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Symphony welcomes solist

Sunday marks the first Grays Harbor Symphony concert of the Bishop Center season. This event is called “Hidden Treasures” and will showcase lesser known works like Beethoven’s “12 German Dances”, Grainger’s “Molly on the Shore”, and Vaughan Williams’ “Rhosymedre.” In addition, a live soundtrack will accompany Hilary Audus’ animated short film “The Bear.” The film won a Peabody Award in 1998 and its soundtrack was composed by Howard Blake.

McDonnell brings the Irish tradition back

If Ireland could be described by one attribute, it would have to be storytelling. No nation on the planet has made more raconteurs more often than Ireland. So it should delight most locals to know that one of Ireland’s best is coming here to the Harbor during 2015 Irish Music Festival that started this week.

Irish Music Festival opens on the coast

If it’s true that we’re all a little bit Irish, then next week’s local music will help you confirm that. Galway Bay Pub in Ocean Shores kicks off their Twelfth Annual Irish Music Festival on Wednesday in both Ocean Shores and Hoquiam.

Driftwood presents new view of “Godspell”

Get ready to hear “Day by Day” hummed around town. Saturday begins the Driftwood Players’ new season with the musical “Godspell” opening at 7:30 p.m. at their permanent home 120 E. 3rd St., Aberdeen. The local production, directed by Ron Rogers, takes a fresh approach to the beloved musical. The show kicks off a season of robust shows including “Steel Magnolias” and “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.” The entire season is dedicated to longtime member Tobi Ingram.

Whale of a quilt show arrives

If you’re a quilter, this weekend in Ocean Shores is the weekend you wait for all year long. The Sea Quilt Guild presents the 22nd annual Whale of a Quilt Show from Sept. 18-20 at the Ocean Shores Convention Center.

Aberdeen’s MacDonald represents founding MacDonalds at Festival

Aberdeen will be one Scot short this weekend, when our very own Robert MacDonald Ford III heads to the Hood Canal Highland Celtic Festival in Belfair. Ford will be the raconteur of note – in full kilt and traditional Celtic attire – delivering stories of Aberdeen’s ship builder Tom MacDonald and saloon owner, Billy MacDonald. Responsible for building four masted ships right here on the Chehalis and Wishkah rivers, Tom MacDonald joins Billy MacDonald, proprietor of bars and dance halls on Aberdeen’s former Hume Street (now State Street), as some of the city’s most unforgettable founders.

McCleary Musican earns international cred

McCleary’s own Brittany Kingery just picked up a number of Trop Rock Music Award nominations in the categories of Best Vocalist, Best Album and Best Song for “Tequila Talking”. Here, she’s recording at Exit 104 Media Studio in Olympia. Expect a new album from this local artist in the summer of 2016. Trop Rock is a genre of music combining Rock ‘n’ Roll, Country and Caribbean that extols a laid-back way of life. The 8th Annual Trop Rock Music Award winners will be announced at the Nov. 5 ceremony in Key West, Fla. Catch Kingery’s last Washington show this year (before she snowbirds to Mexico) at Just Left Pub and Grill in Lynnwood on Sunday, Aug. 23.