IRRIGON - Music in the Parks grand finale features the music and dance of the Celts.

Skweez the Weezle and Comerford Irish Dancers will take the stage at 7 p.m. at the Irrigon Marina. The final concert of the summer series will also feature a barbecue and concessions beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the marina park with proceeds to benefit the Irrigon Watermelon Festival. The menu includes hamburgers, chili burgers and chili dogs, hot dogs, French fries, corn on the cob watermelon and soft drinks.

Skweez the Weezle is a Tri-Cities based band formed in 1999 under the direction of David Lanigan. The group plays Celtic instrumental music ranging from slow ballads to driving jigs and reels in traditional and progressive arrangements.

The band's current repertoire includes traditional, modern and original tunes from the Borders and Highlands of Scotland, Wales, Cape Breton and the United States.

Lanigan has been playing the various types of bagpipes for more than 19 years. He also plays the dulcimer and whistles. He has performed solo and in bands throughout the Northwest.

In 1996, Lanigan traveled to the Scottish Hebrides Island of South Uist, where he took part in the first annual Ceolas school. He is still an active member of the Desert Thistle Pipe Band, where he was a pipe major.

Troy Hanford plays guitar and sings for the group. Hanford brings more than 20 years experience to the group. He formed "Badger Mountain Boys," a country band at age 16. Several years later his love of Celtic music manifested itself and influenced him to learn to play the Highland bagpipes. He answered Lanigan's "musicians wanted" ad in 1999, which led to the foundation of Skweez the Weezle.

Dawn Gordon is a classically trained violinist who began playing at age four. She also sings and plays the guitar, viola and cello. While in high school she was the concert master of the orchestra and local youth symphony.

Gordon grew up listening to folk and Celtic music so it was natural to "fiddle around" with Celtic music. She joined the band in May 1999 and brought an interesting dimension to the band's sound.

Denver Greer plays the bodhran, the Irish frame drum, sings backup vocal and plays the "shaky things." He studied the bodhran under Irish greats, Tommy Hayes, Steafan Hannigan and Conner Long "how to" videos. He also joined Skweez the Weezle in May 1999. He is a bass drummer and business manager of the Desert Thistle Pipe Band.

Joining Skweez the Weezle is the Comerford Irish Dancers. The dance troupe will present high-energy traditional Celtic individual and group dance numbers.

Families are invited to bring lawn chairs, and come early to enjoy the barbecue in the park before the event.

Irrigon Marina Park is located on 10th Street in Irrigon.

Music in the Parks is funded by Morrow County Unified Recreation District and Portland General Electric and sponsored by North Morrow Community Foundation.


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