Returning Celtic musicians perform March 12

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Scotsman Donnie Macdonald and Irishman James Keigher are returning to Rock Springs to perform their well-loved music. “Men of Worth” will be at the Broadway Theater on March 12th at 7 pm. Contact the Community Fine Arts Center for additional information.

Wyo4news Staff, [email protected] [PRESS RELEASE]

ROCK SPRINGS, WYOMING — The Community Fine Arts Center is presenting “Men of Worth” again in Rock Springs concert on March 12th at 7 p.m. at the Broadway Theater. Advanced tickets are available at the CFAC.  The CFAC Board is also requesting the audience members wear masks so that we can have a large audience.

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The folk music duo, MEN OF WORTH was formed by Irishman James Keigher and Scotsman Donnie Macdonald in 1986. Both exiles, it was through the Celtic music scene in southern California that the two first met and within a couple of years a partnership developed that was simultaneously serious and fun.  Geographical changes now find James and Donnie living in southern Oregon and northern California respectively.

Whilst remaining true to their Gaelic roots, Men of Worth have successfully evolved as entertainers. Success breeds success, and a natural progression toward education and travel has sealed an exciting and pioneering era for the versatile duo.

The pair came together to perform Irish and Scottish folk music, combining traditional and contemporary styles. The name “Men of Worth” was chosen from the title of a folk song written by the Scottish singer/songwriter Archie Fisher.

Together Men of Worth blend their voices with harmony and support their collection of songs with their varied selection of instruments. They have a very simple approach to their presentation, and in keeping with tradition, remain true to the music and story. Their show is a unique combination of humor, exciting tunes, and soulful, heartfelt ballads.

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Men of Worth are an international act and have earned much respect and success in two decades of touring. Performing concerts, festivals, and having recorded seven albums, as well as educational school presentations, have made this a successful partnership. Men of Worth continue the very tradition from which they evolved.

Donnie Macdonald comes from the Isle of Lewis, one of the Hebridean Islands off the west coast of Scotland. Writing tunes and original songs in both his first language, Gaelic and in English, Donnie presents the music from his native Scotland with passion and humor. Donnie performs on vocals, octave mandolin, tenor banjo, concertina, and bodhran. James Keigher comes from Co. Mayo in the west of Ireland. He is a singer, writer and collector of traditional and contemporary folk music. James was raised in Charlestown, a small rural community setting, steeped in traditional music and stories. He performs on vocals, guitar, mando-cello, and bodhran.

While here, the duo will be giving a couple of performances in our school district, sharing their love of music and their homelands,” said Debora Soule, CFAC director.  “I have had the privilege of seeing them work with students in the past, and there is such a connection between them and the kids. We all walk away richer for the experience.”

For more information, contact the Community Fine Arts Center. Hours are Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday noon to 5 p.m.

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