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The ooncert and entertainment given under the aunpioes of the Sons of St Patrlok last evening was an immense 8003688, the Oddfellows' Hall being crowded to its utmost oapaolty by a goodhumored audience evidently' bent upon thoroughly enjoying themselves, and ready to applaud moit heartily the efforts of both singers and danaers. The oonoert ojpened with a piano solo, " The Wearing of the Green," by Mr J. H. Brooks, who aoted as accompany let throughout the evening with his accustomed skill and taste, and this was followed by a oomio Bony, Mr Stevenson, tbn title of which was not given. Miss M . Butler then gave very appropriately the favorite Irish song, " The Shamrock," and was heartily applauded, being followed by Mr Simpson with a tenor song of which we were unable to oatoh the words. A very amusing song by Mr Millar, '* Mies Brady's Pianoforte," was londly encored, and m response "Patrlok Mind the Baby," was given, provoking hearty laughter. Miss Henry's clbar musloal voloe wan heard to advantage In "The Last Rose of Snnucer," and m "Kate Kearney," given as an enoore aong, Mi Brooks next giving a creditable renderlog of "Eileen Alannab," and Mr Bngliah following with " The ladles Sphool," and a vary comloal ditty Intituled " The Hungry Man." A oapltal ventriloquial entertainment with automaton figures, handled after the most approved fashion by Mr Fleming, brought down the our tain upon the first part. After the usual interval, the second part opened with the duet "The Convent Belle," prettily sung by Miss Butler and Miss Burgh, Mr Simpson following with th.c oomio song " Out of the Fryingpan into the Fire, oapitally sung. "The Hose, Shamrook, and Thistle," Miss Burgh, was re-demanded, and was sacoeeded by an • exceedingly clover oomio song with ohqrus, " FarJ Far Away," given by Mr English, who was twloa encored, responding on the first occasion with " What a Blessing ! " very oleverly and amusingly given, and on the second with a sort of musical extravaganza entitled "Tol Lol." The gem of the evening wasr, however, unquestionably the song and chorus " When the Roses oome Again," charmingly rendered by Mlsb S. Butler, and which was deservedly enthusiastically enoored. Miss Hemy was very successful In her rendering of " The Harp that Once," and m response to an encore gave very sweetly " The Minstrel Boy" ; and the vooal portion of the programme was brought to a close, by a very pletsing doett by Messrs Gates and Ward. Interspersed between the songs m each part were Irish jigs, reels and hornpipes danoed very neatly by Mr Fitzgerald and Mr O'Lougblln, and Highland dances m which Mr Donald MoLean, and Mr R. Gallle and others of the Lsgujhar Highlanders took part. Prior t« the National Anthem, which hr.o,qght the concert to a olobb, the Rev, Father Ohastagnon advanced to the footlights, and In returnIng his hearty thanks to the conductor, Mr Brooks, to "the Squire of Lagmhor," who be truly said was always ready to assist m good works, to the other Highlanders from Lagm.hor, to the ladles and gentlemen who had taken part In the programme, and to the audience, expressed the pleasure he felt at being amongst the people of Ashburton again, and at the pererQuo manner In whioh they had. o.ome forward that evening, to show their sympathy with Mr Parnell, who, with his colleagues, had been unjustly slandered by the newspaper^ and who had borne himself under persecution as what he was — an Jrlsh gentleman. The prooeeds of the present entertainment wqald^ he said, be forwarded as a contribution from Ashburton to the Parnell Dafenoe fund. Again ha thanked them all. The National Anthem then brought the oonoert |to|a dose at about 11 p.m. In cloning oar notice we may give the hint that a little more light would have been an Improvement, and we oahnot forbear adding that the enjoyment of the audlenoe would have been all the greater had 11 the Gods " been a little leas demonstrative. We are quite willing to accord reasonable latitude, at holiday times especially, but we protest against the barbarous and earpierolng whistling which was last night a great annoyance to the major part of the audtenoe.

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THE ST. PATRICK CONCERT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2091, 19 March 1889

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THE ST. PATRICK CONCERT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2091, 19 March 1889