New England Celtic Arts will present Nova Scotia’s Old Man Luedecke as part of its Western Maine Music Week with Bethel Celtic Concerts at Bethel United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Sept. 9. The mini-festival will continue with North Church Concerts with the Farmington Historical Society on Thursday, Sept. 10; at Phillips Community Center with special guests T’ Acadie on Friday, Sept. 11 and at One Longfellow Square in Portland on Saturday, Sept. 12.
Maritime banjo wielder Chris Luedecke is set to return to Maine as Old Man Luedecke with his sixth studio album, “Domestic Eccentric.” Luedecke hails from Chester, Nova Scotia, and although he has become a Juno-winning troubadour traveling the country with his tunes, the songwriter pays homage to home on the new record. The album was even recorded in his self-built backwoods cabin, along with producer and rootsy multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Brien.
T’ Acadie, featuring Pam Weeks, Bill Olson and Jim Joseph, is a dance band and folk trio from Maine, part of the region including the Canadian Maritime provinces known as Acadia. This versatile group is equally at home playing for concerts, contra dances or cajun dances. It will perform in Phillips only.
The shows in Bethel, Farmington and Phillips are at 7 p.m. and in Portland at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at all venues. The Bethel Celtic Concerts is located at the United Methodist Church, 75 Main St., Bethel. Call 824-2027 for reservations. North Church is located at 118 High St. in Farmington. For reservations at North Church, call 778-2006. Phillips Community Center is at 21 Depot St., Phillips. Tickets are at the door. One Longfellow Square is located at 181 State St., Portland. Call 761-1757 or visit www.onelongfellowsquare.com . Reservations are strongly suggested at all locations.
More information is available at www.necelticarts.com.