LISBON — Maine folk duo The Squid Jiggers will perform songs from Ireland, Scotland, Maine, Atlantic Canada and the sea on Saturday, Jan. 29 at Graziano?s Casa Mia Restaurant.

The dinner and show includes a three-course, family-style Italian dinner.

Making up The Squid Jiggers are musician/entertainers Dave Rowe and Troy R. Bennett. They took their name from the A.R. Scammell song “Squid Jigging Ground,” a musical depiction of fishing for squid in the waters off Newfoundland.

The two combine their talents on guitar, bass, bodhran and tin whistles to lay down the musical base for their vocal harmonies.

Rowe learned the music trade literally at the feet of his father, Tom, while the elder Rowe was traveling the country playing bass guitar with Schooner Fare. Starting out as a young roadie and coffee gofer for his dad, Dave began playing professionally as a bassist at age 15.

In 1993, the Rowe men formed a duo that eventually became known as Turkey Hollow when Denny Breau joined them. When his father died in 2004, Rowe formed the Dave Rowe Trio, with which he continues to tour as lead vocalist and guitarist.

With The Squid Jiggers, Rowe comes full circle, picking up his dad?s trademark Steinberger bass guitar and playing many of the songs he used to hear Schooner Fare perform so many years ago.

Bennett grew up collecting Schooner Fare ticket stubs and albums. He started his professional career touring with the Portland-based Irish band Rakish Paddy. He later traveled throughout Europe with his guitar, collecting stories and busking on street corners.

Upon his return to the States, Bennett started a Celtic duo called Bailey?s Mistake, as well as the Half Moon Jug Band, a high-octane folk group specializing in new uses for kazoos and banjos. The Half Moon Jug Band continues to tour extensively across New England.

Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., with the show to begin at 7 o’clock. Cost is $30. Tickets may be purchased at Grazianno?s at Route 196 and Village Street, by calling 1-866-655-7171, or by visiting www.grazianoscasamia.com.


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