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AboutTheBand

Dorian's Wheel is a traditional Irish band from Lawrence, KS. From pulse pounding pub tunes, jigs, and reels to ethereal airs and ballads, Dorian's Wheel plays it all... and not just in dorian mode. The band is made up of: Kelly Bohling, fiddle; Chris Bohling, bodhran and vocals; and Leslie Jabara, harp, bouzouki, and vocals. Dorian's Wheel formed in 2011, with the goal of bringing traditional Irish music to Lawrence and beyond.

The unique pairing of fiddle and harp is not just for slow airs and ballads. Dorian's Wheel plays all tempos and styles of Irish music: from jigs and reels to rollicking sea shanties and songs, to mesmerizing airs and heart-breaking ballads. The band is available for events of all kinds. Click on "Connect" to inquire about booking Dorian's Wheel for your next event.

BandBios

Kelly Bohling

Originally from Lawrence, KS, Kelly grew up listening to Thistle and Shamrock on Public Radio, which nurtured her love for all music Celtic. She started learning violin when at the age of 12 and went on to get a BM in violin performance from KU. Kelly currently has a private violin/viola studio in Lawrence, and enjoys teaching a wide range of ages and styles.

Chris Bohling

Originally from Lawrence, KS, Chris has studied percussion, piano, and voice through public school, then went on for collegiate degrees in voice (BM) and musicology (MM--still pursuing). Music has always been a part of his life since childhood, and he has performance experience in many styles (Celtic, opera, rock, and metal).


Leslie Jabara

Recently from Arizona, Leslie has performed as a vocal soloist with The Phoenix Symphony ("Ainadamar" with Dawn Upshaw, "The Lord Of The Rings Symphony"). She appeared at the Arizona Renaissance Festival in the harp/comedy duo "Fiona McGregor: Celtic Harpies". Leslie has taken workshops from Gráinne Hambly (harp), Michael Cooney (uilleann pipes), and John Good (whistle, Irish flute) and holds a BM (voice, CME) from Northwestern University.

Reviews

Dorian's Wheel, a Lawrence, KS based trio of musicians, is releasing their debut album Raise the Sixth, and while they don't claim to reinvent this Wheel, they certainly spin it with a deeply skilled sense of devotion to tradition. Purists will applaud the selections, which include all the toe-tapping ambience of an intimate evening at the local pub as well as the strains of the harp and fiddle which evoke images of the wind on the cliffs. An added bonus is the seamless addition of original pieces with provocative yet familiar Celtic lore as their impetus.

Husband-wife team Chris and Kelly Bohling, along with Leslie Jabara, are all impressively accomplished musicians who can and do hold their own in any musical genre, but it is obvious that this one is closest to their hearts. To the beauty and mastery of Jabara's Irish harp and contralto vocals is added the rich baritone of Chris Bohling, who also contributes an amazing instrumental versatility. Kelly Bohling completes the trio with her friendly and familiar dexterity on the fiddle and dead-on compositional skills."
Dorian's Wheel has a unique gift in that it can lift your spirits, make you want to chug a pint of ale, and dance your feet off during the course of one song. The band is so well-acclimated to its instruments that you'd really never know they were American. You would honestly swear that the band stepped right off the moors and into a pub.
"Wonderful Irish Trad! I just happened upon this group in looking for some more Irish traditional music. Although they are not Irish (unless perhaps they are Irish-American?) they are fantastic musicians and I love the few songs I've downloaded from this album. I'll be watching to see if they come out with a new one!"
HeartsinIreland, Amazon.com Review

News

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Final Friday at The Phoenix Gallery
Come out and hear Dorian's Wheel while browsing the handmade works of local, regional and national artisans at the Phoenix Gallery. Visit our event page on facebook.
St. Patrick's Day at the Red Lyon
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style at the Red Lyon Tavern (21 and over) on Mass St. in Lawrence with Dorian's Wheel on Sunday, March 17th, from 9:00 PM - 12:00 AM. There's no cover charge and you can enter for a chance to win door prizes. Visit our event page on facebook.
Dorian's Wheel at the Morrill Public Library's Spring Tea
Dorian's Wheel will provide the music for the Morrill Public Library's Spring Tea on Sunday, March 17th at 3:00 PM. Tickets benefit the library in Hiawatha, KS Visit for more information.
Dorian's Wheel at the Linwood Community Library
Join us for a free concert at the Linwood Community Library on Thursday, February 7th at 6:30 PM. For more information visit our event page on facebook. Hope to see you there!
Vote for Dorian's Wheel
Dorian's Wheel are semifinalists in the Once The Musical "Falling Slowly" Cover Contest. Help us make the top ten by viewing Entry #51 and clicking Like. Voting ends June 13th. Help us spread the word!
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Street Party
Join us in Downtown Lawrence for a party to celebrate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee on Saturday, June 2nd. Sponsored by our good friends at Brits and Queen Lizzy's Fish & Chip Shop!
Irish Winterfest at the KC Irish Center
Don't miss Dorian's Wheel at Irish Winterfest at the Kansas City Irish Center on Friday, February 17th. Music, food, drink, and mighty craic! Admission is $5.
A Celtic Christmas
Christmas carols and holiday tunes at Central United Methodist Church on Sunday, December 18th. Join us for a festive evening of music, cookies, and holiday cheer! Admission is free.
Raise The Sixth at Brits and for sale online
The debut CD, Raise The Sixth is now for sale at Brits in Lawrence. You can also purchase digital downloads of the music on our CDbaby page. Click on 'music' to buy!

A Celtic Musicale With Sigma Alpha Iota
Dorian's Wheel will provide a special "Celtic Musicale" for the Lawrence Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, the International Music Fraternity for Women on Sunday, November 13th at 3:00 PM in the Malott Room of the Kansas Union.
Hear the New CD
Listen to KJHK 90.7 FM at 9PM (Cental Time) on Wednesday, October 26th to catch a preview of Dorian's Wheel's first CD, Raise The Sixth Listen Online! The CD will be released on October 25th at the Halloween Concert.
Halloween Concert
Spooky Irish tunes and haunting songs at Central United Methodist Church on Tuesday, October 25.

PerformanceCalendar

Find out where we're playing next.

JANUARY 2014
1/31, Friday, 6:00PM
Dorian's Wheel at The Phoenix Gallery - 825 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, KS

MARCH 2013
3/17, Sunday, 3:00PM
Dorian's Wheel at the Morrill Public Library Spring Tea - The Fisher Center, Hiawatha, KS

3/17, Sunday, 9:00PM-12:00AM
Dorian's Wheel at the Red Lyon Tavern - 944 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, KS

FEBRUARY 2013
2/7, Thursday, 6:30PM
Dorian's Wheel at the Linwood Community Library - 19649 Linwood Rd. (U.S. Highway 32) Linwood, KS

JUNE 2012
6/2, Saturday, 11:00AM
Dorian's Wheel at The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Street Party - 10th Street Between New Hampshire and Mass, Downtown Lawrence, KS

6/21, Thursday, 7:00PM
Dorian's Wheel at The String Institute at the Midwestern Music Academy - Murphy Hall Courtyard, University of Kansas School of Music, Lawrence, KS

MARCH 2012
3/15, Thursday, 7:30PM
Dorian's Wheel on Ad Astra Radio, KJHK 90.7 FM

3/16, Friday, 6:00PM - 11:00PM
Dorian's Wheel at Chaz at The Raphael Hotel - 325 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO

3/17, Saturday, 11:00AM - 3:00PM
Dorian's Wheel at Brits on Mass St. - 929 Massachusetts Street Lawrence, KS

3/17, Saturday, 5:150PM - 6:15PM
St. Patrick's Day Dinner at Corpus Christi Catholic Church - 6001 Bob Billings Parkway Lawrence, KS
FEBRUARY 2012
2/17, Friday, 6:30PM
Irish Winterfest at the Kansas City Irish Center - Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Road, Suite 700, Kansas City, MO
DECEMBER 2011
12/17, Saturday, 10:30AM
A Celtic Christmas at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor - 1429 Kasold Dr., Lawrence, KS

12/18, Sunday, 6:30PM
A Celtic Christmas at Central United Methodist Church - 1501 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, KS
NOVEMBER 2011
11/13, Sunday, 3:00PM - 3:30PM
Sigma Alpha Iota, Lawrence Alumnae Chapter - Malott Room in the University of Kansas Student Union, Lawrence, KS
OCTOBER 2011
10/25, Tuesday, 7:30PM - 9:00PM
Halloween Concert at Central United Methodist Church - 1501 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, KS

10/26, Wednesday, 9:00PM
Tune into KJHK 90.7 FM to hear clips from the new CD
AUGUST 2011
8/4, Thursday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Cottin's Hardware Farmer's Market @ Douglas County Fair - Lawrence, KS

8/19, Friday, 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Lawrence Busker Festival - 815 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, KS

8/26, Friday, 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Campus Art Walk - Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
JULY 2011
7/14 Thursday, 4:00PM - 6:30PM
Cottin's Hardware Farmer's Market - Lawrence, KS

MusicClips

Latest MP3 Clips

The new album Raise The Sixth, is now on sale at Brits in Lawrence and at all of our performances. You may also purchase digital downloads of the music at CDbaby. CLICK HERE to preview or purchase the CD online.

  • Cliffs Of Moher
  • Maid On The Shore
  • Six Crows/Indian Point
  • Spancil Hill

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Dorian's Wheel
Kelly Bohling
Kelly Bohling
Leslie Jabara
Leslie Jabara
Chris Bohling
Chris Bohling
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Dorian's Wheel at the Spencer Art Museum
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Dorian's Wheel

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  • July 14, 2011 - Cottin's Hardware Farmer's Market
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Fig For A Kiss/Wink And She'll Follow
Cottin's Farmer's Market - July 14, 2011

  • August 26, 2011 - KU Campus Art Walk
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Sligo Maid
KU Campus Art Walk - August 26, 2011

  • December 18, 2011 - Central United Methodist Church
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Good King Wenceslas/Patapan
A Celtic Christmas - December 18, 2011

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CD and Digital Downloads!

The new album Raise The Sixth, is now on sale at Brits in Lawrence and at all of our performances. You may also purchase digital downloads of the music at CDbaby. Click on the CD Cover to preview or purchase the CD online.


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