O’Neal and Koontz!
Bringing a bit of the Emerald Isle to Ellarslie in time for Saint Patrick’s Day
Friday, March 7, 2014
Members $15, Non-members $20
Refreshments included in ticket price
Seating is limited.
Back by popular demand, Bill O’Neal on the guitar, harmonica and vocals and Andrew Koontz on the fiddle will once again bring the sounds of Ireland to Ellarslie on Friday evening, March 7th to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. In Ellarslie’s intimate setting the ballads, jigs and reels O’Neal and Koontz perform sound as they do in the “old country,” where they are part of a social event at the local pub. Last year’s performance was such a rousing success, with patrons enjoying not only the music but Celtic themed refreshments and Irish beer and ale, as well, that there were many requests for the duo’s return. This year’s event will likely sell out so patrons are advised to buy their tickets early online HERE.
Bill O’Neal is well known in the Trenton area, having played Irish tunes for over 30 years at local pubs like Tir na nOg, hosting Irish music lessons in Bordentown, and playing with his band Ballycastle at area fairs and festivals. Multi-talented Mercer County Freeholder Andrew Koontz has been playing with O’Neal for four years.
Renaissance man O’Neal is a high school Language Arts teacher at Trenton High West, technology liaison to the National Writing Project at Rider University, a Dodge Poetry fellow, president of The Friends of the Wm Green Farmhouse, a tenor in the St. Mark Church choir, and a member of the Lawrence Twp. Historic Preservation Advisory Committee to the township planning board. Bill has performed professionally in the tri-state area and in Northern Ireland for many years. He lives in Lawrence Township with his wife, Lauren, and their sons.
When he isn’t playing the fiddle, Mercer County Freeholder Andrew Koontz works as a media teacher at the high school in East Windsor.