AUBURN – The Dave Rowe Trio, Denny Breau and Phil House will present their annual holiday concert Saturday, Dec. 20, at the First Universalist Church.

The concert, a Lewiston-Auburn holiday tradition, will begin at 7 p.m. with the performers taking turns on stage and then coming together for selected songs.

The Dave Rowe Trio includes singer/guitarist Dave Rowe, choir director at the church; bassist Kevin O’Reilly; and mandolinist Eric “The Mandolinenator” McDonald. The trio is one of the area’s most popular folk groups. The group performs its brand of original and traditional music before audiences across the country.

Breau, guitar master and songwriter, is a Lewiston-Auburn hometown boy who has made a name for himself as much for his guitar skills as for his ease and gentle on-stage humor. He and Rowe were bandmates in Turkey Hollow with Dave’s dad, the late Tom Rowe of Schooner Fare fame.

House, pianist extraordinaire and organist at the church, will present his holiday offerings on the Chickering grand piano and the church’s historic Hook & Hastings pipe organ.

The concert will culminate with Rowe and House performing their rendition of “O Holy Night” in both English and French.

This holiday tradition was the brain-child of Tom Rowe, who organized the first concert in the early 1990s while he and Dave were performing as Rowe by Rowe.

The new “Christmas in Maine” CD, released to benefit the Maine Credit Union Campaign for Ending Hunger in Maine and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the “Maine Christmas Song” by Con Fullam, will be available at the concert. Fullam will attend the concert as a special guest and will be available to sign CDs.

Tickets are $15, $13 for students and seniors, and may be purchased at the door. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The church is at 169 Pleasant St. For more information, call 866-655-7171 toll free, or log on to

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