RUMFORD — 49 Franklin’s Celtic Cabaret returns for another season and starting it all off on Sunday, March 4, is the pride of Dublin, Ireland: Skipper’s Alley.

Scot and Cindy Grassettte will welcome international and national touring artists to their Mystic Theater. Skipper’s Alley are a modern Irish folk band with an old-school approach. Their influences range from folk revival bands such as Planxty and The Bothy Band to rare, experimental solo players like Tommie Potts and Seamus Ennis.

Once described as “a young Irish ensemble who look like a punk band and sound like The Chieftains” Skipper’s Alley specialize in gritty, high-octane Irish dance tunes on Uilleann Pipes, Whistles, Fiddle, Bodhrán, Bouzouki and Flute, with occasional detours into the dark, somber melodies of the Irish song tradition. Since forming in 2013 Skipper’s Alley have garnered wide critical praise, appeared on national and international TV, and toured on four continents. 

The show is at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 4, with doors opening at 6 p.m. for seating and social. Advance tickets are $15 and are available at All That Jazz and Bartash’s, downtown Rumford, and on-line at; tickets day of the show will be $20.

49 Franklin’s Mystic Theater is located at 49 Franklin St. Access to the theater is on the right side of the building, to the upper parking lot. There will be a cash-only bar with theater snacks for this show, but the Grassettes plan to have pub food available for future shows.

Skipper’s Alley

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