Sat Sep 9, 2017 8:00pm – 10:45pm

Branford Folk Starts 44th Season Sept. 9

Sponsored by: Branford Folk Music Society

The Branford Folk Music Society kicks off its 44th season of concerts on Saturday, Sept. 9, in super-high gear with a return visit from North Sea Gas, one of Scotland’s most popular folk bands.

The concert will take place at 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the First Congregational Church of Branford, 1009 Main St., on the Town Green. Admission is $25 for non-members, $20 for members and $5 for children age 12 and under. For more information, call 203-488-7715 or access the society’s Web page at www.branfordfolk.org/

Ronnie MacDonald, Grant Simpson and Dave Gilfillan comprise North Sea Gas and in concert they bring along guitars, mandolins, fiddles, bouzoukis, whistles, bodhrans, banjos and cracking senses of humor. They last performed at Branford Folk in 2013 and it was standing room only.

North Sea Gas is known for their energetic repertoire that incorporates lively vocals and awe-inspiring three-part harmonies. The trio has been together for more than 35 years and has recorded 20 albums, the latest entitled “When We Go Rolling Home” released just this summer.

  In the same mix as their albums, their show features traditional, contemporary and self-penned material. North Sea Gas is a hard touring band with regular swings through Scotland, America, Canada, Germany and Austria, and occasional extended tours that take them around the globe. In 2008, they recorded for Chinese television with an estimated audience of 800 million! Their Branford appearance is part of a six-week tour in the U.S.

The group has received numerous Gold and Silver disc awards from the Scottish Music Industry Association and regularly sells out shows at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Their album “The Fire and The Passion of Scotland” won the 2013 Album of the Year bestowed by the Celtic Radio Music Awards as well as a first place in the “Jigs and Reels” category for a set of tunes on the album

As Irish music journalist and broadcaster John O’Regan put it “.....they inherit the mantle vacated by The Corries and The McCalmans with tight vocal harmonies and well-chosen material…. most commendable about North Sea Gas is their ability to balance up tempo material with quieter more thoughtful moments and treat each with commitment and professionalism.”

The Branford Folk Music Society is an all-volunteer, non-profit educational group dedicated to preserving and encouraging the growth and appreciation of traditional folk music and song in southern Connecticut. The next concert will be Oct. 14 and feature virtuoso instrumentalist and songwriter Joel Mabus of Michigan.

Admission: $25, $20
First Congregational Church of Branford
1009 Main Street
Branford
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