Slainte! And happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all. I’m about 20 percent Irish, and I figure that’s just enough to partake in a little Irish silliness. Translation: I’m writing this week’s column entirely in limerick form. 

There once was an Aimsel who wrote

And she jumped on the St. Patty’s boat

She hopes this is merry

And not the contrary

Though her chances are rather remote


On this St. Patty’s Morn’ you profess

I’d fancy a pint of Guinness

It’s Wessels and Wilsbach,

At Bull Feeney’s, the Old Port

For breakfast we shall coalesce

Sixth annual Irish Celebration Breakfast with live music from Don Wessels on chromatic harmonica and guitar and Tom Wilsbach on uilleann pipes, fiddle and whistle. 7 to 10 a.m. today. Bull Feeney’s. 375 Fore St., Portland. 773-7210.

For country and bluegrass galore

You couldn’t want anything more

Grassholes, Potato Pickers you’ll see

And the Dark Hollow Bottling Company

Just walk on through Mayo Street’s door

Country and bluegrass show with The Grassholes, The Potato Pickers and Dark Hollow Bottling Company. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland. All ages. $10 at the door.

For jazz singing and piano over lunch

I have much more than a hunch

That Hattie Simon will please

‘Cause she’s the bee’s knees

And you surely will like her a bunch

Hattie Simon. Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. Azure Cafe, 123 Main St., Freeport. 865-1237. 

Cindy Bullens says come celebrate

On her birthday, come Monday, to Slate’s

With bass player Justin Maxwell

The music will be really swell

Good times for you, they await

Cindy Bullens. 8:15 p.m. Monday. Slate’s, 163 Water St., Hallowell. All ages. $15. 622-9575; reservations suggested.

There was a composer named Bach

The Baroque period he masterfully rocked

Born 300-plus years ago

Little did Herr Johann know

That many would think him cooler than Spock

Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ Bach Birthday Bash with Portland organist Ray Cornils and special guest performers baritone Aaron Engebreth and violinist Mark Paxson. 2 and 7 p.m. Tuesday. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland. $17 tickets through or 842-0800. Ages 12 and under free, but ticket required; $2 discount for ages 65-plus and American Guild of Organists members. 

Aimsel Ponti is a Portland freelance writer. Contact her at:

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