Kevin Henderson (left) and Neil Pearlman. Photo by Dylan Ladds
Neil Pearlman & Kevin Henderson
8 p.m. Thursday. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $20 in advance, $25 day of show, $5 livestream. onelongfellowsquare.com
Here’s a chance to see a duo of sensational Scottish music players on one stage. Pianist and Portland native Neil Pearlman is highly regarded in the world of Celtic music and collaborates with many folk artists while also working as a sessions player and educator. Kevin Henderson, from Shetland, is a fiddler who has led acts like Boys of the Lough and Fiddlers Bid. Between the two of them, it should be a scintillating evening.
Maggie Rose. Photo by Jack Guy
8:30 p.m. Friday. Portland House of Music, 25 Temple St., Portland, $20 in advance, $25 day of show, 21-plus. statetheatreportland.com
Singer-songwriter Maggie Rose has graced the stage of the historic Grand Ole Opry in Nashville more than 90 times and recently co-headlined a string of dates with Duane Betts, son of Dickey Betts from the Allman Brothers. Rose has released three albums, and another one is in the works. Rose also hosts a podcast called Salute The Songbird featuring chats with women musical heroes of hers. Maine singer-songwriter Darby Sabin opens the show.
Heron Valley. Photo by Euan Robertson
7:30 p.m. Friday. Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, 86 Townsend Ave., $20 in advance, $25 day of show. boothbayoperahouse.com
Head to Boothbay Harbor for a show from Heron Valley. The Scottish band features Abigail Pryde on fiddle and vocals, Keith Morrison on keys, Alastair Maclean on bagpipes and whistles, and Callum Cronin on bass and guitar. Heron Valley’s origin dates back to 2014 when they started out as a folk band before morphing into the current configuration in 2018 which brought with it a North American tour. You can expect to enjoy an evening of delightful Scottish accents and world class musicianship.
Slyvia Schwartz (left) and Rebecca Show of Guts Baroque Photo by Ben Williams
2:30 p.m. Sunday. St. Luke’s Cathedral Chapel, 143 State St., Portland, $15, $10 seniors, available at the door. gutsbaroque.com
Guts Baroque, featuring Sylvia Schwartz on violin and Rebecca Shaw on cello, presents an afternoon performance of Les Maîtres du Violon. The program captures an essential time for French baroque music and will transport you back to Paris at the start of the 18th century. Along with the music, you’ll learn about what the experience was for composers and performers back then. Sonatas from Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, François Francoeur and Jean-Marie Leclair will be played as you sink deeper into your seat and let the sounds wash over you.
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