Searson from Canada plays Halfway to GAIF Hooley


WHITESBORO — The Great American Irish Festival will be hosting its Halfway to GAIF Hooley on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m., at Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro.

Tickets are $25 or $10 for those who volunteered for the 2011 Great American Irish Festival. They can be purchased at the Matt’s Brewery Shoppe and the Celtic Harp on Varick Street in Utica, or may be reserved by e-mailing to

The party is an opportunity for the festival leadership and committee to express their sincere thanks to the many volunteers, sponsors and other festival supporters, with a concert "by one of the most electrifying acts in the Celtic music world, Searson," organizers said.

Coming six months prior to the July 27-29, 2012 Great American Irish Festival, the Halfway to GAIF Hooley will also provide the opportunity to announce the headline performers for the 2012 festival.

In addition, with GAIF now being in charge of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Hooley is also the venue for the announcement of the selection of the Grand Marshal for the March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Included in the ticket price will be a buffet, beer, wine and soda (with a cash bar for other beverages), and entertainment from international recording artists Searson. With "fiery fiddle, perfectly blended vocals and rousing energetic step-dancing, the Searson sisters from the Ottawa Valley in Ontario deliver a high-energy live show that has won them legions of fans all over the world," organizers said.

Opening the show will be "Central New York’s top traditional Irish band," the Blarney Rebel Band.