The wearing of the green won’t be just trees and mistletoe this December.

Instead, the historic Aitkin Opera House will be decking the halls with shamrocks, as the downtown venue ushers in St. Patty’s Day early with a special performance by Caleigh and more.


On December 9th, Aitkin’s Opera House, which sprang from the wild frontier lumber town at the start of the 20th century and became one of the first places a young Judy Garland got her start on stage, will celebrate the famous Irish holiday a few months early with a live performance by the popular Bemidji, Minnesota-based celtic-folk band Caleigh, which has been at the forefront of those fusion stylings for the last two decades.

The trio, consisting of Lenore Siems, Dee Furfaro and April Larson, often don an array of instruments, including a harp, fiddle, bodhran, banjo, accordion, guitars and more, and will take the audience on a musical journey that inspires the imagination and brings to life sounds of old world Ireland. All Minnesota-born, Lenore lives outside Bemidji, Dee outside of Pinewood and April lives on a ranch south of Bagley.

The concert will begin promptly at 7 p.m. on the top level of the Butler Building.

The concert is being sponsored by Brian Carlson, owner of Carlson Talent in Grand Rapids and provides talent to fairs and festivals around the country. “I love the Opera House and thought the Caleigh would be the perfect group to bring in over the holidays,” stated Carlson.

Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased through EventBrite or $18 at the door.

For more information visit Caleigh’s official website, or call Sylvia Allen, building owner, at 218-678-2441.