The Young Irelanders coming to the Outer Banks March 10.

When thinking about entertainment, it’s easy to focus on bands or shows that are playing at local bars or pubs. And some of those are very good, so there’s nothing wrong with that.

But the Outer Banks has become a far more diverse place over the past few years and because of that there is a diversity in the arts scene that is surprising for a place with a population that maybe reaches 40,000.

This is winter entertainment we’re talking about. In the summer when the our visitors swell the local population by a few hundred thousand, that’s something else entirely

We do have a couple of really interesting cultural events coming up that may be worth checking out.

The Outer Banks Forum is bringing two very different shows to the Outer Banks. 

On February 17, pianist Emile Pandolfi and vocalist Dana Russell will be at the First Flight High School auditorium in Kill Devil Hills. 

The Forum has brought Pandolfi to the Outer Banks in the past, always to rave reviews. Coupled with a powerful vocalist, this should make for a memorable evening.

Three weeks later, on March 10, The Young Irelanders will take the stage. A new group on a North American tour, from the information that we’ve seen they are Irish national champions in music, song and dance and are in the midst of an international tour.

That’s followed by the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series bringing the Elbert Watson Dance Ensemble to First Flight High School.

Elbert Watch is an internationally recognized dancer and choreographer who has performed all over the world. 

We’re not sure exactly what we’ll be seeing, but he works in ballet and modern dance. Should make for an interesting evening.