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A Night Of Irish Song & Frivolity With Mary Murphy & Paul Keim– Fundraising Concert

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$25 – $30

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the March 16th fundraising concert at St. George’s United Church at 7pm promises to be a toe-tapping night of Irish tunes featuring singer Mary Murphy, who will be joined by guitarist-husband Paul Keim for “An Irish Evening of Song & Frivolity.”

Songs will be sung primarily in English language, but Irish language will be interjected to give the audience an authentic flavour of culture. The second set promises a “wee bit” of frivolity for all to participate in, and according to Ms. Murphy, “It’s promised that no audience singing will be involved, but three gift baskets will be.”

Tickets are $25 in advance on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/an-irish-evening-of-song-frivolity-with-mary-murphy-paul-keim-tickets-808383656277?aff=oddtdtcreator; tickets are also at the church office in advance or $30 at the door. The first 50 ticket purchasers receive a complimentary CD.

Ms. Murphy, a native of Ireland who calls the Comox Valley her home-away-from-home, is a touchstone to Ireland–so authentically Irish that she and her music take first-generation immigrants home again. She is a prolific musician, writer and recording artist – with twelve musical releases and six books under her belt (one of which has just been a finalist in an International Book Award). The majority of her musical CD’s include a lovely helping of her native Irish language. Her precise vocal characteristics and whistle playing have been added to countless artistic projects (including a feature film).

She will be accompanied by talented guitarist/engineer/producer husband, Paul Keim, who adds a myriad of stringed instruments to Mary’s performances, creating the vital foundation for Mary to spring from. She has also been the featured singer for Will Millar (founder of the Irish Rovers) for the many years leading up to his retirement.

For videos or more bio info, see marymurphy.ca.

The concert will raise money for Lilli House, a safe destination provided by the Comox Valley Transition Society for women and children fleeing abuse. A portion of proceeds will also go to St. George’s United Church.

The Comox Valley Transition Society was founded in 1987 by a group of caring members of our community who were concerned that women in abusive relationships had nowhere to go. In 1992, the Society purchased and opened Lilli House, a large, comfortable home with 11 beds in 6 bedrooms situated in a quiet residential neighbourhood that provides a safe, confidential space for women fleeing violence and their children.

St. George’s raises funds through a variety of events during the year to benefit local non-profits. In 2023, the church donated more than $40,000 to community groups, including Habitat for Humanity, LUSH, the Comox Valley Food Bank, the Coldest Night of the Year, the Comox Valley Child Development Association, the Transition Society, and many others.

Located in the heart of downtown Courtenay at 505 6th Street, St. George’s United Church is a spiritually vibrant, inclusive, justice-seeking community of faith that has been changing lives in the Comox Valley for over a century. Its vision is to be a Christian Church that is a beacon of God’s love and hope in the community, doing so through unconditional welcome, spiritual transformation, and reaching out in love for the common good.


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