By Catherine O’Hara • REVIEW STAFF
Looking to have a toe-tapping good time? Carlisle United Church is where it’s at.
On March 3, the Centre Road church is hosting a special concert, featuring the Steel City Rovers, a five-person Celtic band that hails from Hamilton.
The group, comprised of Ryan and Joel Mckenna, Syd Read, Celina DiCecca and Mark Fletcher, promises to take concert-goers on “a magical journey from the shores of the old countries to the cutting edge of our modern world.”
And if that weren’t enough to entice residents to come to the show, the band’s use of unique instruments will. “Some of the different flutes and recorders and things that they use are quite interesting,” said Janet Heeley, the church’s secretary.
Steel City Rovers’ instrumentation includes the octave fiddle, mandola, Scottish small pipes, Irish whistles, and accordion. Paired with their powerful vocals, the band delivers some awesome Celtic tunes, infused with bluegrass and folk, which are sure to entertain all members of the family.
“It’s very upbeat and the music is lively,” said Heeley.
While the Hamilton quintet will be performing live at the Carlisle venue for the first time, the church has hosted numerous concerts in the past, many of which featured a full house.
“We would love there to be a sold-out crowd this year,” said Heeley, noting that proceeds from ticket sales help cover the church’s operational costs.
Tickets to the Sunday, Mar. 3 Steel City Rovers concert at Carlisle United Church cost $20 each or $35 for two. Children under the age of 12 can enjoy the show for free. Tickets can be purchased at the church, 1432 Centre Rd. in Carlisle. They can also be acquired by calling the church office at 905-689-8630 or Catherine at 905-690-7472.
The band’s performance is slated to being at 7 p.m. and should wrap up by 9:30 p.m. Refreshments will follow.