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Published on March 13, 2018 9:35AM

The Claddagh Irish Dancers

The Claddagh Irish Dancers

Gary Burman and Nora Sherwood

Gary Burman and Nora Sherwood

With music, dancing, great food and spirited conversation, St. Patrick’s Day often seems like too big of a celebration to squeeze into a single night. So, the Lincoln City Cultural Center is doubling the fun with a two-night party on Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17, offering a traditional Irish dinner along with music and dance performances.

Head chef and events manager Judy Hardy will be dishing up homemade corned beef and cabbage, served with carrots and potatoes, and Irish soda bread, plus a surprise dessert.

The entertainment will begin at 7 pm, led by Nora Sherwood and Gary Burman, who perform together (and with friends) as Pipedance. Sherwood is a retired Irish dance champion who competed and taught for the Bennett School of Irish Dance in Colorado before moving to the Oregon Coast. From ceili to sean-nós, and from set to step dance, she enjoys sharing her love of Irish dance and the lively music that accompanies it, playing the bodhrán or Irish frame drum, as well as the penny whistle. She is also an accomplished painter and illustrator of the natural world, who has enjoyed several exhibits in the center’s Chessman Gallery.

Burman is a lifelong musician who performs on the Irish uilleann bagpipes, guitar, flutes and whistles. He is a sometime balladeer and a craftsman who builds his own pipes and enjoys playing on instruments he has built himself.

Joining Burman and Sherwood this year are two musicians from Newberg: guitarist-bassist Seán Boyle and bodhrán player Ciarán O’hEidhin.

Together, the foursome will provide the live music for two groups: the accomplished Claddagh Dancers of Salem, and the Lincoln City sean-nós dancers. The latter meet every Monday night at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, and are working to grow the Oregon Coast “Celtic contingent.”

Advance tickets are $30 for dinner and the show, with seating at 6 pm both nights. Show-only table seating is also available at $16 for adults or $5 for kids, with seating at 6:45 pm.

Tickets are $2 more on the night of the show. To purchase, go to lincolncityculturalcenter.org or call 541-994-9994.

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