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Free Irish music concerts set in area

Join the library for a free Jim Haney & Friends Irish music concert on Thursday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Frazee Event Center, and Thursday, Feb. 10, in the Mahnomen Library.

Jim Haney & Friends seek to illuminate Irish history and culture through Irish music.

Haney is a singer/songwriter and front man for the Celtic rock/Americana roots band, Poitin (pah-CHEEN, Irish Gaelic for illegal homemade whiskey).

He will perform with some of his musical collaborators from Poitin, singer and dancer Bonnie Haney, and Jason Thorstad, both members of Poitin.

Bonnie Haney is a dancer and choreographer, and the songwriter, female singer and bodhran player in Poitin.

Jason Thorstad is a Fargo native, and plays the Irish tenor banjo and the Irish bouzouki. He also teaches music in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Haney was lead guitar player and one of the singers in the Sons of Liberty, a rock band from Detroit Lakes from 1965-67. He comes from a musical family. His mother Theresa and sister Mary on piano often accompanied Jim when singing the old Irish songs as a youth. His uncle, Johnny Lawler, of Westside, Iowa, was a Sligo-style traditional Irish fiddler and teacher and had a big influence on Jim's musical direction.

In 2001 Haney answered an advertisement in a newspaper for Irish musicians to form a band, which became Poitin.

They are currently in the process of producing their fifth album of jigs, reels and songs, exploring the Red River Métis music tradition. For upcoming dates for Poitin and to order a CD go to

Programming is sponsored by Lake Agassiz Regional Library and supported in part or in whole with funds from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage fund.

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