Saturday, March 5, 2011

St. Pat arrives early in Unity

"UNITY — Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., will present a pre-St. Patrick's Day concert by McPeake Monday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.

For generations of folk music enthusiasts, the name of the McPeake Family of Belfast, Ireland, has stood for one of the most distinctive sounds in Irish music. Francis McPeake IV, the fourth generation of this world-famous musical dynasty and one of the few authentic uilleann pipers in the world today, has put together a revived band, McPeake, which offers a fusion of original Celtic compositions and contemporary rhythms and styles.

Tickets are $15. Next up at Unity College Centre will be Prince Edward Island fiddler Richard Wood Thursday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. ($20). For more information, call 948-7469 or visit"

ConTempo Quartet and Dave Flynn in concert

"THE CONTEMPO string quartet and composer and musician Dave Flynn will join forces for a concert in St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church on Saturday March 12 at 8pm.

On the night Flynn will present his new work ‘Stories from the Old World’ and joining Flynn and ConTempo on-stage will be uilleann piper Mick O’Brien and sean nós singer Breandán Begley.

The concert will premiere the award winning composition String Quartet No 2 ‘The Cranning’. There will also be traditional music and two other recent compositions; String Quartet No 3 ‘The Keening’ performed by ConTempo Quartet with narration by Breandán Ó Madagáin from his book Caointe Agus Seancheolta Eile and ‘Stories from the Old World’ performed by ConTempo with Breandán Begley reading from the infamous Peig."