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Irish singers, dancers tonight at Brawley's Palmer center

March 24, 2001

BRAWLEY — More than a week has come and gone since St. Patrick's Day, but tonight the spirit of Ireland's patron saint will be in full effect as some of the Emerald Isle's finest dancers, singers and comedians perform in a cabaret-style setting at the Palmer Performing Arts Center here.

The Claddagh Club of Imperial Valley and the North County Coalition for the Imperial County Arts Council present Noel V. Ginnity and Dublin's Traditional Irish Cabaret at 7:30 tonight at the theater on the campus of Brawley Union High School.

Ginnity, known as "Ireland's funniest man," will be joined by Irish singers Paul Hennessy, one of the three "Irish Tenors," and Catherine Coates performing alongside Irish musicians.

Reel- and jig-dancing cast members, hand-picked by Ginnity, will be on hand.

Dublin's Traditional Irish Cabaret, described as "the liveliest blend of traditional Irish dance, ballads, song and humor," will be accompanied by traditional Celtic instrumentation such as accordions, piano, Uileann pipes and tin and low whistles.


Admission is $45 and $25 at the Palmer box office.

Originally from Kells, County Meath, Ireland, Ginnity traveled his native land telling jokes and working hundreds of shows before headlining Doyle's Irish Cabaret in Dublin, which he performed nightly for six months a year for 23 years.

Ginnity has performed throughout the world, taking his comedic cabaret to every corner of Ireland as well as the Caribbean, the United States, Europe and Australia.

Supporting cast members like Coates and Hennessy also bring impressive résumés.

Coates, a veteran of both stage and television productions, has been performing in front of audiences since she was 9 years old.

Hennessy studied at the Leinster School of Music in Dublin before launching his professional career. He has released numerous albums, including his 1994 debut "Follow Me Up to Broadway," which features songs from "Phantom of the Opera," "Les Miserables," "West Side Story" and "South Pacific."

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