, the Trad Stage, brings the traditional side of the Irish music to the South Buffalo Irish Festival. Located inside the Cazenovia Casino




Abanalan, Irish for “Beautiful River”, officially launched at Pausa Art House on Saturday, April 3rd, 2016 to a standing room-only crowd. The band includes regional standouts in the Irish trad scene (left to right): Stephanie Benson (fiddle), Tim Benson (Uilleann pipes, flute, whistles, fiddle), Maureen Bluett (vocals, bodhran and mandolin), and Mark Warford (cittern, tenor guitar, vocals). Abanalan features inspired sets of Irish dance tunes and song arrangements infused with a unique alchemy.


Catch members around town at the Saturday afternoon Celtic Seisiún at Nietzsche’s or the First Friday Seisiún at Del Denby’s Pub. Tim and Stephanie, in addition to being accomplished Irish traditional musicians, are Uilleann pipe makers by trade. Check out their website:

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Multi-instrumentalist John Michael Ryan was born into Rochester’s vibrant Irish cultural scene, where he and his brother and sisters grew up immersed in music and dance from an early age. While his siblings distinguished themselves as prominent Irish step dancers, John emerged as one of the Rochester’s most active young musicians and by his 20s was a much sought after session player, leading jams with his hard-driving yet lilting style. In addition to playing sessions and festivals and teaching traditional music, he studies history at SUNY Brockport and is proud father and husband. On accordion, whistle, bodhran, and concertina, John will get your toes tapping even if he has to shake the floorboards himself!

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