Hope Hoffman and Jim Tolles will present roots-based originals and an array of songs and instrumentals from the rich heritage of country duets, the Carter family, bluegrass and Appalachian folk music Friday, Jan. 29 at Rock City Books & Coffee, 328 Main St.

The duo is performing as part of Rock City’s Velevt Lounge series, which offers a musical start to the weekend from 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays. There is no cover charge, but tips for the musicians are appreciated.

Hoffman and Tolles’ concerts feature fiddle, banjo, guitar and singing ranging from high and lonesome to warm and tender. They showcase a hearty and delightful range of songs, from bluegrass classics (including those in the style of “brother duets”) to contemporary country and folk, plus fresh original songs with a strong traditional background. They also share their lively, detailed renditions of old Scotch-Irish fiddle melodies and new, original dance tunes.

Hoffman and Tolles have garnered repeat performances and great reviews of their harmony singing at the Downeast Country Dance Festival and at Blue in Portland. As well as Bowdoinham’s waterfront concert series, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Brunswick’s Artwalk and Frontier Café and many private parties and events.

Tolles’ projects over the last 40 years as a full-time musician and music teacher have included performing and songwriting with Goose Creek Symphony, Breakfast Special and Skyline, a band featuring banjoist Tony Trischka that pioneered the Newgrass music of the 1980s. His songwriting brings a steady supply of new material to the duo, as well as covers of his songs already released on Capitol and Rounder records. He teaches singing and several instruments at his home near Bath.

Hoffman has worked full-time as a freelance performer and teacher since 1999 and has released a live CD of original dance tunes, “Infinite Winter Squash.” Hoffman plays for contra dances, incudling the new Second Sunday series at Rocland’s Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education, as well as solo fiddle for barn dances. She also leads sessions for children’s museums and festivals featuring fiddle music, creative movement and folk dance. She is the director of the Free Grange Music Studio, which offers music lessons in various folk instruments, and teaches violin/fiddle in the Rockland area.

For more information on this and other upcoming events, call 594-4123 or visit Rock City Coffee on Facebook.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at dernest@villagesoup.com.