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Toraigh (pronounced "Tory") is a Gaelic word that means "seek" or "search." Toraigh represents the search for great times by bringing people together with lively, toe-tapping, and heart-warming traditional music and dancing of Ireland and Scotland. The band consists of Mary Dennis and Bob Midden, from Bowling Green, Ohio, Martin Koop from Tiffin, Ohio, and Brian Strong from Oregon, Ohio. At times a variety of other musicians have played with the band including Dan MacDonald from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Rick Nelson from Westerville, Ohio Dave Reddick from Jenera, Ohio, Bill Reeder from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Cole Latimer from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Dave Hawkins from Cincinnati, Ohio Peg O'Callan from Columbus, Ohio Mick Gilliam from Findlay, Ohio Reina Calderon, Tom DelGreco and Ed Marks from Bowling Green, and Jack McMahon from Indianapolis, Indiana.

Toraigh's repertoire draws on much of the dance music, airs and ballads of the 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th century traditions of Ireland and Scotland and other Gaelic lands. Dancers often perform with this group and those in the audience who can't resist the call are invited to dance, clap and sing along. Many of the tunes played by Toraigh are those often heard in traditional Irish music seisíuns (pronounced sessions). Seisíuns are informal gatherings of musicians in a pub, a home or a coffee house. These events are primarily for the enjoyment of the musicians but listeners and dancers are also welcome. To those unfamiliar with the tradition, a seisíun may sound and look like a jam session but the musicians are not actually improvising but instead playing tunes that they know in common from the set of over 10,000 tunes that have come down through the ages including jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas, slip jigs, slides, airs and others.

Samples of this music are available in Real Media and MP3 format on this web site by clicking the link for "Music" above. These songs and tunes are brought to life by Mary on vocals, fiddle, banjo, mandolin and on various percussion instruments including the bodhran (the traditional Irish goat-skin hand drum) and bones; by Bob on vocals, antique wooden Irish flute and bamboo flutes, penny whistles and bass guitar; accompanied by Martin on guitar and vocals. While much of the band's music comes from the old traditions and culture of Ireland, Martin has created a few new ballads borrowing from the older styles and extending the reach of the ancient into the new.

Toraigh performs at festivals and celebrations, pubs and coffee houses, art museums, weddings and indeed, anywhere traditional Irish and Scottish music is appreciated. Some of the venues at which Toraigh has played include the Toledo Museum of Art, Mickey Finn's Pub in Toledo, the Dubliner Pub in Cincinnati, the Dayton Celtic Festival, the Newport Irish Heritage Festival in Kentucky, the Cincinnati Celtic Festival, the Black Swamp Arts Festival, the Tiffin-Seneca Heritage Festival, the Grand Rapids Apple Butter Festival, Bowling Green City Park Concert Series, Bowling Green State University Kobacker Hall with the BGSU Symphonic Band, Easy Street Cafe, the Toledo Hibernian's St. Patrick's Day Festival and many others. The band owns a complete professional sound system suitable for small to medium venues of up to 500 persons. Fees vary depending on location, expenses, attendance, and other factors but are usually in the $300-1000 range.
 
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