Celtic Band Boys of the Lough to Perform March 5 at Mount Union Theatre

March 06, 2009

loughBoys of Lough will perform at Mount Union College in the Mount Union Theatre on Thursday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. No ticket is required.

Boys of Lough is a Celtic band performing music from Ireland, the Shetland Islands and England. Lively acoustic jigs and reels, slow airs, polkas and waltzes fill the group’s extensive repertoire, played on fiddle, button accordion, flute, tin whistle, guitar, concertina and mandolin. The tunes are a mix of original compositions and arrangements, plus music handed down through the generations.

With more than 40 years of experience touring, performing and recording, Boys of the Lough have recorded 22 albums, received two Grammy nominations and performed in Carnegie Hall. They appeared on BBC television in the U.K. and RTE television in Ireland, and been featured 24 times on National Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion” hosted by Garrison Keillor. The group was one of the first professional Celtic music ensembles to tour internationally.

The five artists in the ensemble are renowned as technical virtuosos on their instruments who perform with musical integrity, incorporating their own ornamentation, flair and excitement into the musical composition.

The Myrtie Allen Kershaw Lectureship on Poetry and the Fine Arts was established in 1960 by a bequest from Myrtie Allen Kershaw of Kent, Ohio, who indicated in her will that such a fund should go to a college chosen by her friend and executrix of her estate, Elizabeth Clark Bell. Because of Mrs. Bell's personal interest in Mount Union College, where she was a student in 1932-33 and where her uncle, Robert E. Stauffer, was a teacher and librarian for many years, she designated Mount Union to receive the fund. The income is used to bring periodically to the College a person of distinction, for one or more lectures on ancient or modern poetry, the fine arts, or music or for an original performance in one of these fields.

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