Collier Street Music presents an afternoon of Irish Music in celebration of St. Paddy's Day.

I’ve been spending the last little while getting in touch with my Celtic roots (and bow arm) in a couple of new projects with the band Pagan’s Folly. We’ve been putting together two concerts devoted to Irish music. The first, “unplugged” version of “Ireland’s Dream” will be unveiled on Sunday, March 18, 3:00 pm at Collier Street United Church at 112 Collier St. in downtown Barrie. Admission is by freewill offering.

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Pagan’s Folly is pure pleasure! Nothing traditional about them, though they play tunes your heart and soul will delight in. Memories of nights around the kitchen table, or evenings down at a local pub in Ireland or Scotland will come flooding back! Traditional music inspires them, but they will “paganize” it, and put a twist on it like you have never heard before. Inevitably you are drawn into the charms of a band that will let you lose an evening without even knowing it has gone!

The heart and soul of Pagan’s Folly is in its members – this is a band where no-one takes centre stage and everyone takes centre stage! From a capella harmonies to haunting pipes and foot-tapping bodhran, infectious fiddle tunes and energetic guitar and bass, this band demonstrates their passion for Celtic music and their love of audience engagement when they play. As they all agree, music has to be shared – there is no point in singing and playing an instrument, if you can’t enjoy this with others.

Pagan’s Folly has an energy, drive, quirkiness and showmanship which will have you captivated and entranced – you will want more!

Inga Thompson - vocals, percussion Juhan Puhm - vocals, guitar Chris Scharf - vocals, highland bagpipes, bass Susan Connolly - violin Alyssa Wright - cello