Musical Instrument Museum's "Experience Ireland" Brings Irish Traditions to Phoenix in March

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A special family-friendly Celtic drumming class, part of MIM's monthly "Get the Beat! World Drumming Series" happens Saturday. Participants will learn the basics of that Irish beat, and then have plenty of time to bang away in hopes of mastering it. Maybe Bono will show up and join in?

Or maybe it will be someone from Altan, the 25-year-old Irish folk band from County Donegal playing two Sunday evening shows in the MIM theater. Fronted by fiddler and vocalist Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Altan balances traditional Irish songs with rowdy pub-inspired reels and jigs.

But all this dancing and building and banging can only work up an appetite, and Ireland is famous for its hearty foods to keep a person going strong. The hungry should wander over to museum's café where such Irish standards as corned beef and cabbage soup, roasted salmon marinated in Irish whiskey and honey, Irish stout lamb stew with potatoes, carrots and parsley, and chicken and dumplings with black and tan sauce and mustard-spiced potatoes will be available. Wash it all down with a nice Irish Julep! That's a good laddy.

Performances and activities run 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Altan performs at 6 and 8 p.m.) Many are free with museum admission; others come with an additional cost. A complete schedule and price breakdown can be found at

The Musical Instrument Museum is located at 4725 East Mayo Boulevard. Call 480-478-6000 for additional information.

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Musical Instrument Museum

4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ

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