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He's a Frenchman, yet considered one of the finest players of traditional Irish tunes. Patrick Ourceau performed with the Irish band "Chulrua" in New York Mills on St. Patrick's Day.

Two Patricks and a Paddy perform

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There they were on St. Patrick's Day, a Paddy and two Patricks, playing all-Irish music-but the fiddler was a Frenchman; and not a single spot of green on any of them.


"Well, the color green, the shamrocks-those are really more of an Irish-American ideal," said Paddy O'Brien, taking a break from performing March 17 at the New York Mills City Ballroom.

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