Celtic Junction Arts Center

Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN, 55104

Skally Line CD Release Party, Feb 21

Music starts 7pm. Tickets $20 for a single, $25 for a pair - so bring a friend! Both include a digital download and copy of the new CD!BUY SINGLE TICKET    BUY COUPLES TICKET

The Skally Line, Fred Keller (mandolins) and Tom Cornish (guitar, fiddle). invites you to a party so they can truly and proudly celebrate the release of their debut CD "Up The Road & Down The Flats." They bring a couple of their local music heroes to help them out, namely Dakota Dave Hull and Pop Wagner.

The Skally Line duet features mostly mandolin and guitar (with a bit of fiddle, mandola and a few other surprises).  They play a broad range of old roots music: Appalachian ballads and dance tunes, old country blues, stringband music, Tin Pan Alley and even a bit of swing.  They specialize in writing and playing songs about Minnesota, our local stories, legends and histories, in an old time context. Basically they write new old songs and tell you the stories on stage.

The Skally Line railroad connected St. Paul and Duluth Minnesota. Begun in 1877, The St. Paul and Duluth Railroad company’s only line ran along what is now Highway 61. Branches led out to smaller communities and the line existed in one form or another until the 1970’s. During its heyday, the Skally Line traveled through towns and cities, farmland and wilderness, and represented a future that never came to be for the East Central part of Minnesota. Paper towns and ghost towns rose and faded quickly but the bones of the line still dot the country, little bits of nearly forgotten history and dreams that might have been. We stoke the boilers on this old line and make it highball the jack again.