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Tag: Magical Strings


Magical Strings make musical magic at Fox Island Community Center

Getting a jump on St. Patrick’s Day are the folks over on Fox Island, where the community center renovation is being helped along this weekend by a fundraising concert by Magical Strings.

Begun in 1978 by Olalla’s Philip and Pam Boulding, Magical Strings has grown to include many of the Boulding family playing Celtic harps, hammered dulcimers, concertina, accordion and whistles, many instruments made by Boulding himself. They’ve played on “A Prairie Home Companion” and recorded 18 albums on four labels. Appearing with them this time will be dancers from the Tara Academy of Irish Dance.

The Bouldings will also

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Critic’s Picks: Illumni Chorale at PLU, “Messiah,” Magical Strings at Rialto and Northwest Repertory Singers

Christmas with Illumni chorale at PLU

The Illumni Men’s Chorale present “An American Christmas,” with both traditional and brand-new carols premiering live on YouTube during the concert. Tickets are free, support for this can be given at christmasshouldbefree.org. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Lagerquist Hall, Pacific Lutheran University, 868 Wheeler St. S, Tacoma. 206-659-5894, illumnimenschorale.com

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Critic’s Picks: Irish music at St. Pat’s and Fox Island, The Bad Plus at the Pantages, ArtWalk in Tacoma and clay art everywhere

Celtic music for early St. Patrick’s Day

Two local fundraisers get the jump on St. Patrick’s Day with Celtic music this weekend. The Magical Strings duo of harp and dulcimer play 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Fox Island Community Center to help support the center. $15 includes refreshments.690 9th Ave., Fox Island. Ficra.org, magicalstrings.org

On Saturday Evolution Dance and Irish band Mooncoyne join forces for the second annual Bia-Ceol-Damhsa fundraiser for St. Leo’s Food Connection, with Irish food, music and dance. 6-10:30 p.m. March 10. $50. St. Patrick’s School, 1112 N. G St., Tacoma. 253-383-5048, foodconnection.org

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Magical Strings’ annual Celtic Yuletide Concerts this weekend at Urban Grace Church, Tacoma

How long can one family play music together? At least 33 years, as proven by the locally-based Magical Strings Celtic ensemble, made up of three generations of the Boulding family. The ensemble performs up and down the West coast, and their annual Celtic Yuletide Concerts are in their 33rd year, with a Tacoma show this weekend.

Combining the mellow, lush sounds of Celtic harps, hammered dulcimers, violins, cellos, whistles, concertina and more with dancing, storytelling, juggling and carol singing, the concerts this year will feature the Raney Irish Dancers and the Tara Academy of Irish Dance, vocalist Colleen Raney

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Magical Strings work their Yuletide magic this weekend

If reels are more your thing than the “Messiah,” then you’ve got a great musical alternative this Friday: Magical Strings. The Northwest family of musicians, singers and Irish dancers will shimmer their way through Celtic Yuletide music this Friday in Tacoma, Saturday in Seattle ¬†and Monday in Mt. Vernon. Here are the details:

What it is: A multigenerational family troupe with violins, harps, hammered dulcimers and more, together with singing and Irish dancing, produce their 31st annual Celtic-flavored Yuletide concert.

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 (also Seattle Dec. 19, Mt. Vernon Dec. 21)

Where: Urban Grace Church, 902 Market

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