PORTLAND — New England Celtic Arts will present the multi-international band The Jammin’ Divas on Tuesday, May 28, at St. Lawrence Arts in Portland; on Wednesday, May 29, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in South Carthage; and on Thursday, May 30, at Unity Centre for the Performing Arts. Curtain is 7 p.m. A jam session will start one hour before curtain at Skye Theatre and Unity.

The Jammin’ Divas include members Aoife Clancy of Ireland; Becky Chace of the U.S.; and Kath Buckell of Australia. The trio will blend stunning renditions of traditional and contemporary original folk music and elements of improvisation from each of their cultures through stunning three-part harmonies bedded against a plush melodic landscape of instrumentation.

The Jammin’ Divas draw the audience into an experience that transcends the histories of three continents by sharing songs and stories of how each country culturally influences and enriches one another.

Clancy is the daughter of Bobby Clancy of the Clancy Brothers. She has had a longstanding career touring with the likes of The Clancy Brothers, Christy Moore of the Furey Brothers, Tommy Sands and many others. She also toured seven weeks with the renowned Paddy Noonan Show. In 1995, Clancy was asked to join the acclaimed group Cherish the Ladies, which is one of the most sought-after Irish-American groups in history. Now with seven recordings under her belt in the last decade, Clancy has clearly established herself as one of the divas of Irish and contemporary folk music.

Anyone who has seen Chace sing in any setting knows she delivers with passion and conviction every time she takes a stage. She was chosen Best Female Vocalist five times by the readers of the Providence Phoenix. Chace has been called “one of the most celebrated singer/songwriters to come out of the R.I. area” by Motif Magazine. Together with her band, Chace has opened for such national acts as BB King, America, Judy Collins, Littlefeat and Delbert McClinton.

Australian counterpart Kath Buckell is a rising folk/rock artist in the U.S. also receiving airplay in Canada, Netherlands, Germany and the U.K. She won honorable mention at the Mid Atlantic Song Contest for her song “Orphaned By The Color Of My Skin” along with a national radio representation that gave astonishing reviews for her new record. She has found her roots in a project that is preserving traditional Australian poetry put to her original music.

Tickets are $15 at the door. For the performance at St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress St., Portland, tickets are available through Bullmoose and Brown Paper Tickets, 207-775-5568 or www.stlawrencearts.org. For reservations at Skye, Winter Hill Rd., South Carthage, call 207-562-4445. For reservations at UCCPA , 42 Depot Street, Unity, call 207-948-7469. Reservations are strongly suggested.


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