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Irish band FullSet will play traditional music at Stargazers

By Jen Mulson Updated: February 13, 2014 at 9:31 am

3 p.m. Sunday, Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, $21-$25; 476-2200, stargazerstheatre.com.

The young Irish band FullSet is making a name for itself, jig by jig.

The band is touring the states and will perform at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center on Sunday.

The mid-to-late-20s members of the six-piece band got together in 2007. They were awarded Best Newcomer at the 2012 Live Ireland Music Awards and Best New Group by Irish American News last year. Their second CD, "Notes After Dark," was also released last year.

"We dip into different folk backgrounds," says fiddler Michael Harrison, a three-time All-Ireland fiddle champion. "Scottish, American, folk. Some tunes are more newly composed than others. We try to find others that are less heard than others and put a new spin and twist on it."

The band plays mostly traditional Irish music, though the CD includes "The Roseville Fair," a folk song by Bill Staines, and "Reindeer," a ragtime piece by Joseph Lamb.

Harrison also writes songs for the band - a jig for the first CD and a slower piece for the second.

"It's a bit more out there," he says. "It's different but keeping in time with the sound of the album. It's important to show our variety without going too far away from our sound, but it's nice to do something out of our comfort zone."

And if the music doesn't get you, maybe the love story will. Harrison and fellow FullSet member Janine Redmond, who plays the button accordion, met in their teens at a 2002 Irish music festival. They became fast friends and then a couple. They married in January.

Jennifer Mulson, the gazette, 636-0270, jen.mulson@gazette.com

OTHER EVENTS

Pikes Peak Opera League's Valentine's Day Extravaganza - To benefit Opera Theatre of the Rockies, 5:30 p.m. Friday, The Mining Exchange, a Wyndham Grand Hotel, 8 S. Nevada Ave., $35 of the $70 ticket price is tax deductible; 527-8036, pikespeakopera league.org For more Valentine's Day events, go to Page 12

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