AUBURN — The lilting sound of Irish flute, Celtic harp, fiddle and guitar will mingle with vibrant songs of revelry when folk duo Castlebay performs Sunday, Dec. 2, at St Michael’s Church.  

Celtic harpist/vocalist Julia Lane and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Fred Gosbee will be joined by members of the Auburn Harp Circle, led by Melanie Lee.

The concert will feature joyous and mysterious seasonal songs and tunes from Ireland, Scotland and the British Isles, as well as more familiar holiday favorites.

For 25 years, Castlebay has performed Celtic-inspired folk music at arts centers, festivals, museums, churches and libraries in the United States, Canada, British isles and Ireland. The duo has also made appearances on radio and TV.

Lane and Gosbee have researched traditional music for most of their lives and blend history, legend and experience into their personable performance style. 

They have released 27 recordings, including both original and traditional songs, Christmas harp recordings and the “Tapestry” collection, a six-part instrumental series.

The Celtic harp, ancestor of the orchestral harp, is one of the most venerable instruments of the British Isles. It has been used as a vehicle for musical celebration for more than 1,000 years. 

The yuletide harp concert will begin at 3 p.m. at the church, 78 Pleasant St. Admission is by donation at the door; $10 suggested for adults, children free. For more information, call 529-5438 or email [email protected]


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