CARTHAGE – The bluegrass group Evergreen, which has been entertaining New England audiences since 1991, will take the stage Thursday, Oct. 30, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center. The group’s eclectic style blends elements of bluegrass, folk, blues, old-time, country and swing into a seamless mix of upbeat music.

Band members Steve Chiasson, Chris Prickitt, Nel Kennedy and Joe Kennedy pride themselves on creating a relaxed, fun atmosphere onstage. Their shows are choreographed around a single mic, and they all take turns fronting the band.

Chiasson, the “founding father” of the group, is a veteran of the club scene and has been singing, playing guitar and honing his songwriting craft since starting his first garage band in 1965. He has won a number of songwriting awards, and several of his songs have been recorded and released by independent artists. He also plays bass and runs Forest Audio Services in his hometown of Wellington.

Prickitt is an accomplished banjo player with a flair for both Scruggs-style and old-fashioned claw hammer style. He has appeared with The Kennebec Valley Boys, The Northern Valley Boys, The Pleasin’ Keys, and The Reely Clever Good As Ever Band. He plays guitar, fiddle, bass, mandolin and accordion.

Nel Kennedy plays bass, guitar, mandolin and autoharp. She spent a good bit of her early career with the well-known Misty Mountaineers. She recorded three albums with the Mistys, as well as one with her husband, Joe, as a member of the band Breakneck Mountain. She and Joe produced and promoted the Breakneck Mountain Bluegrass Festival in Crawford from 1984 to 1995.

Joe Kennedy, harmonica player extraordinaire, has performed and recorded with Bluegrass Supply Company, The Kennebec Valley Boys and Breakneck Mountain. He also plays bass. He helped form the Bluegrass Music Association of Maine, chaired its board of directors for the first three years and currently serves as its historian, archiving and cataloging materials related to the development of bluegrass music in Maine.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. There will be a preshow jam at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. Call New England Celtic Arts at 562-4445 for reservations. Skye Theater is at 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Road and U.S. Route 2. For more information, visit www.necelticarts.com.


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