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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Elks

Connor Reider, principal dancer for St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, performs backed by various instruments. (Margaret O’Carroll/Courtesy)

Connor Reider, principal dancer for St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, performs backed by various instruments. (Margaret O’Carroll/Courtesy)

Kerry Irish Productions Inc. is returning to Prescott, bringing back its celebration of Ireland and its culture with the “St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland” concert.

Margaret O’Carroll, the show’s producer, said she enjoys bringing the group back to Prescott and performing at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center on their national tours.

“We love going there,” O’Carroll said. “It’s one of my stop off places now.”

Irish owned and based in Los Angeles, Kerry Irish Productions Inc. promotes Ireland and its rich traditions of music, song, dance, storytelling, poetry and literature. The company has also brought it’s Christmas show, “An Irish Christmas,” to the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center.

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Connor Reider, principal dancer for St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, performs backed by various instruments. (Margaret O’Carroll/Courtesy)

The beauty of “St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland” is that it’s a straight concert and not the same thing year after year, she said. This year’s show features an incredible group of musicians performing on fiddles, uileann pipes, bodhrán, guitar, vocals and flutes alongside dancers. The bodhráan player, Christa Burch, is unique with a fabulous voice and a powerful repertoire and guitarist Colin Cotter is a powerhouse singer, O’Carroll said.

Taking the stage at 7 p.m. Friday, March 15, tickets for “St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $30 for opera box seats and are available online at www.prescottelkstheater.com, by calling 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at the door one hour prior to the performance.

Described by Irish News and Entertainment as “a great celebration of Ireland and its rich culture,” O’Carroll called the show “outrageously Irish,” but also said it’s not stereotypical.

“…nothing of the shamrockery. That’s not who we are,” she said. “You’re going to get the finest of music.”

The Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center is located at 117 E. Gurley St. For more information about “St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland,” visit www.facebook.com/ConnectWithIreland.

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