Lakeside Theater to host Dave Rowe Trio

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New England Celtic Arts will host Maine’s hot young folk group the Dave Rowe Trio, at Lakeside Theater in Rangeley, Maine on Monday, August 11th starting at 7:00 PM. This will be the fifth in the Lakeside/Skye Theatre collaboration this summer. The concerts have been a hugh success in Rangeley and are regularly selling out.

The Dave Rowe Trio is a high-energy musical freight train that blends in your face, three-part harmony with hot guitar pickin’, jaw-dropping fiddling, and dry Downeast wit. The result is a show that grabs an audience and makes them hold on for dear life through the final chord of the encore.

The band started soon after Dave Rowe’s father passed away in 2004. His dad, Tom, was a founding member of the revered folk group, Schooner Fare, and was also Dave’s bandmate in the roots band, Turkey Hollow. Needing some uplifting and a new direction, Dave asked Kevin O’Reilly and Ed Howe to join him to become the Dave Rowe Trio. They held their first rehearsal on St. Patrick’s Day in 2004 in front of a live audience. After this trial by fire, the trio started on a path of CD production and live shows all over the country, recording five critically acclaimed CDs in three years and leaving audiences from Maine to Milwaukee gasping for air. At the same time, the boys found themselves performing on stage with some of the brightest stars in folk and acoustic music including Christine Lavin, Tommy Makem, Noel Paul Stookey, The Shaw Brothers, Bill Morrissey, The Nields, Gordon Bok, Tom Paxton, and Schooner Fare.

With so much to write and sing about, Maine is a very special place for folk music. It is a state of lofty mountains, fragrant balsam forests, and a craggy, island-dotted coast. And it has hard-working people whose ancestors emigrated from Canada, France, Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales. They found jobs in fishing, farming, and manufacturing and when the work was done, they shared the handmade music of the countries they left behind.

These influences come together in every performance of the Maine-based Dave Rowe Trio. Dave Rowe, Ed Howe, and Kevin O’Riley make authentic Maine music, driven by lyrical fiddle melodies and hearty three-part harmonies that sound as rugged as they coast they sing about. To truly experience Maine, you have to go there. But to have a taste of Maine’s music, humor and stories, the Dave Rowe Trio fills the bill.

Lakeside Theater is located in the center of the Rangeley business district on Main Street. Ticket price is $10.00 at the door. Reservations are strongly suggested by calling Lakeside Theater at (207) 864-5000. More information at:

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