Irish band Goitse will play Maine venues

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CARTHAGE — The five-piece band Goitse, all students at Ireland’s University of Limerick, will perform traditional melodies, modern rhythms and new compositions Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center.

The group will also play at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at The Rack in Carrabassett for the annual Carrabassett Valley “Dirt-bag Prom;” and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Unity College Center for the Performing Arts in Unity.

Curtain at Skye is 7 p.m. Jam sessions will be held one hour prior to show at Skye and Unity.

Now entering its third year, Goitse has gone from supporting acts and opening concerts to performing concerts in the four provinces of Ireland, parts of Europe and in Africa.

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Goitse’s debut album, released in January 2010, has gained praise from critics. Hotpress Magazine had this to say: “They play with an easy assurance that should cause those fretting about the future of Irish trad to rest more easily at night.”

Making up the band are multi-instrumentalist Conal O’Kane of Philadelphia, whose interest in music theory shines through in his chord choices and punchy rhythms;  singer and fiddler Aine Mc Geeney, who toured with Michael Flately’s world-famous “Lord of the Dance” show; and Colm Phelan, who has a large fan base of bodhran enthusiasts.

Also,  Tadhg O Meachair, recognzed as one of Irelands top young piano and piano accordion players; and vocalist Dave Curley, who plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, bodhran and other instrumentals, and often steals the show with his dancing.

Skye Theater is 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Road. UCCPA is at 42 Depot St.,  Unity. For tickets, $15 at the door, call Skye at 562-4445 or UCCPA at 948-7469.

The Rack is at 5016 Access Road, Carrabassett.  Cover charge is $5. For more information, call 237-2211.

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