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
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.