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Celebrate St. Pat’s Day with musical gumbo

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TOM RIGNEY and Flambeau are performing in the second concert of the El Dorado County Community Concert Association's season on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Courtesy photo

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From page B2 | March 15, 2013 |

If the phrase “Irish/Cajun music” makes you tilt your head and piques your interest, then be sure to attend Music on the Divide’s St. Patrick’s Day concert with Tom Rigney and Flambeau.

The concert is on Sunday, March 17 at 3 p.m. at the IOOF Hall, 6240 Main St. in Georgetown.

A unique amalgamation of toe-tapping music, the group’s Irish tunes and Cajun beat are orchestrated in a bigger-than-life presentation by Tom Rigney and Flambeau — musicians extraordinaire.

Rigney, the fiery, electrifying violinist and composer, joins forces with some of the finest musicians on the San Francisco music scene to form Tom Rigney and Flambeau.

This great band specializes in blazing Cajun and zydeco two-steps, low-down blues, funky New Orleans sounds, and beautiful ballads and waltzes.

Most of the songs are composed by Rigney, but the group also mixes in a few classics from the Cajun/zydeco/New Orleans songbook.

Rigney’s charismatic stage presence, humor and high-energy showmanship pull the audience into his performances and make them feel as though they’re a part of the show.

Tom Rigney and Flambeau were voted Best Cajun/Zydeco Band of 2004 by the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame.

Members of Rigney’s band are Rigney on violin, Danny Caron on electric guitar, Caroline Dahl on piano, Steve Parks on bass and Ian Hoffman on drums.

It’s hard to know whether to be more impressed by Rigney’s playing, his compositions or the back-up support he gets. And if, along the way, you pick up a trace of Rigney’s Irish roots, or a little “swing” from his background in rock and roll, it just makes the musical gumbo that much tastier.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door.

Season ticket subscribers will be admitted at 2 p.m. while those who have left their fate to “Irish Luck” will be admitted at 2:30 p.m.

To further celebrate the “wearing of the green,” one lucky Leprechaun concert ticket holder may have a chance at winning a mysterious pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Special libations may also be provided — details remain a secret.

For more information about Music on the Divide visit MusicOnTheDivide.org. The next concert is on April 7 and features classical pianist Thomas Pandolfi.

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