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St. Patty's Music Visits Penn State Altoona

March 16, 2009 - Jim Price
If you’re still in the mood for Irish-styled merriment after Tuesday, St. Patrick’s Day, concludes, Penn State Altoona will continue the celebration during lunchtime this Wednesday with some special musical guests.

Ceann, a five-piece group from Pittsburgh, will perform Irish-flavored pub and rock music in the Campus’ Slep Student Center starting at 12 noon.  Admission is free.

First formed as an acoustic trio in 1999, Ceann (pronounced "KEY-ann") expanded to a five-piece band in 2005.  The current edition of the group includes founding member, guitarist and singer Patrick Halloran, guitarist and mandolinist Jeff Hoag, drummer Scott Taylor, bassist Brian Halloran and fiddle player Patrick Mannion.

Ceann performs original song compositions from their three albums, as well as their spins on Irish favorites, and other hits done up “Irish style.”  They also mix humor into their routine.

Ceann has become one of the busiest Irish bands around, and have played more shows over the past two years than any other national touring Irish band.  They appear at various venues, Irish festivals and other events.  They also performed at last month's 13th annual Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg.

If you can’t attend their Penn State Altoona performance, Ceann will appear at St. Francis University in Loretto on Thursday evening, March 26, at 8 p.m.


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Pittsburgh's Ceann will perform at Penn State Altoona's Slep Center at 12 noon on Wednesday, March 18.


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