Tickets are still available for a Saturday, Feb. 9, dinner concert featuring Willson and McKee, a nationally-known Celtic music duo, as the featured entertainment for the Camp Oasis annual fundraising Magical Winter's Eve dinner and concert.
Tickets as of Wednesday, Feb. 6, are available at $20 for adults and $15 for elementary age school children. They are available at the Belle Fourche Area Community Center.
Willson and McKee are a national touring duo specializing in traditional Irish, Scottish and original acoustic music. Their concert is sponsored by the South Dakota Arts Council and the Belle Fourche Arts Council.
The 6 p.m. event at the Community Hall in downtown Belle Fourche begins with dinner followed by live and silent auctions, then the Willson and McKee concert.
Auction items include everything from an original Jefferson bust by nationally recognized Belle Fourche sculptor Jim Maher to quilts and gift certificates.
The annual fundraiser supports scholarships and field trips for the Camp Oasis after school and summer programs at the Belle Fourche Area Community Center. Camp Oasis is a state-licensed program for up to 50 elementary school age children. Thrivent Financial has promised matching funds for the event.
Willson and McKee call their performance "Rocky Mountain Celtic," what Celtic becomes after three generations in the American west. The combination of Celtic heritage is added to Montana and Colorado roots.
Original compositions are added, but with an ancient style. Traditional pieces are re-dressed by the pair after more than 20 years of touring together.
The concert will include material from their nine recordings, including their latest collection from their last tour to Scotland.
Kim McKee received 15 years of classical training before turning to traditional Irish and Scottish music 30 years ago. She plays accordion, folk harp, guitar, dulcimers and bodhran. She never passes up an opportunity to teach a Ceilidh dance!
Ken Willson is the drive of the folk sound. His tenor voice, guitar and bouzouki offer a foundation for the music. He weaves wit and tales. He can also spin a Ceilidh swing on the dance floor
Performing and studying with master musicians, storytellers and dancers in Ireland and Scotland, the pair have taken honors at such events as the Walton’s of Dublin International Songwriting Competition at the Milwaukee Irish Festival and instrumental awards such as a National Instrumental Championship.
The pair has performed throughout South Dakota, including in Rapid City, Hot Springs, Sturgis and Spearfish. Kim said this will be their first visit to Belle Fourche.
A free family Wilson and McKee workshop on music, dance and Celtic culture provides a warmup for the dinner and concert at 3 p.m. at the community center. All ages are welcome. The workshop is sponsored by the South Dakota and Belle Fourche Arts Councils.