KAC opens 30th year as first with local Irish coffeehouse

AT FESTIVAL — Rattlin’ Bog at the Great American Irish Festival: from left, John Brett, Mike Carroll, Dan Sargent , Joe Rowlands and Rick Kincaid. The group performs Jan. 13 at KAC. (Photo submitted) .

CLINTON — In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the Kirkland Art Center (KAC) Coffeehouse series starts this year with a show commemorating the first coffeehouse three decades ago, an all local Irish coffeehouse, Friday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15 ($12 for KAC members). Tickets can be purchased with a credit card at 853-8871 or at www.kirklandartcenter.org.

Thirty years ago, the art center in Clinton presented a concert featuring the local chapter of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (an international organization to preserve the Irish culture), a group of Irish dancers and Irish balladeer Vincent Colgan.

"The show sold out and many had to be turned away that night, but it was apparent to all that there was an audience for folk music, and that’s how the series started," said Ginger Parker who founded the series and continues, as a volunteer, to coordinate it.

This show will again feature the Comhaltas group, now called "Craobh Dugan", Irish dancers, and "Rattlin’ Bog," five local musicians who perform each year at the Great American Irish Festival, Rick Kincaid, John Brett, Mike Carroll, Dan Sargent and Joe Rowlands.

Colgan suffered a stroke over the summer, but will be there to perform a few songs that night, accompanied by two of his daughters.

On the net: www.kirklandartcenter.org or Facebook.