Fiddle and banjo duo to perform in Round Pond

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 12:00pm

The Little Brown Church in Round Pond will feature a concert by fiddler Alden Robinson and Miles Isacke on banjo and guitar on Wednesday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m. These two fixtures of the Portland area music scene will share some of their favorite tunes, served with a dash of dry humor.

Called a powerhouse fiddler by the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, Robinson has become a popular performer and dance musician throughout the country. He grew up in Bremen raised on a mix of Irish, Scottish and traditional Downeast Maine music. In the summer of 2017, he served as an Arts Envoy to Lithuania with the State Department. He also teaches at Maine Fiddle Camp in Montville.

Isacke was trained as a classical guitarist growing up in Yarmouth and discovered Irish music when he moved to Portland after college. He developed his own tasteful, driving style of guitar accompaniment for traditional music. He has also become a skilled performer on the tenor banjo. Isacke has toured nationally with several groups, including Skipper's Alley and the Hanz Araki band.

Together Robinson and Isacke play an entertaining mix of traditional tunes. Their selections range from beautiful Irish airs and waltzes to driving jigs and reels. Their shows treat the audience to an evening of skillful playing, along with some of their favorite jokes.

Located on Route 32 in Round Pond village, the Little Brown Church is about a ten minute drive from Damariscotta. The concert series has become a summer tradition. A portion of the proceeds supports the upkeep of the historic church.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for the concert. Suggested admission donation: $12/adults, free/children. Audience members are advised to bring cushions as the pews are pretty hard.