Stronghold to host Concert in the Castle

OREGON—Molly & the Tinker, Tourdion, CrossRogues, Seelie Court and Tippler’s Way will perform in a benefit concert Nov. 30 in the Great Hall of Stronghold’s Castle. Tight vocal harmonies, guitars, tin whistles, bodhrans and hammered dulcimers blend with humor, energy and romance for a unique musical experience that is sometimes Celtic, sometimes folk. The music and easy performance style make these groups favorites at venues throughout southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois and beyond.

Molly & the Tinker is a popular comedy/musical group. Brian and Diane Leo have delighted audiences throughout the Midwest, Virginia, Massachusetts and in Cappamore, County Limerick, Ireland. Media appearances have included the Dr. Demento Show and New Year’s Eve performances on Chicago’s WTTW-TV.

Tourdion, featuring Adam Velez and Chris Vail, includes traditional songs of the British Isles and songs composed by Adam in their sets. Voted No. 1 new music group at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival in 1998, these two play the mandolin, cittern, guitar and bodhran.

CrossRogues, comprised of Rob Middleton, Lucas Morgan and Jesse Prosise, brings an earthy, full-spirited vitality to their music. CrossRogues has a loyal following at Stronghold’s Olde English Faire and Bristol Renaissance Faire.

Popular in Milwaukee and at Bristol Renaissance Faire, Seelie Court keeps the oral tradition of music alive, singing songs of Ireland, Scotland and England, the Renaissance, sea shanties and original pieces.

Tippler’s Way features Brian Leo, Gordon Lyons and Jesse Prosise. The vocal and instrumental blends featured in the group’s repertoire bring a new dimension to traditional songs. Listen closely, and you might even hear echoes of the Everly Brothers.

The matinee is 1:30 p.m., and the evening

concert is at 7 p.m. on Nov. 30. Advance tickets for the concert are $18 per person, or $20 at the door. Seating is limited. Coffee, cider and light snacks will be provided. All ticket proceeds benefit Stronghold, a conference center owned and operated by the Presbytery of Blackhawk, and its programs.

Concert tickets may be purchased by sending your name, address and phone number with a check to Stronghold, Box 199, Oregon, IL 61061. Please indicate matinee or evening performance and the number of tickets requested.

Stronghold’s International Gift Shop will be open from noon to 6:30 p.m. in the Brubaker Center. Concert ticket holders may tour the Castle at 1 or 6 p.m. Stronghold is located two miles north of Oregon, Ill., on Route 2. For more information, call (815) 732-6111 or check

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