Celtic Concert for St. Pat’s Day

Irish music echoed through the Red River Parish Library last Wednesday.  The library presented a special St. Patrick’s Day concert with a most unusual instrument.

A Celtic Concert was performed at the Library featuring Amanda Roberts playing the Hammered Dulcimer and Lady Chops on Percussion.  Roberts explained that the Dulcimer was thought to have originated in Persia about 900 AD.  The wooden instrument has 111 strings and is played by striking the strings with little hammers.  The Dulcimer is the grandfather of the piano.

The musical program included several old Irish songs.  And Roberts also performed some she had written or were written by a friend of hers.  Lady Chops explained the variety of percussion instruments she brought with her.  That variety was evident in the playing of jigs, reels, polkas.  And the audience was led in a sing along to Cochels and Muscles (also known as Molly Malone).

The audience showed their appreciation with applause and singing along to several of the songs.  Many stayed around afterwards to enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day themed sweet treats and decorations in the public meeting room.

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