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Jacobites play annual Memorial Day show in Sarasota

It might seem a little odd to mark Memorial Day by attending a bagpipe show by a band named after a group of Scottish rebels. But for the past eight years, that's exactly what a lot of area people have done.

And they'll no doubt do it again this year, as the Jacobites, a Sarasota-based pipe-and-drum band, performs its ninth annual Memorial Day concert Sunday at the Church of the Palms in Sarasota.

The Jacobites Pipe and Drum Band, who have been around since 2002, mix the traditions of a bagpipe ensemble -- including Scottish kilts and Highland dancers -- with an iconoclastic repertoire. Beside Celtic fare, they perform country, calypso, rock and Americana. Besides the bagpipes and drums that form the core of the band, the Jacobites also include fiddles, brass, guitars, keyboards and vocals.

The band's name comes from a movement of Scottish rebels who were loyal to James VII of Scotland and the Stuart family, and in the 17th an 18th century tried repeatedly and unsuccessfully to have Stuart kings rule England.

Details: 3-5 p.m. May 24, Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota. Tickets: $16.82; $14.44 for groups of six or more. Information: 941-350-0271, jacobitesband.com.

-- Marty Clear

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