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Mike Mulhern
West Elgin Group Does Irish Show To Benefit Homeless In St Thomas

A West Elgin group is resurrecting its once-popular St. Patrick's Day tradition to benefit the homeless.

Calgorm, a Irish group lead by Mike Mulhern and Kate Emerson, are doing a program of Irish songs St. Patrick's Day afternoon at Central United Church in St. Thomas in support of Inn out of the Cold.

"We were at their 12-hour Christmas music marathon and were shocked to learn how many people are hungry and homeless in St. Thomas," said Mulhern, of the holiday fundraiser at the Wellington Street church. "We are glad of the opportunity to support the people doing good work there."

For a decade around St. Patrick's Day, Calgorm did annual sold-out shows at the performing arts centre in Dutton, and other venues including the Princess Ave Playhouse in St. Thomas, the London City Press Club, and the Port Stanley Festival Theatre. The group retired "for no particular reason," Mulhern said, in 2012.

However, keyboard player Wayne Carroll, a frequent member of Calgorm, suggested the St. Patrick's Day show as part of Central's monthly Sunday afternoon concert series.

The two-set program which starts at 2 p.m. includes well-known Irish songs and ballads, plus a few lesser-known tunes with some sing-along numbers thrown in. Mulhern plays guitar. Emerson plays whistle and an Irish drum called a bodhran and Carroll is on the keyboard. Admission is by freewill donation.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 06 March 2019 13:40:01 PM EST

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