NORWAY – Maine traditional folk band The Swampdonkeys will give a benefit concert for the Western Foothills Land Trust’s Roberts Farm Preserve project at Café Nomad Friday, Aug. 22.

Band members are known for their rich texture of instruments, three-part harmonies and plucky, playful songwriting and their rollicking sessions at the Jolly Drayman in Bethel, The Smilin’ Moose in South Paris and The Liberal Cup in Hallowell,

“The Donks” incorporate styles of old time, bluegrass, Canadian Maritime, Irish and modern rock. From “Wild Rover” to “Apeman” and even “Bob the Builder,” they appeal to a wide variety of audiences.

The group is made up of John Gunn on banjo, ukelele, and bodhran; Michael Hayashida on guitar and fiddle; and Ted Tibbetts on mandolin.

Proceeds from the 7 p.m. performance will go toward the purchase of the 150-acre Roberts Farm Preserve. The Western Foothills Land Trust has raised more than $250,000 toward the purchase and needs to raise an additional $60,000 to complete the project.

Café Nomad at 450 Main St. will serve traditional café fare and desserts that evening. A suggested donation of $10 to support Roberts Farm Preserve is requested. For more information on the preserve, log on to

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