"A little bit of Irish is coming to Galesburg just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.
The Orpheum Theatre kicks off its 2011 Red Carpet Series with a performance at 7:30 p.m. March 10 by Celtic Crossroads’ World Fusion Tour.
The group hails from Galway City, Ireland, where its members started performing on the streets of the city.
Kevin Crosby, a producer of the group, formed EMK productions with his brother, Eamon, and Michael McClintock in 2005 and began auditioning musicians from around the world to play traditional Irish music.
Celtic Crossroads is named for the days when the Irish were forbidden by their British rulers to play their music in public. So they’d gather after hours.
“Irish people, being the great lawbreakers they are, had this tradition of meeting at the crossroads,” Crosby said. “That’s when the big joy of the community spirit came out.”"
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