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Published 3/9/2005

Slainte Mhath to Perform at Owens Center for Fine and Performing Arts, March 19

Slainte Mhath Area residents are invited to enjoy a night of traditional Celtic music mixed with contemporary electronic sound as Owens Community College's Center for Fine and Performing Arts hosts the internationally renown Celtic group Slainte Mhath on Saturday, March 19. The band will appear in the College's Mainstage Theatre at 8 p.m.

"Owens Community College is excited to bring such an astonishing band to the Northwest Ohio community," said Barbara Barkan, Owens Operations Manager for the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. "With Slainte Mhath's unique and modernized music, audience members are in for not only traditional Celtic music, but also a rock-pop version intertwined with hooks, grooves and sub-base lines."

The Canadian Celtic band Slainte Mhath (pronounced Slawncha Va; Gaelic for, "Good health to you") is considered by many as one of the most talented young bands on the international Celtic music scene. Much of their live set is traditional, however, the band also plays Celtic music with electronic sampling.

The five-member band features the talents of Lisa Gallant (bodhran/percussion, fiddle and step dancing), Boyd MacNeil (octave mandolin, fiddle, guitars and percussion), Ryan MacNeil (keyboards and percussion), Brian Talbot (drums and percussion) and John MacPhee (Highland bagpipes, Scottish reel pipes and the Irish flute).

Playing together for six years, the band has pleased crowds worldwide, including in Canada, Europe, Japan, Mexico, Taiwan and the United States. The group has been the featured act in many festivals highlighted by the Cape Breton's Celtic Colours International Festival, the Toronto Streetfest, Central Park's Summer Stage, the Chicago Celtic Festival and London's Coin Street Festival, among others.

Additionally, the band played their own version of TSN's Silver Cup theme song on a national broadcast during the 2003 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, kicked off the 2003 East Coast Music Awards and was featured in a Scottish documentary film aimed at inspiring Scottish youth to embrace their culture.

Assisting Owens in bringing Slainte Mhath to the College was the Consulate General of Canada in Detroit.

Tickets are $18 for the public. To purchase tickets visit www.stagetix.com or contact the College's Box Office. For more information about Slainte Mhath, contact the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at (567) 661-2787 or 1-800-GO- OWENS, Ext. ARTS (2787).

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, and Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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