Ithaca's new live radio broadcast show, Crossing Borders, presents Traonach for its Saturday, July 10, broadcast. This will be the fourth broadcast of Crossing Borders, presented live from 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 10, from the Carriage House Café at 305 Stewart Avenue. Born of the thriving session scene in Ithaca, New York, Traonach is dedicated to the traditional music of Ireland in all its gritty glory.
The band has performed at the Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival, in Atlantic City, and at many other venues around Upstate New York and the Northeast. Traonch's appearance on Crossing Borders is part of a month-long series called “The Culture of Ithaca.”
Crossing Borders is a two hour, weekly multi-cultural live radio concert series, dedicated to presenting international, local ethnic, and local original artists, often in combination, live from the Carriage House Café. The Café is a newly renovated carriage house, whose mission is to promote multicultural interaction through entertainment and cuisine. It is scheduled to open for food sales in the early fall. Meanwhile it opens for the radio show every Saturday. The public is welcome to attend the live presentation. Admission is $10 at the door. The WVBR show can be tuned in at 93.5 FM or logged onto at www.WVBR.com.
About the name Traonach (“TRAY-knock”)
Traonach is the Gaelic term for the corncrake, a reclusive and entirely inoffensive bird formerly common throughout Europe, Central Asia, and Northern Africa. In Ireland its gentle, evocative call (although it is quite raucous at night) was once as familiar as the cuckoo's, but modern farming developments (particularly the increased use of machine harvesters) have brought the traonach to the brink of extinction; it is a very rare class of creature in most of Europe and even Ireland today.
The Traonach has been celebrated in Irish mythology. It is shown intertwined with a heron in the sixth-century Book of Kells; in the stamps of numerous countries from the Ukraine to Ireland, and in print or song by the likes of Flann O'Brien, Archie Fisher, the Pogues, and Silly Wizard.