BRUNSWICK – Scottish ballad singers Tom Spiers and Peter Shepheard will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct 23, in the Unitarian Church, 15 Pleasant St. This is a Ceilidh House production.

Spiers also plays fiddle and Shepheard plays the melodeon and the diatonic-button accordion in accompaniment to their songs.

Spiers’ interest in folk song started in the 1960s when he attended Aberdeen Folk Song Club. He later teamed up with the late Peter Hall to form a singing group, The Gaugers. Spiers’ strong Aberdeenshire accent is well suited to his Northeast repertoire and his fiddle style has developed over the years to blend perfectly with the songs. While folk music is his favorite vocation, he’s been in the paper making industry for years, working in Scotland as well as in Argentina.

He is currently developing his own recording studio and has been responsible for recording several recent traditional song albums. He has a solo album, “Allan Water,” and several albums with The Gaugers.

Traditional songs

Shepheard has lived for many years in Fife in the east of Scotland but is originally from England. A founding member of the St. Andrews Folk Club in the early 1960s, he sought out songs from Scotland’s traveler community at an annual gathering for berry picking in Blairgowrie in Perthshire. This led to the establishment of the Blairgowrie Festival and the formation of The Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland.

When he started his own record label, Springthyme Records, he specialized recordings of Scottish traditional song and music. Shepheard has also worked in marine biology in Canada and, over the years, has been a teacher, a musician, a musicologist and a restorer of buildings.

Admission for the concert: $10, $8 for students and seniors. For more information about Ceilidh House, concert producer, call (207) 688-4515 or e-mail [email protected]


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