Traverse City Record-Eagle


March 15, 2013

One big St. Pat's Day celebration Saturday in Traverse City


“It’s chaos,” said Mike Lloyd, general manager and partner at North Peak. “It’s the one day of the year that we actually have to let our guard down. Normally we control the seating but they pile in 100 or 200 for the parade. They come in and move tables, stand on tables and make announcements. It’s loud. But it’s a lot of fun.”

Kilkenny’s also will hold its annual St. Baldrick’s fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. Licensed cosmetologist Kimberly Lloyd will shave heads for donations to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for childhood cancer research.

At the City Opera House, audition winners in three categories will vie for $1,500 in prizes in the 33rd Danny Boy Contest finals. This year’s finals are part of the UpNorth Media Center’s “Absolutely Irish Teleganza,” an all-Irish concert also featuring Song of the Lakes, the Wild Sullys, cellist Crispin Campbell, piper Stephen MacNeil and fiddler and Celtic flat-picker Ruby John and Dane Hyde.

Danny Boy contestant Gaeyle Gerrie will come all the way from Boyne City to sing her a cappella rendition of the song covered by everyone from Elvis Presley to Joan Baez.

““I try to sing it in a way that translates the emotion,” said Gerrie, a member of Boyne Celtic Session and owner of a music entertainment business called Synergy Sound. “Life is short and when someone is called away they may or may not come back. And that’s profound. ‘Danny Boy’ reflects that type of sentiment.”

The Teleganza runs from 7 to 10 p.m. and will air and stream live on UpNorthTV cable channels 97 & 992 and General admission tickets are $17.50 in advance and $20 at the door at the City Opera House, 941-8082 or

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