Bean Sidhe to perform in Bryson City


Celtic band Bean Sidhe will perform a concert at the Smoky Mountain Community Theatre in Bryson City on Friday.

From staff reports

The Smoky Mountain Community Theatre – located at 134 Main Street in Bryson City – will be presenting its 12th annual Celtic Concert at 7 p.m. on Friday.  

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the door. Bean Sidhe will be performing again this year.  

Bean Sidhe (pronounced Banshee) plays traditional Celtic tunes and ballads, using acoustic instruments covering a broad range of folk music from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales.  They were organized in 1998 and is the only Celtic band in Western North Carolina that has continued to play together for that long. Bean Sidhe was started out of a desire to study and explore the uplifting traditional music that came to America with our ancestors. It is an attempt to keep alive the musical heritage that influenced much of our contemporary music, especially bluegrass and country. 

The four members of Bean Sidhe play a variety of instruments: Amanda Burts of Brasstown plays accordion and recorder; Karin Lyle of Waynesville plays harp and violin; David Russell of Waynesville plays guitar, bouzouki, tenor banjo and mandolin; and Ralph Wright-Murphy of Bryson City provides the vocal and plays bohdran and guitar.

The band has recorded one CD, which has sold well. 

For information, call 828-508-6645 or 828-488-8227, or check out the theatre’s Facebook page @smctheatre