Hudson River Ceili

Hudson River Ceili performs traditional Irish and other Celtic style music and dance. The group especially enjoys high energy dance tunes from the Irish, Quebecois, and New England traditions. Members are Andre Ernst (vocals, guitar, banjo, and mandolin), Leanne Balfoort (Irish dance and tin whistles), David Jones (fiddle, concertina), and Diane Jones (fiddle, mandolin).

Recent and Upcoming Performances

25 February 2023 The Glen at Hiland Meadows [private]

4 March 2022 Glens Falls Farmer’s Market

11 March 2020 Saratoga Order of Hibernians St. Patrick’s Day party [private]

17 March 2023 Summit at Eastwyck [private]

18 March 2023 Morgan & Co. Glens Falls 6-9p

20 March 2023 Coburg Village [private]

6 May 2022 Glens Falls Farmer’s Market

1 July 2022 Glens Falls Farmer’s Market

26 July 2023 Hillview Free Library, Diamond Point, NY, 6-7pm

10 August 2023 Coburg Village [private]

11 August 2023 Brant Lake Food Truck Event, Brant Lake, NY, 5-8pm

9 September 2023 Glens Falls Farmer’s Market


15 March 2024 Slate Valley Museum, Granville, NY 7-9pm

16 and 17 March 2024 Morgan & Co., Glens Falls, NY, 6-9pm

Past Performances

Andre Ernst is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, bouzouki, and mandolin player from the Capital District. Leanne has been studying, competing and performing as an Irish dancer for over 12 years, competing locally and in a regional championships with the Boland School of Irish dance. David and Diane Jones have been playing traditional music in a variety of local groups for over a decade, including Grafton Street Trio. David is a member of the Galloway Gaelic Pipes and Drums. The group comes together to bring their appreciation of traditional Irish musical arts to audiences in the region.

Ceili is an Irish word for a dance party. The Hudson River snakes through the region where the performers all live.

Concert, Little Theater on the Farm, 18 July 2021

Hudson River Byway

Toss the Feathers and Isle of Woods

Three Sea Captains and Three Jigs

Maids of Mitchelstown

Banish Misfortune / Lark in the Morning

No Beer