Best Bets: Caladh Nua brings Irish tunes to Mount Vernon's McIntyre Hall


Caladh Nua

Caladh Nua performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 14, 2014 at Skagit Valley College's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way, in Mount Vernon.


Caladh Nua is a tightly-knit, vibrant, and talented band with its origins deeply rooted in the Southern counties of Ireland, performing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Skagit Valley College's McIntyre Hall, 2501 E. College Way, in Mount Vernon.

Comprised of five versatile musicians and singers playing a wide selection of instruments - from banjo to fiddle, guitar to bodhran and tin whistle to button accordion - the band has captured the essential qualities of traditional Irish music and balanced them with an innovative contemporary flair.

Through a series of international tours and festivals across the globe, which saw the band take the stage in cities such as Paris, Vienna, Copenhagen, Berlin, Mumbai and Vancouver, Caladh Nua has cast a captivating net of Irish music over a growing worldwide audience.

A long list of TV and radio broadcasts of their performances and two acclaimed recordings includes American Public Radio, the BBC, and RTE.

Tickets, $25, and information for Caladh Nua are available through the McIntyre Hall Box Office, 360-416-7727 ext. 2 and at


This annual dance fundraiser will feature live music from the Sqaulicum High School Jazz Band and the Bellingham Youth Jazz Band Friday night, March 14.

Those new to swing can get dance instruction from the Western Washington University Swing Kids club at 7 p.m. in the Squalicum High School Commons, located at 3773 E. McLeod Rd. in Bellingham.

The dance will follow, from 8 to 10:30 p.m.

All families and ages are welcome at the event, which will include a raffle, dessert auction, snacks and beverages.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and free for kids 10 and under. Tickets will be sold at the door.

For questions, call Band Director Kay Reilly at 360-676-6470, ext. 7796, or email at


The Downtown Bellingham St. Patrick's Day Parade will kickoff at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 15.

The parade will start in the parking lot located at the corner of Cornwall Avenue and Ohio Street, then head south on Cornwall. The route will continue left at Chestnut Street and then right on Railroad Avenue. Marchers will pass Depot Market Square and turn right at E. Maple Street, ending at the parking lot at the northeast corner of E. Maple and Cornwall.

Floats and bands are asked to use the online registration form to sign up for the parade at Registration is free.

Entries that are not a band or float do not need to register and can simply line up at the staging area from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

If the weather is rainy or windy, it's okay to show up at 11:30. Overflow lineup, especially floats and vehicles, will stage on Halleck Street.

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