RANGELEY —The popular folk duo Schooner Fare will perform at an outdoor concert Friday, Aug. 21, at Bald Mountain Camps, courtesy of Rangeley Friends of the Arts. Praised for its captivating maritime tunes and high-energy shows, the duo’s repertoire also includes a Down East brand of pop songs and original compositions.

Schooner Fare began with brothers Chuck and Steve Romanoff singing and playing guitar and banjo, and soon expanded to include Tom Rowe on the electric bass and pennywhistle. The trio quickly gained popularity with its energy-filled concerts and lively folk harmonies.
In 1978, the musicians released their debut album, “Day of the Clipper,” but their first real success came with their third album, “Alive” in 1983. Two years later, their “We the People” album helped them become firmly grounded as a national touring act.

Looking to try something new, Schooner Fare sang in Hebrew, French, German, and Spanish on its winter-themed recording, “Home for the Holidays” (1987) and released an album aimed at young listeners called “KidSongs” (1997), with tunes like “Bonnie Heeland Laddie” and “A Cat Named Patrick Finnegan.”

In 2004, with the death of Tom Rowe, Schooner Fare returned to recording as a duo.  The Romanoffs  dedicated their 2005 album, “And Both Shall Row,” to his memory.

Concert tickets, $20, are available at the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce; call 864-5364.

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