March 14, 2013

Castlebay: The Shamrock Shore a concert of traditional Irish music at UMA

Kennebec Journal Staff

AUGUSTA -- The Concerts at Jewett Series, sponsored by the University of Maine at Augusta College of Arts and Sciences and UMA Senior College, will present Castlebay: The Shamrock Shore -- a concert of traditional Irish music at 2 p.m. Sunday at the University of Maine at Augusta, Jewett Auditorium (snow date: March 24).

The folk duo Castlebay will include not only sprightly dance tunes and haunting ballads, but also the engaging rapport with which the duo has always delighted audiences. The ancient music of Ireland has provided rich inspiration for many musicians, and Fred Gosbee and Julia Lane are no exception. Both have had an avid interest in collecting and performing this music for most of their lives, especially those songs that came to New England with their own immigrant ancestors.

Most recently, the duo has been bringing these songs to light researching collections both in Maine at the Maine Folklife Center in Orono and at the Library of Congress. In addition to playing traditional music, Gosbee and Lane compose their own musical works, many which have their roots in the Celtic musical legacy.

Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for students and are free for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available at Pat's Pizza in Augusta, Apple Valley Books in Winthrop and at the door.

For more information, call 621-3551, or email

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