LEWISTON – Julia Plumb, a folk musician from Nobleboro and a senior music major at Bates College, is presenting a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, in the Olin Arts Center concert hall, 75 Russell St.

“I view the concert as a culmination of my musical time at Bates,” says Plumb. “It’s an opportunity to bring together all the people whom I’ve enjoyed playing music with here, as many as possible, and have a good time.

“It seemed like a place where I could do things I’ve wanted to do,” she says. “That and having the option of ethnomusicology classes and taking fiddle classes with Greg Boardman.”

Academically, Plumb has focused on ethnomusicology. For her senior thesis, she has compared contradance music by three contemporary composers – Keith Murphy of Vermont, Larry Unger of Massachusetts and Lissa Schneckenburger, a Litchfield native and Boardman protégé – with classics of the New England contradance repertoire.

Plumb, who completes her Bates academic work this month, started studying fiddle in second grade with Kaity Newell, a Damariscotta fiddler well-known in Maine folk music and country-dance circles. “The fiddle’s nice because it’s so adaptable,” she says. “I can take it anywhere and play.”


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