Fred Gosbee and Julie Lane of the traditional music duo Castlebay are performing Sunday, March 17, 2024 at Broad Bay Congregational Church in Waldoboro for a St. Patrick’s Day concert with a roster of Maine’s Irish music. Submitted photo

Castlebay plans to perform a St. Paddy’s Concert of Ballads and Blarney at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Broad Bay Congregational Church, 941 Main St. in Waldoboro.

The duo Julie Lane and Fred Gosbee will perform music gleaned from Maine’s rich Irish tradition, with a 12-string guitar, Celtic harp, fiddle, and tin whistle.
For decades, the two musicians have been exploring the archives of music collected in Maine, gathering hundreds of traditional songs, many of which came from the Irish who immigrated and made their homes here.
In between songs, Castlebay will share the lore and history of Maine’s musical legacy of ballads of romance and rogues, shipwreck and survival, and humor and blarney.
Many of the songs, transcribed and “mended” by Castlebay, are in their first book, “Songs of Ships and Sailors,” 2021, Loomis House Press, and part of their series, “Bygone Ballads of Maine.”  Castlebay has toured the eastern U.S., Scotland, England, and Ireland and released over two dozen recordings.
This concert is one of three free St. Patrick’s Day events in the village. The film “Riverdance 25” will begin at 2 p.m. at the Waldo Theatre, 916 Main St., and live local music at 3 p.m. at Odd Alewives Farm Brewery, 99 Old Route One,

Donations are gratefully accepted.

For more information about the concert contact Pastor Nancy Duncan at 207-832-6898 or


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