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Olga’s eclectic music benefits Beach Watchers

The Olga Symphony will perform at South Whidbey High School April 17.  - Submitted photo
The Olga Symphony will perform at South Whidbey High School April 17.
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The Olga Symphony is returning to Whidbey Island Saturday, April 17, with their popular eclectic mix of Broadway and fiddle tunes. In other words, anything but symphonic music.

The band’s distinctive sound originated on Orcas Island, where a group of young women wanted to learn to play the fiddle, according to album notes for “The Wreck of the Olga Symphony.” Since the ‘80s, the band has chased new sounds and brought in new members.

They also have a bunch of cool instruments at their disposal. The five-member band performs with the guitar, fiddle, bass, mandolin, banjo, concertina, dobro, ukulele, vocals and the saw.

The band last appeared on Whidbey in 2006 at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langely and previously played at the Concert on the Cove series in Coupeville.

Money raised from their performance will benefit the WSU Island County Beach Watchers program, which is sponsoring the event. Beach Watchers is made up of professionally trained volunteers dedicated to protecting the environment of Island County through education and public awareness.

The concert will be held at South Whidbey High School Saturday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. The school is located at 5675 Maxwelton Rd. in Langley.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance ticket sales are available at 2nd Street Wine Shop, Moonrakers and Useless Bay Coffee Company in Langely; Bayleaf and Linds Pharmacy in Coupeville; BookBay in Freeland; Wind and Tides Books in Oak Harbor; and Snow Goose Books in Stanwood.

To order advance tickets by mail, send a check made out to LEP/Beach Watchers, PO Box 5000, Coupevile, WA 98239-5000. Make sure to include a phone number and email address for confirmation. Tickets will be at the South Whidbey High School Will Call desk.

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