Georgia Southern University

Irish variety concert Sept. 26

The Center for Irish Studies at Georgia Southern University will sponsor the ‘Gaels of Music” variety concert Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Emma Kelly Theater at the Averitt Center for the Arts. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Eddie Ivie Scholarship for Study in Ireland.

‘A noted Savannah chef and restaurateur, the late Eddie Ivie had a passion for Ireland, especially its poetry and music,” said Howard Keeley, director of the Center for Irish Studies and assistant professor or literature and philosophy. ‘Musician friends of Eddie’s want to build the scholarship fund and to that end have undertaken to present an annual benefit concert.”

The show will be hosted by Harry O’Donoghue, who is no stranger to the Georgia Southern, Statesboro and Savannah communities. He has anchored Irish Folk Music Nights in Statesboro for a decade and uses his wit to bring the spirit of Ireland to life in music that appeals to people of all ages.

Also appearing are Danny Doyle and Jonathan Murphy. A native of Dublin, Ireland, Doyle has been hailed by The Irish Times as ‘Ireland’s finest balladeer.” He has won every major Irish music industry award and has given concerts across Ireland, Australia and the United States and in fall 2002 appeared at Georgia Southern. Murphy is a senior music performance major from Vidalia, Ga. His songs are associated with novels by James Joyce and include the ballads ‘Love’s Old Sweet Song” and ‘I Dreamt I Dwelled in Marble Halls.”

‘Variety is the way of the evening, so expect several other performers, including some high-energy Irish step-dancers,” Keeley added.

Tickets for the event are $8 for students, senior citizens and children under 13 and $10 for all other groups. They may be purchased by calling the Averitt Center Box Office at 912-212-ARTS or Rebecca Holloway in the Department of Literature and Philosophy at 912-681-5471.

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