MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - The Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage invites you to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at a special performance featuring the talents of the Daoine Irish Music Band.

“An Evening of Irish Music, Song & Dance” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 15 at the South Amboy High School Auditorium, located at 200 Governor Hoffman Plaza on John T. O’Leary Boulevard in South Amboy.

Daoine (pronounce "DEE-nee") is the Irish word for "people." The Daoine Irish Music Band is a group of musicians and friends that love to play Irish music and share it with others, so that this music created centuries ago in Ireland and America will continue to find a new audience.

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The evening’s program will include dance music (jigs, reels and hornpipes) as well as hauntingly beautiful airs and songs and will be accompanied by sean nós (Irish “old-style”) dancing. The group’s instruments include fiddle, uilleann (Irish) pipes, bodhran, button accordion, whistle, flute, bouzouki and banjo.

“This annual event honoring traditional Irish culture is a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “Whether you’re Irish or just want to enjoy the holiday spirit, I hope you will come out for this special event.”

“Music is a great way to bring people together and allow them to gain a better understanding of different cultures,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the Business Development and Education Committee. “This looks to be another fun and interesting program from the Office of Culture and Heritage.”

Admission is free, but registration is required. To register, call 732-745-4489.

Persons with hearing disabilities may dial 732-745-3888 (TTY users only) or 711, the New Jersey Relay System. In case of inclement weather, call 732-296-8966. An Assistive Listening System will be in use during programs.  An American Sign Language Interpreter can be provided with a two-week advance request.

Funding for “An Evening of Irish Music, Song & Dance” has been provided in part by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Folklife Program for New Jersey, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and in association with the City of South Amboy and the South Amboy Parade Committee.