Irish rockers raise money for orchestra

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Photo provided Dave Brown and Dave Rooney of the Black Donnelly's will perform at the "Celebrate St. Paddy's Day Early!" event, a Nov. 26 fundraiser for the Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra.

CLINTON - Everyone's invited to the "Celebrate St. Paddy's Day Early!" event at Boxcar's, 108 Allen St., to benefit the Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra from 7 - 10 p.m. on Nov. 26, according to Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra Business/Marketing Manager Shannon Schoville.

The fun-filled evening will feature the lively Irish rock of The Black Donnelly's. Tickets are $20 per person, and seating is limited to 60 people.

The Black Donnelly's are a talented duo from Dublin who bring an Irish flair to traditional American rock music. They are the subject of a feature film pre-screened back in September at the Beloit International Film Festival titled "This is Home."

The band consists of award-winning guitarist and lead singer/songwriter Dave Rooney, and Guiness world record breaking guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Dave Browne. Browne broke the world record for marathon guitar playing in 2011, when he played guitar for 114 hours continuously in Dublin's cultural quarter, Temple Bar. Rooney was voted best Irish singer/songwriter of the year in 2012 by radio Irish in New York City.

The evening also will feature a silent auction, with the winners being announced after the concert.

"Dinner is not included, but the food is always excellent at Boxcars," Schoville said.

All funds raised go toward helping the Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra further its mission of providing quality music entertainment and education to the Stateline Area. Tickets can be purchased through Boxcars in Clinton, Knapton Musik Knotes in Janesville, or Creekside Music Academy in Downtown Beloit.

Schoville said the evening is the fourth fundraiser Boxcar owners Tim and Randi Pogorelski have hosted for the Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra.

Founded by Ian Nie in 2012, the orchestra is a 501c3 nonprofit string ensemble located in the Stateline Area.

Its mission is to entertain and education the community through performances of classical music, Broadway tunes, and orchestral pop and contemporary music during the summer months. The orchestra is comprised of professional and semi-professional musicians, and often features guest artists and winners of the Nie Young Artist Competition at its concerts.

It also operates a week-long Summer Youth String Camp in July, during which area youth are invited to work with members of the orchestra as well as guest musicians such as international jazz violinist and recording artist Randy Sabien.

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