The Screaming Orphans take the stage at 8 p.m. tonight in the Slusser/Bayzick Building for a celebration of Irish-American Heritage Month.
Made up of four sisters - Joan, Angela, Gráinne and Marie Thérèse Diver - the Screaming Orphans have been playing traditional Irish music since their youth and draw on a variety of influences ranging from the Beatles to REM and the Indigo Girls to Abba, with a focus on melody-driven songs. Their sound has been compared to the Bangles and the Cranberries.
Raised in County Donegal, Ireland, the sisters decided as teenagers to form a rock band. They performed at a concert in Kildare that also featured Sinead O’Connor, who asked them to sing backup for her and open her show. The sisters then began touring across Europe, North America and Canada, including appearances with David Letterman and on other shows. They have recorded with Peter Gabriel and also provided backup vocals for a song on the Chieftains’ “Tears of Stone” album.
The festivities will start early with a reception to promote the upcoming campus Women's Symposium scheduled for 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Sun., April 18, in the Evelyn Graham Academic Building.