AUBURN – Phil House and Dave Rowe will give a concert Sunday, Oct. 26, at First Universalist Church of Auburn, with proceeds benefiting the restoration of the historic Hook and Hastings pipe organ.

Tickets for the 2 p.m. matinee are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students. This show is a family event for all ages.

Faucher Organ Company of Biddeford, which performed a major overhaul in 2003, will replace the leather bellows at Auburn UU. The church’s organ fund will cover the majority of the work, and concert proceeds should close the gap on the expense.

House, organist at the church for 20 years, is a favorite pianist of many not just in the local area (he grew up in Bryant Pond) but as far south as Nashville, where he lived and worked for many years. He’s known for his stride stylings on the piano, and his work on the pipe organ are straight out of the southern Baptists churches where he learned the craft. Recently, House released a CD of pipe organ selections recorded at the church, which will be available at the show.

Rowe, church choir director, grew up hearing folk music before he could speak. His father, the late Tom Rowe, was a member of Schooner Fare and Auburn UU’s choir director. Rowe continues in his father’s tradition, but unabashedly brings his own flare to traditional folk material, his own songs and his unique brand of humor.

First Universalist is at 169 Pleasant St., with parking across from the Dairy Joy. For more information, call 783-0461 or log on to

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