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– St. Patrick’s Day is coming to the Washington Pavilion a little early this year in the way of an evening of traditional Celtic music from Boys of the Lough (pronounced "Lock"). One of the most renowned and established Celtic bands in the world, Boys of the Lough will bring their Irish and Scottish repertoire to the Great Hall stage on Sat., March 8, at 8 p.m. A pre-concert beer tasting is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. in Leonardo’s Café, see for details.

Founded in the late ‘60s amongst the pubs and festivals of Scotland and Ireland, the founding members and subsequent members have recorded twenty albums including a live performance of their concert at Carnegie Hall. Five members strong and featuring master musicians on fiddle, guitar, button accordion, cittern, mandolin and melodeon, the group’s works have been featured in Lord of the Dance and on the television series, Sex and the City.

Each member hails from the Scottish and Irish regions including Dave Richardson, a member since 1973 when he left his research studies in molecular evolution to join the group. Founding member Cathal McConnel is the senior member of the group and sets the relaxed and friendly tone for the concert that immediately endears the group to audiences everywhere.

The New York Times calls Boys of the Lough "one of the finest bands in Celtic traditional music." The concert is a collaborative production between the Washington Pavilion and South Dakota Friends of Traditional Music. Media sponsors include KSFY television and South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

Tickets are $25 and are available at the Pavilion box office at (605) 367-6000 or online at

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