Rimbey library fundraiser features pub night with Celtic band

The Rimbey library board has decided to liven up its major fundraiser this year and hold a pub night featuring St. James’s Gate

The Rimbey library board has decided to liven up its major fundraiser this year and hold a pub night featuring St. James’s Gate, a popular Celtic band.

The library fundraiser is to be held Nov. 29 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Rimbey Community Centre.

Librarian Jean Keetch said she is excited about the fundraiser.

“They are a very talented band, very popular. They have a strong following. It will be like a pub night. People can listen to the music, have some drinks and there will be food available. We will also have 50/50 draws and a wheel of fortune. There will be space for dancing, as well.”

Keetch said the library board decided they wanted to try something different than the traditional fundraising dinner theatre this year in an effort to raise more awareness about the library, and, in the process, bring in much needed dollars.

“The money is to go towards our operating budget,” she said. “Every year we need to do a fundraiser to raise funds to meet our needs,” she said.

St. James’s Gate is comprised of musicians whose Celtic inspired tunes consists of dynamic vocals, three-part harmonies, rousing fiddle music, acoustic/electric bass and rhythm guitar and drums guaranteed to entertain young and old.

The band specializes in a variety of Irish music, including beautiful ballads and waltzes, faster than lightning jigs and reels, traditional pub songs and contemporary Irish music. They also incorporate bluegrass, polka, Cajun, and classic English/American rock and folk songs in their musical selections.