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If you're Irish come into the parlour

Presenting award winning fiddler Marian Burns and Friends in an Irish extravaganza of frenzied playing, with the occasional slow ballad thrown in while we all catch our breath! This Irish variety show comes with a health warning: “Fast paced Irish music may bring on uncontrollable bouts of fun and joy”.

‘If you’re Irish, come into the parlour...’ goes the ever popular song and as everyone loves Irish music we invite you all to pop in. Grab something green and skip along to this Irish themed toe tapping wonderful new show from the award-winning Daytime Concert Series, with favourite Irish tunes including Phil the Fluter’s Ball, That’s an Irish Lullaby, McNamara’s Band and I’ll take thee home again – to name a few.

Led by the ever popular Marian Burns with Operatunity Director John Cameron and guest artists Alex Milligan, Ben McDonald and Imogen Thirlwall, accompanied by Irish band.

Marian Burns and her trusty violin have been fiddling their way across the world at 100 miles an hour, from the top of the Eiffel Tower to the bottom of the Grand Canyon with the Blarney Castle and the Grand Ole Opry in between. Marian has been taking the world by storm with her exuberance and passion for music. This dynamic New Zealand artist is racking up awards faster than her version of the Orange Blossom Special (and that’s damn fast!) taking home New Zealand’s prestigious ‘Benny Award’ at the 2012 Variety Artists Awards, Australia’s ‘Best Fiddler as a Soloist’ at the 2013 Golden Fiddle Awards and presented with the ‘Life Time Achievement Award’ upon celebrating 40 years of playing the violin.

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Marian Burns
John Cameron
Alex Milligan
Ben McDonald
Imogen Thirlwall
Plus Irish Band

***From left to right: Alex Milligan, Marian Burns, Ben McDonald & John Cameron

Venues and dates

Christchurch ​Fri 18 Oct
Dunedin​​ ​​Tues 22 Oct
Gisborne​​ ​​Wed 30 Oct
Greymouth​​ ​Thurs 17 Oct
Hamilton​​​​ Fri 11 Oct
Hastings​​​​ Thurs 31 Oct
Howick​​ Tues 12 Nov
Invercargill​​​ Wed 23 Oct
Kapiti​​​​ Tues 5 Nov
Lower Hutt​​ ​Mon 4 Nov
Masterton​​ ​Fri 1 Nov
Nelson​​​​ Wed 16 Oct
New Plymouth​​ ​Fri 8 Nov
North Shore​​​ Thurs 24 Oct
Orewa​​​​ Tues 15 Oct
Palmerston Nth​​ ​Wed 6 Nov
Papakura​​​​ Thurs 14 Nov
Remuera​​ ​​Mon 14 Oct
Rotorua​​​​ Tues 29 Oct
Tauranga​​​​ Fri 25 Oct
Te Atatu​​​​ Mon 11 Nov
Timaru​​ ​​Mon 21 Oct
Wanganui​​​ Thurs 7 Nov
Whangarei​​ ​Fri 15 Nov

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