Maine venues to host legendary ‘Irish Descendants’
New England Celtic Arts will present the legendary Newfoundland band “The Irish Descendants” at 49 Franklin in Rumford Wednesday, March 22, at Old South Church Concerts in Farmington Thursday, March 23 and at the Maine Irish Heritage Center Friday, March 24. Curtain is at 7 p.m. in Rumford and Farmington, and 7:30 p.m. in Portland.
Since their formation in 1990, The Irish Descendants have garnered a loyal fan base in their native Canada, and captured the attention of an ever-growing international audience. The band’s award winning recordings range from lilting ballads to toe-tapping reels, and their high-energy, humorous live performances have made them a popular attraction at home and abroad.
To date, the band has sold half a million albums. Having toured extensively throughout North America, including headlining Celtic Festivals in Milwaukee, Chicago, Boston and Cleveland, The Irish Descendants have performed at such prestigious venues as The Smithsonian in Washington D.C., and have played with many of the nation’s best symphony orchestras. They appeared on stage at The Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto in the theatrical production of Needfire, as well as headlining The International Festival of the Sea in England. When Newfoundland celebrated its 500th birthday, the band was selected to play at the festivities, entertaining European royalty and heads of state.
Over the years the line-up of the band has been led under the guidance of front man and founding member, Con O’Brien. One of Newfoundland’s most recognized entertainers, his rich baritone voice, once described as, “a voice that could wake the dead,” has been performing Irish Newfoundland music for a quarter century.
49 Franklin is located at 49 Franklin Street in Rumford. Tickets are available at “Bartash’s” and “All that Jazz” in downtown Rumford or by calling 369-0129 or by visiting www.49franklin.com.
Old South Congregational Church is at 235 Maine Street in Farmington. Tickets are $20; call 491-5919.
The Maine Irish Heritage Center is located at 34 Gray Street in Portland. Tickets are $20 by calling 780-0118 or by visiting www.maineirish.com/event/the-irish-descendants