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Celtic flavor on stage
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MONROE - From lively Irish jigs and reels to haunting Scottish ballads, the Madison-based Celtic band "StoneRing" will transport their audience overseas to the mystical and romantic land of Celtic music, when they present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, in the Gunderson Stiles Concert Hall at the Monroe Arts Center.

Band members Charlie Johnson, Beth Johnson, Linda Wendt and Bill Rients are dedicated to preserving the musical tradition of Celtic music and presenting it to today's audiences. They perform a mixture of dance music and songs, some traditional and some composed by band members on a wide variety of acoustic instruments such as guitar, banjo, harmonica, concertina, mandolin, harp, flute, recorders, whistle, and smallpipes. They seamlessly blend their instrumentation with stunning vocals.

Bill Rients of Monroe is the only member from the Madison area.

"We always love playing to the audiences in Monroe and we are really looking forward to performing on the Monroe Arts Center stage. It's a great sounding room," he said.

"StoneRing" has been a perennial favorite of the St. Andrew's Societies and Shamrock Clubs of Madison and Milwaukee. They also have performed at Milwaukee's Irish Fest, Highland Games, Irish Cultural Heritage Center, as well as in concert halls all over the Midwest.

Reserved seat tickets are $25 and $20. Single tickets, as well as value-priced ticket packages, may be purchased by calling the Monroe Arts Center at 325-5700 or in person at the box office located at 1315 11th St. Additional information regarding this performance and other MAC events can be found online at

This event has been underwritten by Corporate Underwriter The Swiss Colony, and Media Underwriters Monroe Publishing, LLC, and Big Radio. Additional underwriting has been provided by Paul and Sue Barrett, Martin Arnold and Rachel Long, Wisconsin Community Bank, Deb Thompson, Bob and Gaida Vickerman, and Helen Johnson.