BRUNSWICK – “The Music and Times of Robert Burns” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 15 Pleasant St.

The duo Castlebay (Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee) will be joined by Nick Apollonio and Kristen Tescher for music by Scotland’s national poet. The four vocalists will be accompanied by various combinations of Celtic harp, fiddle, viola, guitar, cittern and woodwinds. Romantic love songs will be interspersed with lively dance tunes.

Burns (1759-1796) collected and wrote new lyrics for hundreds of traditional Scottish folk tunes. Among these are “My Love is Like a Red Red Rose,” “Comin’ Through the Rye” and “Auld Lang Syne.”

Lane is well-known for her playing of the Celtic harp and her strong, sweet vocals. Gosbee lends his rich baritone and expertise on 12-string guitar, viola and woodwinds to their duo. They have recorded several albums of both traditional and original work including their newest, “Ae Fond Kiss,” featuring seven compositions by Burns.

As Castlebay, they’ve the East Coast and the British Isles, playing at festivals, arts centers, museums and folk clubs. They have performed three times at the International Festival of the Sea in Portsmouth, England, and at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland.

Appollonio and Tescher both love acoustic traditional music and are committed to sharing it with modern audiences. Kristin has played 12-string guitar from age 12 and, more recently, folk harp and fiddle. Her husband, Nick, plays guitar, fiddle and the cittern, a 10-string Renaissance instrument ideal for dance tunes. They have recorded “Maine Coast Music” and “More Maine Coast Music.” Together, they appear at festivals `throughout the midcoast area.

Tickets, $10, are available at MacBeans Music on Maine Street in Brunswick. Call (207) 688-4515 or e-mail [email protected] for reservations.


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