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Pat Kane & Terry Kane
PAT KANE is a seasoned showman, being a singer, dancer, actor, and instrumentalist since childhood.
On his farm in the hill country of the Canisteo River, he was raised in the traditions of the Grange and
of his Irish family. Pat’s cousins still run the family farm in West Clare, Ireland, which Pat visits often. Hence, the name of his company, West o’Clare.
PAT KANE IS A HARDWORKING, FULL TIME SOLOIST who may entertain for hours without a break or repeat. On fiddle, guitar, whistle and bodhran, he plays jigs, reels, square dances, airs and hundreds of ballads from Ireland and America. Pat has been working full time for over 30 years, in pubs, clubs, concerts, schools, colleges, and festivals. He has played every occasion, from wakes to weddings, on both sides of the Atlantic. Through those 30 years, he has also been the leader of the band, West o'Clare.
PAT KANE HAS WRITTEN many fine songs and knows a host of modern selections as well. Pat has a vocal range and styling ability that would do well on any stage, anywhere. Pat has produced a good number of albums and for 20 years hosted a weekly Irish radio show in Elmira New York.
Pat is a gifted dance instructor and caller, for squares, ceili, and other styles. He often dances and calls at the same time, or can also fiddle and call at once.
PAT KANE STILL LIVES on his family farm in his home region, and is now grandfather to six children. PAT & KATHLEEN KANE are also tour organizers and guides, and for 20 years have arranged and led tours to Ireland. They have also led tours to Italy, and are now including Scotland in their tours.
Terry Kane is a third generation Irish-American, whose grandparents and great grandparents came from Ireland after the great famine and during the later part of the 1800's. They loved to play the old Irish tunes and to dance. Immersed in the Irish American culture while she was achild, the songs of Irish American Musical Theatre are imbedded in her heart. As a teenager she learned the songs of the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland. Terry earned her master's degree in Music Education and now gives private lessons. She has spent the last twentyyears studying traditional Irish music. With her Irish language study she has adopted her Gaelic name, Treasa Ní Chatháin and is collecting and performing sean nós songs. It is rare to find a singer with the passion for all these genres. Treasa has the skill to present each with integrity.