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HOLIDAY: High-spirited St. Patrick’s fete with The Fire Inside

Expect high spirits, laughter and lilting music of both the literary and instrumental variety when award-winning Oregon author Brian Doyle joins Ireland’s beloved Tony Curtis and the Seattle-area Celtic band The Fire Inside for a St. Patrick’s celebration Tuesday, March 17, at Lincoln Theatre, 712 First St., Mount Vernon.

The Skagit River Poetry Foundation, which is sponsoring the evening, host a pre-concert fundraising reception and book signing from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Trumpeter Public House, 416 Myrtle St., also in Mount Vernon. The main event begins 7:30 p.m. at Lincoln.

Doyle, editor of Portland Magazine, is well known as a colorful and insightful essayist, poet and short story writer, and the author of such gems as the collection “Bin Laden’s Bald Spot.” His novels, including “The Plover” and “Mink River,” have earned him a devoted following and comparisons to Dylan Thomas and Sherwood Anderson.

Dublin poet Tony Curtis is the author of six collections of poetry, including “The Well in the Rain: New and Selected Poems.” His work as a Skagit River Poetry Foundation poet-in-residence has charmed students throughout the Northwest. Curtis, who was awarded Ireland’s National Poetry Prize, is one of the most ​popular poets in his country.

Adding Celtic kick to the evening will be the popular band The Fire Inside. The group performs smoldering Celtic music with heel-clicking intensity, drawing from traditional and trendsetting influences on fiddle, uilleann pipes, bodhran, whistles, guitar, concertina, mandolin and vocals.

Reserved tickets for the main event are $30 general, $17 for students. Tickets for the reception, which includes appetizers, Guinness and other drinks, are $50, or $75 for both the reception and main event. All tickets are available through lincolntheatre.org, and 360-336-895. Tickets will be sold at the door, if available.

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