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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Carnival of Souls


Fresh from their sold-out Christmas performance at Lincoln Hall, Carnival of Souls returns on Saturday March 18 at 7:30 PM to keep your St. Patrick’s Day Irish vibe alive during the weekend. For more than 10 years, Allegheny RiverStone Center for Arts audiences have packed the house to experience a joyous evening of superb Irish and Celtic music with the very talented Lowry Family ensemble.

Leprechaun magic will abound with the call of the highland bagpipes and all those lucky enough to be Irish – and all those hopefuls who wish they were Irish – will tap their toes and kick up their heels celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Foxburg as Carnival of Souls performs stirring vocals, reels and jigs on highland bagpipes, bodhrán, guitar, flute, tin whistle, accordion and keyboards.

Tickets are Adults $20, Students $5 and Children under 6 free. Buy online at alleghenyriverstone.org or call 724-659-3153 to reserve and pay with cash or check at the door.

CARNIVAL OF SOULS has been performing traditional and original Celtic music in Western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and West Virginia for over twenty years. The group employs a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional instruments to produce a rich range of music that would be at home in a pub in Dublin, Galway, Limerick or Cork!

You can listen to their music from their CD No Scone Unburned – “Forty-two Pound Checque and Wind that shakes the Barley” – and more samples of No Scone Unburned and their second CD, SconeHenge, through CD Baby.

Their musicianship has been hailed as creative and with tight arrangements in reviews of their CD – “No Scone Unburned”:

Dirty Linen”… it’s when the band gets creative that their sound gets most interesting. There are dreamy arrangements of “Lagan Love” and “She Moves Through the Fair” with echoing keyboards and rainsticks, a version of “Bogie’s Bonnie Bell” with a rhythmic variation that turns it into a sad calypso, and a rocking hammered dulcimer reel set.”

The Pittsburgh Tribune/Review ”…Arrangements are tight, and the songs bristle with tin-whistles, accordion and galloping bodhran, an Irish drum.  The band proves equally adept at pint glass-rattling rave-ups such as “Allistrum’s March” and the lush, languid American Indian ballad “Shenandoah.”

As they say in Ireland, “Give it a lash”, which roughly translates to “Give it a go”, and enjoy this old Irish St. Paddy’s Day blessing with Carnival of Souls!: “May the Irish hills caress you, May her lakes and rivers bless you, May the luck of the Irish enfold you, May the blessings of St. Patrick behold you!”

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