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Celtic concert with MacLir Ceilidh Band set for Jesup March 16

MelRice | BDN
Posted March 12, 2014, at 3:50 p.m.

Sunday, March 16, 2014 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

For more information: 2072884245; jesuplibrary.org

BAR HARBOR — Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, join us at the Jesup for Celtic tunes from the MacLir Ceilidh Band & Friends on Sunday, March 16 beginning at 2 p.m.

There is no charge, but donations are always welcome. Refreshments will be served.

The band gets its name from Irish myth – Manannan mac Lir, the “Son of The Sea,” son of Sea God Lir of Irish legend. It began as a small group of highland and small pipe players meeting at the Ellsworth Unitarian Church to share music in the Cape Breton Scottish tradition. From these early sessions, other instruments such as drums, guitars, fiddles joined in, and personal friendships and a broadened appreciation of Celtic musical traditions evolved. New players and new tunes led to a weekly Celtic session at the church.

“We enjoy playing at fundraising events for the public, at churches, at libraries and festivals,” says Anne Damm. “Players have come and gone, adding a rich tune legacy and an eclectic assortment of instrumental accompaniments.”

Current band members – and some musical friends who will join them for this concert – include Chuck Whitney on flutes, whistles and occasional vocals; Jim Gray on cajon, djembe, bodhran, spoons and guitar; Chris Gray on Uilleann pipes, small pipes, highland pipes, whistles, percussion, and vocals; Eddie Damm on mando-uke, viola, mandolin, bodhran, tambourine, harmonica; Anne Damm on harp, keyboard, and whistles; Gray Cox on guitar, bones and vocals; Heather MacLeod on vocals and whistle; and Ruth Grierson on fiddle.

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