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Immerse yourself in Irish culture at the Second Saturday Community Center this Saturday at Winona Grange in Tualatin. Learn more here:

COURTESY PHOTO - John Whelan will play the Second Saturday concert at Winona Grange Jan. 11.

Irish-PDX will present its Second Saturday Community Concert Jan. 11 at Winona Grange, 8340 SW Seneca St., in Tualatin. Guest performer is John Whelan, a seven-time All-Ireland Champion, and one of the world's best living Irish button accordion players.

Whelan was raised in the vibrant London Irish music scene from the time he started playing in 1970. He learned his craft from the legends Lucy Farr, Roger Sherlock, Paddy Taylor, Mick O'Connor and his teacher Brendan Mulkare, and recorded his first album in 1974 at the age of 14, then toured extensively throughout England and Ireland. He moved to the U.S. in 1980 at the age of 20.

He teamed up with Brian Conway and Eileen Ivers in the U.S., and recorded his first highly regarded US album with Ivers in 1987. They toured the U.S. and Canada and were awarded the Duo of the Decade by Earle Hitchner. In 1990, Whalen recorded his first solo CD in the U.S., "From the Heart," which won an honorable mention by NAIRD. In 1995, Whalen signed a five CD contract of Narada, a large independent record label based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, becoming one of the highest selling traditional artists in the genre.

Through his contract with Narada, Whalen has sold close to one million CDs, appeared on national television shows, and his music has been used in television shows like "Sex in The City," "History's Mysteries" and "History Detective."

Tickets to the Jan. 11 concert can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com/event/4426142 or by calling 800-838-3006.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m., the show begins at 7:30 p.m.

— For The Review, Tidings


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