AUBURN —  The ninth annual “Tom Rowe, A Celebration in Song” concert, benefitting the Jack McPhíllips Memorial Fund, will start at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at  the First Universalist Church to celebrate the life and legacy of Auburn native Tom Rowe.

Rowe was a founding member of the nationally acclaimed folk trio Schooner Fare. He also formed Turkey Hollow Consort with his son Dave and guitar legend Denny Breau.

Rowe died in January 2004 as a result of complications from throat cancer, but his music and influence live on in this annual event.

Performers will include Rowe’s former Schooner Fare partners, Chuck and Steve Romanoff; the Dave Rowe Trio, and Denny Breau. Special guests are Side by Side and Danny Quinn. The show will be emceed by Robert Skoglund, better known as The Humble Farmer.

Side by Side musicians, Doris Justis and Sean McGhee, are well known for close vocal harmonies on their original songs and those of the best folk/acoustic songwriters, then and now.

Danny Quinn has been a performer of Irish and American folk music for nearly three decades, sharing the stage with renowned artists such as the Clancy Brothers, Peter Yarrow, the Makem Brothers, David Mallett, the Chieftains and many others.

The Jack McPhillips Memorial Fund is a Maine-based charitable organization, formed in 1983 to honor the memory of one of Schooner Fare’s most ardent supporters. JMMF seeks to assist those who have little chance of finding help through larger agencies or whose situation requires immediate attention.

The First Universalist Church is at 169 Pleasant Street. Seating is limited. Tickets are $28 general admission, and may be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets at l-800-838-3306 or online at

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