Looking ahead: shudder your shamrocks

January 18, 2015

Skagit River Poetry FoundationBlimey, but St. Patrick’s Day seems a long way off. Still, if you’re wantin’ to grab tickets for this high-spirited performance and benefit for the Skagit River Poetry Foundation, you’d not delay, lads and lassies.

Expect laughter and lilting music of both the literary and instrumental variety when award-winning Oregon author Brian Doyle joins Ireland’s beloved Tony Curtis and the Seattle-area Celtic band The Fire Inside for a St. Patrick’s celebration at the Lincoln Theatre on Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

Sponsoring the evening is the Skagit River Poetry Foundation, dedicated to enhancing literacy and the appreciation of writing throughout our Northwest communities. The foundation will host a pre-concert fund-raising reception and book signing, 5:30-7 p.m., at The Trumpeter Public House, 416 Myrtle Street in Mount Vernon, Washington.

Doyle, who describes himself as a “hirsute shambling shuffling mumbling grumbling muttering muddled maundering meandering male being,” will headline the main event, which starts at 7:30 at the Lincoln Theater, 712 First Street in Mount Vernon. Editor of Portland Magazine, the University of Portland’s award-winning quarterly, Doyle is well-known as a colorful, insightful essayist, poet, and short story writer.

Dublin’s beloved Tony Curtis, winner of Ireland’s National Poetry Prize and one of the most ​popular poets in his country, is a mesmerizing showman and poet. The lyrical writer and musical performer is the author of six warmly received collections of poetry, including The Well in the Rain: New and Selected Poems. His work as a Skagit River Poetry Foundation poet-in-residence has charmed young students throughout the Northwest.

Adding Celtic kick to the evening will be the popular band The Fire Inside. The group performs smoldering Celtic music with heel-clicking intensity, drawing from traditional and trend-setting influences. Instruments in play include fiddle, uilleann pipes, bodhran, whistles, guitar, concertina, mandolin, and vocals.

Reserved tickets for the main event are $30 general admission, $17 for students. Tickets for the fundraising reception, which includes appetizers and drinks, are $50, or $75 for both reception and main event. All tickets are available through the Lincoln Theatre. You can also call the ticket office at 360-336-8955.

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