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Gaels of Music concert is Tuesday at Averitt Center

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Posted: September 16, 2007 2:49 p.m.
Updated: October 1, 2007 5:00 a.m.

            The second annual Gaels of Music concert will be held Tuesday at the Averitt Center for the Arts. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

            The variety concert benefits the Eddie Ivie Scholarship for Study in Ireland and 100 percent of ticket proceeds go to the fund. The scholarship offers substantial assistance towards a full, for-credit semester at the University of Limerick, Ireland's most prestigious and innovative research institutions.

            Harry O'Donoghue, dubbed Statesboro's favorite Irishman, said the concert is a tribute to the memory of Eddie Ivie - a beloved Savannah restaurateur - and the students of Georgia Southern University.

            "All of the Gaels of Music performers believe in the rising generation," said O'Donoghue. "Georgia Southern and the city of Statesboro provide a fine launch pad for young people eager to understand and contribute to our world. Nothing would please the great Eddie Ivie more than to know GSU students are getting to study in Ireland, the place he loved best."

            All the artists give of their time and talents for free as they celebrate the Celtic passion of Mr. Ivie.

            The headliner for the concert is Mary Courtney. A native of the seaside village of Castlegregory in southwest Ireland, she is constantly in demand on the international Irish music scene. An expert on guitar and bodhran (the native Irish drum), Courtney hails from a family distinguished in the preservation and performance of traditional Irish music.

            One reviewer remarked, "The beauty, clarity and range of her voice are stunning."

            Other acts on the show include Frank Emerson, a baritone from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Colleen Settle, a traditional fiddler based out of Savannah and the Irish Dancers of Savannah. Also performing are GSU voice major Stephen Faulk, bodhran drummer Bobby Hendrix and Butch Elmgen, who will be preforming a spoken-word piece about the Irish immigrant experience.

            Howard Keeley, director of the Center for Irish Studies, said the scholarship fulfills the university's three main goals.

            "It's student-centered, it provides exceptional trans-cultural opportunities and it results from public-private partnerships." said Keeley. "Friends working together fully endowed the Eddie Ivie Scholarship in just a few months last year. We're determined to outdo ourselves."

            The concert is Tuesday starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 general admission and $10 for students, seniors, military and children under 12.

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