FARMINGTON – The award-winning Angel Band from New Hampshire will play traditional Irish melodies, jigs, laments and reels Saturday, Nov. 6.

The combined sounds of violin, Celtic harp, mandolin, guitar, concertina, banjo and hammered dulcimer will fill Nordica Auditorium at the University of Maine at Farmington.

The Angel Band was organized in 1994. The band members now are recognized as leading proponents of the music of Ireland’s national composer, Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738).

In addition, the band delights in performing traditional jigs, reels, airs and hornpipes which make up Irish dance and session music.

They strive to honor, esteem and protect the music of O’Carolan and of Irish traditional music in general, according to a UMF spokesman. They also do enjoy sharing with others the beauty of Carolan’s music and his legacy as “the last of the Irish bards.”

Through concerts, workshops and recordings, they reach listeners throughout New England and Canada. They’ve also been invited to Ireland three times to play the featured concert performances at O’Carolan festivals.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, and UMF students and children under 16 are admitted free. For more information, people can call 778-7136.


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