Tickets available now for OTA benefit concert

SEQUIM — Advance tickets are on sale now for “Rough Cut,” an Olympic Theatre Arts benefit concert set for 7:30 p.m. July 20.

Nolan Murray and Pat Chessell will perform traditional Irish music, original Celtic, and a touch of “Americano” in the Olympic Theatre Arts Center Gathering Hall at 414 N. Sequim Ave.

General admission tickets are $20, and all proceeds benefit Olympic Theatre Arts community theatre.

A member of both Tiller’s Folly (recently headlined at the Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts) and The Whiskey Minstrels, Murray has a long history as a multi-instrumentalist (fiddle, mandolin, mandocaster) gun-for-hire who at an early age, parlayed an impressive list of championships into a touring/recording career that has spanned decades and has cut more than 280 albums.

Throughout that time, he’s left his musical imprint with a long list of iconic performers including Loretta Lynn, Brenda Lee, John Fogerty, The Irish Rovers, Randy Travis, John Cowan, Ricky Van Shelton, David Frizzell, Patricia Conroy, Gary Fjellgaard, Jess Lee, Funk Brother’s Bob Babbitt, Wrecking Crew’s Larry Knechtel.

Singer and guitarist Chessell, called “a force to be reckoned with” by Catholine Butler at The Celtic Connection, has played all across Canada, throughout upstate New York, and in his ancestral homeland of Ireland. He was a feature act in the Irish Pavilion at the 2010 Winter Olympics and has opened for such acts as Jim Byrnes, Delhi 2 Dublin, Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones, The Town Pants and more.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online at or at OTA’s box office, which is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If still available, tickets will be sold at the door.

For information, call 360-683-7326 or at the door if available.

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