Laura and the Lads to perform at AAAA on St. Patrick's DayThe Alexandria Area Arts Association Theatre is proud to present Laura MacKenzie and the Lads in concert next Wednesday, March 17.
The Alexandria Area Arts Association Theatre is proud to present Laura MacKenzie and the Lads in concert next Wednesday, March 17.
This St. Patrick’s Day musical extravaganza will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 10 years of age and younger. Tickets can be purchased by calling the AAAA box office at (320) 762-8300. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and one hour prior to all performances. Lee Hockert Accounting is sponsoring the event.
About the musician
Laura MacKenzie has learned from many tradition bearers on both sides of the Atlantic, and has herself been recognized as a Master Folk Artist. She has been lauded as a “Celtic music wizard” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and a “High priestess of Celtic music” by Minnesota Public Radio.
From production work and appearance on A Prairie Home Companion to academic work in ethnomusicology, from rocking out in Boiled in Lead to national touring with Lorie Line and her Pop Chamber Orchestra, MacKenzie has enjoyed vast and varied experience in the worlds of music while developing as a performing artist.
She has received an abundance of honors and awards over the years, including being selected for the original Cherish the Ladies series, featuring noted women in Irish music in America, plus multiple performing arts awards and fellowships. Most recently, MacKenzie was awarded a Bush Foundation Artists Fellowship in Traditional and Ethnic Performing Arts.
Among other notables, MacKenzie has performed in extended productions with Frank McCourt (Pulitzer prize winning author of Angela’s Ashes), T.R. Knight (of Grey’s Anatomy, on stage at the Guthrie Theater) and Katie McMahon (of Riverdance).
As a player and producer, MacKenzie is often engaged for live shows and studio projects, and can be heard on numerous recordings and several documentaries. One of her studio projects sold more than 575,000 copies. MacKenzie both produced and performed in the popular and festive “Charladies Christmas” and “Gaelfest!” shows.
In performance, she currently appears as a solo artist, in duos with Dáithí Sproule (of Altan), Ross Sutter, in Willow Brae with harpist Andrea Stern, and in the ensembles Laura and the Lads, Piper’s Crow and The Doon Ceili Band.
Today, MacKenzie fills her life with performance, private teaching, studio projects and show productions.
She enjoys being a Bush Foundation Artist Fellow and is “the proud mother of the amazing Dugan MacKenzie Magraw.”