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Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has announced a spectacular line-up for the finale event of its 2020 St Patrick’s Day celebrations. 

The St Patrick’s Miscellany concert, conceived and produced by Camlough violinist, Joanne Quigley McParland, promises to be a thrilling experience that will include internationally renowned Irish soprano, Claudia Boyle, dancer, Colin Dunne and traditional music star, Zoe Conway and her husband, guitarist John McIntyre. 

Singer-Songwriter Matt McGinn will be performing at this year’s St Patrick’s Day Miscellany in Newry Town Hall.
Singer-Songwriter Matt McGinn will be performing at this year’s St Patrick’s Day Miscellany in Newry Town Hall.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Charlie Casey said, “As the home of St Patrick, Newry, Mourne and Down’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations are steeped in history, tradition and culture. This fantastic event of music, song and dance in Newry Town Hall on Tuesday 17 March, will bring the district’s St Patrick’s Day Celebrations to a fitting close. I am very much looking forward to seeing this stellar line up and I would urge you to book tickets as soon as possible.”

Speaking ahead of the event, Joanne Quigley McParland commented, “I was thrilled to be invited again this year to put together a concert for the district’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Anyone attending the Misellany can expect highlights such as Bill Whelan’s beautiful double concerto, ‘Inishlacken’ for fiddle and violin, played by myself and Zoe Conway.  Internationally acclaimed traditional dancer, Colin Dunne, will perform a piece by Cork composer, Linda Buckley and I will also be performing several pieces with my brother, David Quigley.

Producer of this year’s St Patrick’s Day Miscellany, Joanne Quigley McParland performing at last year’s event.
Producer of this year’s St Patrick’s Day Miscellany, Joanne Quigley McParland performing at last year’s event.

Joanne continued, “We are of course steeped in culture in this area and have a wealth of talent on our own door step, therefore it is important for me to also present world class performances from our local artists. Hilltown’s award winning singer/songwriter, Matt McGinn will be on stage, as well as a group of very talented young musicians from the Traditional Arts Partnership in South Armagh. Three Ulster or World Champion Irish dancers, from the locality will also be performing.

“The concert will be brought together on the night by BBC Radio Ulster’s John Toal. John is a well-known Newry man and an accomplished writer who has written a short story for the event. A 22-piece string orchestra, comprised of the country’s top professionals, completes what is certain to be Ireland’s premier St Patrick’s Day event.”

Tickets for this fabulous line-up cost £20 per adult and £8 for under 16s, available from WWW.EVENTBRITE.CO.UK and Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry Box Office T: 033 0137 4032.

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