If you are looking to spend this year’s St. Patrick’s Day connecting with your inner Celtic self, then we have the perfect event for you.

The Celtic Cultures Alliance of the QCA and the River Music Experience (129 N Main Street Davenport) are teaming up together to bring you a St. Patrick’s Day Concert and Fundraiser for the QC Celtic Festival. This concert and fundraiser will take place on St. Patrick’s Day, Friday March 17, in the Redstone Room. The doors open at 6:30 and the show starts at 7. Tickets are $20 (plus $2 fee) and can be purchased online at https://midwestix.securemytix.com/event/st-patricks-day-concert-fundraiser-for-the-qc, at the RME Box office during business hours, and at the door the night of the concert.

The evening will open with music on the Celtic Harp, performed by local harpist Laural Almquist. Laural has been playing the harp since she was ten years old. Now, at seventeen she plays at a variety of venues and played at last year’s Celtic Festival and Highland Games of the Quad Cities. She produced her first CD in 2015.

Four Shillings Short will be taking the stage next. Four Shillings Short is a husband/wife music duo of Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland. They will bring the history, legends and traditions of Ireland to life in a captivating concert, “A Celebration of Ireland- music, poetry & stories from the Irish Tradition”. Four Shillings Short will bring their Irish magic to life using an array of over 30 instruments. They are celebrating their 21st year together touring throughout the US and Ireland.

The Celtic Cultures Alliance of the QCA is an independent, secular, non-profit corporation formed to promote knowledge and understanding of the artistic, athletic, educational and historical contributions of the Celtic peoples. The 2017 Celtic Festival and Highland Games will be held September 15-16, and will include performances by Calan (from Wales) and Drops of Green (from Ireland) along with many Celtic style groups from the Midwest.


Tess Abney is a writer and artist from the Quad-Cities who enjoys writing on a variety of topics for QuadCities.com.