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Not just a riverdance

Sharon Sullivan
Grand Junction Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Contributed photoThe celtic band Feast will perform in Glenwood Springs on Jan. 16.
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It’s been a good year for the Celtic band Feast, a group founded six years ago on St. Patrick’s Day by cellist Tyme Mientka, his wife, piano-player Kathryn Mientka, and percussionist David Alderdice.

Their 2009 CD “Celtica Sinfonia” was discovered by a Grammy association member and is currently being considered for a nomination in the best music crossover category – for the group’s straying from their classical roots into Celtic music.

Additionally, the PBS production of their 2009 “Celtica Sinfonia” show is being submitted for Grammy consideration for best long-form music video.



And Blue Moon Entertainment is interested in booking a national tour after hearing the group play at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.

“It’s all coming together for us,” Tyme Mientka said.



Feast also includes violinist Marcin Arendt, viola player Andrew Krimm, bassist Ben Dekock and harpist Elise Helmke of Glenwood Springs.

“It’s an all new show – new dancers, new music, new arrangements,” the cellist said.

Mientka said the group is especially excited to have Irish dancers Blaine Donovan and Eimear Toal joining the show.

Toal, 25, led her team to first place in World Championships in 2008. She’s danced since she was 4, and was Western Regional Champion in 2009. Donovan, 21, led his Irish dance team to third place in the World Championships in 2010.

The dancers will perform to Feast’s rendition of “Riverdance,” and other traditional Irish tunes.

Some of the other songs to be performed include the ballad “Star of the County Down,” “Cooley’s Reel,” and another Irish reel titled “Tam Lin,” plus “Danny Boy,” sung by guest vocalist Rebecca Arendt.

Rounding out the show are a few instrumental songs, solo pieces by various performers, and “traditional Feast surprises,” Mientka said.

The opening will “electrify our listeners and set the tone for the evening,” he said.

“Variety is the name of the game in this type of show. There’s always something new coming your way.”

Feast’s last two performances sold out, and tickets for this one are selling fast, Mientka said.

“Feast is passionate, a fiery sound, powerful music. It can also get down to a whisper, very soulful, a beautiful string sound that goes right to the heart of the listener.”

“Celtic Fire” is part of the Western Slope Concert Series, and will be performed in Montrose on Jan. 13; Paonia on Jan. 15; and Glenwood Springs on Jan. 16.


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