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Lots of comedy and Celtic music this week

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March ends with a roar this week. The next few weeks are an embarrassment of riches for live music lovers.
 Some of the highlights this week include Canadian folk icon John McDermott, who performs at the Yates Theatre, March 31. He is best known for his rendition of Celtic classic “Danny Boy,” but has been recording for 20 years.
Caladh Nua comes from Ireland to play Celtic music in Lethbridge this week. Photo Submitted
 The Geomatic Attic hosts some excellent traditional Celtic music, March 29 with Ireland’s Caladh Nua. Tickets cost $27.50. The show begins at 8 p.m. sharp.
Other highlights include a lot of comedy.

 Newfoundland born, Calgary based comedian Trent McLellan performs at the Yates with Randy Webb, March 28 and the Owl Acoustic Lounge has a popular comedy open mic on March 26 — the last Wednesday of the month.

There is a lot of country and roots music this week as well. Country star Travis Tritt comes to the Enmax Centre on Wednesday, March 26, while the same night local roots/ jazz/ folk act The Junkman’s Choir is “ Kilting Up ” for Cancer at the Slice, March 28.

The Bryant Watson Duo play their own roots and folk at Ric’s Grill, March 28 and Shaela Miller and Treeline return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, March 29.
 B.C roots/ rock and roll band the Steve Brockley Band return to Lethbridge to play the Slice, March 29 with Gillian and Ryland Moranz.

 There are also a couple of excellent blues shows with Paul Kype and Texas Flood returning  to the Slice, March 28. And Winnipeg bluesman Big Dave McLean returns to the Slice,  March 31. He never gets the turnout he deserves, so if you want to hear some fantastic acoustic blues and lots of great stories, don’t miss McLean.

It is also a great week for local jazz music with HBO 3  at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, March 28, several solo gigs from HBO3 member James Oldenburg at the Cotton Blossom Lounge on March 27 and  Herb Hicks returning to the Mocha Cabana on the weekend.

 For something a little different, the annual Pretty, Witty and Gay cabaret takes place at the Yates Centre, March 29 at 9 p.m.  Tickets cost  $20 or $35 for the Castrati combo, which also includes admission to electro-drag opera Castrati at  Club Didi, March 28. It winds up a week of “queer”  events all over town.
 Also for something different The Slice brings in Australian electro act Kid Mac, who performs with a full band on March 27.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 March 2014 11:06 )  
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