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Valentine music on tap in area

The Valentine's weekend music options include local coffeehouses and clubs in addition to theaters. On Feb. 14, Blue Moon After Hours will present classical guitarist Daniel Drubach. The Colleen Raye Duo will entertain in Jimmy's Pub at the St. James Hotel, and the Austin Healy Band is booked at the Woodshed Bar.

The Feb. 15 schedule has an ethnic sound. It includes the Irish Minstrels at the Blue Moon and Con Brio's Latin rhythms and jazz at Rhythm & Brew in Lake City.

Folk Forum goes international

LAKE CITY -- Kelpie, a dynamic duo currently living in Berlin, Germany, will perform a Valentine's Day concert at 8 p.m. Friday at Oak Center General Store, rural Lake City. Ian Melrose from Ayr in the southwest of Scotland and Kerstin Blodig from Bergen, Norway, combine to perform Celtic-Scandinavian acoustic music. A Kelpie is a spirit in Scottish mythology. In Norway, the water troll called Nokken is a similar creature. The duo decided to use the image as a symbol of their music, which combines sounds of the two cultures in vocals and guitar.

John Williams and John Doyle will present an evening of Celtic accordion, concertina and guitar music at 8 p.m. Feb. 15. Both are former band members of the Irish group Solas. Williams is a premiere button accordion and concertina player, and he was the musical teacher for Paul Newman and Tom Hanks in the recent movie "Road to Perdition." Originally from Dublin, Doyle composes, compiles and arranges traditional songs and tunes, performs as a vocalist, plays finger-style guitar and produces. A forum, "Winning Without War: Alternatives in Iraq" with Phil Steger of Friends for a Nonviolent World, will precede the concert at 4 p.m., and there'll be a potluck at 6 p.m.

Tickets to both concerts are $5-$10 depending on ability to pay. Call (507) 753-2080 to check ticket availability.

One-act plays advance in contest

ZUMBROTA -- The Zumbrota High School one-act play, "The Roots of the Aspen," placed first in preliminary competition and advances to the sectional meet today. Wabasha-Kellogg High School's "Do Not Go Gentle" was second in its subregion and also advances. Red Wing High School placed third in its group.

Scottish director lectures on play

RIVER FALLS -- Helen Marie O'Malley, who is with the acclaimed Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland, will present a lecture on the role of theater in contemporary Scottish culture at noon Wednesday in the Studio Theatre at Kleinpell Fine Arts Building, University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

O'Malley is on campus directing a University Theatre production, "The Bondagers," which will be performed Feb. 27-28 and March 1, 6-8. The university has a special relationship with Scotland, participating each year in a Wisconsin in Scotland program which sends 80 students to study and live there for a semester. "The Bondagers," by contemporary playwright Sue Glover, portrays the lives of 19th century women who worked on the great estates in the Borders Region of Scotland.

Barn dance features folk band

Hobgoblin Music will celebrate Valentine's Day Friday with a concert and a "ceilidh" or barn dance featuring ThingumaJig, a popular folk band from the southeast of England. The band is led by Pete and Manny McClellan, owners of the original Hobgoblin Music for which the Red Wing store is named.

Foot-tapping music including songs and dances from Scotland, England, Ireland and America will be performed on a variety of instruments. Novices as well as experienced folk dancers are invited. Admission is $8 for the concert and dance in the Music Loft at Hobgoblin, located on Highway 19. For tickets, call (800) 877-866-3936 or (651) 388-8400.