Join UMN Crookston Concert and Lectures for a free concert. Concert and talks, the Sons of Norway, along with the Northwest Regional Arts Council, host the O’Neil Family Band on Tuesday, November 16 from 7-8 p.m. in the Bede Ballroom located in the Sargeant Student Center at the University of Minnesota Crookston Campus. Parking and admission are free.
The O’Neil Family Band consists of Tom O’Neil, guitar and violin, Jeanne O’Neil, banjo and concertina, and Erin O’Neil, violin and feet. Together they celebrate a form of dance and music that has endured for ages. Over the years, these tunes and dances continue to be danced and performed across the country – an art form that never dies out simply because it belongs to the people.
The O’Neils have been organizing community dances, presenting concerts and performing since the 1980s. Tom and Jeanne met in Ames, Iowa in 1978 as members of the Onion Creek Cloggers. In 1986 they moved to the Red River Valley and formed North Country Fiddle and Dance, a community dance organization that holds regular community dance events. In 1989, her daughter Erin was born. Raised in a family where music and dance played a daily part, Erin started dancing at age three, playing the violin at age five, and composing at age 11. many of which were composed by Erin. With roots in Métis tunes, French-Canadian music, Scandinavian and Celtic tunes, as well as New England and Appalachian tunes, O’Neil’s music is a unique blend of these traditions but with a his own style.
All are welcome, the dance floor will be out and fiddle music will be playing. If you have any special requests or questions, contact Rae French at 218-281-8339.