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Irish band to perform in Annandale on March 16

The Classic Hall Event Center in Annandale will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day this year with a new event, an "Irish Classic Dinner" featuring a catered meal (salmon or corned beef and cabbage) and live Irish music by Twin Cities-based musicians.

The four-piece ensemble that will be performing on March 16 is essentially a "blended band" consisting of members from two groups "Forty Shades of Green" and "Legacy," that have been actively involved in Minnesota's Irish music community for many years. They regularly perform at the annual Irish Fair of Minnesota (held on Harriet Island in St. Paul every August) and at various other fairs and festivals, along with pubs, wedding receptions, birthday parties, corporate functions and similar events throughout the year.

The group plays lively instrumental music in traditional Irish styles (jigs, reels, hornpipes, etc.) and also performs a wide range of Irish songs. All of the members of the group have individually traveled to Ireland at various times to learn more about its musical heritage. The most Irish member of the group is probably Kevin Carroll, whose paternal grandfather emigrated from County Cork, Ireland in the early 1920s and eventually settled in Paynesville, where many of Carroll's relatives still reside.

Tickets for the Irish Classic Dinner are $24.50 each and can be purchased on-line at Tickets must be purchased by noon on March 14. Doors open at 6 p.m.; dinner tickets are all-inclusive (meal and band). Tickets for the band's performance only (no dinner) are also available at $8 in advance and $10 at the door (the band will play from 7:30-9:45 p.m.).

For more information about the Irish Classic Dinner, please contact Deb Ackman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Annie Stein annie@classic, at (320) 274-2121, or (320) 274-8874. For more information about the band, contact Kevin Carroll at (651) 983-6384, or go to,

ShadesofGreen, or www.legacyceltic