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The popular Celtic music group the American Rogues will return to the High Country for the first time in several years to perform in a benefit concert for the Summer Concert Series at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

The performance kicks off the tenth anniversary of what has quickly become a summer music tradition in the region.

The event takes place at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 in the Apple Barn at the Valle Crucis Conference Center. The gates will open at 4 p.m. that afternoon for concertgoers who wish to picnic on the grounds prior to the concert. The $25 per person contribution is tax deductible with tickets available in the Parish office of Holy Cross Episcopal Church during the week, or at the door one hour prior to the concert.

The Canadian-based American Rogues operate out of Ontario and are known for their epic, multi-instrumental sound that crosses the musical landscape to include jigs, reels, hornpipes, ballads, originals, covers, soundtracks, patriotic and military music, Irish foot-stompers and more. They are fast becoming a household name with music lovers around the world, loved by young and old from all backgrounds. Celtic Music magazine said of the Rogues, “Quite simply put, spectacular!” and the editors at New York State Music opined, “Celtic music at its finest!”

“The Rogues are the most popular group in the history of our concert series and drew the largest crowds we’ve ever had at an event.” said longtime artist coordinator Lynne Thompson of Banner Elk. “The chapel was filled to overflowing with dozens of attendees gathering around the windows to enjoy the Celtic music. We are so grateful that they are paying a return visit to the High Country after several years of trying to schedule another performance.”

Nels Stewart, a member of the Rogues, said that the feeling is mutual. “We absolutely loved our last show in Valle Crucis and have been eager to return. The church, the scenery, and the people are all beautiful! We can’t wait to see all of our friends again!”

While the Rogues tour from Scotland to Japan, Italy to Guam, Spain to Cuba, throughout the Middle East and, of course, North America, the April 20 concert is the first stop in the country during the current American Rogues tour, and the only one in the southern United States. Due to the group’s popularity and large following, Thompson expects concertgoers from a radius of several states, but notes that the Apple Barn can hold more than twice the capacity of the chapel while still providing an intimate performance venue.

The line-up of artists for the remaining four 2019 concerts during their anniversary season will be announced at the April 28 event.

The Valle Crucis Conference Center is located just off Highway 194, halfway between Boone and Banner Elk, with directional signs for Holy Cross Episcopal Church found at every major intersection leading to the venue. From Boone, head southwest on Highway 105 toward Banner Elk and turn right onto Broadstone Road, then drive approximately three miles before turning left onto Highway 194 South. The Apple Barn is on your right just under one mile away.

For more information, please visit the concert website at www.holycrossvallecrucis.net or call 828.963.4609.

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