Luke Concannon and Stephanie Hollenberg will perform an evening of Irish music as part of the Denmark Arts Center’s After Dinner Music Series at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 16, in Bicentennial Park in Denmark. Submitted photo

Luke Concannon and Stephanie Hollenberg will perform an evening of Irish music as part of the Denmark Arts Center’s After Dinner Music Series at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 16, in Bicentennial Park in Denmark.

Concannon has early memories of falling asleep at Irish family parties to the sound of guitars, singing, and dancing. Upon meeting double-bassist John Parker in school, the two formed the folk duo Nizlopi (best known for the “JCB Song”), selling a million records in their twenties and deeply influencing a young Ed Sheeran. Through the strain of recording and touring world-wide with a small family-run label, Nizlopi parted ways. Invigorated by a hitch-hiking trip to Palestine, Concannon wrote his first solo album, “Give It All,” kindling the fire for a solo singer song writer career. An EP, “In the Sea,” followed, with single releases including “Join the Liberation.”

He followed his love, singer Stephanie Hollenberg, to the United States and they married in 2019. His struggle back to a place of belonging has resulted in a deep understanding that it is the interplay of light and dark that makes us whole. They now reside on Abenaki land in Vermont, with wonderful neighbors, and fifteen chickens.

Denmark Arts Center (DAC) performances will be held in Bicentennial Park across from the Arts Center. After Dinner Music Series will be a pay what you can this summer (suggested $10 donation). Registration is requested DAC will follow CDC guidelines for events.

The Denmark Arts Center is an award-winning 501(c)3 cultural organization founded in 1994 in the rural community of Denmark. Housed in the town’s historic 1883 Odd Fellows Hall, the DAC offers year-round events and workshops in contemporary dance, theater, music and visual art to community members young and old. DAC is at 50 West Main St., Denmark.

For more information, visit denmarkarts.org.

 


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