LISBON — The Squid Jiggers, a Maine Irish and maritime folk duo, will perform two St. Patrick’s Day shows at Graziano’s Casa Mia Restaurant on Saturday.

Shows start at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the restaurant at the corner of Mill Street and Route 196 in downtown Lisbon.

At each show, the Squid Jiggers will auction off “Danny Boy” to the highest bidder, then donate the proceeds to the Lisbon Area Christian Outreach Clothing and Food Pantry (LACO).

A special St. Patrick’s Day menu will be available (not included in the ticket price) featuring corned beef and cabbage.

“We’ll be digging deep and pulling out Irish songs no one’s ever heard us play before,” bass and whistle player Dave Rowe said in a release. “And we have enough material to keep going for hours without repeating ourselves.”

Troy R. Bennett, the duo’s guitar and concertina player, agreed, “We’re like an Energizer Leprechaun on St. Paddy’s Day. We just keep going and going.”

The dual concerts will raise funds and goods for the Lisbon Area Christian Outreach Clothing and Food Pantry (LACO) through a series of raffle giveaways and general badgering by the band. Prizes include Graziano’s gift certificates, Squid Jiggers CDs and merchandise, and signed and matted photographic prints of Ireland taken by Bennett, a professional photographer when he’s not taunting Squid Jiggers fans.

To raise the stakes, and more cash for LACO, the Squid Jiggers will auction off “Danny Boy” and other standard requests to the highest bidders — all to help LACO.

“Yep, we’re holding them for ransom,” Rowe said. “If you want to hear ‘When Irish Eyes are Smiling’ or ‘Danny Boy’ or ‘The Unicorn Song,’ you’re going to have to cough up some money to feed hungry people.”

To enter the raffles and song auctions, concert goers should bring nonperishable food items or cash.

Admission costs $ 15 per person or $25 per couple. For tickets, call toll free 1-866-655- 7171 with a credit card. Tickets also are available at the restaurant.

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