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Carlson Music Center to host Skilly and Duff Irish show

Skilly and Duff’s St. Patrick’s Day show will be held at Carlson Music Center this year. They will be joined by Chuck Wencl (not pictured) and Sami Steidl (far left). Skilly and Duff is made up of (left to right) Bruce Kelly, Annie O’Flynn and Mikko Cowdery. (Contributed)

This year, The Mikko Cowdery and Friends/Skilly and Duff St. Patrick’s show will move from the Alexandria Area Arts Association Theatre to Carlson Music Center’s basement stage.

They will perform on Saturday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, March 16 at 2:30 p.m.

The show has been held at the AAAA Theatre in downtown Alexandria for 10 out of the past 11 years, but a scheduling conflict made that impossible this year, according to Cowdery.

As usual, the show will feature toasts, stories and songs from Skilly and Duff’s travels in Ireland, the maritime provinces of Canada and Irish communities across this region.

“The songs range from laugh-out-loud funny to foot-stomping rollicking, and heartfelt and beautiful,” Cowdery said.

Ron and Sarah Carlson offered the basement stage in their music store as a way to keep the annual show in downtown Alexandria, according to Cowdery.

“With over a dozen Irish shows we’re doing this season, from the Twin Cities to Fargo, this is the one I’d most want to attend,” he said.

Skilly and Duff is made up of Cowdery, Annie O’Flynn and Bruce Kelly.

The shows will feature the reunion of the Skilly and Duff Trio with Chuck Wencl on pennywhistle in both shows and fiddler Sami Steidl on Sunday.

The venue is small, with only 85 seats available per show.

Tickets are $15 and are available at Carlson Music Center, from Annie O’Flynn, and from Cowdery.