Friday, 7 March 2008

Gaeltacht Minnesota la Rosemount Town Pages:

The last couple of years local Irish band Legacy has gotten good reviews for its annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner and performance. The event was seen by many in Rosemount as a family-friendly alternative to celebrations centered around green beer.

This time around, though, the group is trying something different…

…This year’s show, scheduled to run from 7 to 9 p.m., will feature Legacy and The Giggin’ Siles (pronounced Shielas), a St. Paul-based female a capella group that sings in English and Gaelic. There will also be Irish dancing by students at the Shamrock School of Irish Step Dance.

“We’ve always had other guest musicians participate, but we have more people coming this year,” Carroll said. “The Giggin’ Siles ... do things we can’t and don’t. They sing in Irish, and there aren’t many high-quality groups in the upper Midwest that sing in Irish.”…

…Legacy donates proceeds from its St. Patrick’s Day events to local Irish-related non-profit groups. This year’s will go to Gaeltacht Minnesota, which is dedicated to preserving and teaching the Irish language in the state..

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