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Bit o' the Emerald Isle in Perham

Ring of Kerry brings an evening of Irish music to the ITOW Veterans Museum on Saturday, March 1.

Ring of Kerry performs Celtic music with a mid-American sensibility. They pound out jigs and reels and sing both raucous tunes and beautiful love songs.

One unusual feature of Ring of Kerry is that three founding members of the band all have the same first name. Paul Blondell, from Princeton, is the fiddle player for the band. Paul Cotton plays the Celtic frame drum called the bodhran and Paul Imholte plays a number of string instruments including the hammered dulcimer. Mike Thole is the band's Irish tenor and he also plays the guitar. Cotton, Imholte and Thole live in St. Cloud. Karie Oberg, the newest member of the band, is from Red Wing. She sings and plays penny whistle. Her powerful vocals fit in well with the band's high energy delivery.

Although this will be Ring of Kerry's first official concert in Perham, they have given concerts in New York Mills, Wadena, Fergus Falls, and in Ottertail at Thumper Pond. Their March 1 show will kick off their month long musical celebration of St. Patrick's Day.

Tickets for the concert are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For information and reservations call 218 346-7678 or email