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Callanach to perform at Upper Jay Art Center

Rochester-based Callanach will bring their original Celtic rock sound to the Upper Jay Art Center Saturday, Feb. 23. The show starts at 8 p.m.

Rochester-based Callanach will bring their original Celtic rock sound to the Upper Jay Art Center Saturday, Feb. 23. The show starts at 8 p.m.

— Celtic rock band Callanach will perform at the Upper Jay Art Center on Saturday, Feb. 23.

The band’s name is a Gaelic word meaning “loud,” but Ryan Rovito said that doesn’t translate into abrasive.

“I like music that can change my mood,” Rovito said. “This will be a very high energy show.”

The Rochester quintet will utilize drums, bass, fiddle, banjo and guitars to produce that energy, and Rovito said dancing is a common by product of their songs.

The band mostly plays originals, but some listeners might recognize the fiddle part for the band’s song “Get Jiggy,” as part of the theme for the movie “Last of the Mohicans.”

Callanach has played throughout New York State, but for Rovito playing in the Adirondacks is like a homecoming.

Rovito grew up in Gloversville in the southern Adirondacks and has family scattered throughout the park.

Presently, the band has one E.P. and one full length album, “Walk On Up,” and is hoping to record a new album this spring.

They are also beginning to get noticed on a larger scale, too.

Their song "Irish Pubs" was recently nominated for "Best Celtic Rock Song in 2012" by the Celtic Radio Music Awards.

It is currently in the top three running, and listener votes will determine the outcome.

“Everyone who attends this Saturday should expect dancing,” Rovito said. “Making that happen is always our goal.”

The show will begin at 8 p.m. and there is a $10 suggested donation to attend. For more information on Callanach, visit www.callanach.com

The Upper Jay Art Center is located at the corner of Springfield Rd. and Rt. 9N in Upper Jay. For more information visit www.upperjayartcenter.org

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