Folk duo Kallet and Larsen perform March 7 at UMF

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FARMINGTON – Folk musicians and singers Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen, two of the most original contributors to American contemporary folk and world music, will perform in concert at the University of Maine Farmington in Nordica Auditorium on Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 pm. Tickets, available at the door, are $8 adults, $6 seniors, 15 years and under free, UMF students free with ID. Concert is sponsored by the Arts Institute of Western Maine and Franklin Chrysler.

Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen, each well-known and loved for their decades of music making, have joined musical forces in a new duo. Cindy is a superb singer, guitarist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Grey is one of America’s finest players of the Irish flute and tin whistle, as well as an accomplished singer and concertina, fiddle, piano and harmonium player. As composers each has contributed to the unique tapestry of contemporary folk and world music as it exists and flourishes in America today.

Scott Alarik of the Boston Globe calls Cindy “…one of folk music’s most respected songwriters…provocative, heartwise, and original…a brilliant guitarist…”. Mike Joyce of the Washington Post calls Grey “… a gifted multi-instrumentalist who consistently demonstrates his melodic finesse”, while The New Mexico Daily describes his playing as “positively spellbinding.”

The duo’s repertoire includes Cindy’s sparkling original songs, distinctive settings of traditional Irish music, Scandinavian fiddle duets, old-time fiddle and guitar tunes from Southern Indiana, and new music that Cindy and Grey are inventing together. There is plenty of variety and breadth of musical territory here, all deeply rooted in folk traditions, and interwoven with the renaissance and baroque counterpoint in which both Cindy and Grey were immersed while growing up. Included are vocal duets, guitar, Irish flute, tin-whistle, concertina, harmonium, and duet fiddling, and plenty of stories that put the music into a personal context.

For information call 778-6830 or see www.artsinstitute.org.

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