Grafton – Apple Tree Arts will hold the Blarney Blast party to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Friday, March 4, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Polish National Home, 7 Main St. in South Grafton. The event features live music, hors d’ouevres, a raffle to win tickets to a Dropkick Murphys concert and a cash bar. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets are available at Apple Tree Arts’ office, second floor of the Congregational Church, 30 Grafton Common. All proceeds support Apple Tree Arts’ operations.
Two bands will perform at the party. The 19 Carter Street Band, including Dave Coleman, longtime supporter of Apple Tree Arts, will play instrumental old-time and blue grass music. The band’s six musicians will play guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and bass guitar.
Apple Tree Arts’ board member Mike O’Brien leads the Grand Old Irish Band, which will perform traditional Irish music like “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,” “Molly Malone” and “Black Velvet Band.” Band members include fiddler Mike O’Brien; Linda Wade playing Irish flute and concertina, a lap-held accordion; vocalist and guitarist Bob Griffin; Robin Kynoch playing Irish whistle and accordion; and fiddler and mandolin player Greg Wade.
Founded in 1989, Apple Tree Arts, a nonprofit organization, has grown to serve over 1,000 children and adults annually with early childhood music classes, group keyboard lessons, private music and voice instruction, ensembles, theatre arts programs, community events and community concerts. For more information, visit www.appletreearts.org