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Ceili Rain to Perform at Alvernia

Date: 3/15/2011

Celtic band Ceili Rain will perform a St. Patrick’s Day concert in the Francis Hall Theater and Recital Hall on Thursday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m.  This Celtic/Irish band blends pop and rock music for a subtle spiritual but hip message.

This band has a unique sound with a combination of vocal harmonies, tin whistles, and Highland pipes and has produced works for such artists such as Judas Priest, KISS, Blue Oyster Cult, Kathy Mattea, Michael Bolton, and even Fabio. The band is made up of lead vocalist and guitarist Bob Halligan Jr., guitarist Raymond Arias, Joe Davoll, fiddle, Burt Mitchell, pipes/whistles, bassist Kevin DeSouza, and Alvernia alumnus and drummer Bill Bleistine.

Ceili Rain performs internationally to sold-out audiences and is the winner of the 2010, 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2003 Unity Awards.  They have received exceptional reviews from the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center, and were selected “Most critically acclaimed indie pop/rock band,” by Billboard Magazine.  With six successful studio albums already released, the seventh is due out in 2011 to be titled “Manuka Honey.” 

Tickets for Ceili Rain are $10 for adults, and $8 for students. For tickets and information, call 610.790.1901 or visit

  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.