Irish band Comas to play concerts in Phillips, Carthage and Unity

Posted June 21, 2012, at 7:05 a.m.

PHILLIPS, Maine — The high-energy band Comas will bring its trademark traditional Irish music to the Phillips Area Community Hall at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 26.

The quartet, which has been together since 2003, will also take the stage at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in Carthage at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 27; and at Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts in Unity at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28.

Before forming Comas, fiddler Aidan Burke, flutist Isaac Alderson, guitarist Philip Masure and percussionist Jackie Moran toured individually in such top acts as The Drovers, Orion, Eileen Ivers, Urbantrad and the internationally acclaimed Liz Carroll.

Although coming from diverse musical backgrounds, and residing in different parts of the globe, they share a similar approach to music — they are open to new influences, but with a respectful eye on the past.

Together, they created a unique blend of traditional Irish music that immediately earned them invites to perform at major festivals in Ireland, Belgium, France, England, Denmark and Holland.

Comas plays very fast, but with lots of feeling. It is a band firmly rooted in Irish music, but with enough space to allow original compositions.

There will be a jam session one hour prior to curtain at Skye and Unity when audience members can play their musical instruments with Comas band members for a few minutes.

Concert tickets are $15 at the door. The Phillips Community Center is on Depot Street. Skye Theater is 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Road and U.S. Route 2 in Carthage. UCCPA is at 42 Depot St., Unity. Call Phillips at 639-3717, Skye Theatre at 562-4445, or UCCPA at 948-7469.

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