Experience a Celtic St. Patrick’s Day

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You won’t want to miss the rare opportunity to see Men of Worth, particularly, if you’re a fan of Irish or Scottish heritage.

Men of Worth will perform at the Orpheum Theatre/Wiegand Auditorium on March 17 at 3 p.m.

Experiencing their authentic Celtic music is like visiting a different place and time without leaving home and provides a great way for everyone to feel Irish when celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

Men of Worth is James Keigher from Country Mayo in west Ireland and Donnie Macdonald from the Isle of Lewis off the west coast of Scotland.

Cherishing their Celtic roots, Macdonald sings some of the tunes in his native Gaelic and Keigher presents pieces from the oral traditions of his home.

In addition, the folk-music duo plays various instruments including mandolin, guitar, mandocello, banjo, concertaina and bodhran, a hand-held drum.

“Our music has its history in the life of my Hebridean homeland and James’ western Ireland,” Macdonald points out. “It was a part of the fabric of everyday life and it came to America with the immigrants a century ago.”

The special gift Men of Worth shares is exposing new generations to songs they may never have heard and sharing tender memories from the Celtic past with those who have not heard them in years. Playing off one another in a lively comedy fashion the men present a unique show that blends ballads and stories with humor, tradition and tunes.

Men of Worth has performed all over the United States and led guided tours for folk fans to the home of the musical roots in Scotland and Ireland. These musicians delighted a Conrad audience two years ago with their performance. Jane Holzer of Conrad was thrilled to tour with the duo to Ireland and Scotland and has been instrumental in helping Pondera Arts Council bring Men of Worth back for St. Patrick’s Day.

Celebrate your “Irishness” for a day and come to a fun music program with the Men of Worth at the Orpheum Theatre.

Tickets can be purchased at Olson’s Drug, Creative Addictions and the Orpheum Theatre.