THE MATTHEWS Continues its 2016-17 Season With The Ennis Sisters Live Concert

The Matthews is honored to have The Ennis Sisters perform live on its stage at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017.

SPEARFISH, SD –  The Matthews hosts Newfoundland band, The Ennis Sisters, at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. This is the third event in the 2016-17 Subscription Series season at the opera house. Individual tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for youth (18 and under) and BHSU students. Buy tickets at The Matthews’ art gallery during business hours, Mon.-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or by phone at 605-642-7973. Tickets are available online anytime at

“This talented and engaging trio is the perfect antidote to a cold, dark January evening. They bring style and substance to their genre of music – and step-dancing is an added plus! Come and enjoy Irish Newfoundland music at its best,” remarks Sian Young, executive director of The Matthews.

Comprised of Maureen, Teresa, and Karen Ennis, The Ennis Sisters are world-renowned

performers whose inspirational sibling harmonies, humorous recitations, Irish step dancing, and engaging stage rapport lift spirits and warm hearts.

The Ennis Sisters were born and raised on Irish Newfoundland tunes. Their father is a traditional button accordion player, and mother grew up on the southern shore of the Avalon, surrounded by music. Throughout the Ennis Sisters’ childhood, if their parents weren’t making music, it was coming through the radio – particularly the Irish Newfoundland radio shows, which aired on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

“There was just no escaping the Irish Newfoundland, Traditional music growing up,” says Karen. “When we first began singing for an audience, these were the songs we sang. It’s what came easiest and most natural, and still does.”

Maureen and Karen have earned a Juno award, a SOCAN award, and multiple ECMA and Music NL awards and nominations. The sisters have also accumulated three gold records along the way. They have performed worldwide, including Australia, the Middle East, Europe, America and Canada. While touring, they’ve shared the stage with widely respected artists such as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Mary Black, Jann Arden and the Chieftains.

“Music has always been such a big part of our lives,” says Maureen. “As long as we’re able to maintain the passion that we have for playing live, we’ll continue to produce the kind of music that people expect from us at our shows.


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The next event for The Matthews is “Tommy: a Bluegrass Opry” by the Hillbenders on Saturday, Jan. 21. For additional information or to learn about upcoming events, visit


­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center is a non-profit organization located at 612 N. Main Street in Spearfish, South Dakota. To learn more about The Matthews either contact by phone, at 605.642.7973 or their website at

Custer Senior Center Holiday Open House and Music Fest

The Custer Senior Center held its Holiday Open House and Music Fest Saturday afternoon December 3, 2016 with several performers from the Custer area including: Chuck Biegler and Roy Hendrickson, Ann Van Dis, Mel and Cindy Christman, Jill and Allen Kirkham, Colleen Mahrt and the Choristers from Saint John’s Catholic Church, Sandstone Singers  and Pastor Matt and Wilma Furse and Family. Refreshments were served.

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Allen and Jill Kirkham perform at the Custer Senior Center Holiday Open House and Music Fest Saturday afternoon, December 3, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press


The Sandstone Singers from Hot Springs entertained at the Custer Senior Center Holiday Open House and Music Fest Saturday afternoon, December 3, 2016. Pictured is Alto singer Ebun Adelona. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press


Aces and Eights Classic Country Music LIVE at The Journey Museum and Learning Center


RAPID CITY, SD – If you are looking for artists that will bring the nostalgia of real country music to the stage, you won’t need to look any further than Aces & Eights Classic Country Music! The Journey Museum & Learning Center is proud to announce that the classic country duo will be LIVE in concert at The Journey on Saturday, December 3,2016.

Doors for Aces & Eights Classic Country Music will open at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 with a social hour and cash bar and the performance will begin at 6 p.m. Aces & Eights is a duo formed by Harland Allen & Kim Bachman and are committed to bringing back the roots of country music. Listeners find themselves on a journey back to a simpler time when country music was authentic; no fluff added. This very tradition reveals itself in the masterful guitar licks, old time banjo, and sweet mandolin melodies in correlation with the strong leads and beautiful harmonies of Aces & Eights.

Aces & Eights Classic Country Music received 2016 CD of the Year from two organizations; National Traditional Country Music Association and the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame.

Harland Allen was born in Missoula, Montana and raised in Lakewood, Colorado. He grew up listening to Hank Williams, Burl Ives, Marty Robbins and several other Folk and Country music artists from the 1950’s and 1960’s. He started his first garage band in Junior High School and spent his teenage years playing Rock and Roll. Returning to his Country and Folk roots he played as a soloist at local night clubs and lounges. His first gig for money was in 1977 at The Ground Round Restaurant and Lounge in Lakewood, CO. He continued to perform at local clubs and lounges playing acoustic guitar and singing songs by people like Cat Stevens, James Taylor, The Eagles and a variety of Country and Folk music. Over the years Harland has performed as a soloist and in a number of duos, trios, four and five piece bands. He now lives in Sturgis, SD with his wife and family.

Kimberly Bachman grew up in Iowa on a farm. She bought her first guitar with her money from working in the fields all summer. Kim was surrounded by country music. Family tradition entailed Saturday night gatherings around the kitchen table when relatives would come over to visit and play music. She is firmly rooted in the country music of the 60’s and 70’s with a strong alto voice that carries one back to the day of the women who were the true legends of country music. Kim also plays the banjo and the mandolin, sings lead and harmony. Over the past ten years, she has filled in with a number of small bands until she found her true country niche with Aces & Eights. She lives in Belle Fourche, SD with her husband and family.

Admission for Aces & Eights Classic Country Music is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, 1/2 off for members and FREE for students 5-17 with paid adult/senior admission.

The Journey Museum & Learning Center was established in 1997 and is conveniently located in downtown Rapid City at 222 New York St, 2 blocks east of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center right across from the Club for Boys. Make sure to visit to find additional schedule information and be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook!