The Mission Pipe Band will be special guests at a free St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the ACT in Maple Ridge.

The Mission Pipe Band will be special guests at a free St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the ACT in Maple Ridge.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the ACT in Maple Ridge

Local Celtic artist will be hosting a free concert

There will be a free Celtic Jam for St. Patrick’s Day at The ACT this weekend.

Nigel Tucker will be hosting an event and also performing with his band, The Navvies, accompanied by the Mission Pipe Band as special guests.

Tucker has been performing a St. Patrick’s show for the arts council for about eight years, and every year, he says, the Mission Pipe Band has marched off the stage to a full standing ovation.

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The show will feature rousing Irish songs, along with some Scottish music.

Fiddler Jesse Jazemir will also be performing.

“He’s a fiddle virtuoso,” Tucker said.

“He’s one of the best musicians I’ve ever played with.”

Tucker’s St. Patrick’s Day Party starts at 2 p.m. at The ACT, 11944 Haney Pl., on Saturday, March 14.

Also at The ACT for St. Patrick’s Day will be the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir.

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That concert will include songs from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales with musical director Jonathan Quick and pianist Karen Lee-Morlang.

Guest piper Tim Fanning will be playing the Uilleann pipes.

Traditional Celtic songs will include the Welsh Hymn Gwahoddiad, Loch Lomond, Fields of Athenry, My Heart’s in the Highlands, Down by the Salley Gardens, The Wild Rover and Molly Malone.

This Celtic Celebration featuring the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17 at The ACT Arts Centre, 11944 Haney Pl. in downtown Maple Ridge.

Tickets are $34 for adults, $16 for students 12-years and older. Children under 12 are free.

To get tickets go to theactmapleridge.org.

Meanwhile, the Ridge Meadows Hospice Society is holding its annual fundraiser, Paddy’s Pub Night, on Friday, March 13.

Tickets are $25 and include a drink and burger. Choices include chicken, beef or veggie served with fries. There will be a 50/50 and a lotto board.

Doors open at 7 p.m. at The Haney Public House, 22222 Lougheed Hwy.

Tickets are available at the hospice office at 22320 119 Ave, at the thrift store, 12011 224 St. or at ridgemeadowshospicesociety.com.

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