ORMACO opens its 2017-18 World Tour of Music concert series with the Columbus-based General Guinness Band. From a tour of the Soviet Union in 1990 to eighteen shows at Dollywood’s Valley Theater in the heart of Tennessee, the General Guinness Band has performed the music of Ireland for over 35 years. Hundreds of concert programs and festivals, numerous television and radio programs, and even a guest appearance with the Chieftains have allowed the band to share their music far and wide. Combining songs collected by vocalist and Kilkenny, Ireland native James O’Shea with energetic fiddle tunes, four part harmonies, and Irish step dancing, the band’s richly told stories-in-song also incorporate humor and provide insight into the charming lore and myth of the Irish. Traditional through and through, enjoy this lively group and experience repertoire heard nowhere else.