AUBURN — Concerts for a Cause is proud to host St. Paddy’s Day with Dave Rowe at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at the First Universalist Church. The show will offer a cash bar with beer and wine.

Auburn native Dave Rowe grew up with folk music flowing through his veins. His father, Tom, was a member of Schooner Fare, a trio with local roots that began as a pub band, playing beer-hall favorites, especially sea music and Celtic songs, which they’d learned in the Canadian Maritimes. Inevitably, Dave picked up the music and began entertaining in Irish pubs.

With 15 critically-acclaimed recordings under his belt and a career in the music business that has endured for nearly 30 years, Dave is a force to be reckoned with. Now a long-time staple of pubs and music halls throughout New England, Dave has spent most of his life playing sing-alongs like “The Wild Rover,” “The Old Dun Cow” and “The Drunken Sailor,” as well has his own original songs, all while having a good time for himself.

Having learned the craft at the feet of his father’s trio and from masters who were like kin to him — entertainers such as the Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem, Tom Paxton and the Shaw Brothers — Dave is a singular entertainer, able to relate to even the most reticent audience members and get them singing along. He firmly believes that singing is balm for the soul, and that singing together — whether in choirs, in pubs, at concerts or in kitchen parties — is a primary part of the human experience.

When Dave is not touring, you can find him writing songs on his back porch at his home in Portland, captaining his motor yacht on Maine’s Sebago Lake, or trying — and usually failing — to avoid Maine winters.

The First Universalist Church of Auburn is located at 169 Pleasant St. across from Dairy Joy. Parking is available.

Tickets are $15 at the door, cash or credit. FMI: visit or call 207-783-0461.

Dave Rowe

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