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'Reclaiming lost ground'

Celtic group Maggie in the Meantime will perform at 7:30 p.m. on March 16 at the Pepsi Cola Theatre for the Performing Arts in Mitchell. (Publicity image courtesy of the Mitchell Area Community Theatre and Maggie in the Meantime)

The sounds and stories of old and new Ireland will be heard in downtown Mitchell.

The Area Community Theatre hosts the Celtic group Maggie in the Meantime at 7:30 p.m. on March 16 at the Pepsi Cola Theatre for the Performing Arts, Mitchell.

Tickets are $10, reserved seats, and are now on sale at the ACT box office at 996-9137, or Tickets will also be available at the door.

Maggie in the Meantime is made up of four musicians who have been playing since they were children: Magdalena (Maggie) Modzelewska, Darrel Fickbohm, Blaine Fickbohm, and Jeff Paul.

"We've toured around the state but we've never actually played in Mitchell for some reason," says Darrel Fickbohm, who is singer for the group. "And we're right where we want to be: The Pepsi Cola Theatre is a marvelous performance space."

Modzelewska is one of the four principal violins in the South Dakota Symphony and has performed in Europe and America as a soloist. Her own musical project, Flower and Flame, has performed in Europe and South Dakota. Blaine Fickbohm, has mastered the wooden drum (cajon), and joins the group from his hometown of Moville, Iowa.

Jeff Paul, from Los Angeles, is the jack-of-all-trades in the group with stage credits in every genre. He is principal oboist in the South Dakota Symphony, but for this show he plays pennywhistle, oboe, keyboards, guitar and English horn.

Darrel Fickbohm, brother to Blaine, is a guitar player, a singer/songwriter and professional actor with performance credits in Europe and America. He describes the group as a distilled blend of storytelling, Celtic, folk, and ballad. In the course of the evening, one hears some familiar tunes and some new.

"Many countries, like Scotland and Ireland, still listen to the same music from generation to generation -- it unites them. We, in America, have gotten away from that kind of popular shared experience, but recent trends in folk revival have been reclaiming lost ground. We've found that nearly everyone has a good time at our shows," Darrel said.

This performance will be made partially possible through a grant given by the South Dakota Arts Council.