Squid Jiggers’ St. Paddy’s revelry will benefit the hungry

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LISBON — The maritime/Celtic folk duo The Squid Jiggers will return to Graziano’s Casa Mia for a couple of concerts on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.

The performances — one at 4 p.m., the other at 8 o’clock — will raise funds and goods for the Lisbon Area Christian Outreach Clothing and Food Pantry through raffle giveaways and donations.

The Squids will share Irish songs and stories while Chef Joe Graziano serves a Paddy’s Day menu, including corned beef and cabbage. Beer and spirits will be available at the bar.

“We’ll be digging deep and pulling out Irish songs no one’s ever heard us play before,” said bass and whistle player Dave Rowe. “And we have enough material to keep going for hours without repeating ourselves.”

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“We’re like an Energizer Leprechaun on St. Paddy’s Day. We just keep going and going,” added Troy R. Bennett, guitar and concertina player.

Rowe and Bennett combine their talents on guitar, bass, bodhran and tin whistles to lay down a musical base for their robust vocal harmonies. They play songs from Maine, Ireland, Scotland, Atlantic Canada and the sea.

They released their first album, “Greatest Hits,” in 2010; their follow-up effort, “33 1/3,” hit the streets in October 2011.

Prizes include Graziano’s gift certificates, Squid Jiggers CDs and merchandise, and signed and matted photographic prints of Ireland taken by Bennett, who is a professional photographer.

“I’ve been to Ireland a bunch of times and even did some college time there, too,” Bennett said. “I have some knockout pictures nobody has seen and I’m happy to donate a few for this wicked good cause.”

To raise additional cash for LACO, The Squid Jiggers will auction off “Danny Boy” and other standard requests to the highest bidders.

“Yep, we’re holding them for ransom,” Rowe  said. “If you want to hear ‘When Irish Eyes are Smiling’ or ‘Danny Boy’ or ‘The Unicorn Song,’ you’re going to have to cough up some money to feed hungry people.”

To enter raffles and song auctions, concertgoers should bring nonperishable food items or cash.

LACO, a nonprofit sponsored by churches in Lisbon, Durham and Bowdoin, operates a food pantry at Marion T. Morse Community Center. There are no financial qualifications for food assistance, simply proof of residence. For more information, call Carol Day at 353-8019 or James Duley at 353-6002; or visit www.lacopantry.org.

Go and do

WHAT: Two concerts benefiting Lisbon Area Christian Outreach Clothing and Food Pantry

WHO: The Squid Jiggers

WHEN: 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 17

WHERE: Graziano’s Casa Mia Restaurant, Lisbon; 353-4335

TICKETS: $15 per person for one show, $25 for both; available at Graziano’s or any Squid Jigger show; or call toll free 1-866-655-7171

NOTE: A St. Patrick’s Day menu, including corned beef and cabbage, will be available (not included in ticket price).

 

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