FARMINGTON — The Farmington Historical Society will continue its’ Concert Series with Sara Grey, from Rockland, and Brian Miller, from Bemidji, Minnesota, at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the North Church, 118 High St.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for a ‘Pie Social’ and Jam Session. Anyone interested in joining the Jam Session need only bring his or her instrument. Children participating will get free admission to the performance.

Grey and Miller will feature songs from Ireland that migrated to the logging camps of Northern New England, New Brunswick, Ontario, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Grey’s voice is both powerful and sweet with a distinctive and lovely tremolo. It is a voice well suited to ballads of Ireland and Scotland as well as Native American.

Her singing reflects her great knowledge of and feeling for traditional music. She seems to know what is right in the interpretation of a traditional song. She is a ballad singer of great strength with a fine understanding of the importance of understatement in the art of ballad singing. Her singing is richly emotional and she is equally at home with a gentle lyric or a harsh account of life on the frontier.

Miller also is a singer and an avid researcher of traditional song. He founded the Traditional Singers Club of the Twin Cities and has devoted much of the past eight years to the research and revival of Irish-influenced music collected in the north woods regions of the US and Canada. As a singer, he released two acclaimed CDs of such music, the second, “The Falling of the Pine,” as a duo with Randy Gosa. In 2015, Brian played the role of arranger and accompanist on a third release of northwoods material featuring his wife, singer Norah Rendell (formerly of The Outside Track).

Tickets cost $15 for the general population, $10 for high school and college students, $5 for elementary students. Preschoolers are admitted free with an adult.

For reservations or more information, call 778-2006.


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