Celtic icons in Maine to celebrate St. Patrick’s week

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LEWISTON — New England Celtic Arts in partnership with the Franco-American Heritage Center will present Ireland’s premier traditional band The Boys of the Lough.

The Grammy-nominated group will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 14, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center; Monday, March 15, at Unity College Center for the Performing Arts; and Tuesday, March 16, at the Franco center.

There will be a preshow jam session at 6:15 p.m. at all three venues.

The Boys of the Lough, the first full-time professional Celtic band to rise on the international scene, has completed more than 70 U.S. tours; and its performances and recordings span five decades.

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The Boys — Dave Richardson, Kevin Henderson, Cathal McConnell, Brendan Begley and Malcolm Stitt — enliven their performances with their wit and sense of fun. And their original arrangements and interactions between two major strands of the Celtic tradition keep their music fresh.

The Boys’ repertoire ranges from its base in the fiddle, flute, piping, accordion and vocal traditions of Ireland and Scotland to music from neighboring Shetland and Northumberland, and North America.

Although sometimes melodically complex and difficult to play, the music remains accessible to listeners through compelling dance rhythms.

The Franco center is at 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. Skye Theater is at 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Road and U.S. Route 2 in South Carthage. The UCCPA is at 42 Depot St. in Unity. For reservations, call Skye Theatre at 562-4445, UCCPA at 948-7469 or the Franco center at 689-2000 (or visit www.francoamericanheritage.org).

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