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Canadian folk singer James Keelaghan and David Woodhead will perform as part of the Concerts for a Cause series to raise money for Oasis Free Clinics and the Midcoast New Mainers Group at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 at at the Brunswick Unitarian Universalist Church.

Keelaghan is one of Canada’s most successful and respected musicians known for his lilting baritone voice, his driving rhythm guitar, and his finely crafted stories. He is a commanding performer, developing an intimate rapport with audiences through his stories and sense of humor. Over the course of thirteen albums, he has earned many nominations and awards, including a Juno, a Canadian Folk Music Award, and first prize in the prestigious USA Songwriting Competition. Aside from making music, Keelaghan broadcasts on CBC and hosts two shows on CKUA in Alberta.

He studied history at the University of Calgary, and his passion for stories, old and new, informs some of his best-known songs. These aren’t stuffy history lessons, but an inspired discovery of people and places in another time. Many of the lyrics in his songs display a concern about social problems and justice in society. And while many of Keelaghan’s most celebrated songs draw from historical accounts, his accounts of personal journeys are remarkable too… tender and unflinching.

For this concert, Keelaghan will be accompanied by renowned session musician David Woodhead on bass. Woodhead collaborated on about 300 albums and worked with many influential artists.  His own music draws from the intimacy of the folk world, the harmonic sensibilities of jazz, and a sense of precision from classical arranging, with room for freedom in individual expression and improvisation.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, Students/Children: $10. Tickets are available at the church office, Gulf of Maine Books, or online at  ticketstripe.com/keelaghan. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick is located at 1 Middle St., Brunswick.

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