On Sunday, Sept. 1 The Friends of Colonial Pemaquid will host a Labor Day concert by popular local duo, Fred Gosbee and Julia Lane, a.k.a: Castlebay. The two outdoor performances will be held at 1 and 3 p.m. on the parade grounds of historic Fort William Henry. Admission to the concert is free. The rain date is Mon. Sept.2.
Castlebay will delight the audience to sounds of Maine’s Celtic forebears in voice, harp, guitar, fiddle and woodwinds.The musical traditions of the Scots-Irish colonists who settled prominently in the Maine midcoast in the 18th century are the inspiration for much of the original and adapted music that Castlebay performs. This year marks Castlebay’s 13th consecutive appearance at Colonial Pemaquid.
Since 1984, Castlebay (www.castlebay.net) has created a body of work reflecting Maine’s maritime heritage and environment, giving a new voice to an ancient tradition with their creative songwriting. Lane and Gosbee have written, recorded and produced three albums of completely original music—Song of the Sea and The Ballad of Cappy John. Newly released in June 2013 is John Earthy’s Tavern, which has sixteen songs from Maine history, including the Popham Colony of 1607. They perform frequently at festivals, museums, and schools both at home and abroad including the International Festival of the Sea (Bristol, England), the Edinburgh Folk Festival (Scotland), Mystic Seaport (CT), and locally at Windjammer Days and the Maine Lobster Festival. Castlebay’s music also has been used on Turner Broadcasting’s Portrait of America series. There is no charge for this event, though donations are appreciated.
While on site, visitors are encouraged to experience English Frontier settlement life in the New World during the 17th and 18th centuries by visiting a reconstructed fort with permanent exhibit, archaeological ruins, cemetery, artifact museum, and a recreation of a 17th century thatched roof cottage. For more information about The Friends of Colonial Pemaquid, a volunteer organization now in its 26th year, visit www.friendsofcolonialpemaquid.org.
Directions: Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site is located off Route 130, 12 miles south of Route 1 and three miles north of the Pemaquid Lighthouse. On Route 130 from Damariscotta, , turn right onto Huddle Road and follow signs to Colonial Pemaquid. From Route 32 in New Harbor turn left onto Route 130 and then immediately right onto Snowball Hill Road, following signs to Colonial Pemaquid.