CARTHAGE — New England Celtic Arts will host the Maine-based Killa Ceili Band at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center on Sunday, July 18.

The Killa Ceili Band’s sound has evolved from many years of playing Irish traditional music for dances and other audiences in Maine. Members are Kevin McElroy, David Stimson and Christian “Junior” Stevens.

McElroy, who plays fiddle, bouzouki and mandolin, and provides vocals, has performed with some of Ireland’s most famous instrumentalists, including Seamus Connolly, Joe Burke and Paddy Keenan. He has taught at the Augusta Heritage Arts Program-Irish Week at Davis and Elkins College and currently teaches fiddle and mandolin at his violin shop, where he also restores fine instruments. He has three recordings: “Up the Winding River,” “Heather on the Moor” and “Irish Music for the Mandolin.”

Stimson has been playing traditional Irish music for more than 30 years. He plays finger picking and flat-picking style with his guitar tuned in dropped D, using creative bass runs and lots of rhythm. He also plays fiddle, concertina, tenor banjo, piano and tin whistle.

Performing on button accordion and anglo concertina, Stevens has been an active participant in the New England session scene and is a sought-after dance musician and an experienced teacher. He also performs with The Press Gang and Magic Foot.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. A preshow jam will start at 6:15 p.m. when audience members are invited to bring their instruments and play with the artists for a few minutes.

Tickets are $10 at the door. Call 562-4445. Skye Theater is at 2 Highland Drive.


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