Preview: “Thistles and Shamrocks” A Local Scottish Event!

Allissah Jerome

With St. Patrick’s day fast approaching, it’s time to get into the Irish spirit! What better way to do just that than by attending an evening of Scottish and Irish music and dance at The College of St. Scholastica. The Duluth Scottish Heritage association, in conjunction with Scholastica’s Ireland in the Spring program, is presenting “Thistles and Shamrocks” on Friday, March 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Mitchell Auditorium.

“The idea of the annual concert is to showcase the mission of the Duluth Scottish Heritage Association which is to preserve and perpetuate Scottish culture and arts in the Duluth area,” said Barbara Reyelts in an email interview.

Reyelts, along with co-teacher Diana Dodge, instruct twenty students in Duluth on different Scottish dances. Reyelts and her students will be performing during the “Thistles and Shamrocks” concert. Together they will be performing the Highland Fling which is one of the oldest Highland Dances along with the Irish Jig. Additional dancers will perform a dance entitled “Wilt Thou Go To Barracks Johnny” which is a tribute to Scottish military recruiting efforts, according to Reyelts.

Along with dancing, attendees will also be able to listen to different Scottish and Irish music. The Duluth Scottish Heritage Pipes and Drums Pipe Band, which Reyelts plays the tenor drum in, will perform several different pieces including “Amazing Grace”.

Another musical group performing during the concert is called “The Strollers.” The Strollers will be accompanied by different vocalists who will be sharing a variety of Scottish and Irish music.

“Not only will this performance be artistically educational it will be fun and entertaining,” Reyelts said.

After the performance, audience members will have the opportunity to meet the performers and share beverages and fellowship. With St. Patrick’s day just around the corner, this concert is sure to fulfill your Scottish and Irish needs!