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The Ring of Kerry will be hosting a holiday concert on Thursday night at the Cultural Center in New York Mills.

The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center will host the Ring of Kerry Holiday Concert on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cultural Center.

Ring of Kerry is a bursting-with-energy Irish music group that captures the hearts of listeners. The group takes its name from a beautiful craggy drive in southwestern County Kerry, Ireland. Its Celtic music, however, is played with a heart much closer to its American home.

Based in Minnesota, Ring of Kerry plays Irish music on a variety of Celtic instruments, including whistles, flutes, guitar, hammered dulcimer, fiddle and bodhran. All five of its engaging musicians sing and play several instruments.  The band and their musical specialties include Paul Cotton–percussionist and founder, Paul Imholte–the musical stringman, Charlie Roth–storyteller and songwriter, Emma Nistler, singer and flutist, and Cristina Seaborn–fiddle player extraordinaire.

Ring of Kerry is at times a raucous pub band enticing the crowd to sing along, stomp their feet and to join the merriment. In other moments, they are able to beautifully serenade their audience while strolling from table to table. 

Ring of Kerry’s specialty, however, is playing highly energetic and engaging stage shows often including fully costumed Irish dancers. For this intimate Cultural Center concert, two Irish dancers will join the show.

Light snacks and cash bar available.  Adult tickets $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Students $5. Buy online at, call 218-385-3339 to reserve, or stop by the Center (open Wednesday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

COVID-19 safety guidelines observed. For this final month of 2021, in the midst of the holiday season, the Cultural Center board and staff respectfully request that all attendees wear masks, in order to keep people all safe and healthy. Please stay home if ill. Full refunds will be given for those who are unable to attend due to illness. Call 385-3339 with questions.

This event is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

For more information, call the Cultural Center at (218) 385-3339 or visit the Center’s website at